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(aka 'Le flic se rebiffe')

 

Directed by Roland Kibbee, Burt Lancaster

USA 1974

 

One night after finishing his rounds as security chief at Jordan College, Quartz Willinger (Cameron Mitchell) stops by an after-hours club for a drink and walks in on the middle of a robbery, during which he is savagely beaten by three hillbilly thugs. While recovering from his injuries, he needs a replacement and arranges to hire an old friend, Jim Slade (Burt Lancaster), an ex-cop who has just been paroled on a murder conviction, for killing the man he caught with his wife. He finds the job an awkward fit but a welcome relief from prison, especially once he meets his parole officer, Linda Thorpe (Susan Clark). On his first night on the job, there's a break-in at the office of the college's resident psychiatrist (Robert Quarry), and the theft of some tapes made by students, only one of whom -- Natalie Clayborne (Catherine Bach), a pretty yet troubled coed, and daughter of a very powerful politician (Morgan Woodward) -- isn't upset by the incident.

Excerpt from AllMovie located HERE

Poster

Theatrical Release: March 7th, 1974

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Review: Movinside - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Box Cover

 

 

Distribution

Movinside
Region
FREE Blu-ray

The Midnight Man is also available from Movinside in a 3 Blu-ray boxset with Stephen Frears, 1984 neo-noir, The Hit (Reviewed HERE) and Richard Fleischer's The Don is Dead (1973), with Anthony Quinn, Robert Forster, and Frederic Forrest.

      

Runtime

1:58:45.910

Video

Disc Size:  24,962,102,024 bytes

Feature Size: 24,139,793,856 bytes

Average Bitrate: 21.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Bitrate:

 

Movinside Blu-ray

 

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1804 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1804 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1579 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1579 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit))

Subtitles French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Movinside

 

Disc Size:  24,962,102,024 bytes

Feature Size: 24,139,793,856 bytes

Average Bitrate: 21.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• None


Blu-ray  Release Date: June 27th, 2017
Black Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 13

 

 

 

Comments

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

The Midnight Man gets an HD transfer to Blu-ray from Movinside. It's single-layered disc and the image quality is quite strong with some pleasing grain and it looks consistent throughout. Detail is adept and the image is-motion is impressive. This 1080P looked quite film-like in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and the Blu-ray gave me a solid video presentation.

Movinside include both the original English language track as well as a French DUB on the
Blu-ray via lossless DTS-HD Master (24-bit) tracks. It all sounds clean and the film exports a few sequences of aggressive depth. The score is by Dave Grusin's (Candy, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, ...And Justice For All, 3 Days of the Condor, The Front) and helps establish mood including "Come On Back Where You Belong ". It is a fittingly subtle augmenting the tone of the film. There are optional French subtitles, and the Blu-ray is region FREE.

 

NOTE: Despite the menu - the French subtitles are fully optional on my Oppo and this is a Region FREE disc (as are the other two films in the boxset).

There are no extras.

The Midnight Man is a neat thriller - a bit complex but seeing Burt Lancaster, as an ex-con, in this
neo-noir crime mystery will be satisfying for his fans. It's not stellar but is an enticing addition to the Movinside boxset.
Sure - recommended! 

 - Gary Tooze

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Box Cover

 

 

Distribution

Movinside
Region
FREE Blu-ray

The Midnight Man is also available from Movinside in a 3 Blu-ray boxset with Stephen Frears, 1984 neo-noir, The Hit (Reviewed HERE) and Richard Fleischer's The Don is Dead (1973), with Anthony Quinn, Robert Forster, and Frederic Forrest.

      




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