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A view on Blu-ray by Brian Montgomery


The Party's Over (Flipside # 011) [Blu-ray]


(Guy Hamilton, 1965)




Review by Brian Montgomery



Theatrical: Tricastle

Blu-ray: BFI



Region: FREE!

Runtime: 1:35:03:131

Disc Size: 31,310,585,436 bytes bytes

Feature Size: 25,532,608,512 bytes bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.778 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Dual Format Blu-Ray Case

Release date: May 17th, 2010



Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Resolution: 1080P / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit



English, None



• Original theatrical release version (Blu-ray only, 1:31:37)

• Original theatrical release version, cut sequences (DVD only, 18:42)

• The Party (15:44)

• Emma (12:25)

• Fully illustrated booklet featuring new pieces by Guy Hamilton, Andrew Roberts William Fowler and Vic Pratt.



The Film:

Enigmatic young Melina (Louise Sorel) has fallen in with a group of Chelsea beatniks, catching the attention of the gang's defiant leader Moise (Oliver Reed), but inviting scorn and jealousy from the group's other members including Moise's lover Libby (Ann Lynn). But wild and drunken partying has terrible consequences, and when Melina's fiancee Carson (Clifford David) begins investigating, the shocking truth is revealed. The Party's Over, written by Marc Behm (Help!) and with music by John Barry (best-known for his Bond soundtracks), was directed by Guy Hamilton, the director behind the most famous early Bond films including Diamonds are Forever and Live and Let Die.

Excerpt of review from BFI located HERE

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

Like "The Pleasure Girls" and "Institute Benjamenta", "The Party's Over" is part of the BFI's inaugural slate of their dual format discs, with both a Blu-Ray and a DVD included together for the price of one. Generally, the image on both discs is outstanding, with the BD obviously being the superior of the two in terms of depth, clarity, and contrast. On the whole, the picture quality is very solid for a film from the mid 60s, however there are several sequences with some rather remarkable damage. This unfortunate problem comes from the fact that the BFI's restoration combined all of the best material available to create a new HD print. However, in some cases--particularly some sequences at the very beginning and toward the end--have a large number of vertical lines, scratches, and other damage. While these sequences are brief, they are also jarring if unexpected. But, don't let this fact dissuade you from purchasing. As the captures show you, the film is generally gorgeous.














Audio & Music:

Unsurprisingly, the 24 bit LPCM audio on the Blu-Ray comes out stronger than the 16 bit SD edition. On the whole, the audio is about as good as one could expect from this mono track, with crystal clear dialogue, sound effects, and swinging music. There are no discernible instances of unwanted background noise (hisses, pops, etc.). The film also supports white subtitles that are always easily read and don't obstruct the image. What's more, both discs are region free!





The package comes with some interesting extras. First, there's the international cut that has about 18 minutes worth altered, tamer footage. If you want to seem them seemlessly integrated into the film, then you can do so on the BD. If you just want a montage of the footage, then that's available on the DVD. For obvious reasons, the pre-release version is the superior of the two, but the altered version is of interest. Also included are a pair of shorts. First, there's "The Party" which carries over the themes of the main feature, and "Emma", a delightful telling of a little girl and boy that romp around a graveyard. Finally, there's also another of the BFI's outstanding booklets with essays on the film and filmmakers.



Bottom line:

Bravo, BFI! This is another outstanding films that I never would have even heard of if it weren't for their effort to bring to light some of the hidden gems of British cinema. While there are, sadly, some unavoidable issues with the print, the great story and strong acting from its leads--particularly Reed--make this an easy purchase. Definitely recommended!

Brian Montgomery
June 3rd, 2010








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