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directed by Nunnally Johnson
USA 1954

"You've never SEEN Gregory Peck until you've seen him in CINEMASCOPE." So read the publicity hype for 20th Century-Fox's Night People. Actually, Peck is his usual solid, stoic self as Col. Van Dyke, a CIA officer stationed in West Berlin. When an American soldier is kidnapped by the Soviets in the Eastern sector, Van Dyke is verbally assaulted by the soldier's influential industrialist father Leatherby (Broderick Crawford), who demands that something be done immediately. The Colonel realizes that it's not as simple as that: in return for the soldier, he is expected to turn over an elderly couple, both former anti-Nazi activists, to the East Germans, who will probably execute the couple. Leatherby backs off a bit when he meets the couple, then agrees to let Van Dyke handle the crisis in the most diplomatic manner possible. Things come to a head when the Colonel discovers that one of his trusted aides (Anita Bjork) is in league with the Soviets. Filmed on location in Germany, Night People is capped by a deliciously ironic coda.

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Theatrical Premiere: March 11th, 1954

 

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 Comparison:

Visual Entertainment Group - Region 0 - PAL vs. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman and Gary Tooze for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Visual Entertainment Group - Region 0 - PAL - LEFT 

2) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Visual Entertainment Group

Region 0 - PAL

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Region 0 - NTSC
Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:29:42 (4% PAL speedup) 1:33:33 1:33:41.574
Video

2.40:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.19 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.83 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 25,176,338,012 bytes

Feature: 20,718,845,952 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 26.29

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

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Visual Entertainment Group

 

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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

 

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Blu-ray

 

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)

Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles None None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Visual Entertainment Group

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.40:1

Edition Details:
� None

DVD Release Date: August 6th, 2012
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Chapters 6

Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Aspect Ratio:
Academy ratio - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� None

 

DVD Release Date: October 17th, 2012
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Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio: Kino
 

Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 25,176,338,012 bytes

Feature: 20,718,845,952 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 26.29

 

Edition Details:

Interview with Cecilia Peck, Carey Peck and Anthony Peck (8:49)
Trailer (2:48) and for 7 other films

Blu-ray
Release Date: July 25th, 2017
Standard
Blu-ray Case

Chapters:8

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray July 17': Great job Kino - we finally get the full 2.55:1 ratio seeing all the side information and composition is correct. The 1080P is on a single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. It improves in terms of detail, better contrast and some pleasing, consistent, film grain. It looks solid in-motion.

Kino use a DTS-HD Master at 1555 kbps (16-bit). It exports the film's modest effect sounds competently although is fairly passive. The score is quite strong by Cyril J. Mockridge (I Wake Up Screaming, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Thieves' Highway, Desk Set, The Ox-Bow Incident, The Dark Corner, My Darling Clementine, Nightmare Alley) and the lossless transfer exports some heavy depth and bass. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

Extras have a 9-minute interview, pieced together with Cecilia Peck, Carey Peck and Anthony Peck discussing their father and his work. There is also a trailer for the film and for 7 other Peck films.

Great release and I warmed to the film and performances far more than viewing in SD. Great to see Kino give Night People its just due with a competent HD transfer with supplements. Absolutely recommended!

***

ON THE DVDs: Australian disc is labeled region 4, but is actually for all regions.  The disc is single layered and progressive, but in PAL format and the image is visibly horizontally stretched to fit original very wide aspect ratio of 2.55:1 to 2.40:1 presented here. There is still some image missing from the sides, as can be seen on the second set of captures - missing information right to Buddy Ebsen can be seen in the full screen image. Other PAL discs are available in Spain and Germany . Spanish disc is letterboxed widescreen in 2.35:1 aspect ratio and more recent German disc is anamorphic, in 2.40:1, like Australian disc reviewed here. This film requires a new restoration, both video and audio (would love to hear that original 4-track stereo), but Fox does not care about most of their CinemaScope titles as can be seen by their Cinema Archives releases. Until their approach changes, Australian or German disc are the best options to see this film. Cinema Archive disc is a disgrace and we warn everyone to stay away from it.

 - Gregory Meshman

On the Twentieth Century Fiox: Worst DVD transfer of the year award.

Ironically the Tagline for Night People was "You've never SEEN Gregory Peck until you've seen him in CINEMASCOPE" and it was theatrically presented in 2.55: 1 ! So naturally Fox decides to 'pan and scan' it to 1.33:1 although most everyone has a widescreen system these days. What a bunch of imbeciles.

I'm sure you know the usual - standard single-layered MoD (Made-on-Demand) 'Cinema Archives' disc - progressive but severely bastardized - no extras nor subtitles

No one else had reviewed it when I ordered it - so I get to impart the bad news. You can see for yourself the composition borders on the ridiculous with entire swaths of information and characters removed from the frame.

This review only serves as a warning to forget this DVD. Not dissimilar to 23 Paces to Baker Street - hopefully someone else will be able to release this in its proper aspect ratio. Hard to believe it is 2015 and we're still doing reviews warning people about this practice...  

  - Gary Tooze

 

 



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1) Visual Entertainment Group - Region 0 - PAL - TOP 

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1) Visual Entertainment Group - Region 0 - PAL - TOP 

2) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Visual Entertainment Group - Region 0 - PAL - TOP 

2) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Visual Entertainment Group - Region 0 - PAL - TOP 

2) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Visual Entertainment Group - Region 0 - PAL - TOP 

2) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Visual Entertainment Group - Region 0 - PAL - TOP 

2) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

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Sound:

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Extras: Blu-ray

 
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Distribution

Visual Entertainment Group

Region 0 - PAL

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Region 0 - NTSC
Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

 




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