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directed by Arthur Penn
USA 1975


Former footballer and present private detective Harry Moseby (Gene Hackman) gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as an aging Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return her stepdaughter. Harry travels to Florida to find her, but he begins to see a connection with the runaway girl, the world of Hollywood stuntmen, and a suspicious mechanic when an unsolved murder comes to light.

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: June 11th, 1975

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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:39:30 
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

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


Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 1.0)  
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• The Day of the Director (Featurette) - (8:32)
• Trailer - anamorphic widescreen - (2:13) 

DVD Release Date: July 12th, 2005

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This image looks quite good, but also a little dated showing a very pasty appearance at times. I don't see any manipulation, it is progressively transferred and is 16X9 enhanced. I suspect that this is exactly how the film looked theatrically. Although skin tones tend to look red, it is Florida (Sanibel island). Our protagonist in the film makes a rather disconcerting remark about one of my favorite directors (Eric Rohmer) but I'll let that pass :).

A real noir-ish style representation that got some noted acclaim. Hackman is, as always, a great lead. I wasn't overly impressed with the short featurette included but I suppose it was available and nothing else could be dug up. Original audio is flat and unremarkable - subtitles are excellent. A reasonably priced DVD  recommended for Hackman lovers and fans of the thriller/gumshoe genre. This one is worth it!  out of    

Gary W. Tooze


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