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directed by Robert Siodmak
U.S.A. 1949

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Robert Siodmak was one of the most influential stylists of the 40s, helping to create, in films such as Phantom Lady and The Killers, the characteristic look of American film noir. But most of his films have nothing more than their pictorial qualities to recommend them--Criss Cross being one of the few exceptions, an archly noir story replete with triple and quadruple crosses, leading up to one of the most shockingly cynical endings in the whole genre.

Excerpt from Dave Kehr's review at the Chicago Reader located HERE

A film noir which has Lancaster (reprising his fall-guy role from Siodmak's earlier film The Killers) as Steve, brooding over his divorce from good-time girl Anna (De Carlo) and getting a job driving an armoured car. After finding out that his ex-wife is involved with gangster Slim Dundee (Duryea) he begins a clandestine affair with her, believing that they will be reunited once more. Obsessed with getting Anna back at any price, Steve makes plans for an armored car robbery that will include Slim. Anna and Steve plot to double-cross Slim over the takings, but as the title suggests ... A gem.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 12 January 1949

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Comparison:

Universal Studios - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Cinema Cult (Australia) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the DVD Review!

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Distribution

Universal Studios

Region 1 - NTSC

Cinema Cult (Shock)
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:27:33 1:27:40.838
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.56 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 18,374,840,847 bytes

Feature Size: 18,184,765,440 bytes

Total Bitrate: 24.64 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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

Bitrate:

 

Bitrate Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles English (hoh), Spanish, French, none None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Original Trailer (2:20)

DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Release Information:
Studio:
Cinema Cult

 

Disc Size: 18,374,840,847 bytes

Feature Size: 18,184,765,440 bytes

Total Bitrate: 24.64 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:

• None
 

Blu-ray Release Date: December 2016

Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Cinema Cult - Region 'B'- Blu-ray - April 17': Firstly, still LOVE this film to death. We reviewed another 'Cinema Cult' Blu-ray from Australia - Paul Morrissey's Blood for Dracula HERE. It was determined to be a bootleg in our Facebook Group HERE - by someone who knows Morrissey. I suspect the same here - it is labeled Region 'B' but is actually region FREE. There are no subtitles nor extras - it's a modest technical transfer (although is 1080p / 23.976 fps) - it seems highly unlikely that Universal would license this film to this outfit for worldwide release (region FREE). IF this is an offshoot of Shock Cinema (it does start with that logo), then it is more likely legitimate, but after doing this for years - I am apprehensive to endorse despite it looking strong - more layered contrast and more information in the frame - on all four edges. There is some judder at about 1-hour 25-minutes in. Further value is added by the linear PCM audio transfer - notable in the iconic Miklós Rózsa score (The Killers, The Lost Weekend, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Double Indemnity) that adds significantly to the heist sequence. I can't deny it's a better presentation than the excellent DVD - but I would bet a superior edition is coming, hopefully with supplements including a commentary,.... eventually. Our patience will be rewarded!

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ON THE DVD: Very strong image from Universal on this under-rated Film Noir. Excellent detail with negligible amounts of digital noise. Contrast is exceptional - and it's always a delight to see a dark film - look dark with no brightness manipulation. Shadow detail is pristine. Very little, if any damage. The overall quality is a full notch above anything at this price range. Bare bones, save an un-restored trailer, with optional English subtitles (plus French and Spanish) - this is a highly desirable film - and the price is a no-brainer bargain. We strongly recommend! out of  

NOTE: In his first film an uncredited Tony Curtis is seen dancing with Yvonne DeCarlo!

 - Gary Tooze

 

 


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