The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Overview

The Paramount Home Video DVD edition of The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946 is a milestone in many ways, and not just in connection with its director's name. For starters, it's the first authorized edition of the movie -- directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Kirk Douglas, and Lizabeth Scott -- ever to appear on home video, and the best-looking edition of the movie seen in at least three decades, since it lapsed into the public domain. It's also among a tiny handful of pre-1948 ...
See more details below
This DVD (Black & White) is Not Available through BN.com

Overview

The Paramount Home Video DVD edition of The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946 is a milestone in many ways, and not just in connection with its director's name. For starters, it's the first authorized edition of the movie -- directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Kirk Douglas, and Lizabeth Scott -- ever to appear on home video, and the best-looking edition of the movie seen in at least three decades, since it lapsed into the public domain. It's also among a tiny handful of pre-1948 Paramount titles that is not owned by Universal, and only the second such film The Miracle of Morgan's Creek was the first to appear on DVD. And it looks and sound absolutely beautiful -- the image is so crisp that is shimmers where it pushes the resolution of the DVD format to its limit -- even the opening section of the movie, shrouded in darkness, has a ton of useful picture information; Stanwyck looks and is so good in the lead, that her fans should make it a priority to own this version of the movie. And the piercing dialogue between the three principals, along with the superb score by Miklos Rozsa, all have very fine fidelity on the audio track, which is mastered at a very healthy volume. The 117-minute film has also been given a reasonably generous 14 chapters, accessible through an easy to use menu that opens automatically on start-up.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Something of a warm-up for the later The File on Thelma Jordan, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers mixes obsession, desire, delusion, ambition, and fear into a fascinating and enthralling tangle. Unusual for a movie of its period, it's fairly sophisticated in dealing with what is, at heart, a "sick" relationship between Martha Ivers (Barbara Stanwyck) and Walter O'Neil (Kirk Douglas), and demonstrating how easily a person (Sam Masterson [Van Heflin]) can get sucked into one. Fortunately for Masterson, he gets out in time, but it's a pretty narrow escape. Ivers is a remarkably tense film, although it's a tension that tends to linger beneath the surface; this is appropriate, as it reflects the turmoil and anxiety that lies under the calm surface of Ivers' and O'Neil's lives. That tension gives the film its life and strange vibrancy, and gives snap to even mundane scenes. There are some problems, notably the fact that the creators don't really seem to have a grasp on Masterson's motivation after the idea of blackmail enters the picture. Is he really interested in the money or is it a plot to get to the bottom of the Martha mystery? But the compelling, multi-layered performances of the stars (including Lizabeth Scott) more than make up for the few flaws in the script.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • UPC: 097360452945
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Martha Ivers
Roman Bohnen Mr. O'Neil
Van Heflin Sam Masterson
Charles D. Brown Special Investigator
Lizabeth Scott Toni Marachek
Ann Doran Bobbi St. John
Kirk Douglas Walter O'Neil
Judith Anderson Mrs. Ivers
James Flavin Detective No. I
Darryl Hickman Sam Masterson as a Boy
Frank Orth Hotel Clerk
Tommy Ryan
Janis Wilson Maftha Ivers, as a girl
Billy Burt
Tom Schamp
Mickey Kuhn Walter O'Neil, as a boy
Matt McHugh Bus Driver
Catherine Craig French Maid
Sayre Dearing Crap Shooter
Max Wagner 2nd Detective
Tom Fadden Taxi Driver
Gladden James John O. Butler
Bert Roach Man
John Kellogg Detective
Al Murphy Waiter
Kay Deslys Jail Matron
Bob Perry Bartender
Blake Edwards Sailor
Betty Hill Waitress
Kernan Cripps Policeman
Thomas Lockyear Lynch:Butler
Walter S. Baldwin Dempsey the Garage Owner
Robert E. Homans Policeman
Olin Howland Newspaper Clerk
Tom Dillon Detective
Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Hans Dreier Art Director
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Heyman Songwriter
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Archie Marshek Editor
John Meehan Art Director
Victor Milner Cinematographer
Walter Oberst Sound/Sound Designer
John Patrick Original Story, Screenwriter
Robert Riskin Screenwriter
Robert Rossen Screenwriter
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer, Songwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Jerry Welch Set Decoration/Design
Wally Westmore Makeup
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
1. A Runaway Returns
2. Deliberate Accident
3. Welcome to Iverstown
4. Drinks Before Curfew
5. Drowning the Past
6. Late Night Confession
7. Old Friends
8. Tour Down Memory Lane
9. Coming Out Party
10. Back With a Vengeance
11. Business Partners
12. Coming Clean
13. The Drunken Truth
14. Just Like Nothing Ever Happened
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
   Play
   Set Up
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Scene Selection
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously