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(aka 'Outbreak)

directed by Elia Kazan
USA 1950

 

Elia Kazan's 'Panic in the Streets' has Richard Widmark playing Dr. Clinton Reed of the US Public Health Service who is chasing down a 'carrier' named Blackie (typical Jack Palance roles). He is one of a remaining few carrying the pneumonic plague, a deadlier airborne version of bubonic plague. Time become their greatest enemy tracking down Blackie in the untrusting streets of New Orleans. A very unique and worthy Film Noir thriller.

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Theatrical Release: June 12th, 1950

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Comparison:

Fox - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Fox - Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Signal One - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

1) Fox - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT

2) Fox - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  MIDDLE

3) Signal One - Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

Box Covers

Distribution Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC Fox - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Signal One - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:36:03  1:36:13.809 1:36:10.014 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.76 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,316,114,293 bytes

Feature: 20,051,521,536 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 23.79 Mbps

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,536,416,156 bytes

Feature: 23,111,617,920 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Fox Blu-ray

Bitrate: Signal One Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0) DTS-HD Master Audio English 2065 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2065 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, Spanish, None English (SDH), Spanish, None English (SDH), None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by authors and historians James Ursini and Alain Silver
• Fox noir trailers

DVD Release Date:
March 15th, 2005
Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,316,114,293 bytes

Feature: 20,051,521,536 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 23.79 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Commentary by authors and historians James Ursini and Alain Silver

• Jack Palance From Grit to Grace (44:11)

• Richard Widmark: Strength of Character (44:13)
• Trailer (2:13)

Blu-ray Release Date: March 26th, 2013
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: Signal One

 

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,536,416,156 bytes

Feature: 23,111,617,920 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

• Commentary by authors and historians James Ursini and Alain Silver

 Stills Gallery

 Trailer (2:13)


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 31st, 2017
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Signal One - Region 'B' Blu-ray (August 2017): 20th Century Fox offered a decent Blu-ray back in 2013 and the Signal One offers the same authentically heavy image - not much difference but I do think the UK transfer has a slight edge. It doesn't show the same, marginal, waxiness when I zoom-in. Probably not a deal-breaker for most, but for the more discerning or for those who project - they might also notice.

Audio goes linear PCM 1.0 channel (24-bit) in original English and supports the film as well as Fox's DTS-HD Master. The Alfred Newman (Man Hunt, Cry of the City, The Diary of Anne Frank, Bus Stop, Blood and Sand, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Song of Bernadette) score works very well with the darkness, shadows and desperation of the storyline. It sounds authentic in the uncompressed and dialogue is clear and consistent. The Blu-ray disc is region 'B'-locked.

We get the same, excellent, Ursini and Alain Silver commentary, a stills gallery and trailer but lose the two, good, documentaries found on the Fox Blu-ray.

This is a solid Noir and B-locked audiences should own this Signal One Blu-ray in their library. Great cover!

ADDITION: Fox Region 'A' Blu-ray - (March 2013) - The new Fox 1080P of Panic in the Streets retains the thick appearance. Of all the Fox Film Noir DVDs - this always looked the heaviest - and this same presentation has moved to the Blu-ray. Like the SD, it looks muddy and gritty - which I can only presume is accurate. DNR? - It doesn't look like that to me. The visuals are dark, contrast is rich but you won't find any pristine crispness in the detail. There is a shade more information on the sides and maybe a bit less in the tip and bottom. The image quality is consistent and many will appreciate the denser textures. It is totally suitable to the black cinema.

Alfred Newman's score sounds wonderful via the lossless DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel. He is one of the best Noir film composers and it has suspenseful depth and presence via the uncompressed. There are optional subtitles on the region 'A"-locked disc.

We get two new extras along with the excellent 2005 Ursini and Silver commentary by authors and historians James Ursini and Alain Silver. There is a good documentary by Jeanne Begley entitled Jack Palance From Grit to Grace. It runs almost 45 minutes and has input from many of his co-performers (Billy Crystal, Edward James Olmos, Anthony Quinn, Widmark etc.) and was originally on TV's 'Biography' program from 2001. There is another or equal length called Richard Widmark: Strength of Character by Victoria Price also from Biography - but a year earlier. It has Karl Malden, Eddie Muller, Sidney Poitier, Robert Wagner and others discussing the actors strengths. There is also a theatrical trailer.

The commentary and new 1.5 hours worth of video supplements - add to the film-like appearance of the Blu-ray and mark this as a must-own for fan of Film Noir and/or Kazan.

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ON THE DVD: Again, just shy of sharp, this release has a bit of softness. Funny, If I reviewed this a year ago I would be more overjoyed, but I think we have been spoilt lately with so many devastating Warner and Criterion releases. I don't see any heavy manipulation, it IS HD-sourced, so I shouldn't be complaining too much. Commentary is adequate. A decent job by Fox on an exquisite film noir.    

Gary W. Tooze

 


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