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directed by Richard Fleischer
USA 1968

Boston women are being terrorized by a serial killer who appears to be striking at random. Based on the true story, the docu-melodrama follows the detectives path through multiple leads. Only after that are we introduced to the Strangler (Tony Curtis). The story closely follows the perspective of the investigators who have very few leads, but doggedly follow them up.

Fleischer's split-screen imagery method is at first unique but appears for extended periods of the movie making it uncomfortable to settle into. The film coldly deals with its subject matter with visual clues and adept depth.  Divided into two parts (the chase and the questioning) anyone who has the remotest interest in police investigation will be intrigued. Curtis, Fonda and Kennedy were all excellent.

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Theatrical Release: October 16th, 1968 - USA

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Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1- NTSC

Carlotta

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:56:04 1:56:11.422
Video 2.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.98 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 
1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,803,626,909 bytes

Feature: 35,732,895,744 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 37.00 Mbps

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

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby), English (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono), DUBS: French (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono) DTS-HD Master Audio English 842 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 842 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1041 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1041 kbps /
24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None French, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.33:1

Edition Details:

• Fox Movietone New: The Boston Strangler (3:26)
• Featurette - 'Backstory: The Boston Strangler' (21:15)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:55)
• Theatrical Teaser (:47)
• Fox Flix (6 trailers)

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2004

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Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio:
Carlotta

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,803,626,909 bytes

Feature: 35,732,895,744 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 37.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Split-Screen Personality - William Friedkin on Richard Fleischer's The Boston Strangler (21:28)

• Real Killer, Fake Nose (29:59)

• Trailer (2:50)

• Disc Credits

Blu-ray Release Date: April 17th, 2013
Standard Blu-ray Case inside slip case

Chapters 23

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - February 2014': Great job Carlotta! The SD now looks extremely green by comparison. Actually everything is superior on the dual-layered Blu-ray with a max'ed out bitrate. The 1080P improves upon the softness found on the decade-old SD. It shows a shade more information in the original 2.35:1 frame. Contrast improves and colors (notably in flesh tones) become far more realistic. It's no competition.

As for the audio, Lionel Newman (A Kiss Before Dying, The Proud Ones) does the score and the Carlotta lossless rendering, via a relatively shallow DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel sounds authentic without intense bass or aggression. The subtleties in the effects seem to benefit the most from the uncompressed rendering. The French subtitles are optional (removable via remote) and the disc is coded for region 'B'.  

We get two more of Robert Fischer's excellent Fiction Factory documentaries. Real Killer, Fake Nose runs almost 1/2 hour and retraces the making of Fleischer’s film, with special emphasis on its place in the director's oeuvre and its use of the split-screen technique, innovative at the time. It features interviews with Mark Fleischer (the director’s son), Richard H. Kline (director of photography), and actress Sally Kellerman. In the 20-minute Split-Screen Personality, William Friedkin discusses the authentic events that have inspired The Boston Strangler and explains how he himself was influenced by the new techniques employed by Richard Fleischer in the film. There is also a trailer.

The Boston Strangler has such an unusual appeal - the style, performances and docu-drama realism remains unforgettable. What a great choice for Carlotta to bring to Blu-ray. And, thankfully, they have included some great supplements. We can strongly recommend this package!

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ON THE DVD: This image can be quite hazy at times and is not up to standards for an anamorphic DVD. The split-screens particularly look unimpressive - not as how I remember seeing the film previously. Contrast is acceptable.  I think a lot of data may have been wasted on the two DUBS and extra audio track. I see no edge enhancement. The audio fluctuates a shade and the subtitles are inferior. This is not a state-of-the-art disc. Still the extra featurette is a nice touch.

Gary W. Tooze


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