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(aka "Black Velvet" or "Jeopardy" or "The Dark Web")

 

Directed by Michael Gordon
USA 1947

 

From Michael Gordon, the acclaimed director of An Act of Murder, The Lady Gambles, Woman in Hiding, Pillow Talk, Portrait in Black and Texas Across the River, comes this stylish film noir starring Ella Raines (Phantom Lady, The Suspect), Edmond O’Brien (The Hitch-Hiker, D.O.A.), William Bendix (Lifeboat, Wake Island) and Vincent Price (Tales of Terror, The House of the Seven Gables). Leopold Kroner, formerly of Colby Enterprises, is released after five years in prison for embezzlement. Andrew Colby (Price), claiming that Kroner has threatened him, hires lawyer Bob Regan (O’Brien) as a secret bodyguard. Sure enough, Kroner turns up in Colby’s room with a gun, and Regan kills him. Then Regan, who sticks around to romance Colby’s secretary Noel (Raines), begins to suspect he’s been used. Director Gordon and the superb cast spin a web of deception, seduction and murder in this first-rate crime drama.

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Leopold Kroner, formerly of Colby Enterprises, is released after five years in prison for embezzlement. Andrew Colby, claiming that Kroner has threatened him, hires lawyer Bob Regan as a secret bodyguard. Sure enough, Kroner turns up in Colby's room with a gun, and Regan kills him. Then Regan, who sticks around to romance Colby's secretary Noel, begins to suspect he's been used.

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Theatrical Release: May 25th, 1947

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:27:21.027        
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1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,624,232,038 bytes

Feature: 28,060,483,584 bytes

Video Bitrate: 38.90 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
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Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,624,232,038 bytes

Feature: 28,060,483,584 bytes

Video Bitrate: 38.90 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Professor and Film Scholar Jason A. Ney
Theatrical Trailer (2:17)


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 13th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (June 2021): Kino have transferred Michael Gordon's The Web to Blu-ray. It is the first time this has been available (not Video, LaserDisc or DVD) and now we get it in 1080P! It is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate and looks very pleasing. There is fine contrast layering and grain texture support. The image is clean and consistent (why wasn't this released before now?) The source seems in solid shape and the HD presentation is tight and impressive. There is adequate detail and frequent depth. All very good.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. There is a bit of aggression with gunfire and a supportive score by Hans J. Salter (The Female Animal, 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, Bengal Brigade, The Strange Case of Doctor Rx) that can waver between the budding romance and the thriller aspects. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Professor and Film Scholar Jason A. Ney. He talks about the strong pacing of The Web, the themes woven throughout - some of which adhere to Noir tropes, others that chart their own path, what Ella Raines character (Noel Faraday) accomplishes - it is not the typical femme fatale archetype. He talks about gun control laws, the police solving of the mystery, wasps vs. immigrants and the excellent Irving Glassberg cinematography. I found the political connections a bit far-a-field but he knows his Noir. He talks about the careers of Ella Raines and Edmond O'Brien. There is also a theatrical trailer as an extra.  

Michael Gordon's The Web is at the higher end of the Noir cycle of films. Because it has been out of the conversation for so long it's something to celebrate to have this forgotten and underrated gem surface on Kino Blu-ray. Ella Raines, Edmond O'Brien, William Bendix, Vincent Price... in a tight frame-plotted thriller with wonderful dark cinema characterizations from the bold ambitious everyman, the independent wily female, the studious cop and the nefarious criminal mastermind. Our highest recommendation!

Gary Tooze

 


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