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Directed by Michael Apted
UK 1972

 

Michael Apted made his feature-film debut with this distinctive drama based on the novella of the same name by H E Bates. Reuniting Glenda Jackson with her Women in Love co-star Oliver Reed, the film also stars a young Brian Deacon (Vampyres, A Zed & Two Noughts).

When a young soldier (Deacon) deserts his outfit and hides in a remote farm, the farm owner (Jackson) and he fall in love. But their idyll is shattered by the arrival of a boorish, violent army sergeant (Reed) searching for his AWOL recruit.

Unconventional and superbly played, The Triple Echo is one of the finest British films of the 1970s. Long overlooked and unjustly neglected, this powerful drama is now ripe for rediscovery.

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Theatrical Release: November 16th, 1972 (London)

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Review: Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:33:00.950        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,968,136,086 bytes

Feature: 28,291,716,288 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.40 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,968,136,086 bytes

Feature: 28,291,716,288 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.40 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

A Matter of Life and Death (2019, 14:48 mins): director Michael Apted reflects on his feature debut and its place within his prolific career
Identity Crises (2019, 28:52 mins): actor Brian Deacon recalls his first film role starring alongside Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed
A Different Perspective (2019, 24:33 mins): editor Barrie Vince recalls shaping and structuring the film
Dressing Up (2019, 08:56 mins): costume designer Emma Porteous on the challenges of recreating an authentic wardrobe for The Triple Echo
The Emotion of the Moment (2019, 8:02 mins): composer Marc Wilkinson discusses highlights from his score
A Sense of Justice (2019, 22:42 mins): an in-depth appreciation by author and film historian Neil Sinyard
Super 8 version: original cut-down home-cinema presentation (19:14)
Original theatrical trailer, edited by the legendary Jean Fouchet (03:28)
Teaser trailer (01:03)
Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Pasquale Iannone, an archival interview with Michael Apted, H E Bates on The Triple Echo, an overview of contemporary critical responses, an analysis of Jean Fouchet’s theatrical trailer, and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray


Blu-ray Release Date:
March 25th, 2019
transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

IIndicator bring Michael Apted's debut film "The Triple Echo" to Blu-ray with a new 2k restoration from the original negative. The film is housed on a dual-layered disc with a completely maxed out bitrate. The 1.85:1 image looks very clean, with an appropriate amount of grain. The restoration work here is outstanding, with a strong contrast in darker scenes, still showing lots of detail without any crushing blacks. This film is shot by cinematographer John Coquillon, notable for also lensing "The Changeling" and "Straw Dogs", and his work looks stunning thanks to this immaculate transfer. Indicator are really at the top of their game.

Indicator present the film with the original mono audio, a 24-bit linear PCM 1.0 track. The score is thanks to composer Marc Wilkinson (If....)This score at first is rather playful and sparse but soon grows into something much more sinister as the film progresses. The dialogue is clearly audible and in the forefront amid the various ambient farm sounds. There are optional English SDH subtitles on this Region 'B'
Blu-ray.

"A Matter of Life and Death" is a 15-minute interview with director Michael Apted discussing his feature debut and its how it affected his career in film. "Identity Crises" is a 29-minute interview with actor Brian Deacon recalling his first film role starring alongside Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed. "A Different Perspective" is a 25-minute extra featuring editor Barrie Vince recalling the shaping and structuring of the film. "Dressing Up" is a brief but detailed interview with costume designer Emma Porteous spending 9-minutes relating the challenges of recreating an authentic wardrobe for the period. Of note is the inclusion of the Super 8 version of the film. These abridged films used to be more common and were for home-cinema presentation. This version certainly has some wear-and-tear throughout but this is nonetheless a really nice feature of the disc, and one that I hope Indicator continue to release. Also here is the film's original theatrical trailer, edited by the legendary Jean Fouchet and a teaser trailer. There is also an exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Pasquale Iannone, an archival interview with Michael Apted, H. E. Bates on The Triple Echo, an overview of contemporary critical responses, an analysis of Jean Fouchet’s theatrical trailer, and film credits.

This adaptation of H.E. Bates' story "The Triple Echo" could have easily ended up a tonal mess, but not with director Michael Apted at the helm. The film is a tragedy that deals with varying questions of identity, and Oliver Reed is absolutely terrifying. Indicator have a fine release on their hands here. Seeing this particular restoration of this film, it is hard to imagine this looking any better!

Colin Zavitz

 


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