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directed by Gerd Oswald
USA 1957

 

"No Bill, I don't think I ever will get married," confesses popular advice columnist Kathy Ferguson (Barbara Stanwyck). "It's propaganda. Not for me." But Kathy's mindset quickly changes when she falls hard for police detective Bill Doyle (Sterling Hayden) and marries him with every expectation of being a devoted and supportive wife.

At first, Kathy enjoys her new role of suburban homemaker, but before long she tires of her mundane existence which is exacerbated by Bill's lack of ambition. To fix her dilemma, Kathy schemes to further Bill's career by any means necessary. Her plans are soon thwarted, however, when an expected promotion for Bill doesn't materialize and causes her to take matters into her own hands... in the form of a gun.

Written by Jo Eisinger (Gilda, Night and the City) and co-starring Raymond Burr (Perry Mason), Crime of Passion delivers the goods with noir favorites Barbara Stanwyck and Sterling Hayden in top form.

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The subversion of the American dream is the theme in the superb proto feminist film Crime of Passion, from director Gerd Oswald (A Kiss Before Dying, Screaming Mimi). Released in 1957, Crime of Passion is a woman-centered noir--a film ahead of its time in its depiction of a career woman who sinks into housewife hell and is subsequently driven to commit murder.

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Crime of Passion is an amazingly bold film for its time. Not only does the plot effectively eviscerate the American Dream, but it also laces the drama with two contrasting visions of female relationships. On one hand, there are the wives of the police department--giddy, silly, bitchy vacuous women who seem bred for lives of conspicuous consumption (note the lengthy manicure session Kathy has with Alice Pope), and then there are ‘other’ women--the hard-edged kind who struggle and fight their way in the male-dominated workplace: Kathy, the female justice of the peace, and two female cab drivers, for example.

Excerpt of review from Guy Savage (Film Noir of the Week) located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 9 January 1957 (USA)

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Runtime 1:25:48 1:25:44.848
Video

1.63:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.13 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 1080P / 23.976 fps

Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,758,411,965 bytes

Feature: 21,621,792,768 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English) DTS-HD Master Audio English 1853 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1853 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.63:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
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Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: C
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Feature: 21,621,792,768 bytes

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Blu-ray Release Date: September 5th, 2017
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Chapters 16

 

 

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

ADDITION: Classicflix Region 'A' - Blu-ray - June 2017: This is another ClassicFlix Blu-ray - in the vein of the Essential Noir, Another Man's Poison. Keep'em coming!

Thankfully ClassicFlix transfer it in its proper 1.85:1 aspect ratio., rather than the cropped 1.63:1 of the old DVD (what were they thinking?). You can see large amount of information of the side edges now included. The single-layered 1080P has a high bitrate and tightens up the visuals impressively. There is grain and the image shows a high level of detail in close-ups. Solid, if sometimes a bit soft - inherent in the production. I see a bit of waxiness but I don't think it's DNR - this looks wonderful in-motion with very pleasing contrast layers.

DTS-HD Master (24-bit) audio 2.0 channel is utilized. There are minor effects but we get an original score by Paul Dunlap (The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake, Shock Corridor, Shack Out on 101, Cry Vengeance, Portland Expose, Big House U.S.A., Target Earth, Park Row) which supports the film reasonably well with some heightened drama and suspenseful atmosphere. There are optional English subtitles (see sample below) on the region 'A' Blu-ray disc.

No extras where a commentary would have been appropriate - still I'm so please to have this on my Noir shelf... absolutely recommended!

 

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ON THE DVD: 1957's film noir Crime of Passion got a DVD release from MGM back in 2003, when they were releasing widescreen pictures of 1.66:1 or less aspect ratio without anamorphic enhancement. Most of these films were presented in letterboxed widescreen, but a couple of titles were corrected with 16x9 enhancement in later special editions (like Some Like It Hot). Unfortunately, most of the titles released this way will not get a do-over. At least this underrated film noir got a DVD release at all - there are still many classic pictures missing in digital format in any form, and the letterboxed widescreen transfer is very good, with no noticeable damage and very little marks or specks on the print.

The Dolby Digital Mono Soundtrack is exceptional as well. Big yellow subtitles are available in English, French, and Spanish, but we don't get any extras. The disc is already discontinued, so we suggest to pick it up while it is still available for a low price.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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