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The Iron Curtain [Blu-ray]
(William A. Wellman, 1948)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Video: Signal One Entertainment
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,506,200,708 bytes
Feature Size: 23,398,708,800 bytes
Video Bitrate: 32.01 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: April 24th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution:1080P / 24 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
• Second disc DVD
Description: Soviet soldier turned bureaucrat Igor Gouzenko is assigned to his first overseas posting in 1943 to Ottawa, Canada, as a cipher clerk for the military attaché, their offices in a secret wing of the Soviet embassy. Igor is not to tell anyone what he does for a living, he given a cover story which he is to recite even when questioned by his own people. He and his wife Anna Gouzenko are supposed to be cordial to their Canadian neighbors and associates, but not fraternize or befriend them, as they are still considered the enemy, despite both countries being on the same side in the war. Igor follows his instructions to a T, but it is more difficult for Anna, who does not have the distraction of work during the day, and who can see that their neighbors are not their enemies but good people much like themselves. Over the next few years, Igor sees that what is happening around him and the work in which he is involved will not result in a world in which he wants to raise his newborn son.
By the late '40s, anti-communist fervour in Hollywood and throughout the US had reached fever pitch. This brisk, documentary-style thriller, based on the experiences of a code clerk in the Russian embassy in Washington, captures the mood of the times. Andrews is the turncoat who wants asylum in the West so his son can grow up in 'freedom'. Given that he's prepared to share all the latest dope about Soviet espionage techniques, it is not surprising his old colleagues are so keen to assassinate him.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
A clerk in the Soviet embassy in Canada after World War II, Igor Gouzenko (Dana Andrews) is increasingly troubled by his work for duplicitous government officials. Hoping to forge a better life for his wife, Anna (Gene Tierney), and their young son, Igor decides to defect. Though he's pursued by loyal Soviets who are charged with bringing him back to the Soviet Union, he provides Canadian officials with key documents detailing his government's underhanded efforts to obtain atomic bomb plans.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Iron Curtain comes to Blu-ray from Signal One in the UK. It is single-layered with a high bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. It has appealing contrast and substantial grain textures. The image is clean an consistent and I was appreciative of the fine quality. This gives a solid 1080P presentation with rich, impressive visuals. No complaints at all.
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Audio comes in a linear PCM 1.0 channel track at 1152 kbps (24-bit). There are almost no aggressive effects - generally a dialogue-driven film, with narration, and no credited score but we can hear Russian classical music composed by Shostakovich, Prokofieff, Khachaturian and Miaskovsky. It sounds as strong and rich, as the video. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Strangely, bare-bones from Signal One - not even a menu, but the package does include a second disc DVD, making it 'Dual Format'.
April 26th, 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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