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directed by William Castle
USA 1951

 

Hollywood Story (1951) takes aim at the darker side of the movie business. It stars Richard Conte as Larry O’Brien, a stage producer with dreams of being in the movie business who decides to shoot a documentary about the mysterious death of a silent film director, only to find himself in danger of suffering the same fate. With cameos by silent film stars such as Helen Gibson and Francis X. Bushman, it is reminiscent of Sunset Blvd., released a year prior.

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A producer takes over a small film studio and - sensing that it'll be a good movie- begins investigating an old murder of a silent film star shot in his office years ago. He finds that his life is threatened as he digs deeper into the mystery.

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Theatrical Release: May 28th, 1951

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Comparison:

Universal / Turner Classic Movies (Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers, Vol 2) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Millcreek (William Castle Double Feature - 2-disc) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the DVD Review!

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Distribution Universal / Turner Classic Movies (Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers, Vol 2) Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC Millcreek (William Castle Double Feature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:16:33     1:16:41.096 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.50 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,398,792,761 bytes

Feature: 19,307,102,208 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.96 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 English (Dolby Digital mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1869 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1869 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal / Turner Classic Movies

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Julie Adams on Hollywood Story (5:35)
• Eddie Muller on Hollywood Story (4:50)
• Publicity Stills
• Scene Stills
• Behind-the-Scenes Photos
• Movie Posters
• Lobby Cards

DVD Release Date:
2 discs in a digipack

Chapters 9

Release Information:
Studio:
Millcreek

 

1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,398,792,761 bytes

Feature: 19,307,102,208 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

None (shares package with 1951's New Orleans Uncensored on a separate Blu-ray)


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 12th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Millcreek Blu-ray (May 2020): Kit Parker Films in association with Millcreek Entertainment have brought a "William Castle Double Feature" to Blu-ray. It has New Orleans Uncensored on its own Blu-ray and 1951's Hollywood Story - on a second single-layered Blu-ray. So, while this is a new transfer - and appears to be from the same source as the Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers SD just in the higher 1080P resolution. It has the same marks and cue-blips. This, however, does remarkably improve the home theater presentation in terms of contrast, depth, detail - it is a slightly brighter image and grain texture is consistently supported. 

On their Blu-ray, Millcreek use a DTS-HD Master mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. It is another advancement in the film's audio and score by Frank Skinner (Foxfire, Madame X, Magnificent Obsession, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, All That Heaven Allows, and The Naked City). Millcreek offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Millcreek Blu-ray has no extras and only the New Orleans Uncensored Blu-ray sharing the package.

Another of the many 'City'-titled Noirs or crime dramas of the era like The Tijuana Story, The Miami Story, New Orleans Uncensored and The Phenix City Story.   Hollywood Story is a good one - Conte in fine form, comely Julie Adams and sly Henry Hull! I am very happy to own on Blu-ray. An easy recommendation to dark cinema aficionados with the bonus of the improved a/v of New Orleans Uncensored

Gary Tooze

ON THE Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers Volume 2 DVD set (fully reviewed HERE): 2 years after Universal and TCM released Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers that included such noir essentials as The Glass Key, The Phantom Lady and The Blue Dahlia for the first time in region 1, they are bringing Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers Volume 2. This time, the choice of films is not as stellar. The 2-disc set contains 4 films - 2 films by Fritz Lang - You and Me and Ministry of Fear, and 2 films by William Castle - Undertow and Hollywood Story. You and Me (1938) is available on DVD in Germany from Koch Media as part of their Film Noir Collection line. Ministry of Fear is available in region 1 in superior Blu-ray release from Criterion (compared HERE) and inclusion in this set is highly questionable - there are some other excellent noirs in Universal vaults that are still missing in region 1 and would have been a welcome addition to this set, like Robert Siodmak's Christmas Holiday, One Way Street (1950), Ride the Pink Horse (1947), The Suspect (1945) or Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948) (that is tied up in legal limbo). William Castle's both features make their welcome DVD debut and are very strong noirs. While the quality of Hollywood Story is surprisingly good, Undertow is taken from an old master that is soft and has some chroma. You and Me compares well to Koch Media transfer, having the same marks (including cue marks), but losing a sliver on the sides it does not suffer from PAL speed-up.

The second film in each set - Ministry of Fear and Hollywood Story - were transferred anamorphically, so there are black bars on the sides - see the first captures for each film. Audio quality is decent, with no distortions and per usual standard, there are no subtitles provided. The set starts with a generic introduction by Ben Mankiewicz. Each film includes a number of galleries, a short overview of each film by Eddie Muller (not recommended to watch before the film in question) and a very welcome 5.5-minute discussion of Hollywood Story with its star, Julie Adams. We can recommend the set with some reservation to quality of Undertow and existence of Ministry of Fear in HD.

 - Gregory Meshman

 


Universal / Turner Classic Movies (Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers, Vol 2) - Region 1 - NTSC

 

Millcreek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


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Subtitle Sample - Millcreek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Universal / Turner Classic Movies (Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers, Vol 2) - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Millcreek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

NOTE: Hollywood Story on DVD is transferred anamorphically

 

 


1) Universal / Turner Classic Movies (Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers, Vol 2) - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Millcreek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Universal / Turner Classic Movies (Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers, Vol 2) - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Millcreek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Universal / Turner Classic Movies (Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers, Vol 2) - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Millcreek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Universal / Turner Classic Movies (Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers, Vol 2) - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Millcreek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Universal / Turner Classic Movies (Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers, Vol 2) - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Millcreek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Universal / Turner Classic Movies (Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers, Vol 2) - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Millcreek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


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Distribution Universal / Turner Classic Movies (Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers, Vol 2) Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC Millcreek (William Castle Double Feature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


 


 

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