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(aka "Cry Innocent" )

 

directed by Abner Biberman
USA 1956

 

Hour by hour, the net of TERROR tightens! Elegant, exotic beauty Merle Oberon (The Lodger) plays against type in the unpredictable film noir The Price of Fear. A woman guilty of a hit-and-run accident frames another person for the crime, but soon is implicated in a far worse situation with a gangster who uses blackmail to lure her into a murder plot. Wonderfully directed by Abner Biberman (Gun for a Coward) and beautifully shot by Irving Glassberg (The Tarnished Angels), with a stellar cast that features Lex Barker (The Girl in Black Stockings), Charles Drake (Female on the Beach), Gia Scala (The Guns of Navarone) and Warren Stevens (Deadline - U.S.A.). The Price of Fear is a classic thriller that will leave you guessing until the shocking climax.

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A co-owner of a race track goes on the run after witnessing something he shouldn't have at the track.

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Theatrical Release: March 13th, 1956

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Comparison:

Universal / TCM - Region 1 - NTSC (Part of the 'Women in Danger' Box) vs. Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the DVD captures

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

  

Bonus Captures:

Distribution Universal / TCM - Region 1 - NTSC Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:19:21      1:19:22.716 
Video

1.97:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
 

2.0:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,913,574,503 bytes

Feature: 20,638,593,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.32 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)

Subtitles None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal / TCM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.97:1

Edition Details:
• Galleries (stills, posters, lobby cards)

DVD Release Date:
4 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

2.0:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,913,574,503 bytes

Feature: 20,638,593,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.32 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Trailer The Price of Fear (0:19 in SD)


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

Chapters 9

 

 

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 Price of Fear to Blu-ray as part of Kino's Film Noir: The Dark Side Of Cinema II with Thunder On The Hill, The Price Of Fear and The Female Animal. It appears to be from the same master as the Women in Danger - 50's Thriller DVD boxset (reviewed HERE). The 1080P has almost 6X the bitrate of the older DVD and the slightly brighter image superiority shows itself in a more textured, film-like appearance. Overall the detail is crisper and the 2.0:1 aspect ratio, single-layered transfer, with a high bitrate looks pleasing in-motion. A few speckles but otherwise the HD presentation is clean.

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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 tension-filled score by Heinz Roemheld (Ruby Gentry, I, Jane Doe, Dangerous, The Monster that Challenged The World, The Land Unknown, The Mole People, 1933's The Invisible Man) with consistent, audible, dialogue. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray has only a 19-second trailer for the film and two other film trailers - nothing more.

I'm a big fan of this one. The 'Noir' is quite heavy in The Price of Fear. A femme fatale exposed by her trying desperately to avoid responsibility for her mistake. Fate gave her an opportunity - she took it - but it also left her no outs as the web of lies was forced to expand.  I find The Price of Fear a very rewatchable Noir I am very happy to own on Blu-ray. It is a very welcome addition to Kino's Film Noir: The Dark Side Of Cinema II boxset.

P.S. This gal at the bar sure looks familiar!

Gary Tooze

 


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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

  

Bonus Captures:

Distribution Universal / TCM - Region 1 - NTSC Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


 


 

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