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(aka "The 10th Victim" or "The Tenth Victim" )

 

Directed by Elio Petri
Italy 1965

 

Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
"An Inventive, Witty Sci-fi Extravaganza!"

It is the 21st Century, and society's lust for violence is satisfied by "The Big Hunt," an international game of legalized murder. But when the sport's two top assassins (Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress) are pitted against each other, they find that love is the most dangerous game of all. As the world watches, the hunt is on. Who will become THE 10TH VICTIM?

THE 10TH VICTIM is the international cult classic whose wild action and sexy style has influenced a generation of movies, from THE RUNNING MAN to the AUSTIN POWERS series. Remastered from original archival negative materials, this outrageous satire is presented here in its original Italian language with optional English subtitles.

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Theatrical Release: December 1st, 1965

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Distribution

Anchor Bay

Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC

Blue Underground

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:32:03 1:32:03 1:32:20.076
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.83 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.83 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,523,937,163 bytes

Feature: 21,571,141,632 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 31.15 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: English (Dolby Digital 2.0) Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: English (Dolby Digital 2.0) DTS-HD Master Audio English 2017 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2017 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 2079 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2079 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, none English, none English (SDH), English, French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Anchor Bay

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer / Talent Bios

DVD Release Date:
June 12th, 2001
Keep Case

Chapters 27

Release Information:
Studio:
Blue Underground

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer / Talent Bios


DVD Release Date:
July 28th, 2009
Keep Case

Chapters 27

Release Information:
Studio:
Blue Underground

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,523,937,163 bytes

Feature: 21,571,141,632 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 31.15 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• 
Marcello: A Sweet Life (1:38:15 in 480i)

• US and Italian Trailer

• Stills Gallery

• Marcello Mastroianni Stills Gallery


Blu-ray Release Date:
September 13th, 2011
Standard
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 18

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray - September 11': This is a pretty dramatic increase in visual quality. The comparatively drab SD-DVD looks very weak beside the richer, brighter 1080P transfer from Blue Underground. There is a nice sheen of grain, depth and a notably more information in the frame on all 4 sides. Certainly a solid upgrade that impresses. Audio again gives the option of English or Italian - but now both in lossless (remaining 2.0 channel) and sounding pretty 'hip' with a crisper edge for Piero Piccioni's bouncy score. There appears to be a slightly different subtitle translation and SDH, French and Spanish are now added.

Supplements are also more robust with an 1 1/2 hour documentary on Marcello Mastroianni entitled Marcello: A Sweet Life.. It is quite good in Italian with English subtitles transferred in 480i. There are also HD trailers and Stills galleries.

Overall a very impressive package for this swinging, color-infused, pop-art, groovy adventure that so many other films have referenced. It's Euro-fun at its best and the Blue Underground Blu-ray release is highly recommended!

***

ADDITION: Blue Underground - July 2009: Firstly, the new 2009 Blue Underground is the exact same disc as the 2001 Anchor Bay with one small exception - it starts with the Blue Underground logo. Otherwise the single-layered transfer has no improvement whatsoever and the psychedelic menus, audio, subtitles and supplements are all exactly duplicated (see the bitrate graphs).

The image is a shade hazy but anamorphic and progressive. It looks dulled by age but in this time of 1080P it's easy to get picky - this DVD is certainly very watchable if exporting some noise and a flatness that identifies it as SD. There may be some boosting as there is are blown-out whites.

 

The 2.0 channel sound is similarly lifeless, but consistent and dialogue is completely audible. I didn't even try the English DUB. There are optional subtitles available (see samples below).

Extras consistent of an anamorphic trailer and text bios.

The film is wonderful with the sexy style evoking such nostalgia. It's hard to put into words but I can see this 'sub-genre' eventually being modernized and duplicated just as 'Grindhouse' is. There is a smidgeon of Seijun Suzuki here as well. It's all unapologetic and very cool with the saxaphone, Mastroianni and Andress. I was anticipating and upgrade in AV but if you don't own this the price is right for the value.

Gary Tooze  

 



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Subtitle sample - not exact frame!

 


The two SD transfers are exactly the same - the Blue Underground DVD is a RE-ISSUE of the Anchor Bay

 

 

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