With Nick Ray's Rebel Without a Cause recently announced for Blu-ray, I decided to visit his second film, after They Live By Night, the 1949 Knock on Any Door starring Humphrey Bogart.
A Columbia Picture, released by Sony as part of their Choice Collection, leads me to believe that Sony's MOD program is going to be a quality affair.
As photographed by Burnett Guffey, Knock on Any Door comes off as dark, dangerous and gritty. Blacks on the DVD are about as deep as they can get, while shadow detail pops, creating an image with real depth. Grain, which is always problematic for DVD is fine.
When I add films to my library, I tend to look at them from various perspectives. One major perspective is toward completionism. One step closer to having the entire works of both Mr. Bogart as well as Mr. Ray.
A wonderful film, and a great looking DVD. While I wish it was Blu-ray with all the added possible image information, this will have to do.
Image - 4.5 (DVD Standards)
Audio - 5 (DVD Standards)