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directed by Ralph Nelson
USA 19
70

Ralph Nelson, director of Lilies of the Field, returns to the subject of race relations in America for a thoroughly different take in Tick…Tick...Tick…. Tensions are taken off the back-burner slow simmer and are placed on full boil in Tick…Tick…Tick…’s tale of a black Southern sheriff trapped between the rock and a hard place of two communities separated by skin color and decades of bigotry. Newly elected, Sheriff Jimmy Price (Jim Brown) offers no favors or privileges to either community, and quickly earns the ire of both. Warned by the mayor against consulting outsiders (the great Fredric March in his penultimate film performance), Price navigates the tensions until one arrest places him directly in the eye of a hurricane of hate. With only the former sheriff to support him (George Kennedy) Price must try to defuse the tensions before the town explodes.

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Theatrical Release: January 9th, 1970

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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 1:36:42
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.83 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:
Original - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• TV Spot (1:01)

DVD Release Date: April 5th, 2012
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Comments

Tick...Tick...Tick... shows some good-ol boy racial tension and Jim Brown fills the protagonist shoes with his usual heroic nature. It grabs you alright and would make a decent double-feature with The Slams. seeing 'our guy' on both sides of the law. 

It's standard single-layered but progressive in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio and looks very good. This is labeled under the Warner's new "Re-mastered Edition" marquee and the image is very impressive with bright colors. Black levels are strong and detail surprisingly good. The disc supports the film with a fine transfer considering the SD format. Quite watchable.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. The only supplement is the film's trailer - in 4:3.

A lot of sweaty Southern guys and some  brutal conflicts highlight what most might expect from such a film. It might surprise many by its enjoyment-factor.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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