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Act of Violence


Warner Archive Collection

  • Score: 71

    from 2 reviewers

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  • Act of Violence's taut suspense and unique post-war narrative shine in Warner Archive's Blu-ray with strong A/V specs and solid extras. Firmly recommended.

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  • Video: 76

  • Act of Violence's Blu-ray presentation boasts a striking 1080p transfer from a 4K scan, with impressive detail and clarity throughout various lighting conditions and minimal compression artifacts, offering a well-balanced, film-like experience that very rarely dips in quality.

  • Audio: 76

  • Warner Archive's DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio mix for 'Act of Violence' is mostly free of hiss and crackle, offering clean dialogue and background effects while skillfully complementing Bronislau Kaper's moody original score. Overall, it's a solid audio presentation, enhanced with English (SDH) subtitles.

  • Extra: 66

  • Extras include a well-rounded collection of features such as a highly informative commentary by historian Dr. Drew Casper, insightful industry veteran interviews in 'Dealing with the Devil,' two HD-restored classic cartoons, and a memorable theatrical trailer, all ported over from Warner Bros.' 2007 DVD set.

  • Movie: 71

  • Act of Violence emerges as a gripping post-war film noir powered by solid performances from Robert Ryan and Van Heflin, combined with stellar cinematography. Despite a few narrative hiccups, the film captivates with its intense atmosphere and Warner Archive's Blu-ray release enhances this classic with impressive A/V quality and valuable bonus features.


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