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Detour [1945] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald, Tim Ryan
  • Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Elstree Hill Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BPA72U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,198 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Al Roberts decides to hitchhike to California to follow his girlfriend Sue. After discovering one of the driver s who has given him a lift dead, Al assumes his identity for fear of being charged with his murder. This leads him into trouble and blackmail along the way.

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By perusio on 12 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
This DVD edition was done by cokroaches I suspect. The digital
transfer has a quality much lower than the multitude of illegal
copies that you can download using BitTorrent.

Editions like this make the pirate bay look like editors of the
Criterion Collection. Let me just enumerate some items to ponder upon:

1. Frame rate is somewhere in the vicinity of the silent movie era
frame rate, probably around 18/20 fps.

2. Interlacing problems. Is seems to have been bootlegged from a 720i
digital tv feed.

3. Video-audio synch problems.

4. No menus.

5. No extra features.

6. In Linux mplayer refused to read the DVD. Only VLC or xine will
take it.

Thing like this happen when the people selling the rights do not have
the authors best interest in mind. They're just after a quick
buck. Let those who come after worry. Not even the rights holders
best interests are served. They gave permission for this company of
cockroach DVD editors to botch up a great film. Originally the film
was done on the cheap by a poverty row studio. That doesn't mean that
it must have an underdog DVD edition like the present.

It's a great film. A true classic. Get it in a decent edition.

Stay away from this cockroach edition by the "Pickwick Group" &
"Elstree Hill Entertaiment".

I surely will avoid any of their other offerings. I do have great
respect for cockroaches, the insects. They have their place in the
gene pool. But companies like the "Pickwick Group" &
"Elstree Hill Entertaiment" have no place in the free market. If this
DVD edition isn't a scam, then surely I will need to revise my notion
of it.

I hope Amazon give them the boot. They're costing them money. I just
printed my return label. It's a returner.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
"That's life," says two-bit loser Al Roberts. "Whichever way you turn, Fate sticks out a foot to trip you." Roberts, played by Tom Neal, is the whining, complaining protagonist in Detour, one of the worst, and best, pulp noirs you'll ever enjoy. And if Roberts doesn't have a good moment in any of the film's 67 minutes, you will if you get a kick out of pulp fiction so ripe it'll remind you of how old Charles Haskell's corpse is. Roberts, a piano player in a New York nightclub, was hitch hiking to L.A. to reunite with the woman he loves, his girlfriend Sue. When Haskell stops and gives him a ride, then dies of a heart attack, Roberts makes the first of many bad decisions. Haskell had several hundred in his wallet and three big, raw scratches on one hand. Wouldn't you know it, after ditching the body, taking the cash, the car and Haskell's identity, Roberts winds up stopping to pick up a hitchhiker...who turns out to be the dame who gave Haskell those scratches. "Man, she looked like she'd just been thrown off the crummiest freight train in the world," Roberts says. We can see for ourselves. Vera (Ann Savage) is tough as nails. She's a tramp. She's poison. She knows Roberts isn't Haskell. She sets a hook in Roberts' mouth and pulls him around from one scheme to the next to get money. When Roberts finally resists...well, see the movie.

How can a film be so bad yet be so satisfying? It was shot by Edgar Ulmer in only six days on a tiny budget and looks it. Ulmer probably paid more for all that rear screen projection than he did for the actors. Neal and Savage are barely even B-level quality. The movie is hardly more than an hour long. And yet...

First, the movie moves quickly. There is absolutely no wasted time, even when Ulmer is padding out a few shots.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Humpty Dumpty on 1 April 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
There are several fascinating things about this film, and in a way the fun begins once you've watched it and if you are drawn to find out a little about its making and makers.

The movie comes in a very poor DVD print - grainy and gloomy. But bear with it as in a way the strange subject matter is almost improved by the lousy print.

This B-movie was shot in six days with a budget of approximately $20,000, and we are told that scenes left over from other films (and even included in them) were used here to keep down costs. The director Edgar Ulmer found footage of the eastbound Los Angeles to New York highway, and decided to use it in the scenes where Tom Neal picks up the hitchhiking Ann Savage and then drives on. As Neal was heading west to LA, the film had to be flipped over to show the reverse; this caused the cars to appear to be driving on the wrong side of the road, and the hitchhiker to enter the car on the driver's side. But still Ulmer used the footage!

Tom Neal, the co-star, was an actor of little talent and unpleasant habits - drunken, violent and abusive. On set he was more than once disciplined for groping female members of cast and crew. A dumb, nasty piece of work you think - and then you read that at 24 he was awarded a law degree from Harvard University! Well worth checking out his wikipedia entry.

Ann Savage, the other co-star (who died on Christmas Day 2008), never built on her success here as the movie quickly passed into oblivion until it was picked up decades later as a film noir B-movie classic. She dropped out of motion pictures and took office work. In 1983, she attended a screening of Detour held as a tribute to director Edgar Ulmer.
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