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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Strange Deception')

Directed by William Dieterle
USA
1946

 

When college student Bill (Douglas Dick) grows inappropriately fond of psychology professor Wilma (Loretta Young) and tries to rape her, she fights back. But as she defends herself, she accidentally kills her attacker. Wilma then moves Bill's corpse to a nearby beach and makes his death look like the result of a cliff diving accident. But her guilt over the incident builds, and police Lt. Dorgan (Wendell Corey) begins to suspect that Wilma knows more about the death than she's letting on.

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Theatrical Release: January 14th, 1949

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DVD Review: Universal 'Vault Series' - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Universal - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:36:48 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.99 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   
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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None
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Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: September 28th, 2015

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Chapters: 9

 

 

 

Comments:

I've always wanted to see The Accused - I have had a huge crush on Loretta Young for decades. I enjoyed it as one of the guilt-based unjustly-sought thrillers with growing forensic evidence and evasion - but the Universal MoD DVD is not without its limitations although we are very appreciative to finally see this Essential Noir on digital at all.

The disc is predictably single-layered and has no menus, or extras, and the transfer is interlaced (see combing in bottom capture.) Aside from that it was surprisingly clean - it didn't look bad at all on my system. In fact - it was quite watchable with decent contrast for SD.

The audio is indicative of the period - a shade scattered - but dialogue is always audible. Victor Young's (Strategic Air Command, The Sun Shines Bright, Johnny Guitar, China Gate etc.) suspenseful score sounds supportive and authentically flat. There are no subtitles and the media is region free in the NTSC standard.

The bare-bones DVD inferiorities didn't deter my viewing and I really enjoyed watching The Accused. I really just wanted to watch this Noir and the Made-on-Demand disc did that for me - but I do find the price exorbitant for what value is offered. Try to get it for under $10 if you can. It's worth the viewing for dark cinema aficionados!

Gary Tooze

 


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