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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

The Color of Money [Blu-ray]


(Martin Scorsese, 1986)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Buena Vista Pictures

Video: Buena Vista



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: :1:59:39.005

Disc Size: 30,455,462,621 bytes

Feature Size: 28,945,440,768 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.66 Mbps

Chapters: 24

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: June 5th, 2012



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 4504 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4504 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround



English (SDH), Spanish, none



• Previews





Description: Experience legendary actor Paul Newman in the role that earned him an Academy Award (Best Actor, 1986, The Color Of Money). Newman joins Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) in Academy Award winning Martin Scorsese’s (Best Director, 2006, The Departed) brilliant and powerful drama, The Color Of Money – now available for the first time on Blu-ray with an astonishing digital transfer. Revisiting one of his most memorable roles, Newman stars as Fast Eddie Felson from The Hustler. Eddie forms a profitable alliance with the flashy and talented young pool shark Vince (Cruise), but all bets are off when Vince’s arrogance costs them more than just a few matches. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this dazzling classic – now better than ever on Blu-ray!



The Film:

Martin Scorsese's ''Color of Money'' picks up the character of Fast Eddie Felson 25 years after he walked out of Chalkie's pool hall into the exhausted dawn at the end of Robert Rossen's fine 1961 melodrama, ''The Hustler.'' In the person of Paul Newman, who received an Oscar nomination for his performance in the Rossen film, the former pool-hall hustler has aged with remarkable grace, his physical vitality intact and his view of the world less cynical than barroom-pragmatic.

Today Fast Eddie is a genial, silver-haired liquor salesman, immaculately dressed in the leisure wear that spells ''class'' to his customers. He's a fund of the kind of stories that sound best when told late in the afternoon, over a shot glass of Wild Turkey with beer as a chaser, to whatever bartender is the last of his calls for the day.

Fast Eddie travels light in a big white Cadillac. In fact, he's a modern-day Flying Dutchman, a myth in polyester, doomed to move forever from one barroom to the next, never stopping very long in any one place for fear that his curse will catch up with him.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

Oscar-nominated in 1961 for his performance as pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler, Paul Newman won that award... a quarter century later when he reprised the role in The Color of Money. At the end of The Hustler, Felson was banned for life from playing the game professionally. In the intervening years, he has become what the despicable George C. Scott was in the 1961 film: a front man for younger hustlers, claiming the lion's share of the winnings. His latest "client" is arrogant young Tom Cruise, who is goaded into accepting Felson's patronage by his avaricious girl friend Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Cruise learns not only the refinements of the game, but also the dirty trickery that will help him lure in the suckers. As Cruise becomes successful on these terms, Felson seethes with jealousy, hitting the bottle and carelessly allowing himself to fall victim to another hustler. He tells Cruise to get lost, and vows to make an honest comeback. It is inevitable from this point onward that the younger and the older player will square off in a game for the biggest stakes of all: Fast Eddie Felson's self-respect. Both the original Hustler and The Color of Money were based on novels by Walter Tevis.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

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

I saw The Color of Money theatrically but I don't recall the image being this thick - but, of course, that was more than 25-years ago.  This Blu-ray is surprisingly gritty but at the same time the noise is minimal - making me thick this is an accurate representation.  This is dual-layered with an adequate bitrate. The film is dark being mostly shot in low-lit pool halls. It took a while for me to get used to the texture - but the visuals are consistent. There is some depth but it is limited. The overall impression of The Color of Money's look is one of heaviness not tightness. Those expecting a crisp, glossy appearance will see that this is neither the filmmaker's intention nor suitable for the narrative.


















Audio :

The DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at a whopping 4504 kbps is a restrained powerhouse with sounds jumping to life from the crack of a freshly rack to the cornucopia of music from the iconic Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" to, more Scorsese-esque Giuseppe Verdi's "Va! pensiero". There is depth, separation and a tight high-end with the lossless capable of handling anything thrown at it from the film. There are optional English (SDH) or Spanish subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'.


Extras :

Nothing but Previews.



Newman is so God-like in The Color of Money. He seems to effortlessly hold entire scenes in his grasp. Cruise also does well in relinquishing the protagonist role. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this after many many years. The Blu-ray supported the visual style and the audio was brilliant. I think it's a film that deserves some extras but alas - none were offered. Still, wild horses couldn't have stopped me from owning this. Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

May 31st, 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.

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