For anyone who had seen John Huston’s 1953 Beat the Devil, in probably the past 35 years, it wasn’t a pleasant outing.

Purportedly, having fallen into the public domain, it was available in unpleasant 16mm prints, and videos of poor resolution, sound and of unknown origin.

Thanks to the team at Columbia, the film has been restored from the original camera negative and fine grains, and in a version that I’ve never before seen.

Oswald Morris’ gorgeous black & white cinematography once again shines.

Don’t seek a plot, as one may not be there.

Just grab a copy, and have fun.

A treat courtesy of Twilight Time.

Image – 5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Don’t ask…

Highly Recommended

RAH

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Very disappointed with The Film Detective Blu-ray released a few years ago so this new version will be a easy buy for me. One of my favorites from Humphrey Bogart and director John Houston.
 
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Now watching the new TT Blu-ray. Far & away superior to that aforementioned 16mm stream version being sold by Amazon Prime.

I’m beginning to suspect the AP got wind of TT’s impending release and rushed that crummy 16mm stream to market.
 

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Just saw the new release and what a nice looking picture compared to what we have seen before. Very happy for the restoration and TT releasing the Blu-ray.