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The Organization [Blu-ray]
(Don Medford, 1971)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: The Mirisch Corporation
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,345,434,812 bytes
Feature Size: 21,852,721,152 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 12th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1570 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1570 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
• Trailers For: In the Heat of the Night(2:25), They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (2:04), The Organization (2:55)
Description: Screen icon Sidney Poitier (Paris Blues) reprises his role as Lt. Virgil Tibbs for a third and final time, following the masterpiece In the Heat of the Night and the thrilling sequel They Call Me Mister Tibbs! Under the cover of darkness, six masked figures raid a seemingly respectable furniture factory and steal a multimillion-dollar cache of heroin! But these are no ordinary crooks. They're a passionate band of former users-turned-vigilantes whose frustration with the law's inability to combat the city's drug problem spurs them to take on a powerful narcotics ring. After contacting Tibbs, they confess to the break-in, beg him to keep silent and ask for his help. But once he reluctantly agrees to operate outside the law, Tibbs soon finds himself at odds with the police and a ruthless drug syndicate that will stop at nothing to silence him! Don Medford (The Hunting Party) directs this taut thriller that exposes the ruthless, high-stakes world of international drug trafficking. Barbara McNair (Venus in Furs), Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Sheree North, Allen Garfield, Raul Julia, Ron O'Neal, Daniel J. Travanti and Billy Green Bush co-star in this action-packed crime thriller that is edge-of-the-seat entertainment.
Poitier's third (and final) appearance as Lt Virgil Tibbs, now risen beyond the good black cop idea to regular good cop, with all the hagiography this implies (good looks, boyish charm, nice wife, happy kids; against him the villains are unpleasant, faceless, childless, ruthless). The organization is a world-wide heroin combine operating behind the fašade of big business. None too convincing (since the film is torn between the need to make them ridiculous and the need to have us rooting for them) is the group of good-hearted liberals who, distressed by the fuzz's lack of action, decide to take on the organization themselves. Tibbs, needless to say, does an exemplary job. In spite of everything, the climactic action sequences are genuinely intriguing and totally involving.
Don Medford, a video veteran, naturally has directed with an eye on
speed and gunplay, and his color cameras have recorded it all with
eye-catching effects. James R. Webb's script, which economically and
colloquially matches the pace of the action, does not, however, do much
beyond indicating the nature of the characters involved.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Organization - another crime drama with Lt Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) has come to Blu-ray from Kino Lorber on a single-layered disc with a reasonable bitrate for the 1 3/4 hour feature. It is quite thick with plenty of texture and nothing remarkable in terms of HD tightness. It is in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The outdoor, naturally lit, scenes looks superior with some color vibrancy and depth. It certainly doesn't reach the heights of the format but as an accurate representation - it is probably not far off.
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Kino Lorber offer the audio via a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel in original English at 1570 kbps. Effects have some depth but nothing seems remarkable. The score is by Gil Melle (The Andromeda Strain, The Deliberate Stranger, 7 episodes of Kolchak the Night Stalker and Frankenstein: The True Story) and seems to support the film's moods. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
April 20th, 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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Gary W. Tooze
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