Import Corner: The Man in Half Moon Street (Imprint Films) Blu-ray Review + 1080p Screenshots + Packaging Shots

Imprint Films brings another forgotten film noir, The Man in Half Moon Street, to blu-ray, for the first time, with a brand new transfer taken from a new 2K scan.

Release Date: January 19th, 1945 (theatrical) / November 29th, 2023 (blu-ray)
Run Time: 1 hour 32 minutes 24 seconds
Region Code: FREE
Disc Count: 1
Picture: 1080p (1.37:1 aspect ratio)
Sound: English LPCM 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH
Slipcover: Yes (slip box)
Digital Copy: No
Starring: Nils Asther, Helen Walker, Reinhold Schünzel, Paul Cavanagh, Edmund Breon
Written by Barré Lyndon, Garrett Fort, Charles Kenyon
Directed by Ralph Murphy
Rating: AUS: PG (mild themes, mild violence)




What's It About?

A scientist who has found a way to prolong life (he is 120 years old) finds himself in a dilemma: he has fallen in love, and he has also discovered that if he doesn't get new glands, he will die.


I had never even heard of THE MAN IN HALF MOON STREET before receiving this blu-ray for review so I don't have any preconceived notions about anything either about the film itself or about how it is supposed to look. I have never seen a previous DVD, so I have nothing to judge this release against.

That being said, this is a nice looking transfer. Nice, balanced blacks with no crushing. Whites are nice and not blown out. There are some imperfections here and there but nothing to get all bent out of shape about. 

The LPCM track presented here is nice. Dialogue sounds clear but there is a little bit of hissing here and there. The film's score is a bit too loud but that is usually how these films were made anyways so it didn't bother me all that much. I figured I would bring it up.


Audio Commentary by film historian Tim Lucas

That's it. There is nothing else here. I don't have a problem with this at all. I actually find it quant. Very few boutique labels would ever think of releasing a film with little to no special features. The commentary is really all we need for this film. 

The packaging here is nice. We get a nice, glossy slip box that features the film's original poster art on the front. Imprint does something that most of these labels don't do. The front features the film's poster art. The only modern day marking on this cover art the Imprint logo in the upper right and the blu-ray logo in the bottom corner. There is no logo telling us what format this release is on. It doesn't take anything away from the artwork. The disc features art from the poster.

The disc is REGION FREE


I can not say that THE MAN IN HALF MOON STREET is a good film. It is well made and well acted but it is boring as sin. The film takes a cool concept for a film (a couple of scientists try to reverse the aging process) and tells it in the most bland way possible. I was bored to tears watching this film. I would perk up every once in a while but then it was right back to being bored. 

Imprint Films gave us a nice blu-ray. This is the first time the film has been made available on blu-ray and looks and sounds really nice. There is only a commentary by Tim Lucas as far as special features go and brings his A-game. Great commentary for a great release.






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