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directed by Vernon Sewell

UK 1959

 

A telephone number dialled in error could prove the downfall of a ruthless criminal gang in this gripping Merton Park thriller from versatile British director Vernon Sewell. Featuring Italian star Lisa Gastoni and noted character players Peter Reynolds and Paul Whitsun-Jones, Wrong Number is presented in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

A security guard is murdered during a mail-van robbery and one of the van crew overhears the killer's name: Angelo. Before the murderer can phone his boss to confirm that the job has been successfully accomplished, the elderly Miss Crystal mistakenly dials the same number and hears a girl ask if it is Angelo speaking. The next day, seeing the newspaper headlines, Miss Crystal realises she may have a valuable clue but can she remember the incorrect number she dialled?

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Theatrical Release: February 1966 (UK)

 

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

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Network

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 0:57:52 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.0 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: April 18th, 2016
Slim, transparent Amaray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

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Comments

Network out of the UK are pretty consistent producing another competent and watchable, reasonably-priced, single-layered SD PAL transfer to DVD. The film is another crime-drama - short at less than an hour but still plenty to enjoy at a good pace. It's a simple, straight forward, 'B' effort to start a relaxing double bill on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon. Gotta love Lisa Gastoni (remembering one of my favorites Wild, Wild Planet.)

The 1.66:1 anamorphic transfer quality is very strong - and typical for these Network releases. It is clean, solid contrast - possibly a bit brightened but detail is sharp and there is no noise or distracting artefacts. It's a shade frail in-motion but very watchable.

Audio is as reasonable, with a punchy score, as the video and there are no subtitles offered on the region 2 disc.

There are no extras at all.

The film has some merit, if only for nostalgic purposes. Perhaps prefacing Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes or The 39 Steps on Brit-thriller film night. Worth a few spins for fans of the genre.

  - Gary Tooze

 


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