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Directed by Buzz Kulik
USA 1967

 

LAPD Sgt Tom Valens (David Jansen) kills a man who pulls a gun on him during a stakeout. But when the dead man turns out to be a respected doctor with no criminal record and no gun is found, Valens is charged with manslaughter. Valens fights to clear his name, find the gun, and learn why the doctor was there. This 1960s' cult crime film was directed by Buzz Kulik and based on the 1965 novel "711 - Officer Needs Help" by Whit Masterson Starring Steve Allen, Ed Begley, Joan Collins, Lillian Gish.

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Staking out an apartment block on the watch for a psycho killer, Detective Sergeant Valens of the LA police (Janssen) is forced to shoot a man who keeps on coming with a gun when challenged. The dead man turns out to be a highly respected doctor, and there is no trace of the gun. Suspended with the threat of a manslaughter charge hanging over him, Valens goes rogue to clear his name. Neatly scripted from Whit Masterson's novel 711 - Officer Needs Help, the film is very enjoyable in the time-honoured private eye manner, even though the parade of vivid 'guest cameos' uncovered during Janssen's dogged trek through the spiralling mystery smacks less of noir tradition than of TV practice (Kulik had only recently graduated to movies).

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 18th, 1967

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Runtime 1:39:59.410         
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1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 28,821,371,026 bytes

Feature: 28,674,054,144 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 28,821,371,026 bytes

Feature: 28,674,054,144 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger & Steve Mitchell


Blu-ray Release Date: November 4th
,
2022
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 13

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Imprint Blu-ray (November 2022): Imprint have transferred Buzz Kulik's Warning Shot to Blu-ray. It is on a dual-layered disc with a very high bitrate. Colors are not always consistent but there is plenty of vibrancy (the modeling sequences with psychedelic gowns) and deep black levels. Overall the 1080P image is in advance of SD but not a lot of depth and only a smattering of grain. We'll compare to the upcoming Kino Blu-ray but I suspect it will look quite similar.

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On their Blu-ray, Imprint use a linear PCM dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. Warning Shot has few gunshots and other heavy violence. The jazzy score was by the great Jerry Goldsmith (The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Breakout, The Salamander, The Mephisto Waltz, Seconds, Hoosiers, The Blue Max, Breakheart Pass, The Omen) sounding clean with consistent dialogue in the lossless transfer. Imprint offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Imprint Blu-ray offers a new commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Steve Mitchell. They discuss the links to noir, the cinematographer Joseph F. Biroc (Cry Danger, Donovan's Brain, Forty Guns,) how this was made between The Fugitive seasons 3-4, how the posters exploited the females, guns or referencing The Fugitive TV series. They talk about the film's violence, sexual politics, the extensive cast and crew.... as always, they are observing far more than I could. Certainly interesting. There is a hard slipcase housing the transparent disc case.

Buzz Kulik (Riot, Villa Rides and a bunch of episodes of The Twilight Zone) directed Warning Shot and has my favorite David "Dr. Richard Kimble" Janssen. It has a few other actors that were in notable episodes of The Fugitive: Carroll O'Connor and Ed Begley plus other recognizable faces like Lillian Gish (The Night of the Hunter), Dame Edith Joan Collins Keeler, George Sanders (The Falcon), Eleanor Parker (Eye of the Cat), Stefanie Powers (Fanatic), Sam Wanamaker (Christ in Concrete), Keenan Wynn (Shack Out On 101,) Walter Pidgeon (Forbidden Planet), Steve Allen etc. Baseball stars Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale actually signed to appear in Warning Shot (see image HERE) during their 1966 holdout, but eventually both agreed to contracts with the Los Angeles Dodgers. It's a very good, star-packed, investigatory crime-thriller and the Imprint Blu-ray has a 1080P transfer and informative commentary.

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