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Machine Gun McCain aka Gli intoccabili [Blu-ray]
(Giuliano Montaldo, 1969)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Euro International Film (EIA)
Video: Blue Underground Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,462,181,002 bytes
Feature Size: 19,789,252,608 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: August 24th, 2010
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1101 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1101 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), French, Spanish, none
• Interview with Director Giuliano Montaldo (22:36 in SD)
Description: After serving 12 years behind bars for armed robbery, tough guy Hank McCain finds himself the pawn of a ruthless mob runt's rebellion against a high level don. When McCain discovers that he's been betrayed and abandoned by his new employer, he retaliates with a high stakes Las Vegas casino heist that erupts into all-out war on the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Not blood, nor lust, nor wedding vows can come between McCain and his money...or his machine gun.
Hank McCain as he cruises down the Vegas strip: "Twelve years of
prison and I still get a kick out of these lights."
NOTE: Peter tells us in email: "...this transfer in no way, shape or form resembles the Technicolor prints of its release. I ran one recently, and the color was literally the star of the show: eye-gouging yellows and reds, almost a pop-art feel to the whole design. While you can't expect contemporary transfers to truly replicate the IB Tech "look", whomever timed this transfer did it with NO eye towards color saturation whatsoever." (Thanks Peter!)
Blue Underground continue to produce consistent Blu-ray transfers. Like with previous HD releases City of the Living Dead, The Prowler, Django, Circle of Iron, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage and others it is not an image that will reflect the type of depth and detail that modern films can export. This is single-layered and progressive. It shows grit and grain and some limited noise. The image is clean with only a few minor speckles and colors seem fine if not exuberant as Peter tells us above. Detail has only a few impressive moments in close-up but the visuals have a consistent quality that benefits the presentation. Peter tells us that this Blu-ray doesn't resemble the theatrical appearance - in terms of color - of over 40 years ago. However, it is seemingly much better than SD-DVD could relate but it won't blow your socks of - however it is, very consistent. Hopefully the captures below will give you a decent idea of what Machine Gun McCain looks like on your system.
Blue Underground have remained authentic to the original with a mono audio track in lossless DTS-HD 1.0 channel English at 1101 kbps. It is, predictably, flat and unremarkable without range or depth. However the front driven soundstage is not without some decent moments of bass with cheesy late 60's male vocal music and the dialogue is consistent. The menus are animated and pretty cool - nice work! Blue Underground have included optional subtitle in English (SDH), French or Spanish and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Not that much in the way of supplements - we get a 22-minute English subtitled, SD, interview with director Giuliano Montaldo which is reasonably interesting as he reflects on the production, premiere and critical response. Also included are the English and Italian trailers in HD.
August 14th, 2010
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze