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Man With Golden Arm [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak, Arnold Stang, Darren McGavin
  • Directors: Otto Preminger
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Arts Alliance Amer
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009QGEI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,746 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Gooch on 13 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
This is a great film with, probably, Sinatra's finest film performance in what was for its day a realistic story of a drug addict trying against all the odds to make good. However, the DVD is very poor. The transfer is very low quality and there are no extras - not even chapter selection. Buy the film for sure, but not this DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lucas on 18 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Poor quality of images. Amazon reviews team has the bad habit of putting reviews about different products together so I ordered three different copies, found out that they were all of poor quality, and returned them all for a full refund. I also ordered a French copy, with has one extra feature. My thought was that if they cared about adding an extra feature then they would also care about the quality of the copy is as bad if not worse than the British copies.

The dvds I checked and had poor quality of images were from the following studios, according to Amazon descriptions: Slam Dunk Media, Quantum Leap. The third one has no studio name on Amazon description. It has the saying "the movie that broke the drug taboo" on the cover and a photo of a black arm against a white background. Lancaster is the name of the studio, according to Amazon description, of the French copy.
I tried to write one review about each specific studio but Amazon didn't let me do it, saying that I've already reviewed the product. It is a sign of staggering stupidity to consider two copies manufactured by different studios to be the same product. One of the dvds, Quantum if I remember right, has better images than the other three but the quality is still poor and the audio of Quantum is very low, problem that is not present in the copies of other studios.

Two options: Try the dvd from Warner. It might be the only decent copy of this film on dvd but here I am guessing as I don't have the Warner dvd.
Get the Spanish copy of this film on blu ray. The quality of image is really good. It's not remastered but it's certainly far better than four different dvd copies that I checked. The Spanish blu ray has the option for audio in English with no subtitles.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 4 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
Viewing this film is like lifting a rock to see what has been existing under its dark weight, and from the stylish Saul Bass titles and jazzy Elmer Bernstein score, it is a riveting film, with a brilliant, intense Sinatra performance.
As an ex-con trying to beat a heroin addiction, "Frankie" (Sinatra) slips back into his old habits and friends upon release from prison, and is chained to a guilt-based relationship with Eleanor Parker, who is excellent as "Zosch", a woman who manipulates from her wheelchair, blaming "Frankie" for her fate, and resenting his friendship with "Molly", beautifully played by the gorgeous Kim Novak, who exudes vulnerability and a soft, sweet soul.
Well written from the Nelson Algren novel, and visually interesting with superb b&w cinematography by Sam Leavitt, the details of the costuming are also worth noting...I love Molly's old threadbare chenille bathrobe...and like much of the clothes in the film, looking like it was bought in a thrift shop.
I don't find this 1955 film dated at all; its themes and "types" are timeless and occur in every class and level of society, and the characters can be found in the Bowery or Beverly Hills.
The film was nominated in three Oscar categories: Best Actor (losing to Ernest Borgnine in another gritty film, "Marty"), Best Art Direction/Set Decoration ("The Rose Tattoo"), and Best Score (losing to the romantic "Love is a Many Splendored Thing").
Total running time is 119 minutes, and this film has been released under many labels in many grades, including some "cheapies" that are less than perfect in clarity and audio, but present a good value for the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
As a film this hits the mainframe mainline and as it proceeds it gets a full five, however for the quality of cinematic film this is probably the worst I have seen and would not even get a budget TV showing due to the constant splashes, squiggles and cuts that flicker on the picture.

The DVD version would benefit from a Criterion spit and polish because this is one of the best films dealing with a man caught within his particular double bind situation. Similar to The Wild Ones, Streetcare named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and many a film noir this was produced when Hollywood had a real story to tell.

Frankie Machine is a war Vet, returning back to his Chicago haunts but he gets stuck onto the needle; peddled by a suave man who exploits his gambling talents to max effect. Frank Sinatra, gives the perfomance of his life trying to shift his corporate identity. Caught within a feeling of forever drenched in guilt, due to a woman becoming "crippled" his sense of inner decency is exploited to full effect. Drunk at the wheel at the time she lost her abilities, he is morally crucified on a daily basis and so his self esteem nose dives along with his presumed PTSD. His release is to cling to his wife, play cards for kicks and jack away the blues.

Meanwhile she drips pure poison onto his thinning self esteem and pushes him back into the world he has just escaped from; where she knows she can control him. Frankie returns back from detox and rehab in a scub up wantin to take up a new skill, banging the skins and thereby transcend his former lifestyle. Like many former users he can only return to what he was formerly immersed within. To transcend his lifestyle and status takes more than a detox, it needs a rebuild.
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