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(aka 'Blood Money')

directed by Ralph Nelson
USA 1962

Mountain Rivera (Anthony Quinn) was a revered prize fighter, as he will proudly, if not articulately, tell you "...reaching #5 in 52'! " s. A large brutish man, who, after 111 fights and then 7 rounds with Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) is told by the doctor that one more punch could cause permanent disability and blindness (the old 'detached retina' thing). With nothing but 17 years in the ring on his resume Mountain is in need of some employment - both for himself and his cut-man (Mickey Rooney) and sleazy manager (Jackie Gleason). All three rely heavily upon each other scraping by an existence, living in Hotel rooms and waiting for their lucky break. They know now that it will never come. Even with the support of a personnel employee, who has faith in him, Miss Grace Miller, Mountain is destined for more misery and heartache.Easily the best film ever made on boxing, its forlorn environment and the unfortunate individuals caught in its harrowing existence. Classic Film Noir and a must see.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: October 16th, 1962 - New York City, New York

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DVD Review: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video - Region 1- NTSC

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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star Home Video - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:25:09
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.7 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 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, None

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
aspect Ratio 1.78 and Pan and scan version included -1.33:1

Edition Details:

• 2 trailers 

DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002

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Chapters: 28



Remember when Columbia Tri-Star put out some great DVDs? Well this is an example with a strong anamorphic image, removable (if ugly) subtitles and unfortunately sparse extras (2 trailers). But lets focus on the positive - a solid image with good contrast and detail. Audio is likewise above standard. I really think this film deserved some extras but regardless a must-own for Noir fans. out of     

Gary W. Tooze

Recommended Reading in Film Noir (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

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