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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r
(aka "Terror na Montanha Russa" or "Rollercoaster or "A Montanha Russa" or "Achterbahn")

 

Directed by James Goldstone
USA 1
977

 

101 Films presents an unforgettable trip filled with sense-shattering twists and hairpin turns in Rollercoaster, starring Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show), George Segal (Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Richard Widmark (Kiss of Death) and Henry Fonda (12 Angry Men).

Thrills abound in this high-speed suspense yarn as a determined terrorist (Bottoms) begins to turn America s amusement parks into battlefields. The tension mounts as affable safety inspector Harry Calder (Segal) attempts to track down the saboteur who has targeted the country s most popular rollercoaster and its riders for senseless destruction. The edge-ofthe-seat excitement mounts as the battle of wits between Calder and the terrorist builds to an explosive climax.

 

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Release: July 10th, 1977

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Review: 101 Black Label - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution 101 Black Label - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:58:13.002   1:58:20.343 
Video

Theatrical:

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,771,454,112 bytes

Feature: 27,303,155,712 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.62 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Unrated:

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 25,163,378,897 bytes

Feature: 25,027,817,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate: Theatrical

 

Bitrate: Unrated

 

Audio

Theatrical:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Unrated:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1671 kbps 2.1 / 48 kHz / 1671 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
101 Black Label

 

Theatrical: 2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,771,454,112 bytes

Feature: 27,303,155,712 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.62 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Unrated: 2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 25,163,378,897 bytes

Feature: 25,027,817,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

Audio Commentary with Allan Bryce and David Flint (on the theatrical version)
The 1970s: A Rollercoaster of Disasters: A new documentary on Rollercoaster and the era of disaster movies, with film historian Simon Fitzjohn (22:04)
An interview with Associate Producer / Writer Tommy Cook (12:51)
Booklet: Includes Fear Factor: The Anatomy of a 1970s Thriller by Scott Harrison and Sensurround - A Rollercoaster Ride by Allan Brycers


Blu-ray Release Date:
Ju
ly 23rd, 2018
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8 + 8

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: (July 2018) 101 Black Label - Region 'B' - Blu-ray: This is described as a "Title number 003 in the 101 Films Black Label range. This Limited Edition version is limited to 3000 copies and includes a slipcase and a booklet.", where the first two Blu-ray titles were The Grifters and eXistenZ.

The package offers two Blu-rays, of both the U.S. theatrical cut - on a dual-layered Blu-ray - and the German "uncut" version on a single-layered Blu-ray disc. There is little difference between the two 1080P presentations - both with the same bitrate - and I still haven't figured out any major differences between the two cuts. There is a bit of gloss and an occasionally impressive image with tight lines and vibrant colors. It looked very decent in the widescreen. No complaints.

Rollercoaster was one of the films that offered 'Sensurround' theatrically. Sensurround worked by adding extended-range bass for sound effects. The low-frequency sounds were more felt than heard, providing a vivid complement to onscreen depictions of earth tremors, bomber formations, and amusement park rides (as in Rollercoaster).  The audio for the 'Theatrical' Blu-ray is transferred in linear PCM (16-bit) in 2.0 channel with the 'Unrated' getting a similar 2.1 in DTS-HD Master. There aren't an abundance of depth that I noted but certainly the effects - scream and rides - come through boisterously via the lossless. The score is by Argentinean Lalo Schifrin (famous as the guy behind the Mission: Impossible theme as well as Charley Varrick, Day of the Animals, Hit!, Man on a Swing, Tango and many other films) which supports the film very well there. You can also hear snippets of the fair and amusement park tunes plus musical numbers by Sparks (Big Boy, Fill 'Er Up) as well as Hello! Ma Baby and the Stars and Stripes Forever. The audio is good if not the floor rattling you might have heard in a theater. There are optional English subtitles on both Blu-rays which are Region 'B'-locked.

Supplements include an audio commentary with Allan Bryce and David Flint (only on the theatrical version) with some fond recollections of the 'disaster' flics of the 70's. It is quite informative. The 1970s: A Rollercoaster of Disasters is a new 22-minute documentary on Rollercoaster and the era of disaster movies, with film historian Simon Fitzjohn. Enjoyable. There is also a dozen-minute interview with Associate Producer / Writer Tommy Cook and the package has a booklet that includes Fear Factor: The Anatomy of a 1970s Thriller by Scott Harrison and Sensurround - A Rollercoaster Ride by Allan Bryce.

These 70's disaster film have their own charm with big name stars of the past and an accelerated level of tension. Rollercoaster is not my favorite but it certainly 'whetted my whistle' for more of the more marginal efforts of the genre. This is a stacked Blu-ray package - two cuts in HD, commentary, documentary and booklet. Great job 101 Films! Keep'em coming!  

Gary W. Tooze

 

 


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