Directed by Alan Arkin
USA 19
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Adapted from the controversial stage play by Jules Feiffer (Carnal Knowledge), this savage, nihilistic black comedy was the startling directorial debut of actor Alan Arkin. When a severely depressed fashion photographer (Elliott Gould M*A*S*H, The Long Goodbye, California Split) meets an optimistic young woman (Marcia Rodd Citizens Band, Last Embrace), she is determined to save him amidst the series of random muggings, sniper shootings, garbage strikes and total blackouts that are ravaging the city of New York.

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Patsy (Marcia Rodd) and Alfred (Elliott Gould) meet when she rescues him from a beating on the crime-ridden streets of New York City. Patsy is immediately taken aback by Alfred's apathetic approach to life, which is in stark contrast to her ardent optimism. She pursues and ultimately marries him in the hopes of changing him. However, after a devastating and random act of violence, Alfred and his in-laws descend further into the insanity and violence surrounding them.

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Theatrical Release: February 9th, 1971

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DVD Review: Indicator - Region B - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:48:06.980  
Video

Disc Size: 49,007,396,350 bytes

Feature Size: 32,078,442,048 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.97 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

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LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentaries:

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

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Release Information:
Studio: Indicator

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Disc Size: 49,007,396,350 bytes

Feature Size: 32,078,442,048 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.97 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary with actor Elliott Gould and writer Jules Feiffer
• Audio commentary with journalist Samm Deighan
• Introductions to the film by Alan Arkin (0:31) and Jules Feiffer (0:45) (2018)
• A Certain Amount of Black (2018, 17:34): new interview with acclaimed actor-producer Elliott Gould
• Beginner’s Luck (2018, 19 mins): new interview with celebrated actor-director Alan Arkin
• Acts of Random Violence (2018, 31:31): new interview with award-winning writer and satirist Jules Feiffer, author of the original stage play and screenplay adaptation of Little Murders
• Speaking of Films: 'Little Murders' (1972, 31:11): original promotional recording of Jules Feiffer in discussion with academics and critics Susan Rice, Robert Geller, Leonard Maltin and Sean Driscoll
• Radio interviews (1971, 31:37): promotional recordings of Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland and Alan Arkin, specially prepared for radio station syndication
• Original theatrical trailer (3:32)
• Trailer commentary with Larry Karaszewski (2013, 3:49): a short critical appreciation
• Original TV spots (0:23 + 0:32 + 0:56)
• Original radio spots (2:34)
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with an essay by Jim O’Rourke, cast and crew profiles, original promotional discussion guide, contemporary critical responses, and film credits
• World premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies

Blu-ray Release Date: April 30th, 2018
Transparent
Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 10

 

 

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Firstly, Little Murders is a fascinating film. Indicator offer its world premiere on Blu-ray in another of their brilliantly complete packages. It resides on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. The film's many dark scenes show no noise and I noticed no speckles or damage. The heavy film textures are well-processed by the 1080P transfer and it looks clean and consistent with rich grain, true, deep colors in an, overall, very impressive HD presentation. Excellent.

 

Audio comes in a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English-language. It's clear with audible dialogue - it has a score by Fred Kaz and some will recognize John Lewis' Skating in Central Park by the Modern Jazz Quartet. The sound quality is clear, flat and authentic. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on the Region 'B'-locked Blu-ray.

 

Indicator stack the package with supplements that include two audio commentaries - the first with actor Elliott Gould and writer Jules Feiffer and the second with journalist Samm Deighan. I especially appreciated the latter which covered some interesting analysis and factual details. There are two, short separate introductions to the film by Alan Arkin and Jules Feiffer. A Certain Amount of Black is a new, 18-minute, interview with actor-producer Elliott Gould and I always find his insights revealing. Beginner’s Luck is a new 19-minute interview with actor-director Alan Arkin who, likewise, has a lot to share about the production and his own career. Acts of Random Violence is a new 1/2 interview with award-winning writer and satirist Jules Feiffer, author of the original stage play and screenplay adaptation of Little Murders. Speaking of Films: 'Little Murders' is the original 1972 promotional recording of Jules Feiffer in discussion with academics and critics Susan Rice, Robert Geller, Leonard Maltin and Sean Driscoll. It runs 1/2 hour. There are radio interviews of promotional recordings of Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland and Alan Arkin, specially prepared for radio station syndication - from 1971. We also get an original theatrical trailer, and a trailer commentary + critical appreciation by Larry Karaszewski. There are original TV spots, original radio spots and an image gallery of on-set and promotional photography . The package contains a limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with an essay by Jim O’Rourke, cast and crew profiles, original promotional discussion guide, contemporary critical responses, and film credits.

 

A totally, unique and bizarre, black comedy, big-city social satire dealing with themes of trust, paranoia, indifference... funny, human, touching, shocking... Little Murders has a lot going for it and bolstering appreciation are the extensive supplements - including the two commentaries and the many interviews. Another fabulous choice for Indicator to bring to Blu-ray. A super package of a lesser-seen film that deserves a winder audience - absolutely recommended!

 

 

Gary W. Tooze


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