S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Richard Tuggle, 1984)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: The Malpaso Company
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 21,679,759,610 bytes
Feature Size: 21,206,157,312 bytes
Video Bitrate: 19.93 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: June 10th, 2014
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2201 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2201 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio German 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
* Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
English (SDH), French, German, Italian, Spanish Portuguese, Japanese, none
• Trailer (1:10)
Description: Clint Eastwood plays a New Orleans detective determined to track down a serial killer of prostitutes. Complicating matters is the fact that the unknown culprit is very likely an S&M fetishist....and so is Eastwood. The detective is profoundly disturbed at the likelihood that he and the killer have the same taste in women; this element of the case is equally troublesome for psychologist Genevieve Bujold, who finds herself attracted to Eastwood. The climax involves the killer's attempting to throw Eastwood off the track by kidnapping one of the detective's two daughters (played quite well by Clint's real-life daughter Alison).
This features as nasty a piece of wacko-scum-on-the-loose as Clint has ever faced. Unlike the last three Dirty Harry thrillers, however, in which Eastwood's pillar of the law has been unequivocal, his new creation, New Orleans detective Wes Block, is more steeped in the mire than any major US star has ever dared play. His quarry is only one step ahead of Wes himself in frequenting the jacuzzis, massage parlours, and S/M dives of the red light district; and while the cop/killer doppelgänger game is nothing new, Wes' taste for using the handcuffs in bed as well as out would have choked Philip Marlowe. A film about desire and its control is hardly what one might expect, but then Eastwood has always been Hollywood's most experimental star. And he's still one of the best.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
Clint Eastwood turns kinky in ''Tightrope,'' playing a police
inspector investigating a string of sex crimes and succumbing to the
wiles of some of the prostitutes he questions. But it's only a temporary
aberration. For the most part, ''Tightrope'' is a crisp thriller that is
essentially faithful to the ''Dirty Harry'' formula, notwithstanding its
attempts to give Mr. Eastwood's character what the production notes call
''an added dimension of complexity.'' Kinks or no kinks, Mr. Eastwood
does his usual turn as the most hard-boiled, relentless detective in
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Tightrope appears solid on Blu-ray from Warner. The AVC image quality is about what you might expect for the format. It is significantly tighter than SD. This is only single-layered in the 1.78:! aspect ratio, colors have some depth, detail is strong, there is competent and there is some depth exported. Skin tones seem accurate - there are many dark scenes (the murders) but I saw no digital noise. This Blu-ray is not exceptional looking but the 1080P does the job as a, probable, faithful replication of the theatrical presentation. There are no flaws.
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Audio comes in the form of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 2201 kbps - as well as a number of foreign-language DUBs. It's s surprisingly passive track with not much in the way of graphic aggressive violence scenes in the act - except for the finale. I wouldn't say any separations were demonstrative but the score by Lennie Niehaus - known for his work on Gran Torino (2008), Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Mystic River (2003) - sounds appealing for the atmosphere with some punches of depth. There are optional subtitles and myOppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Only a short trailer - pretty much a bare-bones disc.
May 28th, 2014
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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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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