Firstly, a massive thank you to our Patreon supporters. Your generosity touches me deeply. These supporters have become the single biggest contributing factor to the survival of DVDBeaver. Your assistance has become essential.

 

What do Patrons receive, that you don't?

 

1) Our weekly Newsletter sent to your Inbox every Monday morning!
2)
Patron-only Silent Auctions - so far over 30 Out-of-Print titles have moved to deserved, appreciative, hands!
3) Access to over 20,000 unpublished screen captures in lossless high-resolution format!

 

Please consider keeping us in existence with a couple of dollars or more each month (your pocket change!) so we can continue to do our best in giving you timely, thorough reviews, calendar updates and detailed comparisons. Thank you very much.


 

Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Gang" or "The Gang")

("Three Men to Kill" or "Three Men to Destroy")

 

Directed by Jacques Deray
France 1977 / 1980

 

THE GANG (1977): In 1945, as World War Two comes to a close, five small time crooks unite to form a gang lead by the charismatic Alain Delon. After several bold robberies they become notorious as “the front-wheel drive gang.” The police attempt to stop their crime spree with little success, but how long will their luck last?

 

THREE MEN TO KILL (1980): In this Gritty, violent and suspenseful thriller, Delon plays Gerfaut who comes to the aid of a man laying wounded in the road, not knowing the man has taken two bullets to the belly. Soon he becomes the target for the killers, who see him as a dangerous witness. But Gerfaut has been around the block a couple of times and he won’t be so easily eliminated.  

Posters

Theatrical Release: January 19th, 1977 - October 31st, 1980

Reviews                                                                                                       More Reviews                                                                                       DVD Reviews

 

Review: Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

  

Bonus Captures:

Distribution Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime

Gang: 1:44:22.798

Three Men to Kill: 1:37:10.382

Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,034,854,006 bytes

1.85:1 Gang: 22,540,012,224 bytes

1.66:1 Three Men to Kill: 21,080,191,680 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.71 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Gang Blu-ray:

Bitrate Three Men to Kill Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio French 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Cohen Media

 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,034,854,006 bytes

Gang: 22,540,012,224 bytes

Three Men to Kill: 21,080,191,680 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.71 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Trailer Gang (1:31)
Trailer Three Men to Kill (1:22)


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 31st, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 11 / 10

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Cohen Media Blu-ray (August 2021): Cohen Media have transferred Jacques Deray's Gang and Three Men to Kill to Blu-ray. Both films have had, separate, English-friendly (with English subtitles) Blu-ray release in France by Pathé; Le Gang HERE and Three Men to Kill (Trois Hommes à abattre) HERE.

Both transfers are on one dual-layered Blu-ray. Gang has noticeable green infiltration but the quality is consistent. Detail and grain support are reasonable. Aside from the green, I see no artifacts, damage or digitization. It may be faithful to the source or the original, although I suspect the print has been compromised over the last 40-odd years. Very watchable and an easily notch above SD.

Three Men to Kill looks better with a few crushed black but natural colors and strong detail. I had no issues with the HD presentation. I don't even know if a more robust transfer would make significant improvement. It seems to be what it is - no tinkering. Both films are in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. 

NOTE: We have added 40 X 2 more large resolution Blu-ray captures (in lossless PNG format) for DVDBeaver Patrons HERE

On their Blu-ray, Cohen Media use linear PCM mono tracks (both 16-bit) in the original French language. Gang especially has plenty of aggressive violence usually in the form of gunfire. The uncompressed audio track exports some abundant bass. Three Men to Kill has fewer aggressive moments but still many scenes with conflict, car accident and gunfire.  It sounds similar in terms of quality - clean, flat but carry depth. The score for Gang is by Carlo Rustichelli (Night Ripper, The Long Hair of Death, The Whip and the Body, Seduced and Abandoned, Divorce - Italian Style, The Secret War of Harry Frigg, 1974's Ten Little Indians)  and for Three Men to Kill the score was by Claude Bolling (Le Magnifique.) Not overly remarkable audio but supportive of the action films. Cohen Media offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Cohen Media Blu-ray offers only two trailers as a supplement to their double bill.

Well as 'Jacques Deray - Alain Delon' Double Feature. You could see these both - especially Three Men to Kill - fitting in the Neo-Noir category. While I wasn't as keen on Gang (Delon's hair was goofy although accurate to his character I presume) as a disorganized crime-gang actioner, I loved Three Men to Kill as Delon's 'Michel Gerfaut' gets caught in a strange witness-assassination attempt - we can see that he's up for the challenge. Yeah, there is value here on Cohen Media's bare-bones Blu-ray. A superstar actor and a formidable director of crime and thriller films makes for a decent double-feature night. Watch with a bottle of Bordeaux. 

Gary Tooze

 


Menus / Extras

 


CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

Gang

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


Three Men to Kill
 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

More full resolution (1920 X 1080) Blu-ray Captures for DVDBeaver Patreon Supporters HERE

 

Gang

 

Three Men to Kill

 

 
Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

  

Bonus Captures:

Distribution Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


 


 

Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

 

Hit Counter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

 CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

Thank You!