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Sabotage [Blu-ray]


(Harold Young, 1939)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Republic Pictures

Video: Olive Films



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:06:21.602

Disc Size: 19,490,413,859 bytes

Feature Size: 19,283,779,584 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: January 24th, 2017



Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1764 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1764 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)



English, None



• None





Description: "When Tommy Grayson (Gordon Oliver, Jezebel) is arrested on suspicion of sabotage at the local manufacturing plant, his family and fiancée rush to his aid. But his neighbors and the factory workers are not convinced of his innocence. His father, Major Matt Grayson (Charley Grapewin, The Wizard of Oz), a watchman at the plant, is sure that his upright son had nothing to do with the incident that caused the death of a test pilot. With the help of Tommy's fiancée Gail (Arleen Whelan, Young Mr. Lincoln), and a group of his old friends, Major Grayson sets out to prove that his son was framed and bring the true culprits to justice.

Directed by Harold Young (The Scarlet Pimpernel) from a story written by Lionel House and Alice Altschuler, Sabotage also stars Paul Guilfoyle (The Grapes of Wrath), Joe Sawyer (Christmas Eve), Dorothy Peterson (Dark Victory) and Lucien Littlefield (The Little Foxes)."



The Film:

In this patriotic wartime drama set during WW II, a test plane crashes killing all aboard and causes the locals to accuse the aircraft engineer of being a traitor and sabotaging the plane. To prove his son's innocence, the engineer's father looks into the crash and soon reveals the real spies. The justifiably angry patriarch then delivers a stern lecture to the community about making hasty judgments concerning a person's patriotism.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

The night before his grandson, Tommy Grayson, a mechanic at the Midland Aircraft Corporation, is to marry Gail, a former showgirl, Major Matt Grayson, a war veteran and watchman at the plant, catches two men breaking into the machine shop. The men run, but the major shoots one of them. With his dying breath the man begs the major to "stop them" and blurts out his own name, Marty Kruger. The major leaves to call the police, but when he returns, Kruger's body is missing. The next day, a new bomber crashes during a test flight, and government agents come to investigate because five recent plane crashes involved motors from the Midland plant. Suspicion falls on Tommy when an investigation reveals that all the bad piston heads that caused the engines to freeze came from his bench. When government agents arrest Tommy, the major tells Johnson, the plant manager, about Marty Kruger, but Johnson accuses the major of trying to cover for his grandson.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Firstly, this is the 1939 film Sabotage - not to be confused with Hitchcock's 1936 film - of the same name, reviewed on Blu-ray HERE. This 1939 film arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. This is only single-layered but has a max'ed out bitrate and the transferred image looks appealing, if, noticeably faint. The visuals are clean and detail can surprise with its clarity. The Blu-ray presentation is a positive one looking quite strong in-motion.






















Audio :

Audio is transferred via a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono track at 1764 kbps (24-bit). It supports the film's modest effects aside from the plane crash. The score is by William Lava (War Arrow, The Night Riders, Retreat, Hell!) and Cy Feuer (Jungle Girl) and is fairly unremarkable. There are optional English subtitles, in a gaudy yellow font, and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


Extras :

No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with the majority of their releases.



Well, it's certainly not Hitchcock's, vastly superior, film. Sabotage is a simple, justice-seeking 'B' flag waver. But I don't find its wholesome qualities a total negative. it's short, positive and has some story and character development.  The Blu-ray is, typically, bare-bones of a middling-level feature. I suggest that the audience is quite small - especially at the offered price. 

Gary Tooze

January 21st, 2017

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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