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The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers [1946] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas, Judith Anderson
  • Directors: Lewis Milestone
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Delta Visual Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov. 2000
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z300
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,247 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When Sam Masterson's (Van Heflin) car stalls outside the small town where he grew up, he soon finds himself caught up in intrigues he thought he had left far behind. His childhood friends Martha (Barbara Stanwyck) and Walter (Kirk Douglas) are now married, wealthy, and making preparations for Walter to run for mayor. Sam's arrival in town disturbs them; he is the only person who knows their dark, murderous secret, and they are convinced that he has returned to blackmail them. An Oscar-nominated screenplay, and solid direction from Lewis Milestone ('All Quiet on the Western Front'), make for a classic, noir-tinged melodrama. Also included is the documentary 'Kirk Douglas on Film - A Biography'.

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This dark melodrama based on the John Patrick story, Love Lives Bleeding, stark Barbera Stanwick as the wonderfully rich Martha Ivers, a wealthy and dominating woman who controls a small town after inheriting a large family fortune. She lives with her weakling husband, a district attorney running for mayor, played by Kirk Douglas in his feature film debut-a role that's an unusual departure from his later work. What no one in the town knows, however, is that Stanwyck and Douglas are bound by a dark secret involving murder. Gripping and suspenseful, this film noir also stars Van Heflin as Martha's old love who returns to town after an 18-year absence, whom Douglas thinks is there for one reason:blackmail.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Frank Raijmakers on 31 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
when you read the commentary's about this movie, you'll notice how dissapointed people are about the poor print on dvd.

these commentary's are the same for all the prints listed here on amazon, because they correspond to the title only and not to a specific dvd release.

there is one release though wich has a very good quality of image and sound:

look for the cover in blue with a staircase in the left corner. at the top it reads: full screen (paramount dvd) collection.

the title is written in yellow.

you wont be dissapointed with this one.

enjoy !!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tim WC1 on 11 Feb. 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This has the classic elements of an interesting, enjoyable 1940s film noir, with the hero oscillating between two heroines, who appear in moral disguise. Barbara Stanwyck is wonderfully two-faced; Kirk Douglas puts in an amazingly assured first film appearance as her drunk husband; and Miklos Rozsa's score manages to underline the drama at the same time as commenting coolly on it.
BUT this DVD is taken from a very poor quality print, with blurred picture and crackling, hazy sound. I regret buying it, and wish I'd waited for someone to release a digitally remastered version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "starlighthotel" on 29 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
It's pouring rain as this dark noir melodrama opens, and after the night is over, it will always be raining for Martha Ivers. Lewis Milestone directed this tale of a life-long guilt that has festered until misplaced suspicion destroys one person and puts another out of her misery. There are good performances from a great cast, none better than Lizabeth Scott's as a girl down on her luck and hoping against the odds for something good to happen. She is the outside element to three lives bound together since childhood by a crime that has haunted two of them into adulthood.
This is a strange noir in many respects, mostly due to Milestone allowing the moviegoer to see the story in chronological order, rather than using flashbacks. It creates sympathy for the twisted Martha Ivers, because we know how one selfish moment of hatred in her youth set her on a coarse she can not change. It has been raining inside her ever since, until the water is sick and stagnant, but it always keeps coming. At the same time, however, we are rooting for the vulnerable Scott, hoping she'll be the victor in a battle she's not sure she can win.
Judith Anderson is Mrs. Ivers, little Martha's (Janis Wilson) aunt. She's none too nice and on a rainy night Martha causes her death in the heat of the moment, only her pal Walter (Mickey Kuhn) a witness. But they both think their friend Sam (Darryl Hickman) saw the crime also, and ran away. He did run away, but before the event that would change their lives forever.
It is nearly two decades later, and the adult Sam Masterson (Van Heflin) has an accident just outside of Iverstown. It brings back memories of when he was a brash kid, and the girl who now controls both Walter (Kirk Douglass) and the town.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2002
Format: DVD
Let me start by saying that the film is quite a good one and although is not a masterpiece is quite an enjoyable one. Stanwyck is at her best and as we reach the climax the more interesting the film gets. BUT the DVD is a very poor copy that you don't expect a TV station to show. The brightness changes throughout the film. Every possible thing that can make you say it's a bad copy is here. I don't have any picture that I recorded from TV as bad as this one. And this one is digital!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bo on 28 April 2003
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Let's face it, this is not one of Lewis Milestone's best pictures, but is has its qualities, not least in the fullblown romantic scale, quite overdone, but there you have it.
YOU WILL NOT WANT THIS LASERLIGHT TRANSFER THOUGH, as it will probably be the worst you ever bought (unless you ever bought other LaserLight titles, because they are all excruciating to watch and listen to).
Please stay away from this, and bide your time, until another edition sees the light of day.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TeddyBear on 8 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a review for the Elstree Hill Entertainment issue of the movie "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers".

Wonderful as this classic movie is, if you are looking for a good quality DVD of the film, you won't find it here. This DVD is simply appalling. It looks like a copy of a copy of a badly recorded VHS tape. The picture quality is fuzzy, plenty of scratch marks, there is a line running across the top of the screen that looks like one of those VHS recording marks. During the film, the movie literally freezes a few seconds for a couple of times.

This is a bad print, even for a public domain movie. Fits into "don't take it even if they are giving it away for free" category.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is directed by Lewis Milestone and stars Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott and Kirk Douglas in his film debut. Robert Rossen and Robert Riskin adapt from the short story "Love Lies Bleeding" by playwright John Patrick (using the pseudonym Jack Patrick). It's produced by Hal B. Wallis, the film is scored by Miklos Rozsa, photographed by Victor Milner, the art design is by Hans Dreier and the costumes come courtesy of multi Oscar winner Edith Head.

Quite a cast, and quite a line up in the back room too, the credits also feature Robert Aldrich & Blake Edwards, taking to four the number of future directors involved in the film. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is a dark, often perverse melodramatic film noir picture. Heavily reliant on dialogue and unappealing characters, the film revels in the cruel streak that pulses right through the running time.

Stanwyck (on wickedly chilling form) plays Martha Ivers, the center piece of an explosive trio that also comprises the two men who possibly saw her club her wealthy aunt to death when they were children. After watching another man hang for the murder, Martha inherited the family fortune and has grown into a tycoon type and now holds control over Iverstown. Married to one of the witnesses (Douglas playing weak willed Walter O'Neil), she finds her world knocked out of line when Sam (Heflin superb), the other potential child witness, resurfaces. Now the guilt ridden waters have been stirred...

It's a gripping pot boiler that is tightly directed by Milestone, all the more better for the director choosing to craft the noir elements around the smouldering romantic plot lines.
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