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Directed by Seth Holt

 

UK 1965

 

Accused of drowning his little sister in the bath, 10-year old Joey (William Dix) is sent away to an institution for therapy even though he claims the Nanny (Davis) is responsible. When he returns home, suspicion is quickly aroused again as his mother (Wendy Craig) is poisoned and his aunt suddenly dies. But Joey continues to insist the Nanny is responsible, turning life into a deft cat-and-mouse game between the equally shady woman and her young charge.

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A spirited pot-boiler from the almost forgotten ex-editor Seth Holt (his Station Six Sahara is a stunner that deserves revival), with Davis as Nanny to a houseful of neurotics. In particular, there is a 10-year-old boy (Dix), just released from a psychiatric hospital, who believes Davis wants to murder him. Made for Hammer Films (with whom Davis subsequently starred in The Anniversary), it capitalises on the star's performance in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?; and while no one will have any trouble figuring out what's going on, Holt's atmospheric direction and Davis' performance keep one thoroughly hooked.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Releases: 1965

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20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Shock - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

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Distribution 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC Shock
Region FREE  -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:53 1:33:05.580
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.78 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Disc Size: 19,497,840,043 bytes

Feature Size: 19,322,720,256 bytes

Total Bitrate: 24.67 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

Bitrate: Blu-ray
Audio English (original) LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles English (CC), Spanish, None None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 

The Nanny

• Restoration Comparison

• Trailer

• TV Spots

• 4 different galleries (Pressbook, Poster, Stills and Lobby Cards)


DVD Release Date: April 8th, 2008

5 slim black keep cases inside a cardboard box

Release Information:
Studio: Shock
 

1.85:1 Disc Size: 19,497,840,043 bytes

Feature Size: 19,322,720,256 bytes

Total Bitrate: 24.67 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• None

Blu-ray Release Date: January, 2017
Standard (thicker)
Blu-ray Case

Chapters:12

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Shock - Region FREE - Blu-ray April 17': I had forgotten that this was a Jimmy Sangster-written Hammer Studios title. The, bare-bones, Shock Blu-ray is single-layered with a supportive bitrate and the compared captures can identify the superiority of the 1080P. It's tighter, has more layered contrast, it is sharper and exports the film grain textures to a higher degree achieving a more film-like appearance.  You can see occasional depth in the HD visuals. There are a few speckles that I didn't find on the Warner SD, and I suspect it is a different print. This is a patented difference between a strong SD and a competent Blu-ray transfer.

Shock go linear PCM with the audio (16-bit) and it benefits the Richard Rodney Bennett's (Equus, Billy Liar, The Man Who Could Cheat Death) score adding a layer of depth to the mysterious and suspenseful aura. There are no subtitles offered, nor any extras either and the disc is Region FREE.

This becomes one of those 'law of diminishing returns' situations. There are no extras, no subtitles but solid HD-level a/v. Would seem to be suited more to David and Hammer fans. To that group, we give our endorsement of this product for its new format presentation.

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ON THE WARNER BOXSET:  The 5 main features (6 discs) of this boxset are housed in individual slim keep cases (see images above and below) and are also sold separately although a substantial savings (in the neighborhood of double) can be accrued by purchasing The Bette Davis Centenary Celebration Collection package REVIEWED HERE as opposed to individually.

Technical specifications of the discs: All six DVDs are coded for regions 1 in the NTSC standard and the five feature films are dual-layered and progressively transferred. The widescreen features are anamorphic. Each have original English audio and options for English (CC), or Spanish subtitles in a yellow font (for the black and white films) and white with a black border for The Virgin Queen (the only color film). Each film is supplemented by different extra features (listed above).

Image: The aberration here is, obviously, Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte being moved from 1.66 (original Studio Classics DVD) to 1.85:1 and having some, unnecessary, brightness boosting. I, personally, feel it is a step back (see full comparison HERE). From memory, All About Eve looks about the same as the older edition - not especially sharp but decent contrast levels. I wouldn't say it's a vast improvement anyway. The Virgin Queen shows superiority over the, corresponding, Region 2 - PAL release (see full comparison HERE), and although I don't own it, I expect the same for the PAL The Nanny as this new transfer looks quite strong with excellent detail. Lastly, we come to a Shelly Winters film, Phone Call from a Stranger, an odd inclusion into this set, with Davis in a more minor onscreen role later in the film. Regardless, I like this noirish film and it has a very strong visual appearance - very good detail. The screen captures below should give you a good idea of how these discs will look. 

Audio - All original (to my knowledge) with the The Virgin Queen having a 4.0 channel and Hush... Hush, offering both 2.0 and mono - dialogue was always clear and consistent. I noted no excessive gaps, pops or hisses and there are optional English or Spanish subtitles for each production. 

Extras - Aside from the plethora on the 2-disc All About Eve with 2 (count'em 2!) separate commentaries (I only sampled and both appeared informative) and mucho featurettes for that 'star attraction' film, each have some minor fluff including restoration comparisons (that show me VERY little, to be honest), isolated score tracks, trailers, TV Spots, galleries - i.e pressbook, poster, stills and lobby Cards - and such things as a vintage promotional short narrated by Joseph Cotten (?!?!). There are decent, if short featurettes on (Hush,. Hush Sweet Joan: The Making of Charlotte) and a longer one on The Virgin Queen (Virgin Territory: The Making of the Virgin Queen) plus 'Dern Remembers' but overall I'd prefer one decent commentary on each film and I especially like, and perhaps feel spoiled by, the Warner Night at the Movies style on The Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 3. I encourage Fox to adapt similar or perhaps spread the supplements a little more uniformly. I know I should be happier than I am as it's great to have this package with all the frills, but I am just a little under-whelmed. 

Overall impression: As they are released so close together a comparison with The Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 3 seems appropriate and I enjoyed the films, presentations and supplements more in the Warner's release than this Fox package. Tack onto that - 4 of the 5 here have been on DVD previously, albeit 2 of which on PAL, with no dramatically huge image improvements. I'm kind of chuffed to have Phone Call from a Stranger on DVD though. Some may wish to get that and The Nanny depending on how keen they might be... although dollar-wise it's like the 'Value-Meal' getting the whole package and the stuff you may not be desperate to possess for only pennies more. If I sound overly negative I shouldn't - this boxset will make Davis fans very happy - nice vintage art covers and menus to boot.          

Gary W. Tooze


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Distribution 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC Shock
Region FREE  -
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