Saturday, July 12, 2014

You only live once (1937) - crime flick starring Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney

Rating 7.5/10
Runtime: 86 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Fritz Lang
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029808/

Cast

Sylvia Sidney ... Joan Graham
Henry Fonda ... Eddie Taylor
Barton MacLane ... Stephen Whitney
Jean Dixon ... Bonnie Graham
William Gargan ... Father Dolan
Jerome Cowan ... Doctor Hill

Description: Joan is the secretary to the public defender in a large city. She is in love with a career criminal named Eddie, and she believes that he is a basically good person who just had some tough breaks. She uses her influence to get him released early, and he tries to go straight after marrying her, but things don't work out, and they both go on the lam.

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Download link (torrent file):

http://www37.zippyshare.com/v/66426960/file.html

https://www.firedrive.com/file/F2A54D180777F8F8


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.07 GB, 1858 Kbps, 25 fps, 694x570 ~> 739x570 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 130
Audio : 113 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


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

Sunday, July 6, 2014

20,000 years in Sing Sing (1932) - film noir precursor starring Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis

Rating 7.1/10
Runtime: 78 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023731/

Cast

Spencer Tracy ... Tommy Connors
Bette Davis ... Fay Wilson
Arthur Byron ... The Warden
Lyle Talbot ... Bud Saunders
Warren Hymer ... Hype
Louis Calhern ... Joe Finn

Description: Tom Connors is sentenced to Sing Sing believing his influential friends will soon have him out on parole. A trouble maker, he gets ninety days in solitary and no parole. His girlfriend Fay is injured and Warden Long lets Tom visit her on his honor to return. During a fight with mobster Joe Finn, Fay shoots Finn, Tom jumps out the window and is blamed for the death. He gives himself up but is sentenced to the electric chair.

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Download link (torrent file):

http://www55.zippyshare.com/v/73532723/file.html

https://www.firedrive.com/file/02598499FF084DE6


Video and audio information:

Video : 911 MB, 1637 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 718x480 ~> 718x538 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 130
Audio : 107 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (Spanish, Portuguese-Brazilian), posters and screenshots included

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The big country (1958) - classic western with Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons and Charlton Heston

Rating 7.9/10
Runtime: 165 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: William Wyler
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051411/

Cast

Gregory Peck ... James McKay
Jean Simmons ... Julie Maragon
Carroll Baker ... Patricia Terrill
Charlton Heston ... Steve Leech
Burl Ives ... Rufus Hannassey
Charles Bickford ... Maj. Henry Terrill

Description: Retired, wealthy sea Captain James McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach to life are a mystery to the ranchers and ranch foreman Steve Leech takes an immediate dislike to him. Pat is spoiled, selfish and controlled by her wealthy father, Major Henry Terrill. The Major is involved in a ruthless civil war, over watering rights for cattle, with a rough hewn clan led by Rufus Hannassey. The land in question is owned by Julie Maragon and both Terrill and Hannassey want it.

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Download link (torrent file):

http://www30.zippyshare.com/v/44661475/file.html

https://www.firedrive.com/file/9FD93BB310414A6E


Video and audio information:

Video : 2.37 MB, 2018 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 854x364 ~> 854x381 (2.35:1), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 120
Audio : 159 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


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

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I walked with a zombie (1943) - lesser known horror directed by Jacques Tourneur

Rating 7.3/10
Runtime: 69 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036027/

Cast

James Ellison ... Wesley Rand
Frances Dee ... Betsy Connell
Tom Conway ... Paul Holland
Edith Barrett ... Mrs. Rand
James Bell ... Dr. Maxwell

Description: A young Canadian nurse comes to the West Indies to care for Jessica, the wife of a plantation manager. Jessica seems to be suffering from a kind of mental paralysis as a result of fever. When she falls in love with Paul, Betsy determines to cure Jessica even if she needs to use a voodoo ceremony, to give Paul what she thinks he wants.

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Download link (torrent file):

http://www53.zippyshare.com/v/95094296/file.html

https://www.firedrive.com/file/E1737765113901E6


Video and audio information:

Video : 853 MB, 1738 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x480 ~> 720x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 114
Audio : 94/40 MB (main/commentary), 192/80 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1/2 channel(s), 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, German, Portuguese, Polish, Greek), posters and screenshots included


Dual audio track information


This movie contains two audio tracks, one is original English, and the other is additional audio commentary by by filmmaker Robert Wise. You can use VLC Player to easily choose between any of audio tracks (Audio => Audio track) or you can use VirtualDub to get rid of any of audio tracks by following these steps:


1. Download Virtualdub from that WWW address:

http://www.virtualdub.org/download.html

2. Download your version, unzip the files, start the program by running VirtualDub.exe

3. From “File” tab choose “Open video file” and find your dual audio file on your HDD (or you can simply drag and drop movie file into program window)

4. If any warning window pops up, just click on “OK”

5. From “Video” tab choose “Direct stream copy” option (very important, do not miss that step)

6. From “Audio” tab choose which audio stream you want to use, usually English is Stream 1, and commentary is on Stream 2, but to be 100 % sure use preview option that VD provides by clicking on “Play” button on the bottom of program window when video file is loaded. Of course you can get rid of original audio and save the file with commentary that way too, just by choosing other stream.

7. From “File” tab choose “Save AVI file”, put movie name and choose destination folder and then click on OK. Program will start its job after no more than 2 minutes your only one audio track movie should be ready.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bachelor mother (1939) - Ginger Rogers and David Niven in a screwball comedy

Rating 7.7/10
Runtime: 82 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Garson Kanin
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031067/

Cast

Ginger Rogers ... Polly Parrish
David Niven ... David Merlin
Charles Coburn ... J. B. Merlin
Frank Albertson ... Freddie Miller
E.E. Clive ... Butler
Elbert Coplen Jr. ... Johnnie

Description: Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling. Outraged at Polly's unmotherly conduct, David Merlin becomes determined to keep the single woman and "her" baby together.

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Download link (torrent file):

https://www.firedrive.com/file/3BD6C2463D83E896

http://www56.zippyshare.com/v/35730162/file.html


Video and audio information:

Video : 816 MB, 1387 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 608x448 (4:3), XviD 1.2.1 (UTC 2008-12-04)
Audio : 74 MB, 128 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = MP3, VBR


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

Monday, June 2, 2014

Le trou AKA The hole (1960) - prison escape flick from Jacques Becker directing his last movie

Rating 8.4/10
Runtime: 132 min
Language: French
Country: France
Directed by: Jacques Becker
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054407/

Cast

Michel Constantin ... Geo Cassine
Jean Keraudy ... Roland Darbant
Philippe Leroy ... Manu Borelli
Raymond Meunier ... Vossellin / Monseigneur
Marc Michel ... Claude Gaspard
Jean-Paul Coquelin ... Le lieutenant Grinval

Description: Just as four cell-mates are about to launch their elaborate escape from a tiny cell, a detainee from a cell-block under repair is transferred in. They all face certain conviction and long sentences. Does the young new jail-mate have the same incentive and if so... can they trust him ?

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Download link (torrent file):

http://www7.zippyshare.com/v/36473730/file.html

https://www.firedrive.com/file/65249D4A2A42FAA9


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.67 GB, 1812 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 678x480 ~> 803x480 (1.66:1), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 125
Audio : 181 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, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish), posters and screenshots included

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The big clock (1948) - lesser known film noir starring Ray Milland and Charles Laughton

Rating 7.7/10
Runtime: 95 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: John Farrow
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040160/

Cast

Ray Milland ... George Stroud
Charles Laughton ... Earl Janoth
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Georgette Stroud
George Macready ... Steve Hagen
Rita Johnson ... Pauline York
Elsa Lanchester ... Louise Patterson

Description: When powerful publishing tycoon Earl Janouth commits an act of murder at the height of passion, he cleverly begins to cover his tracks and frame an innocent man, whose identity he doesn't know, but who just happen to have contact with the murder victim. That man is a close associate on his magazine whom he enlists to trap this "killer" George Stroud. It's up to George to continue to "help" Janouth, to elude the police and to find proof of his innocence and Janouth's guilt.

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Download link (torrent file):

http://www.firedrive.com/file/319BB7EAF6387A20

http://www6.zippyshare.com/v/53416342/file.html


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.66 GB, 2500 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x480 ~> 720x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 120
Audio : 130 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


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

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sabrina (1954) - Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden in Billy Wilder's romantic comedy

Rating 7.8/10
Runtime: 113 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Billy Wilder
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047437/

Cast

Humphrey Bogart ... Linus Larrabee
Audrey Hepburn ... Sabrina Fairchild
William Holden ... David Larrabee
Walter Hampden ... Oliver Larrabee
John Williams ... Thomas Fairchild
Martha Hyer ... Elizabeth Tyson

Description: Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work - busily running the family corporate empire with no time for a wife and family. David is all play - technically employed in the family business but never showing up for work, spending all his time entertaining, and having been married and divorced three times. Sabrina Fairchild is the young, shy, and awkward daughter of the household chauffeur, who has been infatuated with David all her life, but whom David hardly notices till she goes away to Paris for two years and returns an elegant, sophisticated, beautiful woman. Suddenly, she finds she's captured David's attention, but just as she does so, she finds herself also falling in love with Linus...

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Download link (torrent file):

http://www.firedrive.com/file/C1BA6276B20D1B66

http://www55.zippyshare.com/v/40274248/file.html


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.17 GB, 1569 Kbps, 25 fps, 716x572 ~> 762x572 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 68
Audio : 174 MB, 224 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish), posters and screenshots included

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Why we fight (1942-1945) - American propaganda WWII series from director Frank Capra



As we approach the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II, I'd like to share with you my dear visitors, this series of seven documentary films commissioned by the United States government during World War II whose purpose was to show American soldiers the reason for U.S. involvement in the war. Later on, they were also shown to the general U.S. public to persuade them to support American involvement in the war.

But first of all some more information about the whole series and couple of remarks:

1) All of these belong now to public domain now, which means as per Wikipedia entry :

In informal usage, the public domain consists of works that are publicly available; while according to the formal definition, it consists of works that are unavailable for private ownership or are available for public use. As rights are country-based and vary, a work may be subject to rights in one country and not in another. Some rights depend on registrations with a country-by-country basis, and the absence of registration in a particular country, if required, implies public domain status in that country.

2) As of most of public domain movies of pre-1950s, the quality of presented movies varies a lot, but mainly leaves a lot to be desired, although I did my best to find the best copies available. Most of the images are archival, made on the battlefield, a lot of pre-war footage is amateur so overall audio/video experience is not great, but it is interesting to see it and compare from the historical point of view. Expect a lot of noises, scratches, tears and jerks. I've included English subtitles for Chapter 1 "Prelude of War" although they may not be 100 % accurate and synchronized as the subtitles I've found online were of low quality. Some of them have packed bitsream, so may not be viewed on older DVD players.

3) As per IMDB comment: "Obviously, this was made before political correctness existed, and you can tell: there is talk of 'Japs', the Holocaust is largely ignored. Also, the movie is necessarily ambivalent about the Russian role, who were allies at the time. For example, the Molotov-Von Ribbentrop pact (especially the annex about the division of Eastern Europe) goes virtually unmentioned, and the Red Army's reasons for showing up in Eastern Poland are nebulous". Don't forget it is a wartime propaganda, not an actually historically correct movie.

4) Most of the films were directed by Frank Capra, who was daunted yet also impressed and challenged by Leni Riefenstahl's propaganda film Triumph of the Will and worked in direct response to it. The series faced a tough challenge: convincing a recently non-interventionist nation of the need to become involved in the war and ally with the Soviets, among other things. In many of the films, Capra and other directors spliced in Axis powers propaganda footage going back twenty years, and re-contextualized it so it promoted the cause of the Allies.

Why We Fight was edited primarily by William Hornbeck, although some parts were re-enacted "under War Department supervision" if there was no relevant footage available. The animated portions of the films were produced by the Disney studios – with the animated maps following a convention of depicting Axis-occupied territory in black.


Description of films:


* Prelude to War (1942) (52:22, 428 MB, English subtitles included) (Academy award as Documentary Feature) – this examines the difference between democratic and fascist states and covers the Japanese conquest of Manchuria and the Italian conquest of Ethiopia. Capra describes it as "presenting a general picture of two worlds; the slave and the free, and the rise of totalitarian militarism from Japan's conquest of Manchuria to Mussolini's conquest of Ethiopia."

Audio and video information:

Video : 353 MB, 942 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 512x384 (4:3), XviD 1.1.0 (UTC 2005-11-22)
Audio : 72 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channel(s), 0x55 = AC3, CBR

* The Nazis Strike (1943) (40:39, 469 MB) – covers Nazi geopolitics and the conquest of Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. Capra's description: "Hitler rises. Imposes Nazi dictatorship on Germany. Goose-steps into Rhineland and Austria. Threatens war unless given Czechoslovakia. Appeasers oblige. Hitler invades Poland. Curtain rises on the tragedy of the century — World War II."

Audio and video information:

Video : 410 MB, 1411 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 512x384 (4:3), XviD 1.1.0 (UTC 2005-11-22)
Audio : 56 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channel(s), 0x55 = AC3, CBR

* Divide and Conquer (1943) (56:20, 720 MB) – about the campaign in Benelux and the Fall of France. Capra's description: "Hitler occupies Denmark and Norway, outflanks Maginot Line, drives British Army into North Sea, forces surrender of France."

Audio and video information:

Video : 639 MB, 1585 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 528x400 (4:3), XviD 1.1.0 (UTC 2005-11-22)
Audio : 77 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channel(s), 0x55 = AC3, CBR

* The Battle of Britain (1943) (52:20, 400 MB) – depicts Britain's victory against the Luftwaffe. Capra's synopsis: "Showing the gallant and victorious defense of Britain by Royal Air Force, at a time when shattered but unbeaten British were only people fighting Nazis."

Audio and video information:

Video : 325 MB, 868 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 528x400 (4:3), XviD 1.1.0 (UTC 2005-11-22)
Audio : 72 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channel(s), 0x55 = AC3, CBR

* The Battle of Russia (1943) (82:45, 896 MB) Part I and Part II – shows a history of Russian defense and Russia's battle against Germany. Capra's synopsis: "History of Russia; people, size, resources, wars. Death struggle against Nazi armies at gates of Moscow and Leningrad. At Stalingrad, Nazis are put through meat grinder."

Audio and video information:

Video : 778 MB, 1314 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 512x384 (4:3), XviD 1.1.0 (UTC 2005-11-22)
Audio : 114 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channel(s), 0x55 = AC3, CBR

* The Battle of China (1944) (64:40, 741 MB) – shows Japanese aggression such as the Nanking Massacre and Chinese efforts such as the construction of the Burma Road and the Battle of Changsha. Capra's synopsis: "Japan's warlords commit total effort to conquest of China. Once conquered, Japan would use China's manpower for the conquest of all Asia."

Audio and video information:

Video : 648 MB, 1401 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 512x384 (4:3), XviD 1.1.0 (UTC 2005-11-22)
Audio : 89 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channel(s), 0x55 = AC3, CBR

* War Comes to America (1945) (63:55, 661 MB) – shows how the pattern of Axis aggression turned the American people against isolationism. Capra's synopsis: "Dealt with who, what, where, why, and how we came to be the U.S.A — the oldest major democratic republic still living under its original constitution. But the heart of the film dealt with the depth and variety of emotions with which Americans reacted to the traumatic events in Europe and Asia. How our convictions slowly changed from total non-involvement to total commitment as we realized that loss of freedom anywhere increased the danger to our own freedom. This last film of the series was, and still is, one of the most graphic visual histories of the United States ever made."

Audio and video information:

Video : 568 MB, 1243 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 512x384 (4:3), XviD 1.1.0 (UTC 2005-11-22)
Audio : 88 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channel(s), 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Screens:

Chapter1

Chapter2

Chapter3


Chapter4


Chapter5


Chapter6


Chapter7
Download link (torrent file):

http://www72.zippyshare.com/v/44329877/file.html

http://www.firedrive.com/file/0382E49BCF0A6A4F