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directed by John Boorman
USA 1967

Lee Marvin is the unstoppable Walker, cheated out of $40,000 and left for dead by his treacherous business partner and ex-wife. He’ll stop at nothing to recover his loot, leaving a bloody trail in his wake as he ploughs through the various levels of the shady Organization in search of an elusive Mr Big. Countless British directors have headed west to Hollywood, but Boorman’s vision of America in general, and Los Angeles in particular, has never been surpassed. LA becomes a vital character in the plot, a tough, flashy background for the brutal machinations of Marvin and his prey, hovering between old criminal codes and a harsh new corporate world – much of the film’s black humour derives from the fact that Marvin’s opponents can’t believe he’s so steamed over such a relatively trivial sum of cash. Boorman pulls out all the stops, transforming a standard-issue gangster plot (disastrously remade as Mel Gibson’s Payback 30 years later) into a jagged kaleidoscope of imagery and sounds. This unashamedly arty approach runs the risk of self-indulgence and obscurity, but Marvin’s forceful central performance pulls everything into focus, supported by terrific turns from Angie Dickinson, John Vernon and Carroll O’Connor. Packed with memorable lines, scenes and shots, the no-holds-barred, perfectly paced Point Blank elevated mainstream cinema to a startling new level, setting a benchmark that almost all subsequent thrillers have struggled to match.

Excerpt of Neil Young's Jigsaw Lounge review located HERE.

 

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Theatrical Release: August 30th, 1967

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC Warner
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Runtime 1:31:42  1:31:52.340 
Video 2.38:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.92 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

Disc Size: 20,806,829,300 bytes

Feature Size: 19,305,848,832 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.72 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 1.0)   DTS-HD Master Audio English 823 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 823 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio German 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
2.38:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by director John Boorman and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh
• Vintage featurettes: The Rock part 1 and The Rock part 2
• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: July 5th, 2005

Keep Case
Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
2.40:1

Disc Size: 20,806,829,300 bytes

Feature Size: 19,305,848,832 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.72 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Commentary by director John Boorman and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh
• Vintage featurettes: The Rock part 1 and The Rock part 2
• Theatrical Trailer

Blu-ray  Release Date: July 8th, 20
14
Keep Case
Chapters: 24

 

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ADDITION: Warner Blu-ray - June 14': Not always overwhelming (as the DVD was very strong) but you can see the improvement over SD shows in the form of a crisper image, brighter visuals that is smoother in-motion. Colors are tighter but even in 1080P there may have been a moment showing artifact-ing - albeit fairly unnoticeable.

Perhaps equally as important is the audio - Warner goes lossless using a DTS-HD Master in original 1.0 channel mono. This shows up via Johnny Mandel's (Deathtrap, M*A*S*H, That Cold Day in the Park, Heaven with a Gun etc.) moody score with more depth and cleaner high-end. There are DUBs and subtitle options signifying the disc as region  FREE - playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

Nothing new as supplements mirror the 2005 DVD with the commentary by director John Boorman and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and the vintage featurettes: The Rock part 1 and The Rock part 2, plus a theatrical trailer.

This is a must-own Blu-ray with the improvements in the video and audio it raises the viewing presentation for an iconic 60's classic. Absolutely recommended!

***

Impeccable image from Warner here. Tight, beautiful color balance , great contrast. Very sharp with small instances of haziness I still feel this is a very accurate representation of the film. No visible damage, progressive, tight to the frame, anamorphic and in the correct aspect ratio. Extras include a wonderful commentary and a featurette (divided into two segments). Excellent subtitles and original mono audio. A relatively strong candidate for DVD of the year. out of

Gary W. Tooze

 





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