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directed by Richard Brooks
USA 1966


Director Richard Brooks' contribution to this fin de siecle genre is The Professionals, a rip-snorting adventure with a talented ensemble cast headed up by perennial favorites Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Woody Strode, and Robert Ryan. Each of the cowboys is a specialist; a dynamiter, weapons expert, commando expert, and horse expert. The combined ability of these four make them very comparable to a US Special Forces team nowadays but this is set in the second decade of the twentieth century - the teens.

The diversified four man team is assembled by millionaire Joe Grant (Ralph Bellamy) to rescue his kidnapped wife from Mexican revolutionaries led by the guerilla Jesus Raza, well played by Jack Palance. Each man is given $1,000 up front with another $9,000 payable upon successful completion of the contract. $10,000 per man for eleven days work is powerful motivation in 1917…
   

Excerpt from George Chabot's review located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 2nd, 1966 - USA

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Columbia Tri-Star (old edition) - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC vs. Columbia Tri-Star Region 1, 2 ,3 ,4 - NTSC (Special Edition) vs. Sony REGION FREE Blu-ray

 

1) Columbia Tri-Star (old edition) - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Columbia Tri-Star Region 1, 2 ,3 ,4- NTSC (Special Edition) - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures - REGION FREE Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Columbia Tri-Star (old edition)

Region 1  - NTSC

Columbia Tri-Star (Special Edition)
Region 1 - NTSC

Sony Pictures

REGION FREE Blu-ray

Runtime 1:57:20 1:57:20 1:57:29
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.42 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.37 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 23-28 mb/s
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p Dual-layered

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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BRD

NO BITRATE GRAPH FOR BLU-RAY YET!

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) English (Dolby Digital 3.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1) 

English: TrueHD 5.1
DUB: French: TrueHD 5.1 

Subtitles English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Thai, Portuguese and none English, French and none English SDH, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa, Chinese, Korean, Thai, none

Features

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

 

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer
• Talent and Filmographies (text screens)

DVD Release Date: September 2000
Keep Case

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.35:1

 

 

Edition Details:

• Featurettes: The Professionals--A Classic; Burt Lancaster: A Portrait; Memories from The Professionals
 • Western Theatrical trailers

DVD Release Date: April 5th, 2005

Keep Case
Chapters: 28

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p

Dual-layered (50 Gig)

 

Edition Details:

• Featurettes: The Professionals--A Classic; Burt Lancaster: A Portrait; Memories from The Professionals

DVD Release Date: June 10th, 2008

Standard Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 28

 

Comments

ADDITION: Sony REGION FREE Blu-ray - July 08: NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

I can't speak too much on the colors. I kind of liked the original DVD and maybe less so the SE and its brightness boosting but I do think the Blu-ray (the film takes up a whopping 31Gig) represents the film far more faithfully. The subdued contrast in lower light doesn't seem to affect the colors which certainly hold more brilliance in day lit scenes. I think the comparison of the three now indicates that the brighter image, of the original, is not accurate to the theatrical intent of the film. In fact we've compared only to the SE in most of the other image captures below. 

 

Two of the larger issues will be detail - and the Blu-ray is tremendous in that area. The other is the cropping of the SDs in comparison to the Blu-ray. The 1080P issue shows more information in the top/bottom and two side edges. You can read more on the Blu-ray in our solo review HERE as well as many more linkable full resolution captures.

 

On the audio we wrote "This might have been originally in 3.0 channel so although the 5.1 TrueHD audio is a bump (read somewhere though taken from existing elements) - it had some decent separation. Nothing grandiose but some occasionally gunshots etc. hitting the rears. I wouldn't get your hopes to high in this department and I'd prefer if the original was available as an option but I certainly wasn't unhappy with how the sound presented itself through my system. Only so much could be done I'm sure. Most of the time though the HD audio offering is unremarkable. The center channel dialogue is supported by subtitles available in English (CC and standard), French, Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa, Chinese, Korean and Thai in a medium white font with a black border."

 

 

On the extras - Nothing new as the Blu-ray has the same three featurettes (all in 480i) by Laurent Bouzereau from the Special Edition SD in 2005 - Burt Lancaster: A Portrait (12:37) has the actors daughter and a couple of others giving input - nothing too deep. The other two - Memories from The Professionals (23:19) and The Professionals--A Classic (6:26) - have input from Cardinale and discussion of the underrated cameraman Conrad Hall. All three are worth watching for 40 minutes of education and appreciation of the film but mostly it's surface stuff. Beyond that some Blu-ray promos which, fortunately, are not overly intrusive prior to the start of the feature.

 

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ON THE TWO SD EDITION: I wasn't overly disappointed in this initial release when I saw it years ago. The new edition is cropped on all four edges (zoomed in) compared to the old anamorphic release. Most decided difference is in color. The original release has an orange/sepia tinge to it, is darker and it does appears sharper, but has some edge enhancement. We consider the colors in the new release to be more accurate, although we have no proof that it wasn't intended to have the sepia look to it. I'm disappointed in the amount that has been cropped in the new release. The extras on the new edition are obviously superior to the text screen of the old. Ditto for the audio. One point - the Special Edition menus are animated but teeming with combing (non-progressive transfer), so Columbia scrimped on them. Overall the new release is a disappointment - no edge enhancement but cropped and soft. Maybe next time around (HD?) Columbia will get this DVD right...

 

Gary W. Tooze

 

NOTE: you can see the amount that is removed in the Full Screen release on the opposirte side of the old edition (4th large capture).


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1) Columbia Tri-Star (old edition) - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC - TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star Region 1, 2 ,3 ,4- NTSC (Special Edition) - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures - REGION FREE Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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1) Columbia Tri-Star (old edition) - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC - TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star Region 1, 2 ,3 ,4- NTSC (Special Edition) - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures - REGION FREE Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

NOTE: See how much more is in the frame of the Blu-ray!

 

 


 

1) Columbia Tri-Star (old edition) 4:3 - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC - TOP

2)  Columbia Tri-Star (old edition) - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Columbia Tri-Star (old edition) - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC - TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star Region 1, 2 ,3 ,4- NTSC (Special Edition) - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures - REGION FREE Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Columbia Tri-Star Region 1, 2 ,3 ,4- NTSC (Special Edition) - TOP

2) Sony Pictures - REGION FREE Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Columbia Tri-Star Region 1, 2 ,3 ,4- NTSC (Special Edition) - TOP

2) Sony Pictures - REGION FREE Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

 


 

1) Columbia Tri-Star Region 1, 2 ,3 ,4- NTSC (Special Edition) - TOP

2) Sony Pictures - REGION FREE Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Columbia Tri-Star Region 1, 2 ,3 ,4- NTSC (Special Edition) - TOP

2) Sony Pictures - REGION FREE Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

 


 

1) Columbia Tri-Star Region 1, 2 ,3 ,4- NTSC (Special Edition) - TOP

2) Sony Pictures - REGION FREE Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

 


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