|S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r|
(Robert M. Young, 1986)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Atlantic Entertainment Group
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,167,340,650 bytes
Feature Size: 22,585,995,264 bytes
Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 19th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1951 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1951 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• Trailer (2:10)
Description: Farrah Fawcett stars as Marjorie, the victim of a robbery and near rape by an attacker (Joe played by James Russo, Beverly Hills Cop) who she has successfully fought off. But her feeling of safety is short-lived when she realizes that Joe has her address from the stolen items. An emboldened Marjorie puts a plan into action; she’ll turn the tables on her attacker, making the aggressor the victim. After entering her home, Joe finds himself overpowered, outmaneuvered and held captive by the newly empowered Marjorie. Now the real battle begins. Extremities is a tense, edge of your seat drama based on the smash off-Broadway play that garnered Farrah Fawcett a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a dramatic role.
Attacked by a masked assailant, Marjorie (Farrah Fawcett) lives in mortal fear that the unidentified man will strike again -- especially since he knows her address. Sure enough, Joe the attacker (James Russo) breaks into Marjorie's home and subjects her to a night of terror and sexual humiliation. But Marjorie manages to turns the tables on her attacker, knocking him unconscious and rendering him helpless. The remainder of the story charts Marjorie's battle with herself: should she turn Joe over to the authorities, who may very well set him free, or should she mete out her own punishment.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Attacked by a masked would-be rapist (Russo), Fawcett manages to escape but leaves her ID behind. The police ('Ever been picked up for prostitution before?') are less than sympathetic, and her two flatmates are kind enough to take her car with them when they leave her alone to face, as she and we know, her assailant's inevitable return. What follows is an hour of violent and voyeuristically relished confrontation as Fawcett, initially stripped, humiliated and terrorised, manages to turn the tables to blind and cage her 'animal' aggressor. This offensive adaptation of William Mastrosimone's controversial play suggests that there was never much question of making any serious attempt to deal with the important subjects raised. The use of subjective camera and meaningless circling shots cannot disguise either the essential abuse of cinematic technique or the crippling lack of psychological insight and detail. Under the restrictive hand of Young's direction, Russo's moronic 'Method' maniac and Fawcett's grimy avenger are equated as mere beasts in this one-room zoo.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Extremities arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. Predictably single-layered but a high bitrate for the 1 1/2 hour film. The source here seems in excellent shape and the 1080P image is surprisingly strong. There is no noise in the plentiful dark scenes and the detail is impressive in the many close-ups. Contrast is well-layered and colors are true and tight. The Blu-ray has no flaws and provides a very good video presentation.
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Olive transfer the audio via a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1951 kbps. It has some depth with the fight sequences but not much is needed beyond that. The score is by J.A.C. Redford who, aside from this, has done almost exclusively TV work. It's fairly subtle and less remarkable but the quality is solid. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
No supplements - aside from a trailer. It would have been nice to see some form of vintage interview with Farrah. She passed away in 2009.
May 4th, 2015