Genre(s): Thriller, Romance, War
Olive Films | NR – 106 min. – $29.95 | April 30, 2013
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Writer(s): Corey Ford and Alastair MacBain (book); Boris Ingster and John Larkin (story), Albert Maltz and Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay)
Cast: Gary Cooper, Robert Alda, Lilli Palmer
Theatrical Release Date: September 28, 1946
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Disc Size: 19.6 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Plot Outline (from back cover): American physicist Professor Alvah Jesper (GARY COOPER) is parachuted into war-torn Nazi Germany to obtain military secrets. But the deeper he probes, the deadlier his mission becomes… especially when his involvement with the beautiful and mysterious Gina (LILLI PALMER) catapults him into an intense maelstrom of danger, betrayal and murder.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5
No features have been included.
VIDEO – 4.0/5
Olive Films releases Cloak and Dagger in its original 1.37 full frame aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture here, as with The Enforcer, didn’t receive a scrubbing so there is a fine amount of scratches and other wear and tear but taking that aside, the picture looks pretty darn good with some decent detail levels and solid contrast throughout. Given the film is now 67 years old and didn’t get the best treatment (compared with others), I was impressed with the transfer.
AUDIO – 3.25/5
The DTS-HD MA Mono track featured isn’t anything extraordinary but serviceable. Dialogue and action portions sound nice and clear but the track does tend to top out during the score. Still, it’s a fine track for fans of the movie.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, this WWII film noir features splendid performances from Gary Cooper and Lilli Palmer and good cinematography by Sol Polito and direction by legendary filmmaker Fritz Lang. The Blu-ray distributed by Olive Films has a decent audio mix and impressive video transfer, although there are no features including making this a relatively expensive purchase all things considered.