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Directed by Anthony Harvey
USA 1971

 

Wealthy, retired judge Justin Playfair (George C. Scott, The Day of the Dolphin, The Hustler) has a most peculiar eccentricity: he believes he is Sherlock Holmes. Betrayed by his scheming brother, “Holmes” comes under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Mildred Watson (Joanne Woodward, The Three Faces of Eve, Paris Blues). As Watson follows Holmes through Manhattan on a search for his elusive nemesis Moriarty, the unlikely pair are drawn into a world of danger and intrigue. Together, they discover an uncommon reality—and a most magical love. Three years after the film The Lion in Winter, director Anthony Harvey (Grace Quigley) and screenwriter/playwright James Goldman (Robin and Marian) reunited for this classic romantic comedy. The amazing cast includes Jack Gilford (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Al Lewis (TV’s The Munsters), Rue McClanahan (TV’s The Golden Girls), Kitty Winn (The Panic in Needle Park), F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) and M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple). They Might Be Giants is presented in a special expanded version, featuring additional footage not seen in the original theatrical release.

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George C. Scott stars as Justin Playfair, a retired, widowed judge who labors under the delusion that he's Sherlock Holmes. Feigning concern, Playfair's greedy brother Blevins (Lester Rawlins) hires psychologist Dr. Mildred Watson (Joanne Woodward) to certify that Justin is insane--and in so doing gain control of the judge's millions. Instead, Dr. Watson is drawn into Playfair's dream world, accompanying the judge on his quest to find the elusive (and imaginary) Professor Moriarty. Reality rears its head when a group of vicious blackmailers, to whom Blevins is deeply in debt, attempt to assassinate brother Justin.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 9th, 1971

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:31:28.774        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,237,033,432 bytes

Feature: 20,809,463,808 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1554 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1554 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,237,033,432 bytes

Feature: 20,809,463,808 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Expanded Edition - Featuring additional footage not seen in the original theatrical release
Audio Commentary with Director Anthony Harvey and Film Archivist Robert A. Harris
Madness… It's Beautiful - Featurette (08:01)
Theatrical Trailer
Trailers:
"The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes"
"The Hound of the Baskervilles"
"Ordeal by Innocence"


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 11th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (April 2019): Kino Lorber presents "They Might Be Giants" in a special expanded version, featuring additional footage not seen in the original theatrical release. The film is housed on a single-layered Blu-ray disc. The 1.85:1 1080p transfer has an accompanying supportive bitrate. The film has a heavy grain to the image, showing little in way of clarity. Contrast levels are also weak, with many darker scenes showing a uniform black that almost envelops the characters in the foreground. Surely, this transfer is better than what could appear on SD, though one couldn't be blamed for wanting more.

Kino provide the film with a 16-bit DTS-HD Master audio track. While showing more polish than what we saw in the visual department, this is a rather flat audio presentation. Dialogue is mostly intelligible, and the rather playful score from
John Barry (Deadfall, The Chase, Midnight Cowboy, Dances With Wolves and the Bond themes among his many credits) makes one wish this was at least a 24-bit uncompressed linear track. There are optional English subtitles on this Region 'A' Blu-ray from Kino.

There is an audio commentary with director Anthony Harvey (The Lion and Winter) and Film archivist Robert A. Harris. "Madness... It's Beautiful" is a vintage 8-minute featurette. Also here is the theatrical trailer for the film as well as 3 other trailers (for "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes", "The Hound of the Baskervilles", and "Ordeal by Innocence").

"They Might Be Giants" is an interesting role for George C. Scott. Anthony Harvey's adaptation of James Goldman's 1961 play comes to us via Kino Lorber on their new
Blu-ray. The commentary from the director and Robert Harris is a welcome addition. The A/V transfer leaves one wanting more, though being able to see this film on Blu-ray is a treat in itself. Recommended to fans of the play, or Scott and Woodward. 

Colin Zavitz

 


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