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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "A Date with a Lonely Girl")

 

Directed by Herbert Ross
USA 1971

 

Candice Bergen (Soldier Blue) is T.R. Baskin, a nave young woman with a droll sense of humor, who ventures from small town Ohio to the bright lights of Chicago in search of an interesting career, intellectual stimulation, true love and happiness... and instead discovers that the urban existence is as unfulfilling and lonely as the one she fled. A tender encounter with one man (James Caan, The Gambler) ends with an unfortunate misunderstanding. However, it leads to a therapeutic Sunday afternoon with a sincere traveling salesman (Peter Boyle, Taxi Driver), who provides hope and encouragement, as he confides in her about his own insecurities and disappointments. Herbert Ross (The Seven-Per-Cent Solution) directs this wryly humorous drama from a perceptive script by Peter Hyams (Busting, Capricorn One).

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Enthusiastic young woman runs away to Chicago to start a new life. She is soon confronted with the emotional coldness of the big city and has to search for her place in the scheme of things.

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Theatrical Release: October 20th, 1971

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Review: Fun City Editions - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Fun City Editions - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:29:52.136         
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 31,279,549,049 bytes

Feature: 27,571,980,288 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.80 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1791 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1791 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
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Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / DN -31dB

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 31,279,549,049 bytes

Feature: 27,571,980,288 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.80 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary by Ben Reiser and Scott Lucas
'Get in the Tent,' newly-filmed video interview with producer/writer Peter Hyams (14:39)
Booklet with a new essay by Kat Sachs
Limited edition slipcover with brand-new art by Pip Carter


Blu-ray Release Date: November 7th, 2023

Custom Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 5

 

 

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

ADDITION: Fun City Editions Blu-ray (November 2023): Fun City Editions have transferred Herbert Ross's T.R. Baskin to Blu-ray. It is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. The image is intentionally soft - with a soft lens and showcases very pleasing grain textures. Colors carry some depth (red and yellow clothing) and contrast is adept. The quality is consistent and it was clean. A very fine transfer. 

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On their Blu-ray, Fun City Editions use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. T.R. Baskin has no aggressive audio - maybe some planes at O'Hare International airport before the title (7-minutes in.) It's very much dialogue-driven. The score was by Jack Elliott (Support Your Local Gunfighter, The Jerk, many TV movies and series)  sounding subtly supportive with consistent dialogue in the lossless transfer. Fun City Editions offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Fun City Editions Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Ben Reiser and Scott Lucas of 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s. They identify many of the Chicago locations in the film, discuss the structure of the story - editing, how neglected the film is, writer / producer Peter Hyams, they quote director Herbert Ross about T.R. Baskin, talk about the flashback style, Gerald Hirschfeld's cinematography and much more. It's an excellent commentary. 'Get in the Tent,' is a new 1/4 hour interview with producer/writer Peter Hyams discussing the film and his career. The package has a limited edition slipcover with brand-new art by Pip Carter and a booklet with a new essay by Kat Sachs.   

Herbert Ross's T.R. Baskin is a very interesting film that I knew nothing about. The slow pace may deter some but I appreciated how the story was expressed visually without over-explaining dialogue. T.R.'s (Candy Bergen) satirical, wise-cracking, facade eventually breaks down after multiple disappointments with work, her colleagues and men. Just when she thinks she's made an intellectual connection - via a one night stand with Larry (James Caan) - it's not 'love at first sight' but a negotiation - presumably her initiation into escort-like prostitution. She's a practical gal - always knowing she was "different from others". T.R. Baskin may have been considered by some, including director Ross, a mess - but it covers it so well with the performances - cold Bergman, and Hirschfeld's cinematography with unique angles, reflections and shots through hazy windows. It sorely deserved reappraisal and the Fun City Editions Blu-ray will expose it to an appreciative audience; a cold, lesser-seen film, commentary, writer/producer interview, great packaging - absolutely recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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