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Directed by Jerry Hopper
USA 1954

 

Murder suspect Al Willis (Gene Barry, The War of the Worlds), released for lack of evidence, vows vengeance on the cops who brutalized him. When one of those cops turns up dead, his partner Chief Joe Conroy (Sterling Hayden, The Asphalt Jungle) hunts down Al who has skipped town for a border city. Both men end up in thrall to bad girl Marianna (Gloria Grahame, In a Lonely Place), whose unique sexiness is on full display in this film noir potboiler. Written by Lawrence Roman (A Kiss Before Dying) and directed by Jerry Hopper (Secret of the Incas). The strong supporting cast includes Marcia Henderson (Thunder Bay), Max Showalter (Niagara), Billy Chapin (The Night of the Hunter) and Chuck Connors (The Big Country).

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Ross Hunter hadn't yet completely graduated to glossy, star-studded soap operas when he produced the taut crime meller Naked Alibi. Chief of detectives Joseph E. Conroy (Sterling Hayden) is busted after failing to prove that "solid citizen" Al Willis (Gene Barry) is a maniacal cop-killer. Despite his lack of authority, Conroy puts so much heat on Willis that the latter skips town with his floozy lady friend Marianna (Gloria Grahame). Conroy follows the two fugitives to a wide-open border town, then slowly and methodically maps out the villain's doom. Essentially a cat-and-mouse game for most of its running time, Naked Alibi slowly but surely builds up to a nailbiting rooftop-chase climax.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 1st, 1954

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:26:04.659         
Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,246,497,523 bytes

Feature: 20,585,490,432 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.43 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1554 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1554 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,246,497,523 bytes

Feature: 20,585,490,432 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.43 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger
Theatrical Trailer (2:18)


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 5th, 2019
Standard  Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (October 2019): Kino have transferred the essential noir Naked Alibi to Blu-ray. It is rich with thick grain and looks wonderful - clean, textured, strong contrast... I was anticipating something less pristine as it hadn't even reached DVD yet. I was very pleasantly surprised by the richness of the film grain and although it can look a shade 'light' - the 1080P provides a formidable presentation - especially those that can appreciate grain and Russell Metty's shadowy cinematography!

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It sounds consistent with audible dialogue and a score credited to Hans J. Salter (Pittsburgh, Man Without a Star, The Killer that Stalked New York, The Strange Door, Cover Up, Man Without a Star, Scarlet Street, The Land Unknown, The War Lord, The Mole People, The Strange Case of Doctor Rx) and Frank Skinner (The Appaloosa, Madame X, Magnificent Obsession, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, All That Heaven Allows, Thunder Bay, and The Naked City) adding some noir-ish atmosphere - especially in Tijuana. The DUB'ed song by Grahame is worth the price of the disc alone! Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray has another excellent commentary from Kat Ellinger. She discusses the director Jerry Hopper, the stars - notable with Gloria Grahame's obsession with her own lip(s), plastic surgery and mentioned that in the recent film, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, as they used this film's bar scene in that film. Grahame's flirting with Hayden on-set - his fear of her etc. She talks about the studio system, auteur-directors, domestic violence in the story, and much more - it is at her usual high level - interesting and educational. There is also a trailer for Naked Alibi and other Noir trailers. There is a reversible cover (see below).

Like many fans - this is a title we have waited for and I am so happy with the final Blu-ray product. A fabulous Noir - Grahame is at her most hypnotic, and the wonderful a/v HD presentation and the Kat commentary. It has our highest recommendation!

Gary Tooze

 


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