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(aka "Grigsby" )

 

directed by Gordon Flemyng
UK 1970

 

After an ambush by former teammate Kip Thompson (Alec Cord) results in multiple fatalities in the Congo, freelance soldier Major Harry Grigsby (Stanley Baker of Joseph Losey's ACCIDENT) is eager to take him out. He gets the chance when he is sent to Hong Kong where Thompson has been leading Chinese mercenaries in raids on the border. Kip and his army are always one step ahead of Grigsby and his men (whom he continues to pick off) and Grigsby soon finds himself falling in love with his commander's wife Katherine (Honor Blackman, GOLDFINGER). Grigsby and Kip go head to head when Kip targets Katherine. THE LAST GRENADE is a thoroughly British production of the sixties with second unit local color views of Hong Kong, spacious interior sets by Anthony Pratt (some of which would not look out of place in a Bond film), a lush John Dankworth score (quite a departure from his more minimalist work on Joseph Losey productions), and great scope photography (with some romantic filtration for the Baker/Blackman scenes) by Alan Hume. Given these attributes, one wishes the film were better. Baker is always an entertaining lead but Attenborough's slumming, Blackman doesn't have much to do, and Cord is unconvincing. That said, Grigsby's team is made up of some welcome British film faces such as Andrew Kier and Julian Glover (both from QUATERMASS AND THE PIT), John Thaw (TV's INSPECTOR MORSE), Ray Brooks (THE FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW) as well as American Rafer Jackson. There's some good action setpieces but the dramatics are tired but it may be interesting viewing as a sixties British action film not featuring James Bond.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: March 1970 (USA)

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Scorpion Releasing

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:33:42
Video

2.31:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.43 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Scorpion Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.31:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:41)
• Trailers for HOMO FABER (16:9; 1:37), POWER PLAY (16:9; 3:23), THE FARMER (16:9; 2:12),
• and THE INTERNECINE PROJECT (16:9; 1:42),

DVD Release Date: 23 February 2010
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Sourced from an American Cinerama Releasing print, THE LAST GRENADE is presented in an anamorphic and progressive, single-layer transfer that preserves Alan Hume's great scope compositions and looks good for the most part. Although there is some image softness seemingly due to the condition of the print element, the softness plus slight vignetting of some scenes seems to have been intentional (see capture 5).

Audio is clean but a little low. The film's theatrical trailer and trailers for other Cinerama titles (some of which are available or forthcoming from Scorpion Releasing such as GOODBYE GEMINI and GIRLY).

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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