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directed by Irving Rapper
UK 1951

 

Bette Davis pulls out all the stops as Janet Frobisher, a devious, selfish vixen who will stop at nothing to get what she wants in Another Man's Poison, a drama deliciously full of unexpected twists and turns. Frobisher is a rich mystery writer who falls in love with her secretary's fiancÚ and lures him away. But her happiness is far from ensured. She first must deal with a long forgotten ex-convict husband who tries to blackmail her, and then she must scheme her way out of the clutches of her husband's ruthless partner, George Bates (Gary Merrill, Davis's husband in real life). Davis proves why she remains such an acting legend as she dominates the screen in the kind of part that only she could bring to life so vividly.

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Theatrical Release: 20 November 1951 (London)

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Runtime 1:30:18 1:30:24.544
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.5 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.37:1 1080P / 23.976 fps

Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,623,335,180 bytes

Feature: 23,467,137,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate Blu-ray

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English) DTS-HD Master Audio English 1776 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1776 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Bette Davis Filmography

DVD Release Date: February 18, 2000
Snap case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: C
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1.37:1 1080P / 23.976 fps

Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,623,335,180 bytes

Feature: 23,467,137,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video


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Blu-ray Release Date: March 28th, 2017
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 28

 

 

 

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ADDITION: Classicflix Region 'A' - Blu-ray - March 2017: This is fabulous news - we've been disappointed in the past by some of these budget-conscious labels releasing older titles that may have fallen into Public Domain to BD. This is Classicflix first Blu-ray and it bodes very well for their future output. The 1080P image impresses and absolutely trounces the 2000 DVD which was fraught with chroma, interlacing, boosting and digital artifacts. Classicflix has corrected a great wrong and their image has wonderful contrast and fine grain textures. It shows more information in the frame and has no prevalent damage. It's, truly, a revelation after exiting with the old DVD.

Classicflix use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel (24-bit) and it sounds excellent in reproducing the original production - dialogue is crystal clear and the score by Paul Sawtell (Silver City, The Fly, Denver and Rio Grande) and John Greenwood (Pimpernel Smith, Secret Agent, Man of Aran, Elephant Boy) is pleasing in the uncompressed. Optional English subtitles are available.

There are no extras at all - but I'm not complaining - I'm so thankful this essential Noir, with a wickedly evil Bette Davis is on such a stellar HD transfer. Magnificent!

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In our attempt to cover Essential noirs released on DVD and Blu-ray, we picked up this out of print disc from Image Entertainment of Bette Davis vehicle Another Man's Poison. Despite appearing on many classic American film noir lists, the film was produced in the United Kingdom after Bette Davis won her Oscar for All About Eve. This film also stars her then-husband, Gary Merrill.

Licensed from Castle Hill Productions, Image disc was released in 2000 and went out of print 5 years later. The disc is currently being sold as new for over $180 on Amazon marketplace, although a few used listings popped up recently for under $20. But does it worth the higher pricing? Unfortunately, no! Most likely transferred from a video source, the interlaced image suffers from chroma (see capture #4) and blown-out whites. The noisy mono soundtrack is passable and there are no subtitles provided. The single extra is Bette Davis filmography on several text screens, most likely copied from imdb. Hopefully, Castle Hill can re-do this better-than-average title with an improved transfer, but otherwise this Image release doesn't worth the extra money it's currently sold for.

  - Gregory Meshman


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