The Woman in the Window — in Blu-ray

This is one that you need to experience.  4 Stars

The Woman in the Window, a 1944 Fritz Lang film, produced by Nunnally Johnson, and photographed by Milton Krasner, is pure mid-’40s noir.

But with a touch of It’s a Wonderful Life and Wizard of Oz, thrown in for good measure.

I’ll not discuss, as to give away a plot line could be devastating to first-time viewers.

Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett are the leads, along with Hollywood’s slimiest bad-guy Dan Duryea.

Kino Lorber’s new Blu-ray is a solid non-restored transfer, from some sort of dupe element. And though there are occasional light scratches, the film itself pulls through.

Good contrast, decent grain structure and shadow detail. Nothing that I found disturbing, once I understood what I was seeing.

This is one that you need to experience.

Image – 3.75

Audio – 4

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – yes

Recommended

RAH

Published by

Robert Harris

editor,member

15 Comments

  1. Mmm. "a solid non-restored transfer, from some sort of dupe element. And though there are occasional light scratches, the film itself pulls through . . . .Good contrast, decent grain structure and shadow detail. Nothing that I found disturbing, once I understood what I was seeing. . . . .Image – 3.75"

    I think that's called "damning with faint praise." I'll check the DVD before deciding.

  2. Robin9

    Mmm. "a solid non-restored transfer, from some sort of dupe element. And though there are occasional light scratches, the film itself pulls through . . . .Good contrast, decent grain structure and shadow detail. Nothing that I found disturbing, once I understood what I was seeing. . . . .Image – 3.75"

    I think that's called "damning with faint praise." I'll check the DVD before deciding.

    Membership rates at HTF may be a bit lower than other sites, but with that membership, come honest, free reviews.

  3. Robert Harris

    Membership rates at HTF may be a bit lower than other sites, but with that membership, come honest, free reviews.

    . . . for which I, and I'm sure every other HTF member, am very grateful. I should have put this in my earlier post: many thanks for the review.

  4. In other words, typical MGM transfer done years ago for the DVD, most likely. A shame, as this should look gorgeous – but with MGM unless they don't have an old HD master hanging around, Kino has to pay for a new transfer – so they take the old master.

  5. haineshisway

    In other words, typical MGM transfer done years ago for the DVD, most likely. A shame, as this should look gorgeous – but with MGM unless they don't have an old HD master hanging around, Kino has to pay for a new transfer – so they take the old master.

    Can’t blame them. They do what they can.

  6. I am just happy to have your input Mr. Harris. Any new Fritz Lang to blu-ray, is reason to be happy. Maybe there will be a pristine edition in the future – maybe not. But I will take this, until that day.

  7. Richard V

    Never seen it, but if the team up of E.G. Robinson and Joan Bennett is as good as it was on Scarlet Street, then it's a definite buy.

    I enjoyed Woman in the Window more than Scarlet Street, which struck me as more mean-spirited. Woman in the Window is great fun. I envy you your opportunity to see it for the first time.

  8. compson

    I enjoyed Woman in the Window more than Scarlet Street, which struck me as more mean-spirited. Woman in the Window is great fun. I envy you your opportunity to see it for the first time.

    I also prefer it to Scarlet Street.

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