- Feb 8, 1999
- Real Name
- Robert Harris
Elia Kazan's 1950 Panic in the Streets is a quality film, with a great cast, and an interesting plague-based story. I've always been a huge Richard Widmark fan, and in Panic, he does fine work.
Bottom line. It's a film that deserves your attention.
Technically, and this has nothing to do with the film's handling by the current team at Fox, but rather goes back to the junking of elements and creation of safety "protection" elements in the mid-1970s -- same old story -- we have some huge problems.
To my eye, it appears that a fine grain master was produced -- quickly, and without inspection. Much of the film is soft focus, with the lower 25% of so of the frame being decidedly out. This is a pity, as generally, the image, especially black levels, which are important, are quite decent.
Is the film worth $20 in it's current state on Blu-ray. I don't believe so. However, it still seems to be available via Fox Connect for $45, along with Gentlemen's Agreement, Boomerang and Pinky. At least one gets some quality for their dollars in that format, along with three other superb films. For $11, I'd go for it.
A superb noir film.
Image - 1.5
Audio - 4