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Harry in Your Pocket [Blu-ray]
(Bruce Geller, 1973)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Edward Small Productions
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,277,743,542 bytes
Feature Size: 21,797,345,280 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.94 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: June 23rd, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1740 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1740 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
• Trailer (1:59)
Description: In this engaging crime drama with an undercurrent of subtle humor, James Coburn stars as Harry, a "cannon" a top-flight pickpocket, who works in association with Casey Walter Pidgeon, an older career criminal with a fondness for cocaine. Ray Michael Sarrazin and Sandy Trish Van Devere are two aspiring thieves who meet when he tries to steal her watch; eventually, they both come under Harry's tutelage, as he teaches them both the finer points of lifting people's wallets. Harry in Your Pocket was the sole theatrical film for television director and producer Bruce Geller, who died in a plane crash five years after this film was released.
Below the glossy surface of things, this is also a film
with something to say about crime and morality, jealousy
and loyalty, youth and age and the pleasures of
craftsmanship in a world where everyone wants to start
at the top and no one wants to serve an apprenticeship.
Indeed, there is little by way of plot in Harry in Your Pocket, but to see the gang in action under Geller’s direction is a thing of beauty. Sure, it may not be a great film, but Harry in Your Pocket is an extremely solid pickpocket picture in the tradition of Robert Bresson’s definitive Pickpocket (1959). Not only do you get the obligatory training sequence, in which a master of the trade trains an ambitious youth in the way of thievery to the delight of the audience, but with so much of the film’s running time devoted to wholesale pickpocketing, it is downright bloated with the inherent suspense such endeavors offer on screen.Excerpt from FilmMonthly located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The world of the 'pick-pocketing' is romanticized in Harry in Your Pocket which comes to Blu-ray from Kino Lorber under their 'KL Studio Classics" marquee. The single-layered transfer seems adept - a full notch above SD but nothing that will turn heads. There is a tightness and depth - but nothing stands out as remarkable. Colors (flesh tones) look accurate and the presentation is consistent in-motion. There are a few speckles here and there but essentially it is quite clean. This Blu-ray provides a 1080P presentation without any lows... or highs. It sits firmly in the indecisive middle for the format quality.
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Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1740 kbps. Effects are sparse and nothing is remarkable except the score by Argentinean Lalo Schifrin (famous as the guy behind the Mission: Impossible theme as well as The Osterman Weekend, Day of the Animals, Hit!, Man on a Swing, Tango and many other films.) It sounds quite strong in supporting the film. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Only a trailer - nothing more.
June 18th, 2015
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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