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Directed by Raoul Walsh
USA 1952

 

From Raoul Walsh, the legendary director of The Thief of Bagdad, The Big Trail, The Roaring Twenties, White Heat and Gun Fury, comes this epic seafaring adventure starring screen greats Gregory Peck (Duel in the Sun, The Big Country) and Anthony Quinn (The Guns of Navarone, Against All Flags), and beautifully shot in Technicolor by award-winning cinematographer Russell Metty (Magnificent Obsession, Midnight Lace). Set in 1850, Peck stars as swaggering sea captain Jonathan Clark, who poaches seal pelts off the coast of Russian-owned Alaska. However, the real danger begins upon returning to San Francisco where he falls for a countess (Ann Blyth, Thunder on the Hill) fleeing from her engagement to a greedy Russian prince (Carl Esmond, Ministry of Fear). When Clark learns of her kidnapping, he sets sail—amid gale-force winds and treacherous seas—on a harrowing race to rescue his lady love and beat his longtime rival (Quinn). Featuring breathtaking action sequences, soaring cinematography and bawdy humor, this exciting classic is one to enjoy again and again.

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For the moment those two dark-hulled schooners take over the issue here involved, which is simply a race between two sealers out of 'Frisco for the far-off Pribilofs, the preceding rowdy-dow in 'Frisco fades easily from the watcher's mind and the only reality of the picture becomes those two schooners charging through the seas. Glistening in Technicolor, with their white canvas spread against the shy, they're a vision of energy in action and in conflict to fire the chilliest blood.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 18th, 1952 (Anchorage, Alaska)

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Universal - Region 1 - NTSC (from The Gregory Peck Film Collection) vs. Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Universal Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:44:00       1:44:23.256  
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.65 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 35,116,600,139 bytes

Feature: 32,728,412,160 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English, some DUBs in French, Spanish

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, French, Spanish, None English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
All Original Aspect Ratios - 1.33, 2.35 and 1.85 

Edition Details:

The World in His Arms

• Theatrical Trailer(1:49)


DVD Release Date: November 4th, 2008

6 Slim Keep Cases inside a cardboard box
Chapters: various

 

Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 35,116,600,139 bytes

Feature: 32,728,412,160 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Critic Nick Pinkerton
• Theatrical Trailer (1:49)


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 21st, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (July 2020): Kino have transferred Raoul Walsh's The World in His Arms to Blu-ray. This is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate and looks gorgeous in 1080P. While the 12-year old DVD also looked impressive for that format - the HD presentation blows it away with more information in all 4 edges of the frame, warmer skin tones, pleasing detail and a bump in black levels and contrast. The World in His Arms looks really sweet in-motion on my system. It's a beautiful film and fabulous Blu-ray transfer.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It is another advancement in the film's sea-faring effects and conflicts plus a rousing score by Frank Skinner (The Sleeping City, Arabian Nights, The Lady Gambles, The Appaloosa, Madame X, Magnificent Obsession, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, All That Heaven Allows, Thunder Bay, and The Naked City)  sounding authentically flat but impressive in regards to depth. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray has a new commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton. He covers the careers of most of the performers from stars to bit-players including wrestlers as well as focus on director Walsh, Universal studio's finances, the penalty for cursing in front of Ann Blyth, Cold War representations and much more. He is always prepared and informative. There is also the same SD trailer as found on the Gregory Peck DVD set. 

Raoul Walsh's The World in His Arms is a well-above average adventure, with touches of history (sale of Alaska to the US by Russia), romance, action and sea-faring conflicts. It's a well-paced film with cool Peck, gorgeous Blyth and boisterous Quinn - all captures by DoP Russell Metty. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting it after all these years - especially with the Pinkerton commentary. Another strong upgrade by Kino. A Blu-ray we can easily endorse.

Gary Tooze

 


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