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(aka "Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze" )

 

directed by Michael Anderson
USA 1975

 

Based on the first of Kenneth Robeson’s 181 adventure-packed Doc Savage books, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze hits the screen with all its gee-whiz, gung-ho spirit intact. And its bold protagonist, who along with having a herculean body is also a surgeon, linguist and inventor, remains determined to do right to all and wrong to no one. Ron Ely (TV’s Tarzan) plays the strapping Savage in this high-camp, big-heroics tale of his trek into the Valley of the Vanished to confront the power-hungry Captain Seas (Paul Wexler). And behind the camera are pros who know how to get the most out of this entertainment bronze mine: veteran fantasy film producer George Pal (The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine) and director Michael Anderson (Around the World in 80 Days, Logan’s Run).

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Theatrical Release: June 1975

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:40:15
Video

1.75:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.15 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (:59)

DVD Release Date: March 23rd, 2009
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Chapters 11

 

Comments

Ol' Doc Savage - I read a mitt-full of those books growing up. Perfect pulpy, young boys adventure novels. Now the movie -ahhhyyh - illogically, I think it would have been better if a whole series of films had been made. The Man of Bronze had an abundance of campy coolness. I'm kind of reminded of Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (based on the Destroyer series of novels) where more films would have unified the appealing clandestine components and allowed some further character development. As it stands Doc Savage offers perfect fodder for a cult film following - a juvenile adventure with eccentric and amusing characters - lots of fun.

It's standard single-layered and unfortunately, being one of the first 100 Warner Archive titles, is interlaced. I haven't come across one from the WB Archive made in the past year that hasn't been progressive. This still looks okay. It measures in at about 1.75:1 16X9 enhanced with acceptable detail, colors and contrast. It looks more like video than film but gave me a  decent presentation regardless.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable with no depth and there are no subtitles offered. The only supplement is the film's 3 minute-long trailer.

As I say, this deserved a sequel or 2. It can only touch upon the lore of the characters - but for those with some 'young lad' still in them it makes for some nostalgic and charming fun. 

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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