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(aka "Ad ogni costo" or "Top Job")

 

Directed by Giuliano Montaldo
Italy / Spain / West Germany 1967

 

Often imitated but never surpassed, Grand Slam is a classic heist thriller starring screen greats Janet Leigh (Touch of Evil), Edward G. Robinson (Night Has a Thousand Eyes) and Klaus Kinski (For a Few Dollars More). A quiet yet cunning schoolteacher (Robinson) recruits an elite team of international criminals for the ultimate caper: robbing $10 million in diamonds from an impenetrable Rio de Janeiro vault at the frenzied peak of the city’s Carnival. The planning is meticulous. The crime must run like clockwork. But even if they can pull off the most daring theft in history, are the wildest surprises of all yet to come? Hailed by Roger Ebert as “one of the best heist movies” with a slam-bang twist ending, Grand Slam co-stars Robert Hoffmann (Wake Up and Die), Riccardo Cucciolla (Un Flic), George Rigaud (All the Colors of the Dark) and Adolfo Celi (Thunderball) with taut direction by Giuliano Montaldo (Sacco & Vanzetti) and an ultra-swinging score by the legendary Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly).

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At the suggestion of a retired professor, a motley group of criminals plans the robbery of a Brazilian diamond company but it must contend with a new alarm system and the mutual distrust among its members.

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Theatrical Release: September 28th, 1967

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:59:46.971        
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,800,324,145 bytes

Feature: 37,929,179,136 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1964 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1964 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English, None
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Kino

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,800,324,145 bytes

Feature: 37,929,179,136 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
• Theatrical Trailer (3:52)


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 26th, 2022
Standard Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 9

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (May 2022): Kino have transferred Giuliano Montaldo's Grand Slam to Blu-ray. It is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. The international production has a heavy appearance with a few dated visual effects. There is plenty of thick grain. Colors carry a richness and there is good contrast (plenty of shadows and sweaty faces) plus occasional depth. There aren't many speckles and it seems like a very good 1080P replication of the film's theatrical appearance. 

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. Grand Slam has decent Dubbing and aggressive moments as well as some loud Rio Carnaval do Brasil music with bass response supported. The score is by iconic Ennio Morricone (Revolver, The Great Silence, Who Saw Her Die?, The Black Belly of the Tarantula, The Fifth Cord, Luna, Danger Diabolik, Two Mules For Sister Sara, A Bullet for the General, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, The French Conspiracy, U Turn, Stay As You Are etc. etc.) including English renditions of songs "Go Away Melancholy" and "He and I". It can sound a shade rough but this would be more in-line with the international production. Dialogue is very audible throughout. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A'-locked Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by our favorite trio of Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson. They discuss the director Giuliano Montaldo (Machine Gun McCain) - praising his other work - including TV. How the film has no star dominating scenes but a true ensemble cast of less-developed characters. They talk the now-defunct Pan Am airlines, the cigarette lighter tropes, the above-average Dubbing (expecting a US theatrical release,) and about how the opening resembled the TV series Mission Impossible (the debut was a year before) and they provide details on the careers of many of the cast including Janet Leigh, Robert Hoffmann (the Angelique series), Klaus Kinski, Riccardo Cucciolla (his performance in Rabid Dogs,) George Rigaud (Horror Express,) the great, elder statesman, Edward G. Robinson and others. They identify some of the sly comedic moments and they show general affection for the diverse film production. It's at their usual informative, relaxed , standard effortless filling the film's 2-hour running time. There is also a trailer for Grand Slam.  

Giuliano Montaldo's Grand Slam is an intricately detailed diamond heist film with an international cast. It's fun and has some romance - basically, a very adeptly realized plot by the director. It has plenty of twists and turns with the mercenary characters being exposed as the thievery-plot unravels. It's a very good heist thriller. The Kino Blu-ray has the best a/v we are likely to find and the excellent commentary. It is absolutely recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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