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The Sex Thief [Blu-ray]
(Martin Campbell, 1974)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: FREE (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 18,570,278,782 bytes
Feature Size: 18,366,498,816 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.03 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 22nd, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 908 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 908 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, GoldenEye, The Green Lantern) directs this sexy 1970's comedy following the exploits of a masked man (David Warbeck) who seduces his willing victims -- and the two bungling policemen who can't seem to catch him. The ribald crime romp, which marked Campbell's directorial debut, also stars Jennifer Westbrook, Gloria Walker and Michael Armstrong (who also co-wrote the screenplay).
From its opening title sequence, it is apparent that
director Martin Campbell intended his first feature, a
low-budget sex romp called THE SEX THIEF, to be an
homage to the James Bond series. Irresistible to women of
every variety, the roguish title character (David Warbeck)
channels his inner Connery, muttering witty double
entendres, relishing the danger of his secret mission,
forever sidetracked by beautiful women.
This Brit Comedy stars David Warbeck as a masked thief whose dalliance
with crime has more to do with fun and passion than robbery. He is a
criminal by choice, not by necessity. As two policemen attempt to track
him down--offering plenty of raunchy commentary along the way--THE
SEX THIEF delivers one funny punch line after another.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Sex Thief appears on Blu-ray from the Redemption arm of Kino. It is in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. The image quality shows some grit and heaviness and despite its weak appearance in comparison to modern features - I expect that this look quite accurate to its original roots. Contrast is possibly a shade boosted but otherwise this single-layered rendering does its job. Skin tones are quite cool although Brits can sometimes look this pale. This Blu-ray image is very consistent throughout. As with the original production - its is quite imperfect but advances beyond an SD representation. I don't see much point in complaining about this video appearance too much.
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Authentically mono and unremarkable via the DTS-HD Master 1.0 channel at 908 kbps. I imagine it sounded like this originally - occasionally scattered and weak but audible and supports the film well enough not to deter the presentation. No subtitles.My Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE.
Nothing - not even a trailer.
January 14th, 2013
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
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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