Sunday, December 4, 2016

Road house (1948) - lesser known film noir from director Jean Negulesco, starring Ida Lupino, Richard Widmark, Celeste Holm and Cornel Wilde

Rating 7.3/10
Runtime: 95 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040740/

Cast

Ida Lupino ... Lily Stevens
Cornel Wilde ... Pete Morgan
Celeste Holm ... Susie Smith
Richard Widmark ... Jefferson T. 'Jefty' Robbins
O.Z. Whitehead ... Arthur
Robert Karnes ... Mike
George Beranger ... Lefty
Ian MacDonald ... Police Captain
Grandon Rhodes ... Judge

Description: Jefty, owner of a roadhouse in a backwoods town, hires sultry, tough-talking torch singer Lily Stevens against the advice of his manager Pete Morgan. Jefty is smitten with Lily, who in turn exerts her charms on the more resistant Pete. When Pete finally falls for her and she turns down Jefty's marriage proposal, they must face Jefty's murderous jealousy and his twisted plots to "punish" the two.

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_YlhjZ1ZycjdEVDA

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=88748466357584341575


Extra material included:

* "Killer Instincts: Richard Widmark and Ida Lupino at 20th Century Fox" - a 19-minute featurette with input from Eddie Muller, Robert Osborne and Rudy Behlmer among others, with plenty of info on Widmark and his solid reputation (avoiding the Hollywood lifestyle and being friendly to everyone) often opposing his unbalanced onscreen characterizations.


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.32 GB, 1905 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x480 ~> 720x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 120
Audio : 128/55 MB (main/commentary), 192/80 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2/2 channels, 0x55 = AC3/VORBIS, CBR/VBR


Subtitles (English, Spanish, French closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, French, Portuguese-Brazilian, Turkish, Serbian) posters and screenshots included


Dual audio track information


This movie contains two audio tracks, one is original English, and the other is commentary by film noir historians Kim Morgan and Eddie Muller. You can use VLC Player to easily choose between any of audio tracks (Audio => Audio track and switch to main audio track on Track 1, commentary on Track 2)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Romeo and Juliet (1936) - classic drama based on William Shakespeare play from director George Cukor, starring Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer, John Barrymore and Basil Rathbone

Rating 6.7/10
Runtime: 124 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: George Cukor
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028203/

Cast

Norma Shearer ... Juliet - Daughter to Capulet
Leslie Howard ... Romeo - Son to Montague
John Barrymore ... Mercutio - Kinsman to the Prince and Friend to Romeo
Edna May Oliver ... Nurse to Juliet
Basil Rathbone ... Tybalt - Nephew to Lady Capulet
C. Aubrey Smith ... Lord Capulet
Andy Devine ... Peter - Servant to Juliet's Nurse
Conway Tearle ... Escalus - Prince of Verona
Ralph Forbes ... Paris - Young Nobleman Kinsman to the Prince
Henry Kolker ... Friar Laurence
Robert Warwick ... Lord Montague
Virginia Hammond ... Lady Montague - Wife to Montague
Reginald Denny ... Benvolio - Nephew to Montgue and Friend to Romeo
Violet Kemble Cooper ... Lady Capulet - Wife to Capulet

Description: The Montagues and the Capulets, two powerful families of Verona, hate each other. Romeo, son of Montague, crashes a Capulet party, and there meets Juliet, daughter of Capulet. They fall passionately in love. Since their families would disapprove, they marry in secret. Romeo gets in a fight with Tybalt, nephew of Lady Capulet, and kills him. He is banished from Verona. Capulet, not knowing that his daughter is already married, proceeds with his plans to marry Juliet to Paris, a prince. This puts Juliet in quite a spot, so she goes to the sympathetic Friar Laurence, who married her to Romeo. He suggests a daring plan to extricate her from her fix. Tragedy ensues...

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_cU5PSVA1SWxNRmc

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=05400277622584273757


Video and audio information:

Video : 2.39 GB, 2800 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x480 ~> 720x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 120
Audio : 171 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1 channel, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, Portuguese) posters and screenshots included

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Angel face (1953) - lesser known film noir from director Otto Preminger, starring Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons

Rating 7.3/10
Runtime: 91 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Otto Preminger
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044357/

Cast

Robert Mitchum ... Frank Jessup
Jean Simmons ... Diane Tremayne Jessup
Mona Freeman ... Mary Wilton
Herbert Marshall ... Mr. Charles Tremayne
Leon Ames ... Fred Barrett
Barbara O'Neil ... Mrs. Catherine Tremayne
Kenneth Tobey ... Bill Crompton
Raymond Greenleaf ... Arthur Vance

Description: In California, the ambulance driver Frank Jessup and his partner head to a mansion in Beverly Hills to assist the millionaire Mrs. Catherine Tremayne that was poisoned with gas, but her doctor had already medicated her. When Frank is leaving the house, he meets Catherine's twenty year-old stepdaughter Diane Tremayne that follows him in her Jaguar. After-hours, they go to a restaurant and Frank finds an excuse to his girlfriend Mary Wilton to not visit her and he dates Diane and they go to a night-club. Diane has a crush on Frank and on the next morning, she meets Mary and tells to her what Frank and she did. Frank and Mary are saving money to open a garage since he is an efficient mechanic. Diane convinces Frank to be better paid working as a chauffeur for her family. Soon Frank learns that Diane hates her stepmother and he decides to quit his job. But Diane seduces him and he stay with the Tremayne family. When Mr. and Mrs. Tremayne have a fatal car accident, Diane and Frank become the prime suspect of the police and they go to court charged of murder. Now their only chance is the strategy of the efficient defense attorney Fred Barrett.

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_N2tUYkpEbm9Vdm8

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=79254696365989138398


Extra material included:

* One Moment's Inattention – Otto Preminger's "Angel Face" - Tag Gallagher's 26-minutes video-essay from 2005, released as an extra on the Kinowelt DVD edition of Preminger's movie. The inattentive moment from the title refers to Robert Mitchum's falling to the spell of Jean Simmons which will complice him into a story of jealousy and murder. Gallagher's video starts with fast paced provision of the production's context. See the following quotes from the introductory scenes:


Howard Hughes was an excentric billionaire who had bought the RKO-studio in order to date Hollywood acresses. He bought Jean Simmons’ contract from J. Arthur Rank, for whom she had made Hamlet. ›Hughes just wanted to screw her‹, said her husband, Stewart Granger, so Jean Simmons, after a violent quarrel with Hughes, grabbed a pair of scissors and cut her hair to the roots, knowing Hughes despised short hair on women. Only 18 days remained of her contract. Hughes phoned Otto Preminger at 3 o’clock in the morning and drove him around Los Angeles in his battered old Chevrolet begging him to direct Jean Simmons in »Murder Story«, a script Preminger had already rejected as Scheiße. [...] Hughes told Preminger: ›I’m going to get even with that little bitch, you’re the only director I can rely on to complete her role in 18 days. Look, you walk into the studio tomorrow morning like Hitler. It’s yours. [...] All I want to see is the Lady wearing a wig of long, beautiful black hair.«


Video and audio information:

Video : 986 MB, 1500 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 636x480 ~> 716x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 112
Audio : 125 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1 channel, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Greek, Serbian, Czech) posters and screenshots included

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Compulsion (1959) - classic drama from director Richard Fleischer, starring Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman

Rating 7.5/10
Runtime: 103 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052700/

Cast

Orson Welles ... Jonathan Wilk
Diane Varsi ... Ruth Evans
Dean Stockwell ... Judd Steiner
Bradford Dillman ... Arthur A. Straus
E.G. Marshall ... District Attorney Harold Horn
Martin Milner ... Sid Brooks
Richard Anderson ... Max Steiner
Robert F. Simon ... Police Lt. Johnson
Edward Binns ... Tom Daly
Robert Burton ... Charles Straus

Description: In 1924 Chicago, Artie Strauss and Judd Steiner are friends and fellow law students who both come from wealthy backgrounds. They have few true friends as they believe all their contemporaries are intellectually inferior. Within their relationship, Artie is the dominant and Judd the submissive who says he will do whatever Artie tells him. Although Judd acts intellectually arrogant to others, he also shows signs of weakness and reticence most evident to Artie. Part of their goal in life is to experience how it feels to do everything. As such, they plot to commit what they consider the perfect crime - a kidnapping and murder - not only so that they can experience the sense of killing for killing's sake, but also taunt the law with the knowledge of it and their superiority after the fact. They believe their crime is above the law. Their murder of young Paulie Kessler is not so perfect, with evidence at the scene uncovered by one of their law school colleagues, Sid Brooks, who also works for the Globe newspaper. As Artie and Judd try to manipulate their way out of how the evidence may implicate them, their manipulation ultimately backfires and they are charged with the murder. The most famed trial lawyer in town, Jonathan Wilk, is hired to defend the pair despite his atheism being against the families' sensibilities. Jonathan, renowned for his ability to manipulate juries, has to decide how best to defend his clients in the overwhelming face of evidence against them. The testimony of Ruth Evans, Sid's girlfriend, may have some impact on the trial's outcome.

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_elpUcXpNRDllUEk

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=30778582799342549524


Extra material included:

* Presentation by Richard Fleischer (in English, with French hardcoded subtitles)
* "One Crime, Two Masters"- A comparison of Hitchcock's Rope and Fleischer's Compulsion (French & English, with French hardcoded subtitles for English parts)
* "Orson Welles, Actor'' with Marc Toullec (in French, without subtitles)
* "Noir according to Fleischer" (French & English, with French hardcoded subtitles for English parts)
* Meyer Levin's novel "Compulsion" (in French, without subtitles)
* Teaser and trailer


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.75 GB, 2432 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 1024x436 (2.35:1), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 142
Audio : 330 MB, 448 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 6 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English (hearing impaired) closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, French, Portuguese-Brazilian, Greek) posters and screenshots included

Sunday, October 30, 2016

One way passage (1932) - lesser known pre-code romance starring William Powell and Kay Francis

Rating 8.1/10
Runtime: 67 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Tay Garnett
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023305/

Cast

William Powell ... Dan Hardesty
Kay Francis ... Joan Ames
Aline MacMahon ... Betty
Frank McHugh ... Skippy
Warren Hymer ... Steve Burke
Frederick Burton ... The Doctor

Description: Suave Dan Hardesty, a convicted murderer, is apprehended by Steve Burke, a police detective, in Hong Kong and accompanied on the SS Maloa headed for San Francisco. On board, Dan romances Joan Ames, a terminally ill socialite. She is unaware that his ultimate destination is San Quentin. Both realize that their time together is fleeting so they make a pact to meet at a Mexican night club on New Years Eve. When they part in San Francisco they know that the odds are against them...

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_RmhGb1pGQ01HSTA

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=33419548193633766768


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.87 GB, 3968 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x480 ~> 720x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 142
Audio : 93 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English, Spanish, French, Turkish, Croatian, Hungarian, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player) posters and screenshots included

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Night nurse (1931) - little known mystery, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Clark Gable and Joan Blondell

Rating 7.0/10
Runtime: 72 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: William A. Wellman
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022208/

Cast

Barbara Stanwyck ... Lora Hart
Ben Lyon ... Mortie
Joan Blondell ... Maloney
Clark Gable ... Nick
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Maxwell
Charlotte Merriam ... Mrs. Ritchey
Charles Winninger ... Dr. Bell
Edward J. Nugent ... Eagan

Description: Despite being turned down by Miss Dillon, the head nurse, as she doesn't have the necessary qualifications, penniless yet streetwise Lora Hart is able to use her charms on Dr. Arthur Bell, the chief of staff, to obtain a position as a probation nurse at the hospital. She ends up rooming in the nurses' quarters with fellow probation nurse, cynical Miss Maloney, who takes Lora under her wings. They are assigned to the night shift for four weeks, a shift where the criminal element is more likely to come into the emergency ward. It is there that Lora meets a bootlegger named Mortie, who falls for her after she risks her job to help him. In her first post-graduation assignment, Lora is sent into the private care of two children, sisters Desney and Nanny Ritchey, just released from hospital for anemia. Lora is alarmed by the care provided by the attending physician, Dr. Milton Ranger, who seems to be starving the children to death. Lora can't report him without risking her career and while still not saving the children as it's her word against his, a respected doctor. She has to find out what's going on, which seems to have something to do with the children's continually drunk and partying mother, and her chauffeur, Nick. Lora may get some help from someone who knows more about dealing with the criminal element than her.

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_MG0wc2tDWDNiZ28

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=90582123177033080075


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.54 GB, 3065 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x480 ~> 720x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 148
Audio : 99/41 MB (main/commentary), 192/80 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1/2 channel(s), 0x55 = AC3/VORBIS, CBR/VBR

Aslo included extra material:


Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (1:07:56) - 2008 documentary written by Steven Smith and featuring the insights of film historians and cultural critics including Molly Haskell, Camille Paglia and Leonard Maltin, lays out the history of the Motion Picture Production Code in clear, chronological detail, explaining how it came into being and, later, how movies changed when it began to be enforced.

The Code was a set of moral guidelines instituted by the Hays Office, a watchdog group led by the former U.S. postmaster general Will Hays, indicating what kinds of scenes, situations and language were acceptable in films. Its goal was to protect moviegoers from any unwholesome influences that might float down from the screen and do moral harm.

Though the Code wasn't fully enforced until 1934, it had actually been instituted in 1930, as Hollywood's way of responding to anxiety over the way film content had been changing since the advent of talkies. In 1930, the MPPDA, a trade association of movie studios that had been formed in 1922 (and which was later renamed The Motion Picture Association of America, as it's known today), introduced and immediately adopted the Motion Picture Production Code. Hays, the MPPDA's first president, oversaw the drafting of the Code, and although the studios were willing to abide by it - they had, after all, helped forge it - economic pressures in the early years of the Depression led them to virtually ignore its admonitions. Failing box-office figures meant the studios needed to lure audiences into movie theaters, and portraying all manner of dazzling criminal activity and saucy antics among sophisticated city folk was the best way to do that.

Thou Shalt Not explores the films of the early 1930s, using clips and commentary to show what made them so exciting and vital. As of 1930, the MPPDA didn't necessarily have a moral agenda, and outlandish films like Cecil B. DeMille's 1930 Madam Satan carried over plenty of moral decadence from the 1920s: a party scene features male guests wearing feathery codpieces and a girl in a tiny, silvery costume perched on a swing. In Thou Shalt Not, the filmmaker John Landis calls Madam Satan "downright pornographic," and just from what we can see in these clips, he's probably right. Other films were far less cheerful, disturbing to audiences for other reasons - in 1930, with some 5 million people unemployed, cynicism and despair had taken root and that was reflected in the movies, too. In a clip from William Wellman's 1933 "Heroes for Sale", a man down on his luck laments, "It's the end of America." His friend offers a democratic yet cheerless response: "No, maybe it's the end of us, but it's not the end of America."


Subtitles (English (hearing impaired) and French closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, French, Turkish) posters and screenshots included


Dual audio track information


This movie contains two audio tracks, one is original English, and the other is commentary by American film historians and authors Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta, who both specialize in the "Golden Age" of Hollywood. You can use VLC Player to easily choose between any of audio tracks (Audio => Audio track and switch to main audio track on Track 1, commentary on Track 2)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The count of Monte Cristo (1934) - classic adventure movie based on Alexandre Dumas novel, starring Robert Donat, Elissa Landi and Louis Calhern

Rating 7.7/10
Runtime: 113 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025004/

Cast

Robert Donat ... Edmond Dantes
Elissa Landi ... Mercedes
Louis Calhern ... De Villefort Jr.
Sidney Blackmer ... Mondego
Raymond Walburn ... Danglars
O.P. Heggie ... Abbe Faria
Irene Hervey ... Valentine
Georgia Caine ... Mme. De Rosas

Description: Edmond Dantes is imprisoned in the Chateau d'If without trial, for carrying a message from Napoleon in exile on Elba. After being told that he died in prison, his fiancé Mercedes is forced to marry his rival Count Mondego. Twenty years later, Dantes escapes with the help of the Abbe Faria, who leaves him the treasure of Monte Cristo. Dantes, now called the Count of Monte Cristo, plans his revenge on the three who framed him.

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_TGF1TXRGNFNwZlE

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=02250778723604126615


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.54 GB, 2000 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 678x466 ~> 678x508 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 120
Audio : 361 MB, 448 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Unfortunately no aubtitles, posters and screenshots included

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The call of the wild (1935) - classic adventure movie starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young

Rating 6.9/10
Runtime: 89 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: William A. Wellman
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0026164/

Cast

Clark Gable ... Jack Thornton
Loretta Young ... Claire Blake
Jack Oakie ... 'Shorty' Hoolihan
Reginald Owen ... Mr. Smith
Frank Conroy ... John Blake
Katherine DeMille ... Marie
Sidney Toler ... Joe Groggins
James Burke ... Ole
Charles Stevens ... Francois

Description: Jack Thornton has trouble winning enough at cards for the stake he needs to get to the Alaska gold fields. His luck changes when he pays $250 for Buck, a sled dog that is part wolf to keep him from being shot by an arrogant Englishman also headed for the Yukon. En route to the Yukon with Shorty Houlihan - who spent time in jail for opening someone else's letter with a map of where gold is to be found - Jack rescues a woman whose husband was the addressee of that letter. Buck helps Jack win a $1,000 bet to get the supplies he needs. And when Jack and Claire Blake pet Buck one night, fingers touch.

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_Y1BhZHdoYklyMmM

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=04678085331540316779


Video and audio information:

Video : 939 MB, 1624 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x478 ~> 720x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 120
Audio : 111/46 MB (main/commentary), 192/80 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2/2 channels, 0x55 = AC3/VORBIS, CBR/VBR


Subtitles (English, Spanish closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, French, Portuguese-Brazilian, Turkish, Greek, Serbian, Hungarian, Norwegian) posters and screenshots included


Dual audio track information


This movie contains two audio tracks, one is original English, and the other is commentary by Darwin Porter. You can use VLC Player to easily choose between any of audio tracks (Audio => Audio track and switch to main audio track on Track 1, commentary on Track 2)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The dark mirror (1946) - lesser known film-noir from director Robert Siodmak, starring Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell and Lew Ayres

Rating 7.1/10
Runtime: 85 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038455/

Cast

Olivia de Havilland ... Theresa Collins/Ruth Collins
Lew Ayres ... Dr. Scott Elliott
Thomas Mitchell ... Police Lt. Stevenson
Richard Long ... Rusty
Charles Evans ... Dist. Atty. Girard
Garry Owen ... Franklin
Lela Bliss ... Mrs. Didriksen
Lester Allen ... George Benson

Description: When Det. Lt. Stephenson investigates the murder of a doctor who was found stabbed in his apartment, he learns that he had dinner with a woman named Teresa Collins the evening of his death. It looks like an open and shut case when several residents of the apartment building identify the woman. It turns out not to be so easy when he learns she has a twin sister, Ruth and neither will implicate the other as being the woman who was there. A psychologist who has made a study of identical twins, Dr. Scott Elliott, agrees to look into the case and concludes that one of them is insane. Complicating matters is the fact that he is falling in love with one of them.

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_YXRMb1U0SzJ4aG8

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=28707287057839168100


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.27 GB, 2125 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 768x576 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 130
Audio : 274 MB, 448 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1 channel, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Turkish, Italian, Greek) posters and screenshots included