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Bad Lieutenant [Blu-ray]

 

(Abel Ferrara, 1992)

 

 

 

 

 

Production:

Theatrical: Aries Films

Blu-ray: Lionsgate

 

Disc:

Region: FREE!

Runtime: 1:36:13.601

Disc Size: 18,937,805,429 bytes

Feature Size: 16,446,959,616 bytes

Video Bitrate: 19.490 Mbps

Chapters: 16

Case: Standard Blu-Ray Case

Release date: October 5th, 2010

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080P / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

 

Audio:

English (DTS-HD Master Audio 1728 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1728 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit))
English (Dolby Digital Audio 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB)

 

Subtitles:

English, Spanish, None

 

Extras:

• Audio Commentary with Director Abel Ferrara and Director of Photography Ken Kelsch

• Retrospective Documentary Featuring Exclusive Interviews with the Cast and Crew (34:02)

• Theatrical Trailer

 

Description: If police lieutenant Harvey Keitel's life could get any more sordid, he could probably sell tickets. The least of his vices is gambling, which has gotten him in Dutch with the mob. He abuses his body with drugs and his soul with hookers, and now he's turned to exploiting teenage girls for sex. Keitel is forced to reassess his life while investigating the rape of a nun. Director Abel Ferrara co-wrote the screenplay with Zoe Lund, who as Zoe Tamerlis starred in Ferrara's cult classic Ms. 45. A soundtrack tune by rapper Schoolly D, which was included in the initial release of Bad Lieutenant, featured a sample from Led Zeppelin which was used without permission; the song has since been excised from the soundtrack. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

 

 

The Film:

When Abel Ferrara calls something bad, better believe it: he means business. Mr. Ferrara, whose gleefully down-and-dirty films include "Fear City" and "King of New York," has used his latest, "Bad Lieutenant," as a form of personal one-upmanship. He has come up with his own brand of supersleaze, in a film that would seem outrageously, unforgivably lurid if it were not also somehow perfectly sincere.

In inventing the corrupt police officer of the title, this director is not thinking of the sort who fixes parking tickets. He's imagining a crack addict who'll yell "Police business!" to empty a tenement hallway so he can make his drug buy. Mr. Ferrara is inventing a law officer who, confronted with the sight of a robbery in progress, runs to a pay phone to call his bookie with a bet on a Mets game.

Excerpt of review from Janet Maslin at the NY Times located HERE

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

Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant was shot with a gritty, modest, appearance and probably some inferior stock was used in production to export this rough-hone appearance. It wasn't meant to look crystal-clear and glossy. Hence, this transfer can only bring it closer to theatrical - it can't make intentionally rough, pale, visuals look tight, pristine, and vibrant. So the 1080P transfer can look frequently soft, dark, and with dullish colors - more than one might anticipate from this medium. However, close-ups can be rich with detail, and grain is frequently thick and heavy. There's some noise in the darker sequences but overall this seems a faithful replication of the original without distracting digital manipulations like DNR or boosting. The visuals won't impress those with unrealistic expectations but it appear to be an authentic rendering - and we can appreciate it on that level.

 

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Audio & Music:

The film sports a utilitarian lossless stereo track that does the job with a no-frills approach. The dialogue is clear enough, but the 2.0 channel DTS-Master transfer can sound predictably flat. The track is clean without any unwanted background noise like snaps or hisses. The disc sports optional English and Spanish subtitles and has been identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

Extras:

Aside from a theatrical trailer, the disc comes with two impressive extras. First, there's a feature length commentary track with director Abel Ferrara and director of photography Ken Kelsch, covering the film's production and reception. While many of the same themes are covered in the film's featurette, "It All Happens Here", there's enough new and interesting material to make them both worthwhile.

 

Bottom line:

The image is as the image is, and it is probably the best that we'll ever see this disturbing and uncomfortable film from a highly interesting auteur. An inferior (IMHO) companion piece is Herzog's Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call New Orleans. With the reasonable price this remarkable Keitel/Ferrara intense combination-punch effort on Blu-ray is certainly recommended.

September 7th, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 




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