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directed by Robert Culp
USA 1972

 

Hickey & Boggs is a lament for the very thing it destroys: the heroic myth of the Private Detective. Those hardboiled ideals come crashing down the moment we meet our protagonists, down-on-their-luck partners Hickey (Bill Cosby) and Boggs (Robert Culp, also the film’s director).

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Hickey and Boggs are given $500 to track down a missing woman. They think their problems are solved, but they’re only beginning. When they visit their first lead, they find a corpse and several thousand dollars that are traced back to a $400,000 unsolved bank robbery, but not the woman they want. It doesn’t take long for bullets to start flying and corpses to start piling up, and with the gangsters as eager as the cops to get Hickey and Boggs off the case, its only a matter of time before the duo winds up in prison or in the morgue. Forever losers, Hickey and Boggs are destined to always be behind the eight ball.

Excerpt of review from Cullen Gallagher for Not Coming to a Theater Near You located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 20 September 1972 (New York City)

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Comparison:

MGM (MGM Limited Edition Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the DVD Review!

1) MGM - Region 0' - NTSC - LEFT

2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

MGM

Region 0 - NTSC

Kino Lorber
Region 'A' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:51:12 1:51:23.968
Video

1.82:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.5 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Disc Size: 23,156,252,063 bytes

Feature Size: 22,802,810,880 bytes

Total Bitrate: 23.96 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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

Bitrate

Bitrate Blu-ray

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English) DTS-HD Master Audio English 1681 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1681 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.82:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: August 23rd, 2011
Keep Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Lorber

 

1.85:1 Disc Size: 23,156,252,063 bytes

Feature Size: 22,802,810,880 bytes

Total Bitrate: 23.96 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• None

Blu-ray Release Date: December 2nd, 2014
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 9

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray April 15': This a fairly obvious upgrade. The 1080P improves in most areas - tighter, brighter, more realistic skins tones, contrast layering, more information in the frame, and even some pleasing depth. Looks solid.

Audio is a DTS-HD Master 2.0 at 1681 kbps with aggressive effects like the gunshots sounding fairly deep. Ted Ashford composed an conducted for the score - his only notable feature. It does sound consistent with some richness and does support this moody film well.

Like the DVD, no subtitles nor extras. It's a far better film than I was anticipating - quite dark and its themes well defined by the intelligent Culp. I liked Hickey and Boggs a lot and will definitely revisit. NOTE: At the writing of this comparison the Blu-ray is 58% OFF

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ON THE DVD: 1970's gave us a number of great neo-noirs, like Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye, Roman Polanski's Chinatown or Peter Yates' The Friends of Eddie Coyle among many others. Hickey & Boggs is another such gem that is unfortunately doesn't get much respect.

The film was dumped back in 2004 on an unauthorized DVD from a known bootleggers Jef Films in a poor full screen transfer. After a few airings in HD on MGM HD channel, the film finally comes to DVD on made-on-demand disc from MGM, distributed by Fox. The progressive anamorphic image is very good quality. The grain is visible, but never too intrusive, and the image is without any dirt or artifacts. English mono soundtrack is decent. Per usual standards for these DVD-R releases, there are no subtitles or closed captioning. The film is divided into 12 chapters and there are no extras.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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1) MGM - Region 0' - NTSC - TOP

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1) MGM - Region 0' - NTSC - TOP

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1) MGM - Region 0' - NTSC - TOP

2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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