Jun 042021

Each Dawn I Die debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection receiving a new video restoration and stars James Cagney and George Raft and was released April 20th.



Each Dawn I Die
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Drama, Crime
Warner Archive | NR – 92 min. – $21.99 | April 27, 2021

Date Published: 06/04/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: William Keighley
Writer(s): Jerome Odlum (novel); Normal Reilly Raine and Warren Duff (screenplay)
Cast: James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan, George Bancroft

Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Cartoons, Trailers
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 46.87 GB
Total Bitrate: 41.04 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



Plot Synopsis: Frank Ross (JAMES CAGNEY) is an intrepid reporter hot on the trail of a corrupt politician when he is framed for vehicular manslaughter and sent to prison. There he meets the infamous gangster “Hood” Stacey (GEORGE RAFT), and the two become fast friends when Stacey saves Ross from a deadly knife attack. When Stacey escapes from a courthouse, he promises that he will help clear Ross’ name by finding the man who framed him. But can Ross really trust the word of a gangster?



Pretty good selection of features, albeit probably ported over from the DVD release. First up is an Audio Commentary with Film Historian Haden Guest; a Vintage Newsreel (1:24), A Day in Santa Anita (18:00) documentary shot; Detouring America (7:57) classic cartoon; Wings of the Navy Trailer (3:22); Stool Pigeons and Pine Overcoats: The Language of Gangster Films (20:59) featurette; Breakdowns of 1939: Studio Blooper Reel (14:35); Each Dawn I Crow (8:00) cartoon; Lux Radio Theater Broadcast (57:54); and last the Re-Issue Trailer (1:44).


VIDEO – 5/5, AUDIO – 4½/5

As with the majority of Warner Archive releases, especially of older films, the picture on Each Dawn I Die looks absolutely incredible. The black and white presentation is pristine, the original film grain still intact and no significant or obvious signs of aliasing or artifacting. Black levels are stark without appearing crushed and the white elements nicely balanced.

The disc comes equipped with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track. Generally this sounds excellent, dialogue comes through with good clarity and the soundtrack is evenly processed through the center channel. Also, there was not any apparent hissing or pops, which is impressive given this is an 80+ year old movie.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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