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Directed by Joseph Pevney
USA 1955

 

From Joseph Pevney, the outstanding director of Foxfire, Female on the Beach, The Strange Door, Man of a Thousand Faces and The Night of the Grizzly, comes this classic film noir starring screen great Tony Curtis (The Vikings, Trapeze) with George Nader (The Female Animal) and Julie Adams (Bend of the River). For decades, policeman Edward Gallagher (Nader) has tried to steer his lifelong friend and charming thief Jerry Florea (Curtis) from his life of crime. As Jerry graduates from two-bit hood to criminal mastermind, he must choose between the chance at redemption offered by his friend, or the irresistible allure of the crime of the century. Gorgeously shot by legendary cinematographer William H. Daniels (Thunder on the Hill) and co-starring Sal Mineo (Rebel Without a Cause) and Jay C. Flippen (Night Passage), Six Bridges to Cross is a thrilling crime drama inspired by the infamous Great Brink’s Robbery of 1950.

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Follow the evolution of a small time juvenile delinquent hood to a big time racketeer. Based on the famous 1950 Brinks Robbery in Boston that netted the crooks $2.5 million. The story delves into the psychology of the perpetrators, as well as the intricate mechanics of the hold-up.

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Theatrical Release: January 19th, 1955

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Only available at present as part of Kino's Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema IV with Calcutta, An Act of Murder and Six Bridges to Cross

  

Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:36:31.786        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,011,248,633 bytes

Feature: 19,963,539,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.29 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: 23,011,248,633 bytes

Feature: 19,963,539,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.29 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentaries by Film Historian Samm Deighan

• 1955 Archival TV Promo with Tony Curtis (6:57)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: July 14th, 2020
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 (July 2020): Kino have transferred Joseph Pevney's Six Bridges to Cross to Blu-ray as part of Kino's Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema IV with Calcutta, An Act of Murder and Six Bridges to Cross.

The single-layered transfer has a supportive bitrate and looks quite consistent with only some sporadic and less-noticeable frame-specific damage (se two sample at the bottom). Tony's eyes and smile light up the screen. The contrast is reasonable and there is texture. I image this is a fair representation of the theatrical presentation. Some depth sneaks in and the image is solid.

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. The film's audio, has a few aggressive effects (a car crash, gunfire) and an effective if generic score by Frank Skinner (The Sleeping City, The Lady Gambles, The Appaloosa, Madame X, Magnificent Obsession, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, All That Heaven Allows, Thunder Bay, The Naked City etc.) and Herman Stein (Son of Ali Baba, Man in the Shadow, Female on the Beach, This Island Earth, It Came From Outer Space, War Arrow, Tarantula, There's Always Tomorrow, The Incredible Shrinking Man)  sounding supportive and heightening tension. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by film historian Samm Deighan. She does another appreciative job talking about Noir in general giving plenty of examples also discussing heist and prison escape films. She gives great background on Joseph Pevney and how he directed one of my favorite ToS episodes The City on the Edge of Forever. It's good. There is also a 7-minute 1955 Archival TV Promo with Tony Curtis.  

Joseph Pevney's Six Bridges to Cross is a fine film that is a viable part of the Kino's Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema IV Blu-ray boxset although not making our essential list. It finishes the boxset on a strong note if only skirting the edges of the Noir cycle.

Gary Tooze

 


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