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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 Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:59:04  1:59:12.145   1:59:14.438  
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

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,326,045,064 bytes

Feature: 38,281,799,040 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.88 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate:  Blu-ray

Bitrate:  Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Guardian Lectures:

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

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English (SDH), Spanish, None English (SDH), None
Features

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

Keep Case
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

Release Information:
Studio: Indicator

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,326,045,064 bytes

Feature: 38,281,799,040 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.88 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• The Guardian Interview with William Wyler (1:23:03)
• The Guardian Interview with Terence Stamp (01:31:56)
• Selected Scene Commentary with Neil Sinyard (01:12:31)
• Angel to Devil - An Interview with Terence Stamp (12:40)
• Nothing But Death - An Interview with Samantha Eggar (15:15)
• The Look of Stardom (02:13)
• The Location Collector (07:43)
• Richard Combs on "The Collector" (08:30)
• Theatrical Trailer (02:49)
• Teaser Trailers (01:02, 0:19)
• Image Gallery

Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Carmen Gray, an overview of contemporary critical responses, historic articles, and film credits
UK premiere on Blu-ray
Limited Edition of 3,000 copies


Blu-ray Release Date: September 24th, 2018
Transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters:
12

 

 

Comments:

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

 

ADDITION: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray (September 11'):   "The Collector" comes to us thanks to Indicator on a dual-layered Blu-ray. with a max'ed out bitrate. This Blu-ray is a premiere in the UK and is a 2k restoration with highly impressively HD visuals. The new 1.85:1 image has much warmer and realistic skin tones and greater detail. The contrast levels are incredible, with a wide gamut of blacks showing details in darker scenes. This image in-motion is a thing of beauty, looking as is the film is brand new. A solid notch beyond the Image Entertaiment 1080P transfer with more authentic and tighter colors.

The film is presented in its original mono audio. This is a 24-bit linear PCM 1.0 track and it sounds solid.
The music is credited to the great Maurice Jarre (The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds, The Tin Drum, The Man Who Would Be King, The Damned etc.) and it supports the film with a beautiful and occasionally tense score. All good and a notch richer than the 2011 Image Entertainment 16-bit transfer. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on this Region-Free Blu-ray.

First off there are 2 Guardian Interviews included here, with the option of listening to them as you watch the film. One is with William Wyler and the other with Terence Stamp. These are both loaded with interesting factoids and insider information. Next up is a 1-hour and 12-minute selected scene commentary with author and film historian Neil Sinyard. "Angel to Devil" is a 13-minute interview with actor Terence Stamp. "Nothing But Death" is a 15-minute interview with actress Samantha Eggar. "Richard Combs on 'The Collector'" is an 8-minute appreciation of the film by the renowned critic, lecturer and broadcaster. "The Look of Stardom" is a strange ad for the film, focusing on the actress Samantha Eggar. The creepiness of this narration is summed up beautifully by the narrator here, "...the face of the girl who stars in this bold and beautiful study in obsession will be on screen for more time, minute by minute, than any girl's face has ever been on screen before in one picture." Huh? I love it. "The Location Collector" is a neat 8-minute extra that shows where certain scenes were shot in the film. There are also some interesting trailers included here, and an image gallery of promotional photography and publicity material. This limited edition of 3000 copies also has an exclusive booklet with a new essay by Carmen Gray, an overview of contemporary critical responses, historic articles, and film credits.

This is just an incredible package from Indicator. William Wyler's creepfest "The Collector" gets a fantastic 2k Blu-ray restoration. The extras are insightful and plentiful. Indicator has really hit it out of the park with this release. Our highest recommendation!

Colin Zavitz

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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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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star Home Video - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC Image Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 





 

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