S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Edmond O'Brien, 1961)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 16,938,689,582 bytes
Feature Size: 16,882,366,464 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 18th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 845 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 845 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: Hollywood star Edmond O'Brien (D.O.A.) directs his second and final film - a widescreen heist thriller shot in glorious black-and-white by legendary cinematographer, Loyal Griggs (Shane). During the Korean War, Matt (Jeffrey Hunter) saves Vince's life and in return, Vince (David Janssen) promises to one day pay him back with half his earnings. Years later, Vince suddenly appears for a reunion and talks Matt into a questionable venture involving a plot to hijack nearly $4 million from the mob, which they would split fifty-fifty. Stella Stevens (Too Late Blues) co-stars as Matt's alcoholic and promiscuous wife.
Although injured in combat, Matt Jameson returns home from Korea safely
and works in California as an engineer. He is unhappily married to Nina,
an alcoholic, and is attracted to his boss's secretary, Liz.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Man-Trap is offered on Blu-ray Olive Films in another single-layered transfer and looks quite good. Contrast is pretty tight and probably reflects the density of the source. I don't know that dual-layering would benefit the visuals extensively. The black levels support the film well and establish pleasing detail. There is some depth but not heavy grain texture. There are some scattered speckles. The Blu-ray improved the presentation over an SD rendering and any minor flaws had no detrimental effect on my viewing. I thought it looked quite good.
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Audio remains faithful with a DTS-HD Master mono track at 845 kbps. The original music was by Leith Stevens (The Five Pennies and I Married a Monster). Nothing remarkable to report. It's authentically flat and there are no subtitles offered. My Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with their releases.
September 6th, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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