The Amazing Mr. X (1948) The Film Detective 10/26/2021
Directed By: Bernard Vorhaus
Starring: Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O'Donnell
I will say that the movie could have use a tighter pacing and I think (and being vague for spoilers) there are certain narrative elements that could have used a polish. One of the big selling points of this movie is just how breathtaking it looks. Oscar winning photography John Alton (An American in Paris) truly drenches this movie in haunting atmosphere with creative camera work, soft dream like focus and expressionistic lighting. Visually its right up there with what Val Lewton was doing with use of striking set pieces that give a starkly beautiful yet heartbreaking quality.
Though not quite a noir, Amazing Mr. X is a dream-like film that doesn't really fit on specific genre and
Picture: Visually this movie is really 'amazing' therefore I am happy that Film Detective has provided a new 4k scan. And, yes, it is incredible. Amazing Mr. X is pristine looking without noise or artifacts present. Furthermore the black-and-white photography is really nicely balanced and contrasted. Clearly, a lot of work and resources have gone into giving fans a transfer that showcases just how lovely Alton's photography is. I didn't even really notice and blurring with overall sharp and consistent clarity throughout.
Sound: Amazing Mr. X has a nice DTS 2.0 track. Dialogue and score comes through extremely nicely with no unwanted background noise or hiss.
Extras: Film Detective provides a commentary by Jason A. Ney, Mysteries Exposed: Inside The Cinematic World of Spiritualism (20mins) A great documentary produced by Ballyhoo and including great new interviews with Lisa Morton and C. Courtney Joyner. Rounding out the extras is a nice booklet with an essay by Don Stradley.