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Odd Man Out [Region B]

James Mason , Robert Newton , Carol Reed  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, William Hartnell, Dan O'Herlihy
  • Directors: Carol Reed
  • Producers: Odd Man Out (1947) ( Gang War ), Odd Man Out (1947), Gang War
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 116.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player, or on standard US Blu-Ray player. You need multi-region Blu-Ray player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Documentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, Special Edition, SYNOPSIS: Carol Reed's taut character study (disguised as a suspense melodrama) was adapted from the novel by F.L. Green and stars James Mason in his star-making role as I.R.A. operative Johnny McQueen. Breaking out of jail, Johnny takes it on the lam, but idealism forces him out of hiding in order to raise money for the I.R.A. cause he believes in so strongly. He decides to rob a bank, but the hold-up goes bad and Johnny is seriously wounded by the police. Staggering through the streets of Belfast, Johnny meets a succession of people who either want to help him or turn him over to the authorities. Johnny finally stumbles into a pub, where he is taken in by a homosexual artist (Robert Newton) who wants Johnny to pose for him in order to capture the desperation in his eyes. Johnny breaks free from the artist and tries to make his way to the waterfront in a final effort to escape ... but the police are slowly closing in. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Oscar Academy Awards, Venice Film Festival, ...Odd Man Out (1947) ( Gang War )

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
This is the greatest film I've ever seen. No one I know (of the dozens I've urged to see it) has ever disliked it, and it has become for others, their favorite movie too. It is really a story of all people: in their struggles on earth, their increasingly less purposeful attempts to survive, their deaths, the things they love, their religious faith transcending their deaths. It is also the story of the varied reactions of people toward one such person, a wounded, dying I.R.A. gunman on the run on the streets of Belfast or Londonderry in the late 1940s. The cinematography, the breadth of social classes (and ages) shown, the symbols, the suspense, the tenderness and callousness, are fascinating. The religious insights of the gunman, and of the grandmother of the girl who has a crush on him (and goes out into the Irish alleys to search for him) and of the police chief searching for him, are extraordinarily deep for a movie that is also edge-of-seat suspense. I've read that this is James Mason's favorite among the movies he did. The director Carol Reed's better known movie, "The Third Man" with Orson Welles, was not quite as broad or as deep as this. I note that every single person reviewing this movie has given it the highest rating this system allows; (how many other movies are AVERAGING 5 stars?) I would submit that it is the greatest movie ever made.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carol Reed's Masterpiece, Mason's Career Surge March 16, 2002
Belfast is a city of two faces. One city consists of bustling streets and energetic people with ready smiles. The other was that presented in this gripping film, that which the world media has focused on with increasing attention with the passage of time, the city of conflict where tensions accelerate to the boiling point and explode into violence.
"Odd Man Out" is a 1947 release which represents Carol Reed's first of three successively acclaimed international masterpieces. It was followed by "The Fallen Idol" with Ralph Richardson and Michelle Morgan and "The Third Man" with Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and the moving appearance in the last thirty minutes by Orson Welles. James Mason was also greatly assisted career-wise in his sensitive role as a young Nationalist underground leader living the last day of his life in a state of excruciating pain. Mason had earlier come to prominence in the 1945 release "The Seventh Veil" with Ann Todd. This role completed his momentum swing into the top ranks of international cinema stardom.
"Odd Man Out" and "The Third Man" have been selected as representative of British film noir at its finest. Reed uses shadows to compelling effect, while Robert Krasker, who would win an Oscar for Cinematography in "The Third Man," handled the camera with equally consummate skill in "Odd Man Out." The Reed-Krasker team present compelling silhouettes of characters who cross the path of Mason, whose face reveals the requisite painful sensitivity as underground gang leader Johnny McQueen.
The film begins with the clock in the main square striking noon and ends at the ring of midnight.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an unlikely fantasy October 6, 2003
ODD MAN OUT portrays life in an unnamed city in Northern Ireland via the unlikely narrative structure of the episodic fantasy--that is, in the tradition of ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THE WIZARD OF OZ; it is quite possible, in fact, that it influenced the Jim Jarmusch film DEAD MAN. James Mason plays Johnny McQueen, an Irish freedom fighter who is seriously wounded early in the film. As he wanders about the city in delirium, Johnny becomes a sort of talisman sought after by several eccentric characters for their own purposes, and he is reduced (or is it, elevated?) to the status of fatalistic symbol. The film presents us with an unlikely, outrageous, and irresistible portrait of an Ulster community, filmed by Carol Reed with delicious visual style. Every frame bursts with some brilliant image--the contrast of light and shadow, stunning camera angles, ingenious special effects, and snow in the night. In my opinion, the film rates slightly above Reeds THE THIRD MAN and slightly below his underappreciated THE FALLEN IDOL.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sad, Great Film By Carol Reed April 14, 2005
This is a powerful, tragic movie which is hard to forget. It tells the story of Johnny McQueen (James Mason), an IRA chief in Northern Ireland. He was sentenced to 17 years for robbery but broke out and now has planned to rob a mill to steal money for the cause. He leads three other men and things go wrong. He shoots and kills a clerk and is shot himself. During the chaotic escape he falls from the getaway car and is left on the street. He's seriously injured and probably is bleeding to death. All that evening and night, increasingly dazed and weak, he struggles to find someplace to go and rest.

Odd Man Out is really two stories. One is McQueen's. The other is that of Kathleen Sullivan (Kathleen Ryan), the young woman who loves him and is determined to find and save him. She knows he's terribly hurt and that he'll be hanged if he is caught. She won't let that happen. Despite her Catholic faith and the sympathetic counsel of her elderly priest, she'll shoot Johnny and then herself if she must.

Those Johnny McQueen encounters during the cold and sleeting night may want to help him or may want the reward for his capture, but none want to give him shelter. A prosperous, fat madam welcomes Johnny's team and learns where they left Johnny. Then she turns them in and listens as they're shot down in front of her establishment. Two sisters find Johnny lying in the road and take him into their house. They bandage him but cannot keep him, and send him out again into the rain. A crazed painter (Robert Newton), finds him in a bar and takes him to his studio, where he wants to paint the dying face. All the while the police are slowly narrowing their search. At last Kathleen finds him. He is so dazed he can only know that he is with her now and is safe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Iriean" " why so few films establishing the bloody 200 ...
"Iriean" " why so few films establishing the bloody 200 year or more, oppression that goes on now. "Up the IRA" ! Read more
Published 18 days ago by E.G.
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful tale of the stuggle and hope for a better life!
Odd Man Out bring about all of life's urgencies, the struggle for change and hope for the future in post war Ireland. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kren
3.0 out of 5 stars The Fugitive Robber
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It starts with a view of a rural area, then a large city. A man walks into an apartment. Men are planning an action to get funds. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Acute Observer
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd Man was out
When attempting to play on VCR it would stop, I had to hit play to continue. I thought I was getting a DVD so I'm to blame for that. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Albert P. Short
5.0 out of 5 stars Collection of Carol Reed trio now complete! *blu comment/update*
First acquired Third Man, then Fallen Idol, now this title. Superb films all. Odd Man Out hard to find, so leapt at purchase of "like new" copy for 'only' 30 bucks! Read more
Published on May 18, 2012 by Jrum C.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, great movie that I'd love to see again
I saw this movie once -- on television -- more than 40 years ago, and it has remained vivid in my memory as a superb film with outstanding acting, definitely one of the best film I... Read more
Published on September 14, 2011 by Margery L. Goldstein
5.0 out of 5 stars An Odd Film, But Well Worth the Effort
Filmed in Belfast, Odd Man Out is one of the highlights of UK cinema. Director Carol Reed (THE FALLEN IDOL (1948), THE THIRD MAN (1949)) and cinematographer Robert Krasker (BRIEF... Read more
Published on June 6, 2010 by ronzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Find, but Worth Watching
A wonderfully tense journey through the snowy, starlit street of 1940's Belfast, this film explores the effect of the IRA conflict on normal people who get caught in the middle. Read more
Published on December 10, 2009 by vitajex
5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion release
Don't spend your money on an overpriced used copy of this masterpiece film. Sources say that the Criterion Collection will be releasing this film in the near future, to be... Read more
Published on December 18, 2008 by bdlion
3.0 out of 5 stars Great looking film starts of well but goes astray about half way...
Beautifully photographed and strikingly directed film about an IRA robbery gone wrong starts well. About halfway through, however, the wounded protagonist meets a priest, a crazy... Read more
Published on October 12, 2008 by Peter Hoogenboom
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