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The Stranger [Blu-ray] (1946)

Edward Robinson , Orson Welles  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edward Robinson, Orson Welles, Loretta Young
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HD Cinema Classics
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G9UXEE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,189 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The legendary story that hovers over Orson Welles's The Stranger is that he wanted Agnes Moorehead to star as the dogged Nazi hunter who trails a war criminal to a sleepy New England town. The part went to E.G. Robinson, who is marvelous, but it points out how many compromises Welles made on the film in an attempt to show Hollywood he could make a film on time, on budget, and on their own terms. He accomplished all three, turning out a stylish if unambitious film noir thriller, his only Hollywood film to turn a profit on its original release. Welles stars as unreformed fascist Franz Kindler, hiding as a schoolteacher in a New England prep school for boys and newly married to the headmaster's lovely if naive daughter (Loretta Young). Welles the director is in fine form for the opening sequences, casting a moody tension as agents shadow a twitchy low-level Nazi official skulking through South American ports and building up to dramatic crescendo as Kindler murders this little man, the lovely woods becoming a maelstrom of swirling leaves that expose the body he furiously tries to bury. The rest of film is a well-designed but conventional cat-and-mouse game featuring an eye-rolling performance by Welles and a thrilling conclusion played out in the dark clock tower that looms over the little village. --Sean Axmaker --Sean Axmaker

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This package includes a Blu-Ray and DVD of The Stranger, in which an ex-Nazi war criminal assumes a new identity and a new life in suburban America following World War II. But an agent from the U.N. s War Crimes Commission is on his tail, threatening to expose the lurid past and true identity he keeps secret. Orson Welles directs and stars as Charles Rankin, a professor residing in a quiet Connecticut town with his new American wife, Mary (Loretta Young). Rankin has held strong to his fascist ideals but left nary a shred of evidence, not even a photograph, to identify him as the notorious Franz Kindler. Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson), the man determined to find him, has a plan. But when that plan disappears in the woods, Wilson is left with little hope of convincing the townspeople, or Kindler s naive new wife, who this stranger in their midst really is.

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130 of 132 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Edition Available December 29, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
When looking for a good DVD edition of "The Stranger," it's difficult to tell from among all the copies floating around which one is a quality transfer from an actual print of the film. The problem arises because "The Stranger" has fallen into the public domain. That means any basement-dwelling hustler can legally download it for free from some site like Internet Archive, slap it onto a blank DVD, print a label for it, and sell the slapdash product as "remastered" or some such. And a lot of these customer reviews aren't much help, reviewing the movie itself instead of telling you what you really want to know, which is the quality of the image on the disc. So there's no way to tell what you're getting until after you've ordered it. Well, I'm more than happy to tell you exactly what you need to know.

Bottom line: if you're looking for a good copy of this movie, The Stranger (MGM Film Noir) is the best available edition. It's manufactured by MGM, and bears the studio logo when the DVD starts up. The image itself is a quality transfer from a good master from a consistently clear print, fully intact. That's important, because some of these extremely messy public domain copies are missing the "Independent Releasing Corporation" banner before the credits begin, a sure sign that worse things are to follow. Though this edition has not undergone a frame-by-frame digital restoration, it's sharp, with rich blacks and good contrast, with enough detail to reveal the flaws in the source material, the ordinary marks of age such as scratches in some spots, which I noticed only because I was viewing it so critically. Otherwise, these flaws are negligible.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You have got to be kidding me! April 3, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Orson Welles' The Stranger is one of my all-time favorite films. But it's been in the public domain for years, so you could get waylaid on your way to the market if you're looking to buy a good copy. As an actual Amazon customer who bought this Triad edition of this DVD, I have some very specific information I can share with you, and it'll be my pleasure.

What you need to know is this: this Triad edition came straight out of the public domain. I bought this back in December, at which time Triad was promoting it as The Stranger (Remastered). This was a false claim, and they eventually changed the affix to "enhanced," which was equally as false, but less specific. The Triad on-demand DVD-R transfer lacked the studio banner at the start of the film, so it jumped right into the opening credits with stuttering, plangent sound. The image at first would not remain centered, swinging from side to side, as if it were transferred to video by a hand-held device while at sea. The picture was very murky, a heavily damaged print with extremely low resolution, with faded blacks. I think the source was a video tape, the copy identical to the one you can download yourself for free at Internet Archive. I was outraged. Thanks to Amazon's return policy, I immediately got a refund and ordered MGM's The Stranger (MGM Film Noir) instead.

After I got the refund settled, I returned to the Triad page and wrote a scathing review.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welles and Robinson shine June 21, 2001
Format:DVD
First of all, concerning the DVD edition of THE STRANGER -- the version I own and am reviewing is the Hollywood Classics release. This is the one that comes with the 30-minute documentary on Orson Welles and the (rather frightening) introduction by Tony Curtis. The picture and sound looked quite adequate to me though there is an annoying "Delta" logo that appears occasionally in the bottom right-hand corner. I had never seen the film before and purchased this DVD in a 3-pack of Orson Welles films. For the low price, the value is excellent and the video quality is quite good, though I'm sure it isn't as clear as the more expensive version. The customer will have to decide if they want to pay three times the price to get a cleaner version or get a serviceable copy for the lower cost.
Now moving on to the film. This movie is much more straightforward than the other Orson Welles films that I've seen. We have a standard good guy and a standard bad guy, and each character is set up in his role almost immediately. Edward G. Robinson plays the Nazi-hunter who has been tracking Orson Welles' character since the end of the Second World War. Welles' plays a Nazi who has gone into hiding and is now living in small town America as a schoolteacher. The acting from the two leads is spellbinding -- as good as any of their best work, with Welles in particular stealing the show. Welles triumphs in the difficult task of playing a man who has successfully integrated himself in a community, yet allowing the audience to see him as the villain that he is. The viewer never questions why the outlaw has been able to fool his friends and neighbors for months but can also pick up on the same clues that Robinson's character does.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Possibly The Worst Picture Quality Of Blu-Ray I've Ever Seen
Great film. But the two stars are for the blu-ray edition, easily one of the absolute worst transfers I've ever seen. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Scott Clifton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Suspenseful with great acting
Published 7 days ago by pat crane
3.0 out of 5 stars It's saying something that Edward G Robinson was the best actor in...
It's saying something that Edward G Robinson was the best actor in this movie. The camera angles and lighting were great, especially in the clock tower. Predictable end. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Admwrlk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good. Clean, good message unlike most movies today.
Published 22 days ago by Jan P. Rochester
5.0 out of 5 stars A great thriller!!
You just can't beat these old movies for suspense and drama. This movie was just great!!
Published 27 days ago by Naomi Boccio
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great movie if you enjoy old movies. Lots of drama and suspense.
Published 1 month ago by Thelma J Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PICTURE. ORSON WELLS AND EDWARD G
GREAT PICTURE. ORSON WELLS AND EDWARD G. ROBINSON: TWO OF THE BEST ACTORS THAT EVER CAME OUT OF HOLLYWOOD. THE ENDING IN THIS PICTURE IS FANTASTIC.
Published 1 month ago by charles schaeffer
2.0 out of 5 stars Kino Classic Blu-Ray missing scenes
The image quality overall is great, but there are two short scenes missing. One of Edward G. Robinson on the ladder as a rung breaks, and then another related one of him showing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Mcgue
2.0 out of 5 stars "The Stranger" has been gutted
"The Stranger" is a indeed a strange film.It is a strange film because where it mattered most the studio in charge of production saw fit to edit nearly 30 minutes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CitizenChampion
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic '40's movie, chiller
Fantastic suspense drama! It stands alone, I remember my mother praising this film when I was a kid but never
Really took the time to watch it fully. Great movie.
Published 3 months ago by Maureen
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