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Directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan
USA 1978

 

Director Jeremy Paul Kaganís adaptation of Roger L. Simonís novel (with Simon providing the screenplay), The Big Fix (1978) is a bittersweet neo-noir starring Richard Dreyfuss as 1970s-era private eye Moses Wine. Even as he mourns the loss of his activist idealism, Moses is contacted by an old girlfriend, Lila Shea (Susan Anspach), who needs help defending the reputation of a candidate running for governor of California and smeared by association with another 1960s radical, Howard Eppis (F. Murray Abraham). Moses investigates, with fatal results.

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Misfit private investigator and single father Moses Wine (Richard Dreyfuss) is tapped by his former college flame, Lila Shay (Susan Anspach), to dig into a political smear attack on the campaign she oversees. What starts out as a seemingly run-of-the-mill attempt at dirty politics evolves into a plot involving an unsolved murder; former 1960s radical leader Howard Eppis (F. Murray Abraham), who has settled into suburban life; and a terrorist plan to explode a Los Angeles freeway.

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Theatrical Release: October 6th, 1978

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Review: Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:47:49.421        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,334,809,659 bytes

Feature: 32,132,173,824 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.28 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 1591 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1591 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1698 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1698 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Twilight Time

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,334,809,659 bytes

Feature: 32,132,173,824 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.28 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

ē Trailer (3:02)


Blu-ray Release Date:
March, 2019
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 24

 

 

Comments:

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

Twilight Time bring the crime-drama The Big Fix to Blu-ray. It's on a dual-layered Blu-ray in 1080P with a max'ed out bitrate. It looks very grainy - almost to a fault with some frailty and thinness. Colors appear true, sometimes dull, without artificial enhancement.  The visuals are not dynamic but it seems a consistent, if underwhelming, HD presentation. There is no damage and is probably accurate to the best source used with solid detail and occasional depth.

The audio is transferred in a 16-bit DTS-HD Master Audio track 2.0 channel mono track. There aren't abundance of aggressive effects. 
The score is by Bill Conti (The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Neighbors, The Right Stuff, Rocky, Harry and Tonto, For Your Eyes Only) with a couple of songs sung by Richard Dreyfuss, and is reasonably supported via the lossless transfer although not sounding particularly remarkable. It is offered as an optional isolated track. There are no subtitles included on this Region FREE Blu-ray.

Twilight Time only have the isolated Conti score, a trailer and some liner notes as supplements.

The Big Fix is all Dreyfuss as the awkward gumshoe - and it works as a cute slice-of-life that morphs into a more serious crime drama. The supporting cast (Susan Anspach, Bonnie Bedelia, John Lithgow, F. Murray Abraham etc.) are excellent. It is quite enjoyable and has a nostalgia factor going for it (it's 40-years old.) The
Blu-ray transfer seems like a good representation but the , essential, bare-bones status puts into question value-for-price. Still a welcome popcorn'er for those who may be keen.

Gary Tooze

 


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