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(aka 'X Y and ZEE' or 'Zee and Co.' or 'Zee and Company ')

 

Directed by Brian G. Hutton
USA 1972

 

Edna O’Brien adapted her own novel for X, Y and Zee (1972), a campy soap opera starring Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, and Susannah York as the three points of a triangle that has very little to do with love. Taylor’s a sharp-tongued vulgarian, determined to break up her architect husband’s latest affair, even if it means seducing his mistress herself. Director Brian G. Hutton coaxes out every bit of sophisticated/smartypants humor his trio of superb stars can provide; cinematographer Billy Williams and composer Stanley Myers bring on the gloss.

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“This one has a script that enabled Elizabeth Taylor to come out. The aging beauty has discovered in herself a gutsy, unrestrained spirit that knocks two very fine performers right off the screen – and, for the first time that I can recall, she appears to be having a roaring good time on camera.” – Pauline Kael, The New Yorker.

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Theatrical Release: January 21st, 1972

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Review: Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:48:21.536        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 29,217,849,729 bytes

Feature Size: 29,184,626,688 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 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

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2081 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2081 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1713 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1713 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Twilight Time

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 29,217,849,729 bytes

Feature Size: 29,184,626,688 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Isolated Music Track
Liner Notes Booklet


Blu-ray Release Date:
December, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 24

 

 

Comments:

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

Twilight Time bring X Y & ZEE to their stellar line of Blu-rays. The Twilight Time video transfer is 1080P on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate. It looks strong - a bit dirty in the first 10-minutes but very textured and film-like with rich beautiful colors - notable in Liz's many outfits. It's in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and looks very pleasing in-motion. This is at Twilight Time's usual high standard visually.

The audio is transferred via a 2.0 24-bit DTS-HD Master track in the original English (some minor Italian). There are almost no effects being mostly dialogue-driven.
The score is by Stanley Myers (Take a Girl Like You, The Wilby Conspiracy Eureka, Cimino's The Deer Hunter, Roeg's Insignificance, Harold Becker's The Boost, Pete Walker House of Mortal Sin and Frightmare, etc.) with some of the party music recognizable like Going in Circles sung by Three Dog Night. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles for the series episodes on these Region FREE Blu-rays.

For extras, there is only the appreciated isolated score option and some liner notes. I would have liked a commentary but none is offered in this package.

This is an odd film but has great performances. All three leads are exceptionally good and Liz Taylor is highly notable for her standout performance. I couldn't help but think of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
with the marital disenchantment cloaked in anger. I don't think X Y & ZEE is a good film but I think it is worth seeing - it is very visually intriguing, a great score and fans of Taylor, Caine or York will get something out of this. Thanks Twilight Time for releasing it on Blu-ray.

Gary Tooze

 


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