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directed by Richard Fleischer
US 19
74

 

Cinema's most rugged tough guy, Charles Bronson (Breakheart Pass), threads his uncompromising coolness through a tight weave of car chases, shootouts and bare-knuckle brawling in this gritty, forceful action film (L.A. Herald Examiner)! Bronson stars as Majestyk, an ex-con and Vietnam vet whose efforts to run a farm are thwarted by narrow-minded locals and corrupt cops. But when a Mafia hitman (Al Lettieri, The Getaway) destroys Majestyk's crop, the farmer's fuse is finally blown. With his rifle in hand and his girlfriend (Linda Cristal) at the wheel, he goes after the syndicate assassin. And from high-speed back-road chases to an explosive backwoods confrontation between mobster and maverick as they stalk each other: two-of-a-kind antagonists to the death. Directed by legendary director Richard Fleischer (Compulsion) and written by the great Elmore Leonard (Out of Sight). The wonderful supporting cast includes Linda Cristal, Lee Purcell, Paul Koslo and Taylor Lacher.

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Charles Bronson, his eyes just about open, strides through this film as a paternalistic melon-grower in Colorado, anti-racist, tolerant of unions (well, you can tell, he gets the melon-picking union girl in the end; how does Cristal keep her hair so black and shiny after all that sweaty work?), who falls foul of local crooks and labour racketeers. But melon-grower beats ruthless psychopath, casting aspersions at the police force en route. Fleischer handles a heavy script and most of the acting like no one should handle a melon; but he really soars into competence at moments of tension, car chases, and general cinematic escapism.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide

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Theatrical Release: July 17th, 1974

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Euro Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Euro Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:43:37.920 1:43:46.637
Video

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,443,778,183 bytes

Feature: 21,801,332,736 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 23.00  Mbps

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,073,748,450 bytes

Feature: 22,743,091,200 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 25.97  Mbps

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Bitrate Euro Video Blu-ray

Bitrate Kino Lorber

Blu-ray

Audio DUB: DTS-HD Master Audio German 1638 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1638 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit / DN -4dB)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1652 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1652 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit / DN -4dB)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1692 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1692 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Euro Video

 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,443,778,183 bytes

Feature: 21,801,332,736 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 23.00  Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Trailer (1:35)

DVD Release Date: June 16th, 2011
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Lorber

 

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,073,748,450 bytes

Feature: 22,743,091,200 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 25.97  Mbps

 

Edition Details:

• Trailer (1:33)

Blu-ray Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Transparent
Blu-ray Case  
Chapters: 16

 

Comments

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

This 1080P transfers produce a virtually duplicate video image. It's is fairly modest but probably can't look much better. Both are in 1.85:1, and single-layered with similar technical robust-ness. Colors match up exactly. Both editions provide a decent, clean and consistent, if not dynamic, HD presentation.

 

Audio is likewise a duplicate - both using a DTS-HD Master stereo track at 1600 kbps in original English. The Euro Video does default to a German DUB and is region FREE - where the Kino, offers optional English subtitles and is region 'A'-locked.

 

The only extras are a trailer for both Blu-rays. Basically, both are 'bare-bones' discs.

Mr. Majestyk is reminiscent of other 70's similar themed efforts like Walking Tall or Rolling Thunder with a just fight against heaping corruption with a healthy dose of revenge tacked on. Bronson's hordes of loyal fans will garner the highest level of appreciation. Either Blu-ray should suffice for a 'Don't Tread On Me' night in the home theatre.

  - Gary Tooze


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