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Directed by Paul L. Stein
UK 1939

 

Adapting a play by award-winning novelist and screenwriter Richard Llewellyn best known for his classic work How Green Was My Valley this powerful, highly acclaimed drama explores the darker side of a seemingly idyllic English hamlet. Featuring an outstanding cast, including British screen legends Flora Robson and Robert Newton, Poison Pen is featured as a High Definition remaster from original film elements in its as-exhibited aspect ratio.

The placid, harmonious life of a quiet village becomes a hotbed of paranoia and hatred as anonymous letters accusing the villagers of moral and sexual misdemeanors begin to circulate. As speculation and malicious gossip spread, suspicions begin to centre on Connie Fateley, a shy, solitary seamstress; it is only a matter of time before events take a tragic turn...
 

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A small, sedate British village is shocked when its residents begin receiving hate-filled diatribes, known as "poison pen letters".

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Theatrical Release: July 4th, 1939

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Review: Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:18:40.000        
Video

1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 16,669,400,044 bytes

Feature: 16,541,485,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, None
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1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 16,669,400,044 bytes

Feature: 16,541,485,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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Original script PDF


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 8th, 2019
Slim Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Network Blu-ray (January 2020): Network have transferred the 1939 Brit 'who-done-it' suspens'er Poison Pen to Blu-ray. It is described as being remastered from the original film elements. It looks quite good with a few light scratches and, perhaps, a bit of brightness boosting. This is housed on a single-layered disc with a middling bitrate. The image is frequently impressive almost looking like glossy stills. It shows some minor inconsistency but I thought provided a satisfactory 1080P presentation.

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On their Blu-ray, Network use a linear PCM mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It suffers a bit from the age of the production with less-than crystal clear dialogue but audible. There is some uncredited music (stock) supporting the narrative with titles like Dreaded Moments, Foxtrot, Whispering, Montage, Voluntary, and Playout. Network offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Network Blu-ray has only a stills gallery (fairly extensive) and you can access the original script as a PDF in the root of the disc.

Well, I liked Poison Pen. It's a 'B' film but has something to offer for fans of vintage cinema and those who enjoy a good British mystery set in a small village. The Network Blu-ray has value for the reasonable price offered. Good film! Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

 


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