Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 20th, 2016
BluRay released: June 21st, 2016
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
BluRay Release: Olive Films
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Appointment with Crime was written and directed by John Harlow whose other notable films include, Green Fingers and While I live. Key collaborators on Appointment with Crime include, cinematographer Gerald Moss (Virgin Witch) and composer George Melachrino (No Orchids for Miss Blandish).
The film’s plot quickly draws you into its web of deceit with an opening setup where the protagonist attempts to steal jewels in a smash and grab, only to end up getting caught when a trap door in the window closes on his writs and breaks them. From there the film proceeds as a revenge themed melodrama as the protagonist splits his time between a new love interest and blackmailing those responsible for the events which opened the film. To give away much more would ruin this film final twist.
And though the narrative is well constructed things get bogged down in the middle of the film and the finale retreads all too familiar territory. Also the characters are one dimensional caricatures of characters that often populate similar themed films.
From a production stand point the film’s visuals are best described as workman like. With the most compelling moments visually being the handful of moments that fully embrace the Film Noir look. Visually this film’s standout moment is a scene where the protagonist is able to exact revenge on of this enemies and maintain an alibi at the same time.
Performance wise the cast are best described as adequate in their respective roles. With the performance that leaves the strongest lasting impression being Herbert Lom (A Shot in the Dark, Mark of the Devil) in the role of a crime boss named Gregory Lang. it is ultimately this character that holds the protagonist fate in their hands.
Other notable performances include, William Hartnell (The Sporting Life) in the role of this film’s protagonist Leo Martin and Joyce Howard (The Night has Eyes) in the Carol Dane, Martin’s love interest and alibi. Overall Appointment with Crime is a classic example of crime / drama with an interesting premise that never fully utilizes the sum of its parts.
Appointment with Crime comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. This release has been flagged for progressive playback and the film is presented in its intended 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The source is very good shape and print debris is very minimal and never intrusive. The image looks generally looks crisp, contrast and black levels remain strong throughout. Also grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono English. Outside of some mild issues with background noise, things sound good considering the limitations of this film mono source. Dialog always comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
This release comes with no extra content.
Overall considering the age of this film and that there was no restoration work done for this release, the end result looks and sounds pretty darn good.
Note: Olive Films are also releasing this film on DVD.