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De Palma & De Niro: The Early Films Blu-ray

 

Directed by De Palma
USA

 

Greetings (1968)                                        The Wedding Party (1969)

Hi, Mom! (1970)

 

In 1963, Robert De Niro stepped in front of a movie camera for the first time. The resulting film, a low-budget black and white comedy called The Wedding Party, would take three years to complete, and another three years to be released, but it would also establish a hugely important working relationship for the aspiring actor. One of the filmmakers, long before he became synonymous with suspense thanks to Carrie, Dressed to Kill and other classics, was Brian De Palma. He and De Niro would team up again in the next few years for two more comedies, both with a countercultural bent.

Greetings, the first film to receive an X certificate in the United States, is a freewheeling satire focusing on a trio of twentysomething friends a conspiracy theorist, a filmmaker, and a voyeur played by De Niro as they try to avoid the Vietnam War draft. Hi, Mom!, originally named Son of Greetings, returns to De Niro's voyeur, now an aspiring maker of adult films, for another humorous glimpse at late-sixties society, this time turning its attentions to experimental theater, cinéma vérité, the African American experience, and the white middle classes.

Brought together for the first time and each newly restored by Arrow Films especially for this release these three films offer a fascinating insight into the early careers of two American cinema s major talents.

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Distribution Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Greetings (1968) The Wedding Party (1969) Hi, Mom! (1970)
Runtime 1:27:24.572         1:31:48.169      1:26:29.142     
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,064,113,396 bytes

Feature: 22,389,585,408 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.01 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,064,113,396 bytes

Feature: 20,456,205,696 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,339,708,638 bytes

Feature: 27,400,416,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Greetings Blu-ray:

Bitrate Wedding Party Blu-ray:

Bitrate: Hi Mom Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary on Greetings:

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

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Arrow Video

 

Edition Details:

Brand new commentary on Greetings by Glenn Kenny, author of Robert De Niro: Anatomy of an Actor - Brand new appreciation of Brian De Palma and Robert De Niro’s collaborations by critic and filmmaker Howard S. Berger (11:41)
Brand new interviews with Charles Hirsch, writer-producer of Greetings (11:47) and Hi, Mom! (09:38)
Hi, Mom! theatrical trailer (01:55)
Newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
Limited collector’s edition booklets featuring new writing on the films by Brad Stevens, Chris Dumas and Christina Newland, plus an archive interview with Brian De Palma and Charles Hirsch


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 11th, 2018
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard box

Chapters 12 X 3

 

 

Comments:

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

AArrow Video have 3 brand new 2K restorations of these early Brian De Palma / Robert De Niro films. "The Wedding Party and "Greetings" restorations are described in the booklet here:
"The Wedding Party and Greetings have been exclusively restored by Arrow Films for this release.
"

The Wedding Party is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1 with mono audio. The original 35mm camera negative element was scanned in 2K resolution on a 4K Arriscan at OCN Labs, CT. The film was graded on Digital Vision's Nucoda Film Master and restored at R3Store Studios in London. The original mono mix was remastered from the optical negative reels at OCN Labs.

All materials for this restoration were made available by Troma Entertainment Inc.

Greetings is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with mono audio. An original 35mm camera internegative element was scanned in 2K resolution on a Lasergraphics Director at EFilm, Burbank. The film was graded on Digital Vision's Nucoda Film Master and restored at R3Store Studios in London. The original mono mix was remastered from the optical negative reels at Deluxe Audio Services, Hollywood.

All materials for this restoration were made available by Charles Hirsch and Academy Film Service.

The 2K restoration of "Hi, Mom!" is also described in greater depth as:
"Hi, Mom!
" has been exclusively restored by Arrow Films for this release and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with mono audio. An original 35mm interpositive element was scanned in 2K resolution on a Lasergraphics Director at EFilm, Burbank. The film was graded on Digital Vision's Nucoda Film Master and restored at R3Store Studios in London. The original mono mix was remastered by MGM.

All materials for this restoration were made available by MGM."

The restoration work done is quite admirable. "The Wedding Party" shares the first dual-layered
Blu-ray disc with "Greetings". "The Wedding Party" has a supportive bitrate throughout its running time. The 4:3 image has a thin grain intact, showing an excellent amount of detail in most scenes. The black levels display a healthy amount of depth, with a very layered black and white 1080P image. "Greetings" 1.85:1 image on the same Blu-ray carries a high bitrate. This color film shows a thicker grain structure, with a much less focused amount of detail. The image is still worthy of your time, though it is certainly the weakest of this set. The second Blu-ray houses "Hi, Mom!" on a dual-layered sisc. The 1.85:1 HD image is held up by an impressively maxed out bitrate. This image is quite something, as we see De Palma's later iconic pastiche of filmic techniques on full display. Certain scenes depend upon the medium they were shot on, but the image is overall masterfully restored. Skintones show a life-like warmth, and there is an appropriately moderate amount of grain. The detail in the image varies depending on the shot (focus, lens, etc) but is indicative of some great restoration work.

All three films are presented with their original English 1.0 mono audio in 24-bit uncompressed linear PCM. "Greetings" and "Hi, Mom!" feature the musical compositions of Eric Kaz. "The Wedding Party" showcases the rather interesting music of John Herbert McDowell. Even with these 1.0 mono tracks, there are a variety of ambient sounds accompanying the dialogue, creating a layered sound. During a scene in "The Wedding Party" where the young men are talking in the garden, I was struck by the sounds of the crickets and immediately imagined Travolta's character from "Blow Out" recording said crickets with his microphone. DePalma, for all of his iconic visual stylings, doesn't get enough credit for his attention to sound detail. Thankfully these tracks seem to reproduce the original theatrical experience.

"Greetings" offers an audio commentary with Glenn Kenny, author of "Robert De Niro: Anatomy of an Actor". Kenny has always been one of my favorite voices in film criticism, and this track does not disappoint. Kenny has an impressive arsenal of facts regarding the film and its' crew. This track is certainly worth checking out. Writer-producer Charles Hirsch provides 2 interviews, the first being a 12-minute discussion on "Greetings", talking about how he came to meet De Palma in film school, and how he wanted to make an American version of Godard's "Masculin Féminin". Hirsch mentions that they needed to pick 3 personalities to explore. De Palma was into voyeurism (quelle surprise!), Hirsch was into the Kennedy assassination, and the third would be computer dating, since that was "all the rage". "Brian De Palma: Early Years" is a 12-minute discussion about the director's early work with filmmaker/film historian Howard S. Berger. Berger mentions that he tends to disregard "Get to Know Your Rabbit" as part of the De Palma canon since the project was taken over by others. Berger goes on to discuss the sophistication of De Palma's work, even in these early satires. The second interview with Hirsh is on the "Hi, Mom!"
Blu-ray, with the writer-producer explaining why they wanted to follow up on the story started in "Greetings". A trailer for "Hi, Mom!" rounds out the disc. There is also a booklet featuring new writing on the films by Brad Stevens, Chris Dumas and Christina Newland, plus an archive interview with Brian De Palma and Charles Hirsch, and new artwork from Matthew Griffin.

"De Niro & De Palma: The Early Films" is a welcome addition to curious cinephile's
Blu-ray collections. These early satires from the director/star showcase two forces to be reckoned with. The 2K restoration work is admirable, and the commentary from Glenn Kenny is worth your time. Highly recommend this set to fans of De Palma.

Colin Zavitz

 


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Directed by De Palma
USA  196
8

This modest but blandly assured little picture, nimbly photographed in good color, opened yesterday at the 34th Street East Theater.What we have here is a trio of hippie-talking pals adventurously prowling the streets of New York and New Jersey, linking up with a succession of enigmatic girls and aiming some splintery, incoherent monologues at each other and, occasionally, the camera. Some of it is amusing, as when one of the lads is coached in the technique of draft-dodging. Most of it is strained and unfunny, with some generous nudity for nudity's sake and a hip sprinkling of four-letter words.One subject of mockery is President Johnson, who is shown in a newsreel clip defending his position on Vietnam.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

Directed by De Palma
USA  1969

This farcical comedy, modestly produced by a trio of young people and utilizing some unfamiliar faces, is great fun. The confusion, the tensions and the traditional ironies leading up to the all-important day, have been filmed before. "Father of the Bride" and "June Bride" were two of the best and most amusing exercises. Although it covers the same general terrain, the new picture couldn't be more different in treatment. With an unconventional technique, including quick-cut editing and speeded-up locomotion reminiscent of the old silent comedies, plus an impromptu flavoring, the picture starts extremely skittishly, levels off appealingly and comes in a neat winner.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 
 

 

  


 

 

Directed by De Palma
USA  19
70

A blast from the past which recalls De Palma's beginnings as a really eclectic independent. Made for $95,000 after the unexpected success of his anarchic Greetings, this is the sequel to end all sequels. De Niro plays variations on a Vietnam vet returning to NY as, variously, a 'peep art' porno movie-maker, an urban guerilla, and an insurance salesman. At least that's the framing excuse for an increasingly lunatic series of set piece gags. 'Be Black Baby' is a skit on off-Broadway 'encounter theatre', in which a middle class white audience is terrorised by black actors in whiteface. Shot by De Palma in visceral vérité, it actually is terrifying. Structurally, the film never recovers - but then its main merit is a refusal to 'hang together'. Anarchic and very appealing.

Excerpt from the TimeOut located HERE

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

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