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(aka 'The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds')

 

Directed by Paul Newman
USA 19
72

 

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paul Zindel, Paul Newman's second film as director stars his wife Joanne Woodward (Three Faces of Eve, Sybil) as an abusive, over-bearing mother raising her two daughters (Nell Potts and Roberta Wallach) in an atmosphere of bitterness and hatred. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds is a powerful, searingly unsentimental and ultimately transformative drama, with a trio of towering performances from the three female leads at its core.

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Widow Beatrice Hunsdorfer (Joanne Woodward) likes to say she's planning to open an upscale tea room, but in reality she's incapable of handling even the most pedestrian of life's responsibilities. A terrible homemaker and a questionable parent, she's a constant embarrassment to her two daughters. Ruth (Roberta Wallach) is given to rebellious acting out and seems destined to turn out like her mother, while Matilda (Nell Potts) is more thoughtful and likely to transcend her unfortunate childhood.

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Theatrical Release: December 20th, 1972

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Comparison:

Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

1) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - LEFT

2) Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution Twilight Time - Region FREE- Blu-ray Indicator - Region 'B'- Blu-ray
Runtime 1:40:44.079    1:40:46.081    
Video

Disc Size: 27,582,585,606 bytes

Feature Size: 27,116,967,936 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video  

Disc Size: 35,762,577,590 bytes

Feature Size: 35,157,704,064 bytes

Average Bitrate: 39.06 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video  

Bitrate: Twilight Time - Region FREE- Blu-ray
Bitrate: Indicator - Region 'B'- Blu-ray
Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1984 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1984 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1800 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1800 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
Lectures:

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

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Isolated Score:

LPCM Audio 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: 27,582,585,606 bytes

Feature Size: 27,116,967,936 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video   

 

Edition Details:
• Trailer + Isolated Score


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 24th, 2018
Standard
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Indicator

 

Disc Size: 35,762,577,590 bytes

Feature Size: 35,157,704,064 bytes

Average Bitrate: 39.06 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video   

 

Edition Details:
• 
Audio commentary with film historian Adrian Martin
• The John Player Lecture with Paul Newman (1972): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Derek Malcolm at London s National Film Theatre

• The Guardian Interview with Joanne Woodward (1984, 65 mins): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Tony Bilbow at the National Film Theatre
• 1973 Cannes Film Festival press conference with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward (1:58)
• Isolated music and effects track
• Original theatrical trailer
• Original TV spot (0:57)
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Johnny Mains, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies

Blu-ray Release Date: April 30th, 2018
Transparent
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

 

We are treated to Blu-rays of Paul Newman's The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds on both sides of the pond.  A Region FREE Twilight Time (US) and a Region 'B'-locked Indicator (UK). The 1080P image quality appears identical - both a '4K restoration from the original negative'. The Indicator has a max'ed out bitrate and may have a slight edge in-motion. Both transfers look excellent - beautiful, tight, colors,  film-like texture - very impressive visuals.

 

The Twilight Time Blu-ray use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono (24-bit) and Indicator go for a linear PCM mono (also 24-bit). Both sound the same to my ears. There are modest effects that come across authentically flat but with hints of depth. The score is credited to Maurice Jarre (The Tin Drum, The Man Who Would Be King, The Damned etc.) and it supports the film's humanity and drama very well in the uncompressed renderings. Both offer isolated score/effects options and both have optional English-SDH subtitles (see samples). As stated the Twilight Time is Region FREE and the Indicator Region 'B' Blu-ray disc.

Twilight Time have a trailer (along with the isolated score/effects track option.) Indicator include much more. There is an informative audio commentary with film historian Adrian Martin who focuses a lot on Newman as a director (comparing him to Robert Mulligan) and it is rewarding for those who wish to indulge. While the film plays you may also access The John Player Lecture with Paul Newman from 1972 - archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Derek Malcolm at London's National Film Theatre OR you can also listen to a Guardian Interview with Joanne Woodward from 1984 - lasting just over an hour. It is another archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Tony Bilbow at the National Film Theatre. We get a brief segment of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival press conference with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward plus an original theatrical trailer, original TV spot and an image gallery of on-set and promotional photography. The Indicator package has a limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Johnny Mains, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film.

 

This is a fascinating film and even more so with the Martin commentary to reflect on. The Indicator Blu-ray offers many extras and is the definitive release but for those only interested in seeing the film in an excellent presentation - the Twilight Time will suffice quite well. This emotional film is brilliant and I am grateful to have it in my collection. Strongly recomemdned!   

Gary Tooze

 

Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 


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1) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

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