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Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Strawberry Blonde & A Lion in the Streets – in Blu-ray (1 Viewer)

Robert Harris

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Warner Archive gives James Cagney fans a new wonderful gift - from newly restored masters derived from the original negatives - all four them - two Raoul Walsh directed classics.

From 1941 - The Strawberry Blonde - a supporting cast of Olivia De Havilland, Rita Hayworth, Alan Hale, Jack Carson and George Tobias. Look for George Reeves of GWTW fame in a small role.

Turn of the century fun as captured by James Wong Howe.

Meticulously mastered in black & white with a gray scale that leaps from the screen. A nice fine grain structure that may be original and an overall image that looks as good as 4k.

From 1953 and the acetate three-strip era is A Lion in the Streets that takes the innocence of Strawberry Blonde and strands it on its head. Acquired for production early on by the Cagney company, this tale of the underbelly of American politics rings more true today than it did sixty years ago.

Beaten to the screen by All the King's Men, it chronicles the rise (and fall) of a home-spun politician played by Mr. Cagney. Support here comes from Barbara Hale, an early role from Anne Francis, Warner Anderson and Jeanne Cagney. Look for Lon Chaney, Jr. in one of his rare three-strip appearances.

An absolutely impeccable recombine from Warmer Archive.

Two wonderful films worth taking a place in a true cinephiles library.

Image – 5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors - Yes

Worth your attention - 8

Upgrade from DVD - Yes

Highly Recommended

RAH
 

Trancas

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Which one is supposed to be the Strawberry Blonde?
StrawbryBlnd.jpg
 

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For a moment I this might a recent Warner Bros "vs" films ;) - thankfully I'm guessing it's two different films !
 

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