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Directed by Joseph Losey
UK 1957

 

Following his blacklisting in the McCarthy HUAC hearings, director Joseph Losey (Eva, The Damned, Secret Ceremony) moved to the England in the 1950s. The gritty British suspense thriller, Time Without Pity was the first film he made in the UK under his own name.

In a BAFTA-nominated performance, the great Michael Redgrave (Goodbye Gemini, Connecting Rooms, Dead of Night) stars as an anguished father whose son is convicted of murder and languishing on death row. In a desperate race-against-time, he attempts to prove his son’s innocence whilst bringing the real murderer to justice.

With photography by Freddie Francis (The Elephant Man), and a superb supporting cast including Ann Todd (Taste of Fear), Leo McKern (X the Unknown), and Peter Cushing (Corruption, The Beast Must Die), Time Without Pity is brilliantly accomplished slice of Brit-noir, and a potent cry against capital punishment.

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When an innocent man is sentenced to death for murder, his father takes matters into his own hands. A day before his son's execution, Canadian writer David Graham (Michael Redgrave) delves into England's criminal underworld and turns to increasingly desperate measures in an 11th-hour attempt to uncover any scrap of evidence that may exonerate his condemned son. Graham's search begins at the luxurious home of automotive industry giant Robert Stanford (Leo McKern).

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Theatrical Release: March 21st, 1957

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Review: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:28:24.799        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 28,238,939,544 bytes

Feature: 26,206,464,768 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.93 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

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

Lecture:

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

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

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
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Indicator

 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 28,238,939,544 bytes

Feature: 26,206,464,768 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

The John Player Lecture with Joseph Losey (1973, 1:19:28): the celebrated filmmaker in conversation with film critic Dilys Powell at London’s National Film Theatre
New and exclusive audio commentary with Neil Sinyard, co-author of British Cinema in the 1950s: A Celebration
The Sins of the Father (2019, 15:48): filmmaker Gavrik Losey, son of Joseph Losey, discusses Time Without Pity
Horlicks: Steven Turner (1960, 0:34): vintage commercial for the malted milk drink, directed by Joseph Losey
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Robert Murphy, Joseph Losey on Time Without Pity, Jeff Billington on the MacMahonists and Time Without Pity, an overview of critical responses, and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray
Limited edition of 3,000 copies


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 28th, 2019
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Chapters 10

 

 

Comments:

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

Indicator Blu-ray (October 2019): Indicator have transferred Joseph Losey's Noir-suspense-crime-mystery Time Without Pity to Blu-ray. It looks gorgeous on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. The 1080P shows frequent depth, beautifully layered contrast and some heavy, textured, grain that I appreciated. There may be a few surface scratches but they are not impinging on this sweet HD presentation. All good from Indicator again.

On their Blu-ray, Indicator use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. It has a score by Tristram Cary (Town on Trial, Blood From the Mummy's Tomb, Quatermass and the Pit) that adds drama - sounding effective in the uncompressed track. Indicator offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Indicator Blu-ray has extras. While the film plays you can listen to a 1973 John Player Lecture with Joseph Losey as the the celebrated filmmaker is in conversation with film critic Dilys Powell at London’s National Film Theatre for 80-minutes. The audio quality is weak but stated as such as a caveat before playing. I turned the volume up to fully appreciate the conversation. What is also very educational is the new audio commentary with Neil Sinyard, co-author of British Cinema in the 1950s: A Celebration. I am really enjoying his insights and analysis - a great addition to this package. The Sins of the Father is a new (2019) 1/4 hour video piece with filmmaker Gavrik Losey, son of Joseph Losey, discussing Time Without Pity, it's production and importance in the great director's oeuvre. There is a short, Horlicks vintage commercial for the malted milk drink, directed by Losey. The package has a limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Robert Murphy, Joseph Losey on Time Without Pity, Jeff Billington on the MacMahonists and Time Without Pity, an overview of critical responses, and film credits. This is limited to 3,000 copies.

Joseph Losey's Time Without Pity has elements of Rudolph Maté's D.O.A. (what can be the reason this is not on Blu-ray?) with a focus on time (ticking frequently heard in the background) and there are many shots of reflections through glass or in mirrors. I loved it. I am so happy to own this film on Blu-ray. A key Brit Noir and we give it a very strong recommendation! Woohoo! 

Gary Tooze

 


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