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Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
USA 1971

 

The Last Picture Show is one of the key films of the American cinema renaissance of the seventies. Set during the early fifties, in the loneliest Texas nowheresville to ever dust up a movie screen, this aching portrait of a dying West, adapted from Larry McMurtry’s novel, focuses on the daily shuffles of three futureless teens—the enigmatic Sonny (Timothy Bottoms), the wayward jock Duane (Jeff Bridges), and the desperate-to-be-adored rich girl Jacy (Cybil Shepherd)—and the aging lost souls who bump up against them in the night like drifting tumbleweeds, including Cloris Leachman’s lonely housewife and Ben Johnson’s grizzled movie-house proprietor. Featuring evocative black-and-white imagery and profoundly felt performances, this hushed depiction of crumbling American values remains the pivotal film in the career of the invaluable director and film historian Peter Bogdanovich.

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One could argue that Peter Bogdanovich never topped The Last Picture Show (1971), his second feature and surely one of the great films of the Seventies. This is due not only to Bogdanovich's direction, but also the strength of the original source material (the 1966 novel of the same title by Larry McMurtry), its excellent ensemble cast, and its gritty black-and-white cinematography by the Hollywood veteran Robert Surtees.

A basic part of the film's success arises from its authentic portrayal of small-town life, which it derives from the novel. Texas-born writer Larry McMurtry has had an unusually close, career-long relationship with the film medium. His first novel, Horsemen, Pass By (1961) was adapted into no less a film than Martin Ritt's Hud (1963). The reason for this is not difficult to fathom: McMurtry's depictions of small-town life in the West, with their unsparing but compassionate examination of stunted lives and their ironic echoes of the Western genre, offered strong material for filmmakers interested in exploring adult subjects. Other significant adaptations of McMurtry novels include Terms of Endearment (1983), the TV miniseries Lonesome Dove (1989), Texasville (1990)--a sequel to The Last Picture Show, and The Evening Star (1996).

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 2nd, 1971

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Runtime

Theatrical Cut: 1:59:42.174  

Director's Cut: 2:06:19.571

Video

Theatrical Cut:

1.85:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 64,726,418,897 bytes

Feature: 64,099,958,784 bytes

Video Bitrate: 63.76 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

Director's Cut:

1.85:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 64,672,887,046 bytes

Feature: 64,046,057,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 53.13 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

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

Bitrate Theatrical Cut 4K Ultra HD:

Bitrate Director's Cut 4K Ultra HD:

Audio

Theatrical Cut:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1560 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1560 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

 

Director's Cut:

TS-HD Master Audio English 1558 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1558 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1559 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1559 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio German 1557 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1557 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1557 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1557 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 1558 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1558 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English (SDH), English, Dutch, Norwegian, Hungarian, Czech, Thai, Arabic, Finnish, Mandarin Chinese, Danish, German, Italian, Swedish, Korean, Icelandic, English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Hindi, Polish, Turkish, Bulgarian, Greek, Hebrew, none
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Sony

 

Theatrical Cut:

1.85:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 64,726,418,897 bytes

Feature: 64,099,958,784 bytes

Video Bitrate: 63.76 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

 

Director's Cut:

1.85:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 64,672,887,046 bytes

Feature: 64,046,057,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 53.13 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Two 4K Ultra HD discs

• Director’s Cut
• Theatrical Version

 

Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray

• Audio Commentary featuring Director Peter Bogdanovich
• NEW: A Tribute to Peter Bogdanovich (13:55)
• The Last Picture Show: A Look Back Documentary (1:04:40)
• A Discussion with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (12:51)
• Location Footage (6:27)
• Theatrical Re-Release Featurette (6:03)
• Teaser Trailer (1:27)
• Theatrical Trailer (3:04)


4K Ultra HD Release Date:
October 25th, 2022
Black 4K Ultra HD Case inside slipcase (inside custom case)

Chapters 16 / 9

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Sony 4K UHD (October 2022): Sony are releasing Frank Capra's "It Happened One Night" in 4K UHD has part of their Columbia Classics Collection Volume 3 4K UHD that includes It Happened One Night / From Here to Eternity / To Sir, With Love / The Last Picture Show / Annie and As Good As It Gets. It's a pleasure to have a Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show"come to 4K UHD.

This 4K UHD package has three discs also includes Peter Bogdanovich’s preferred 1999 Definitive Director’s Cut, presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative, the 1971 Theatrical version, also presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative and there is also a Blu-ray of the Director's Cut, sourced from the 4K master, and housing supplements.

In November 2010 Criterion released a Blu-ray collection with "The Last Picture Show" - part of their America Lost and Found: The BBS Story Blu-ray boxset, reviewed HERE. The 'BBS' stood for the production team of Bert Schneider, Robert (Bob) Rafelson and Steve Blauner. It was the director’s cut of "The Last Picture Show", with a 1080P transfer "supervised by Bogdanovich". We've compared 4 captures below but you just can't beat the higher resolution even readily notable in the unusual but aesthetically effective monochrome choice. "The Last Picture Show" has never had dynamic black / white contrast with indoor scenes falling somewhere between grey and pale-hazed tones. This totally suits the atmosphere of the dusty ghost town appearance. The 2160P produces luscious grain textures that are readily visible and a significant uptick in sharpness and detail. Both the Theatrical Cut and Director's Cut have the same HDR (Dolby Vision) application and look extremely similar. I couldn't distinguish much of a difference. I thought this looked so rich and film-like via this 4K UHD rendering. A beautiful representation of a visually remarkable film.

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: 56 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: It Happened One Night (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Mummy (1932), Creature From the Black Lagoon (software uniformly simulated HDR), Bride of Frankenstein (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Amityville Horror  (software uniformly simulated HDR), The War of the Worlds (1953) (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Incredible Melting Man  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Cloak & Dagger (software uniformly simulated HDR), Event Horizon (software uniformly simulated HDR), Get Carter (software uniformly simulated HDR), 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 Helsing (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).

Both Theatrical Cut and Director's Cut on separate 4K UHD discs use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 track (only 16-bit), in the original English language, with the DC offering 4 foreign-language DUBs. There isn't much in the way of aggression - some fisticuffs, cars etc. "The Last Picture Show" features entirely diegetic music, including many popular 50s country and western songs by the likes of Hank Williams Sr. Tony Bennett, Lefty Frizzell, Eddie Fisher, Frankie Laine, Jo Stafford, Hank Snow, Johnnie Ray, Kay Starr and others. Both discs offer optional English (and many other) subtitles - and is, like all 4K UHDs, region FREE, playable worldwide.

All extras are relegated the the 3rd disc Blu-ray that also houses a 1080P Director's Cut version of the film and includes the 2009 audio commentary featuring director Peter Bogdanovich. New is a 14-minute "Tribute to Peter Bogdanovich". It's an in-depth retrospective view of his career by Peter Tonguette. We lost Peter earlier this year, 2022. Laurent Bouzereau's 1999 The Last Picture Show: A Look Back is an hour+ documentary. It details how the film as made - from casting to the decision for black and white over color and features interviews with Bogdanovich, Cybill Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, and Frank Marshall. It was on previous releases. There is A Discussion with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich from 2009. It lasts about a dozen minutes as he is questioned about his favorite filmmakers and inspirations - compiled by Laurent Bouzereau. There is some brief screen soundless, location footage, the original trailer, teaser and a 6-minute re-release featurette.

Peter Bogdanovich’s "The Last Picture Show" is a masterpiece frequently considered the best film of the early 70s and often cited in '100 greatest American films of all time' polls. It was adapted by Bogdanovich and the novel's author, Larry McMurtry, from the semi-autobiographical 1966 book of the same name. It is set in a set in a desolate northern Texas town in the early 50s focusing on the lives of maturing teenagers and some of the small dying burgh's dissatisfied residents. It has an ensemble cast with Timothy Bottoms (The Paper Chase) in his second feature, young Jeff Bridges (with Fat City his next project), versatile Ellen Burstyn (Requiem For a Dream), stalwart and imposing Ben Johnson (The Wild Bunch), Oscar-winner Cloris Leachman (Dying Room Only), and absurdly photogenic Cybill Shepherd (Taxi Driver). Bogdanovich re-edited the film to create a "director's cut" included here. This version restores seven minutes of footage that Bogdanovich trimmed from the 1971 release because Columbia demanded a limit of 119-minutes. One cut was the sex scene between Jacy (Shepherd) and Abilene (Clu Gulager) as well as several shorter scenes were also restored. The final screening, essentially the 'last picture show', for the two friends, Sonny (Bottoms) and Duane (Bridges) is John Wayne's Texan western Red River directed by Howard Hawks. "The Last Picture Show" captures a hopeless, dead-end, existence for the desperate youths of tiny Anarene while the adult townsfolk are poor examples as they drink, are depressed, jaded, have affairs and are resigned to their limited fates. There is a realism to the film sparked by Bogdanovich's tight control, the barren atmosphere and the remarkable performances. It's a must own that,
in 4K UHD, has our highest recommendation.

Gary Tooze

 


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