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directed by Robert Downey Sr.
USA 1972

 

Zoot-suited Jesse (Allan Arbus, the guest star visiting psychiatrist on M*A*S*H and husband of photographer Diane Arbus) parachutes out of the sky into a western no-man's land dominated by the violent and sadistic Greaser (Albert Henderson, THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE). Sure Jesse can heal the sick and resurrect the dead (including Greaser's son "Homo" [Michael Sullivan, MADMAN], who Greaser kills three times), but he's more interested with meeting up with his agent "Morris" (Don Calfa, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD) in Jerusalem and becoming a star - Jesse walks on water for entertainment value - than in playing messiah. The enthralled townspeople follow him on his pilgrimage to Jerusalem, but Greaser (who keeps an imprisoned Mariachi band beside his outhouse and has a habit of shooting entertainers who give bad auditions) wants Jesse to stay (and his daughter Cholera [Luana AIn Greaser's Palace, Alan Arbus plays a zoot-suited character named Jesse, who is not only a Christlike figure, he is Christ. En route to Jerusalem, where he hopes to find work as a "singer-dancer-actor," Jesse finds himself in a dusty western town. At first, he is targeted for extermination by town boss Seaweedhead Greaser (Albert Henderson) but all this changes when he brings Greaser's son Lamy (Michael Sullivan) back from the dead. Jesse's healing powers lead to all sorts of wacked-out complications and, inevitably, a bizarre confrontation with the town looney, exotic dancer Cholera (Luana Anders). A very young Robert Downey Jr. (the son of the director) appears as a Quasimodo-like child.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 31 July 1972 (USA)

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Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the DVD Review!

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Runtime 1:30:21 1:30:28.005
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.34 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,654,725,838 bytes

Feature: 22,190,315,520 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate Blu-ray

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono DTS-HD Master Audio English 2049 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2049 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Scorpion Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with Robert Downey (16:9; 12:46)

DVD Release Date: November 22nd, 2010
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: 
Scorpion Releasing

 

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,654,725,838 bytes

Feature: 22,190,315,520 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

 Video interview with Robert Downey conducted by Rudy Wurlitzer (12:50)
 Liner notes by Jonathan Demme


Blu-ray Release Date: 
August 28th, 2018
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

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Scorpion's presentation of Robert Downey's "Greaser's Palace" is a huge bump up over the previous DVD. It is advertised as a "BRAND NEW REMASTER of the film struck from the original camera negative". The 1.78:1 image is maintained with a supportive bitrate. This is a brand new transfer from the original 35mm negative. Zooming in on the image reveals some macro-blocking and edge enhancement, but this is not as overwhelming as it could have been. There is a fair amount of detail in the image and the black levels provide a better contrast than the DVD. Colors also get a significant boost here on the Blu-ray. There are occasional marks or scratches on the image.

The film has a 24-bit DTS-HD 2.0 mono track. This seems to be a faithful representation of the film's original theatrical audio. Dialogue is easily discernible and there are rarely cases of hisses and pops. There are optional English subtitles on this Region-A
Blu-ray

Scorpion has ported over the previous interview with Robert Downey here. The interview is conducted by Rudy Wurlitzer. This package also contains liner notes by director Jonathan Demme.

Greaser's Palace is a film that would never get made in today's studio system. Though the film's sense of humor is not for everyone, this picture represents a key moment in independent film. The transfer here is a big leap over the previous DVD. Recommended to fans!

Colin Zavitz

ON THE DVD: Previously released in 2000 by Image Entertainment in a barebones, non-anamorphic widescreen transfer, Scorpion presents GREASER'S PALACE remastered from HD (the credits are mostly illegible and probably always were).

I have not seen the previous transfer, but a lot of the softness seems to be inherent in the original cinematography (which is sometimes very beautiful for its roughness). The grain seems natural and the unfiltered close-ups are detailed. The English audio is fairly clean with faint hiss, but is a little low sometimes. Robert Downey Sr. appears in a video interview.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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