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Old 12-28-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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Default The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) Blu-ray 5/29/2012 Pre-order

Strange Love of Martha Ivers Blu-ray

Film Chest is bringing Paramount Pictures 'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers' (1946) to Blu-ray starring the great Barbara Stanwyck and Van Heflin ('Possessed') (1947).

This is awesome news. I used to have the Paramount DVD years ago but sold it in a DVD lot several years ago on eBay and now it's OOP. Hopefully this Film Chest release will be good like the Paramount DVD was. If I remember correctly, the transfer was very good.

Just pre-ordered! Can't wait!

Hopefully Film Chest will release 'Sorry, Wrong Number' (1944) also starring Barbara Stanwyck and also starring Burt Lancaster. Great classic noir.

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Old 12-28-2011, 07:34 PM   #2
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I've never even heard of this film but I'm a fan of Stanwyck and film noir, so I'll definitely give it a shot. Thanks for posting!

By the way, I agree whole heartedly about Sorry, Wrong Number. Hopefully also they will release Witness to Murder - which I don't believe was ever released on DVD.
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:48 PM   #3
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I've never seen 'Witness to Murder'. I'll have to check that one out. But yes, you will love 'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers'.
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Thanks BluPat! I pre-ordered as well!
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:03 PM   #5
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Strange love is a great noir, sadly film chest released The Stranger and Kansas City Confidential on blu and neither was great Strange love is now a public domain title I'm afraid and paramount have the only decent print I've seen, so my hopes are not high..
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:11 PM   #6
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Prior to its aforementioned Paramount dvd release, this excellent movie was the victim of many poor releases because it was a public domain title. I would need to know more about this blu-ray's origins before considering a purchase. Sorry, Wrong Number is owned by Paramount and has a good dvd transfer. Witness To Murder, an excellent suspense thriller, was a United Artists release and has never been released on video. I hope that it may be eventually released either by Warners Archive or MGM.
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I hope by some SLIM chance Film Chest and Paramount may have came to some arrangement for their (Paramount)'s transfer. I doubt it but stranger things have happened. At first reading, I thought this was coming out from Legend Films...the company that has been releasing Paramount titles (i.e., The Skull, The Man Who Could Cheat Death, etc.) hence me thinking they could nab Paramount's copy but, apparently Legend and Film Chest are 2 completely different entities.
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:14 PM   #8
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Strange love is a great noir, sadly film chest released The Stranger and Kansas City Confidential on blu and neither was great Strange love is now a public domain title I'm afraid and paramount have the only decent print I've seen, so my hopes are not high..
Exactly. I'm hopeful, but I won't be preordering. Waiting for reviews (and comparisons to the existing Paramount DVD) first.
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:56 PM   #9
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2012 is definitely looking like a very strong catalog year.
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:20 AM   #10
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Nice. An excellent noir.

Why is there no mention of Kirk Douglas being in this film?
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:44 AM   #11
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Nice. An excellent noir.

Why is there no mention of Kirk Douglas being in this film?
It was his film debut.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:22 AM   #12
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Looks like I'll be holding on to the OOP DVD until reviews on the transfer surface.
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:22 PM   #13
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Paramount doesn't own the rights to this movie anymore, they just own the best source elements for it, as their dvd release proved. If you love this movie or just want to give it a chance, that's the dvd edition to go. Forget all the rest, they are garbage derived from public-domain sources. As this blu-ray will be.

To anyone here hoping for a Paramount/Film chestnut agreement, forget it. Anyone hoping for decent image quality, forget it. I'm just speculating but this is my bet.

"Sorry wrong number" is owned by Paramount, so they would have to release it, not Film Chest. Olive Films could also release it, since they've been licencing many titles from Paramount for about a year. Legend only released a couple of them and stopped long ago.

Olive Films started with "Crack in the world", and then "Sands of the Kalahari", and next February they're releasing 6 (!) Paramount titles, some of them interesting. Check it out here on blu-ray.com
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Forget all the rest, they are garbage derived from public-domain sources. As this blu-ray will be.

Anyone hoping for decent image quality, forget it.
I have both The Stranger and Kansas City Confidential on blu and while neither will be mistaken for criterion quality blu rays, they still look pretty good (at least 'decent' IMO). If this release is on par with the previous films I'll be picking it up.
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I have both The Stranger and Kansas City Confidential on blu and while neither will be mistaken for criterion quality blu rays, they still look pretty good (at least 'decent' IMO). If this release is on par with the previous films I'll be picking it up.
Yea unless Paramount decides to put it out which I doubt, I'm leaving my pre-order with Amazon for this and 'The Red House'.
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I have both The Stranger and Kansas City Confidential on blu and while neither will be mistaken for criterion quality blu rays, they still look pretty good (at least 'decent' IMO). If this release is on par with the previous films I'll be picking it up.
"Decent" in this case means inferior to the MGM DVDs. I know The Stranger DVD is out-of-print, so I can understand that one. But KCC is readily available brand-new for less than 4 bucks...
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Yea unless Paramount decides to put it out which I doubt, I'm leaving my pre-order with Amazon for this and 'The Red House'.
Every DVD of The Red House seems to be appalling. I've seen a few of them which all seem to be from the same poor print (all have the same print damage). I certainly hope the BD isn't from the same source.
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"Decent" in this case means inferior to the MGM DVDs. I know The Stranger DVD is out-of-print, so I can understand that one. But KCC is readily available brand-new for less than 4 bucks...
That's what I meant. The MGM dvd-s of those two movies look better than the blu-rays by this company. At least according to the DVDBeaver screencaps. So I can't really support those releases. And "The strange love of Martha Ivers" and "Red house" will probably look the same: contrast boosted way up high, and DNRed to hell and back. I wouldn't hold high hopes for any of them. Just saying.
It's true that a Paramount blu-ray release is unlikely. But their dvd (which I own) should look better than this. Maybe Olive Fims could licence it. You never know these days.
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I have the Paramount dvd of this and have very little faith for a decent bd from Film Chest given their track record. although if they would just lay off the dnr they could possibly end up with a decent release.
what's sad is that these are exactly the types of lesser know films that I really want to see get released in proper versions on blu-ray.
film noir is my favorite film genre and always will be.

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I am reviewing the Kirk Douglas Collection DVD over at DVDTalk, and the first film in the set is The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. The packaging does not say "Film Chest" anywhere on it, so hopefully it's not worth worrying about, but the transfer in this set is not only watermarked with a Hollywood Choice Video bug and seemingly cropped, but features a remarkable "echoing" soundtrack that plays every line twice, the second much louder and delayed by a half-second.
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