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Directed by Harry Keller
USA
1958

 

Never come between a woman and her prey in the wickedly entertaining drama, The Female Animal! Hollywood star Vanessa Windsor (Hedy Lamarr) is saved from a terrible on-set accident by handsome studio extra, Chris Farley (George Nader). In appreciation of his skills and good looks, she sets him up as the “caretaker” of her beach house. When Vanessa’s sultry daughter (Jane Powell) meets Chris, the claws come out as both ladies try to stake out his affections in this campy, glitzy battle for love.

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This was Lamarr's last film before she went into retirement, and not a very good finale. Lamarr is a movie star who is saved from a falling light by extra Nader. She gives him a job as caretaker of her beach house, which starts an affair. Trouble starts when Nader falls for Powell, who turns out to be Lamarr's adopted daughter. Lamarr brings in a good performance considering the material, but her costars fall way below par.

Excerpt from the TVGuide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 22nd, 1958

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Comparison:

Universal - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Box Cover

  

Presently, only available in Kino's Film Noir: The Dark Side Of Cinema II Blu-ray with Thunder On The Hill, The Price Of Fear and The Female Animal

  

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Distribution Universal Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:22:23         1:22:33.949  
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.47 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,780,513,218 bytes

Feature: 21,037,713,408 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.42 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital mono)

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 None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• None

DVD Release Date: October 30th, 2015

Keep Case
Chapters: 9

 

Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,780,513,218 bytes

Feature: 21,037,713,408 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.42 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle and David DeCouto
The Female Animal trailer (2:10)


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 12th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard sleeve (see below)

Chapters 10

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (May 2020): Kino have transferred The Female Animal to Blu-ray as part of their Kino's Film Noir: The Dark Side Of Cinema II with Thunder On The Hill, The Price Of Fear and, this, The Female Animal. It appears to be from the same master with the same damage marks as the 2015 DVD. The 1080P has somewhere around 5X the bitrate via the Kino Blu-ray, but the improvement is more apparent than the screen caps indicate in this case. It is quite thick and superior in most visual areas; details, contrast, depth, grain support... it shows a sliver more in the frame and looks pleasing, if not dynamic, in-motion.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It is another advancement in the film's audio and, occasionally dramatic, score by Hans J. Salter (Naked Alibi, 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)  sounding a bit deeper with more consistent dialogue. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offer us a new audio commentary by film historians David Del Valle and David DeCouto who admit they had never seen the film previously. They make some great comments on Hedy (some good stories suing Mel Brooks etc.) and the female star's age issues relating to the plot. I enjoyed with some talk beyond the generic in terms of the cast and crew. Good stuff, guys. There is also a trailer for The Female Animal and two other films. 

While there is a certain gossipy silliness to the plot of The Female Animal so it's biggest attribute seems to be the stars; Hedy Lamarr, Jane Powell, Jan Sterling -  and the biting dialogue in a Noir-leaning way. In some sense - those features can be enough for many a fan. Let's not forget Russell Metty's cinematography.  The commentary tacks another bonus point to give it value. We will review the other two Blu-rays of Kino's Film Noir: The Dark Side Of Cinema II soon.

Gary Tooze

ON THE DVD: The Female Animal is an attempt at a provocative brand of cinema that didn't have a long shelf life although it achieves on a few levels although the star ages were inaccurate to the plot - Hedy Lamarr (44), Jane Powell (30), Jan Sterling (38) had their more glamorous years behind. The exploitive title was an unfulfilling 'come on' but it wasn't all bad.

The disc is predictably single-layered and has no menus, or extras, and the transfer is interlaced (see combing in bottom capture.) Aside from that it was a bit soft - but consistent. There wasn't much damage or speckles. DoP Russell Metty's utilizes the black and white visuals well - with snippets of contrast brilliance.

The audio is lossy but clear and clean. The score by Hans J. Salter (Man Without a Star, Cover Up, The Wolfman, The Mole People) sounds supportive but is largely unremarkable in the presentation. There are no subtitles and the media is region FREE.

The film is weak beyond the performer appeal. I'll watch Hedy in anything on celluloid, and Jane Powell had some aggressive cuteness. Unfortunately, there isn't enough to recommend - especially an the exorbitant MoD pricing. Pass too all except die-hard fans of the ladies.  

Gary Tooze

 


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