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The Stranger (MGM Film Noir) (1946)

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Black & White, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMFRVU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Stranger (MGM Film Noir)" on IMDb

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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: NR
Release Date: 10-JUL-2007
Media Type: DVD

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132 of 135 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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49 of 53 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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4.0 out of 5 stars I always hated Nazi movies
Different kind of movie, I always hated Nazi movies. Orson was a thin man back then. Of course Edward G. Robinson was always wonderful to watch in the old movies. Read more
Published 4 days ago by connip
1.0 out of 5 stars PASS!!
There exists a superior version which was released by Kion Lorber
Published 22 days ago by sam
4.0 out of 5 stars The movie is great but they did one awful job......
A bit of a disappointment with this purchase. This was supposed to be remastered which you would think it would mean that the quality is above reproach. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rocky
4.0 out of 5 stars a joy to watch
Orson Welles, Edward G, and Loretta Young are, as usual, a joy to watch. Fine and interesting actors. And it's always fun to see an Orson Welles directed film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rollo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item was as described.
Published 1 month ago by John Sziber
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 month ago by Scott Clifton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Suspenseful with great acting
Published 1 month 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 2 months ago by Admwrlk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good. Clean, good message unlike most movies today.
Published 2 months 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 2 months ago by Naomi Boccio
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