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Directed by Jonathan Miller
UK 1969

 

The great satirist/writer/director Jonathan Miller’s only venture into cinema, Take a Girl Like You (1970) is an adaptation of the Kingsley Amis novel about a virginal young woman, Jenny (Hayley Mills, in one of her first “adult” roles), and the men who pursue her, particularly Patrick (Oliver Reed), who finds that deeper feelings may overtake his genial caddishness. Also starring Noel Harrison, John Bird, and Sheila Hancock, and featuring a score by Stanley Myers.

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Theatrical Release: January 1969

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Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Indictor - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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2) Indicator Region FREE Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Twilight Time
Region
FREE Blu-ray

Indicator
Region
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Runtime

1:38:12.928

1:38:17.433
Video

Disc Size: 27,590,582,483 bytes

Feature Size: 26,264,143,872 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Disc Size: 45,279,474,475 bytes

Feature Size: 32,940,961,344 bytes

Average Bitrate: 37.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Bitrate:

 

Twilight Time Blu-ray

 

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Indicator Blu-ray

 

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1909 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1909 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Music Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1671 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1671 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Isolated Music Score:

LPCM Audio Undetermined 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English (SDH), None English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Twilight Time

 

Disc Size: 27,590,582,483 bytes

Feature Size: 26,264,143,872 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Trailer 1 (2:42)
• Trailer 2 (2:25)

Isolated Score


Blu-ray  Release Date: July, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray case inside slipcase

Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

Disc Size: 45,279,474,475 bytes

Feature Size: 32,940,961,344 bytes

Average Bitrate: 37.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

A New Era Revisited (2019, (13:57) mins): in-depth interview with celebrated actor Hayley Mills
Now and Then: Jonathan Miller (1967, (41:23): archival interview featuring the polymath director in conversation with broadcaster Bernard Braden
Make a Film Like You (2019, (07:37) mins): production manager Denis Johnson Jnr and assistant director Joe Marks recalls the making of Take a Girl Like You
Isolated music & effects track
Original theatrical trailers (02:24 and 02:25)
Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
Limited edition exclusive 32-page booklet with a new essay by Melanie
Williams, Kingsley Amis on Take a Girl Like You, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 25th, 2019
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

Comments

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

Indicator present a high definition remaster of "Take a Girl Like You" on a dual-layered Blu-ray. This would appear to be the same remaster that was previously available from Twilight Time though with a totally maxed out bitrate (I don't think I have ever seen a number that high) and slightly different grain structure one-upping the previous transfer, though not by much. Both transfers have a nice texture, with a fair amount of detail.

Indicator provide the same audio here, though in 24-bit uncompressed linear PCM. This track is a bit more robust than the Twilight Time track, with Stanley Myers' score standing out as a highlight. The isolated music and effects track is also an option. There are optional English SDH subtitles on this Region Free
Blu-ray.

Whereas Twilight Time only provided 2 trailers (which are also included here) Indicator has some wonderful interviews and features here starting with "The Now and Then Interview with Jonathan Miller". As a title card states, "This Interview was conducted by Bernard Braden on 18 October 1967. Conceived in 1967, Now and Then was the brainchild of Canadian broadcaster Bernard Braden. The idea was to capture leading personalities of the day talking about their lives and hopes for the future and, later, to revisit each subject to assess how things had turned out. Although never completed, Braden conducted more than 330 interviews between September 1967 and June 1968, amassing almost 110 hours of historically valuable footage." The following 42-minute interview with the polymath is full of fascinating pieces of information. "An Era Revisited" is a 14-minute interview with celebrated actor Hayley Mills. "Make a Film Like You" is an 8-minute piece with production manager Denis Johnson Jr. and assistant director Joe Marks recalling the making of "Take a Girl Like You." There is also an image gallery and an exclusive 32-page booklet with a new essay by Melanie Williams, Kingsley Amis on Take a Girl Like You, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.

"Take a Girl Like You" is an interesting time capsule of a film, exploring the sexual mores of the 60s and Indicator have added a bunch of informative extras to the film's UK
Blu-ray premiere.

Colin Zavitz

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July 2018: Twilight Time bring Take a Girl Like You to dual-layered Blu-ray. It looks consistent and decent in 1080P. There is texture and true colors although time may have damned them somewhat. It's not a dynamic appearance but probably in-line with the original production.

Twilight Time present the film in 2.0 stereo on a 24-bit DTS-HD track. There aren't any aggressive effects.
The score is by Stanley Myers (The Wilby Conspiracy Eureka, Cimino's The Deer Hunter, Roeg's Insignificance, Harold Becker's The Boost, Pete Walker House of Mortal Sin and Frightmare, etc.) with orchestral and other pieces sung by Ram John Holder, Harmony Grass as well as the theme song Take A Girl Like You sung by The Foundations. It all sounds very clean and clear. There are optional English Subtitles for the film on this Region FREE Blu-ray.

There is only an isolated score option and two trailers as well as the customary Julie Kirgo liner notes.

A highly interesting snapshot of a how casual relations and sexual attitudes were considered by some in the late 60's. There is an element to 'swinging' and obviously the prudent behavior of 'Jenny'. I found that aspect fascinating. Other than that it is mildly amusing as well. fans of Brit cinema from this time period and fans of Hayley Mills and Oliver Reed may be keen. 
 

 - Gary Tooze

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