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(aka 'The Butterfly Collector')

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USA / UK 1965

 

Get ready for an electrifying and chilling film experience that lays bare the intimate longings of a man—and the woman who has become his captive. Based on the best-selling novel by John Fowles, The Collector tells the story of a quiet London bank clerk (Terence Stamp) whose butterfly collecting hobby takes a sinister twist when he kidnaps a most unusual specimen—a beautiful woman (Samantha Eggar, Golden Globe Best Actress winner for this role). This film is a classic thriller and features a haunting musical score by Maurice Jarre.

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As one of the greatest directors of Hollywood's golden age, William Wyler had a long and distinguished roster of films to his credit, among them a number of classics (including Wuthering Heights and The Heiress) that rank among the finest literary adaptations to emerge from the studio system. Near the end of his career, Wyler focused his veteran skills on John Fowles's novel The Collector, and it's easy to see how Wyler would be drawn to the story's resonant psychological underpinnings. It's conceivable that the director was also fascinated by the cinematic precedents set by Alfred Hitchock's Psycho and Michael Powell's Peeping Tom; like those films, Wyler's 1965 production of The Collector focuses on the obsessions of a young man whose need for a woman's affection leads him to desperate measures at the expense of his object of desire.

This richly psychological situation is handled by Wyler with understated grace, but the weight of Freddie's psychosis is never keenly felt; the film's subdued quality ultimately works against the thriller aspects of the story. And yet, the performances of Stamp and Eggar remain sharp and mutually sympathetic, and when Wyler brings the story full circle to yet another "butterfly" for Freddie's collection, the stalker theme leaves the viewer with a considerable chill. Where another movie like 1967's Wait Until Dark relied on more explicit and effective shocks, The Collector works on a subtler level of disturbing but undeniably human behavior.

Excerpt of Jeff Shannon's review located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 17th, 1965

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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star Home Video - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC Image Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:59:04  1:59:12.145  
Video 1.80:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.28 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,482,360,058 bytes

Feature: 22,175,643,648 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.90 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate:  Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English (SDH), Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.80:1

Edition Details:

• 3 Trailers

DVD Release Date: January 14th, 2003

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Chapters: 28

Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,482,360,058 bytes

Feature: 22,175,643,648 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.90 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Trailer in HD

Blu-ray Release Date: November 8th, 2011
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters:
16

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Image Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (November 11'): We get about 5X the bitrate in Image Entertainment's new, bare-bones, Blu-ray of another Wyler classic. As the screen captures identify colors improve - notable in flesh tones - and show the SD-DVD to be flatter and faded-looking. There is less noise and some grain is evident. The image quality is reasonably consistent. It is as expected for a single-layered 1080P transfer - stronger with a shade more information visible in the frame. Sharpness tightens and I see no signs of manipulation. I was adequately pleased with the presentation - very easily to notice it being superior to the old DVD.

 

Audio goes lossless - and it adds some chills to the eerie haunting musical score by Maurice Jarre. It is original mono via a linear PCM track and sounds pretty solid. Image Ent. have added optional English and Spanish subtitles on their region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

 

No extras but I had always hoped for a commentary on The Collector - as there would be a lot to say about the themes and director's signature. Very reasonable price considering the film and the it being the best home theater presentation available. Recommended!   

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ON THE DVD: Decent, if not stellar, image from Columbia - it can look fine at times although a little heavy and saturated in scenes. Shadows come through a little less separated but soft focus shots are transferred very well. Original 2.0 audio is offered and removable yellow subtitles. No real extras but there is a "The Collector" trailer (and 2 others). It appears a little pricey but that is probably on the weight of the strong film which presents a fascinating character study. A good film, if bare bones DVD.   

Gary W. Tooze

 


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