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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

Directed by Mike Hodges
UK 1971

 

Michael Caine is Jack Carter, the London gangland enforcer who returns to his hometown of Newcastle to avenge his brother’s death. Rarely has the criminal underworld been so realistically portrayed as in this 1971 masterpiece. Shot on location, resulting in a devastatingly authentic snapshot of life in the north east of England in the late-industrial period, Get Carter remains arguably the grittiest and greatest of all British crime films. Newly restored in 4K from the original camera negative by the BFI, and approved by director Mike Hodges, Get Carter is back, looking and sounding better than ever.

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Jack Carter is a small-time hood working in London. When word reaches him of his brother's death, he travels to Newcastle to attend the funeral. Refusing to accept the police report of suicide, Carter seeks out his brothers friends and acquaintances to learn who murdered his sibling and why.

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Theatrical Release: February 3rd, 1971

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Runtime 1:51:37.833        
Video

1.85:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 84,475,789,817 bytes

Feature: 83,216,186,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 89.64 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

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

Bitrate 4K Ultra HD:

Audio

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

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -30dB

Isolated Score:
LPCM Audio Undetermined 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Descriptive Audio Track
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -30dB

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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1.85:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 84,475,789,817 bytes

Feature: 83,216,186,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 89.64 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

 

Edition Details:

4K Ultra HD disc

• Newly recorded introduction by Michael Caine (2022, 2:30)
• Audio commentary featuring Michael Caine, Mike Hodges and Wolfgang Suschitzky (2000)
• Newly recorded audio commentary featuring Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw
• Isolated score by Roy Budd

 

BFI - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
• Mike Hodges in Conversation (2022, 1:00:13): the director discusses his career in this interview recorded at BFI Southbank
• The Sound of Roy Budd (2022, 17:07): film music expert Jonny Trunk explores the varied career of Roy Budd, and revisits Budd’s iconic, minimalist score for Get Carter
• Roy Budd Plays ‘Get Carter’ (1971, 3:39)
• BBC Look North location report (1970, 4:48): surviving footage of a 1971 report on • Get Carter’s making, from the BBC’S regional news programme
• Don’t Trust Boys (2022, 21:54): actor Petra Markham reflects upon her career on stage and screen, and recalls her role in Get Carter
• Klinger on Klinger (2022, 24:09): Tony Klinger recalls and evaluates the career of his father, Michael Klinger, Producer of Get Carter
• The Ship Hotel – Tyne Main (1967, 33:26): Philip Trevelyan's wonderful film about a pub on the banks of the River Tyne
• International trailer (1971) (2:40)
• Release trailer (2022) (1:30)
• Michael Caine's message to premiere attendees (1971, 0:46)
• Script gallery (1:30)
80-page book featuring new writing by Mark Kermode, Tim Pelan, John Oliver and Jason Wood. Also includes Alex Cox's intro to the film’s Moviedrome screening in 1990, stills, and notes on the restoration by the BFI's Douglas Weir
Double-sided poster featuring the original UK quad and the 2022 re-release artwork
A set of four postcards featuring iconic scenes from the film


4K Ultra HD Release Date: August 1st, 2022
Black 4K Ultra HD Case inside cardboard box

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray and 4K UHD captures were taken directly from the respective discs.

ADDITION: BFI 4K UHD (July 2022): BFI's are releasing Mike Hodges' "Get Carter" to 4K UHD. It has an HDR pass with a Dolby vision (HDR10 compatible) transfer. The package includes a Blu-ray of special features (no feature.) The 2160P image is quite an advancement over the 2014 Warner Blu-ray. It is cited as a "Newly restored in 4K from the original camera negative by the BFI, and approved by director Mike Hodges". Firstly it is in the accurate 1.85:1 ratio (where the US 1080P was 1.78:1), black levels are far more pitch, colors are deeper and richer and it shows significantly more grain textures. Detail naturally rises, flesh tones may warm slightly and the 4K UHD presentation is very film-like and impressive. Full marks to BFI.

NOTE: My screener disc was minutely clunkier in the final scene. I'll presume it was my disc and other can let me know if they observe same.  

It is likely that the monitor you are seeing this review is not an HDR-compatible display (High Dynamic Range) or Dolby Vision, where each pixel can be assigned with a wider and notably granular range of color and light. Our capture software if simulating the HDR (in a uniform manner) for standard monitors. This should make it easier for us to review more 4K UHD titles in the future and give you a decent idea of its attributes on your system. So our captures may not support the exact same colors (coolness of skin tones, brighter or darker hues etc.) as the 4K system at your home. But the framing, detail, grain texture support etc. are, generally, not effected by this simulation representation.

NOTE: 58 more more full resolution (3840 X 2160) 4K UHD captures, in lossless PNG format, for Patrons are available HERE

We have reviewed the following 4K UHD packages to date: The Killing (software uniformly simulated HDR), Killer's Kiss (software uniformly simulated HDR), Out of Sight (software uniformly simulated HDR), Raging Bull (software uniformly simulated HDR), Shaft (1971),  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Double Indemnity (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Untouchables (software uniformly simulated HDR) For a Few Dollars More (no HDR), Saboteur (software uniformly simulated HDR), Marnie (software uniformly simulated HDR), Shadow of a Doubt (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (software uniformly simulated HDR), A Fistful of Dollars (no HDR), In the Heat of the Night (no HDR), Jack Reacher (software uniformly simulated HDR), Death Wish II (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Apartment (no HDR), The Proposition (software uniformly simulated HDR), Nightmare Alley (2021) (software uniformly simulated HDR), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Godfather (software uniformly simulated HDR), Le Crecle Rouge (software uniformly simulated HDR), An American Werewolf in London (software uniformly simulated HDR), A Hard Day's Night (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Piano (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Great Escape (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Red Shoes (software uniformly simulated HDR), Citizen Kane (software uniformly simulated HDR), Unbreakable (software uniformly simulated HDR), Mulholland Dr. (software uniformly simulated HDR), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Hills Have Eyes (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Servant (software uniformly simulated HDR), Anatomy of a Murder (software uniformly simulated HDR), Taxi Driver  (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Wolf Man (1941) (software uniformly simulated HDR), Frankenstein (1931) (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Deep Red (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Misery (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Silence of the Lambs (software uniformly simulated HDR), John Carpenter's "The Thing" (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Cat' o'Nine Tails (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (software uniformly simulated HDR), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (software uniformly simulated HDR), Perdita Durango (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Django (software uniformly simulated HDR) Fanny Lye Deliver'd (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, (NO HDR applied to disc),  Rollerball (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Chernobyl  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Daughters of Darkness (software uniformly simulated HDR), Vigilante (software uniformly simulated HDR), Tremors (software uniformly simulated HDR), Cinema Paradiso (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Bourne Legacy (software uniformly simulated HDR), Full Metal Jacket (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Psycho (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Birds (software uniformly simulated HDR), Rear Window (software uniformly simulated HDR), Vertigo (software uniformly simulated HDR) Spartacus (software uniformly simulated HDR), Jaws (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Invisible Man, (software uniformly simulated HDR), Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lucio Fulci's 1979 Zombie  (software uniformly simulated HDR),, 2004's Van Helsining (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Shallows (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Bridge on the River Kwai (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Deer Hunter (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Elephant Man (software uniformly simulated HDR), A Quiet Place (software uniformly simulated HDR), Easy Rider (software uniformly simulated HDR), Suspiria (software uniformly simulated HDR), Pan's Labyrinth (software uniformly simulated HDR) The Wizard of Oz, (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Shining, (software uniformly simulated HDR), Batman Returns (software uniformly simulated HDR), Don't Look Now (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Man Who Killed Killed and then The Bigfoot  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Bram Stoker's Dracula (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lucy (software uniformly simulated HDR), They Live (software uniformly simulated HDR), Shutter Island (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Matrix (software uniformly simulated HDR), Alien (software uniformly simulated HDR), Toy Story (software uniformly simulated HDR),  A Few Good Men (software uniformly simulated HDR),  2001: A Space Odyssey (HDR caps udated), Schindler's List (simulated HDR), The Neon Demon (No HDR), Dawn of the Dead (No HDR), Saving Private Ryan (simulated HDR and 'raw' captures), Suspiria (No HDR), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (No HDR), The Big Lebowski, and I Am Legend (simulated and 'raw' HDR captures).

On their 4K UHD, BFI use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. "Get Carter" is filled with various types of violence. They can punctuate scenes but remain authentically flat. The, much-discussed, score is by Roy Budd (Kidnapped, Soldier Blue, Get Carter, The Carey Treatment, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, The Wild Geese) and supports the film in more subtle ways. BFI include an isolated score track and an audio descriptive track option. The disc offers optional English subtitles - and is, like all 4K UHD, region FREE, playable worldwide.  

There are extras on the 4K UHD disc - starting with a new 2.5-minute introduction by Michael Caine who discusses the film's acclaim, the violence and how BFI have always championed Get Carter. It includes two commentaries - the ones from 2000 featuring Michael Caine, Mike Hodges and Wolfgang Suschitzky that is also on the Warner Blu-ray. New is a commentary featuring Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw. Barry mentions Get Carter as the greatest British gangster film ever made and they bring up other examples (The Long Good Friday, It Always Rains on a Sunday, etc.) Kim sees comparisons to Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samourai. They talk about the novel (based on Ted Lewis's 1970 novel Jack's Return Home), the prequel 'Carter' movies made after and agree not to mention much at all the poor 2000 Stallone version (that has Caine in a supporting role.) They are great at finding details that may relate to other films, the style, the score and their combined analysis are very welcome. As mentioned there is an optional isolated Roy Webb score available and an audio descriptive track.

The 'Special Features' Blu-ray disc has an hour of Mike Hodges in Conversation (2022) where the director discusses his career in this interview recorded at BFI Southbank hosted by Samira Ahmed. He's getting on but wonderfully honest and informative. The Sound of Roy Budd is a new 17-minute piece with film music expert Jonny Trunk who explores the varied career of Roy Budd, and revisits Budd’s iconic, minimalist score for Get Carter. There is also a few minutes of Roy Budd playing ‘Get Carter’ on the from 1971 while the film plays in the background. Also from the 70's is a featurette about a 'BBC Look North location report ' with 5-minutes of surviving footage of a report on Get Carter’s making, from the BBC’S regional news programme. Don’t Trust Boys is new and runs 22-minutes with actor Petra Markham reflecting upon her career on stage and screen, and recalls her role in Get Carter. Klinger on Klinger is also new and has 25-minutes with Tony Klinger who recalls and evaluates the career of his father, Michael Klinger, the Producer of Get Carter. The Ship Hotel – Tyne Main is from 1967 - running 1/2 hour. It is Philip Trevelyan's wonderful film about a pub on the banks of the River Tyne. There is an international trailer from 1971, a new release trailer, a brief message by Michael Caine to premiere attendees from 1971, and a text-image script gallery. The package has an 80-page book featuring new writing by Mark Kermode, Tim Pelan, John Oliver and Jason Wood. Also includes Alex Cox's intro to the film’s Moviedrome screening in 1990, stills, and notes on the restoration by the BFI's Douglas Weir, a double-sided poster featuring the original UK quad and the 2022 re-release artwork, and a set of four postcards featuring iconic scenes from the film.

Mike Hodges' "Get Carter" has kind of been enshrined in the lore of British cinema... and has, certainly, passed the test of time with continued high praise. It's goal was to create a more realistic portrayal of criminal behavior than had previously been seen in British cinema. The plot is slowly revealing building upon the revenge factor and exemplifying Caine's anti-hero protagonist's remorselessness. It touches upon Britain's class structure with a dour look at life in the north. Other actors were considered for roles; Telly Savalas, Joan Collins, Barbara Parkins etc.. Hodges wrote the screenplay with Ian Hendry in mind for Carter - he eventually played 'Eric'. The character of the assassin was only seen as a "J" initial on his ring. It was Carl Howard's only film role. BFI's 4K UHD release of "Get Carter" is brilliant in terms of its film-like image, and has a plethora of supplements from the new, and older, commentary, interviews, 80-page booklet and more. Very strongly recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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