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They Call Me Mister Tibbs! [Blu-ray]
(Gordon Douglas, 1970)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: The Mirisch Corporation
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,643,559,222 bytes
Feature Size: 21,117,093,888 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.98 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 1576 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1576 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:Sidney Poitier reprises his role as Virgil Tibbs in this crime drama, a story unrelated to that of the earlier film In the Heat of the Night. Once again, he is a veteran homicide detective and is currently investigating the murder of a prostitute. The primary suspect is San Francisco political activist Reverend Logan Sharpe Martin Landau, the last person seen with the victim. Tibbs and Sharpe are friends, and Tibbs would like to believe the priest is not guilty. Sharpe admits to Tibbs he has slept with the late hooker, and the detective intensifies his focus on his friend, and in one climactic scene, Virgil interrupts a city-council meeting where the priest is campaigning for political reform. On the home front, after dealing with dope peddlers, pimps, murderers and other crooks all day, Virgil returns home to his wife Valeri Barbara McNair and his two children, only to be firmly chided for being late for dinner and spending too much time on the job.
In this suspenseful sequel to In the Heat of the Night, screen legend Sidney Poitier (Duel at Diablo) reprises his role as the intrepid investigator who, this time, must solve a puzzling murder in the city by the Bay. Featuring an original score by the great Quincy Jones (The Getaway), They Call Me Mister Tibbs! is an absorbing mystery that ranks as one of the best of the genre… when a prostitute is murdered in San Francisco's ritzy Nob Hill district, an anonymous tip implicates minister and political crusader Reverend Logan Sharpe (Martin Landau, Ed Wood). Lt. Virgil Tibbs (Poitier), who has known Sharpe for many years, asks to be assigned to the case in hopes of clearing his friend's name. So begins the detective's journey through a twisted maze of baffling evidence, frantic chases, deadly gunfire and bad alibis. Before long, Tibbs finds himself bitterly torn between his duty as a cop and his loyalty to a friend. Directed by Hollywood great Gordon Douglas (Barquero) and featuring a stellar supporting cast that includes Barbara McNair (The Organization), Edward Asner (TV's Lou Grant), Anthony Zerbe (The Dead Zone) and Jeff Corey (Jennifer).
Further adventures of Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs, the black cop who took on an entire Southern town in In the Heat of the Night. Poitier plays the role again, but this time his beat is San Francisco, the script studiously avoids racial issues, and the film goes the way of most sequels. Poitier duly solves his murder mystery and survives some domestic problems, but neither he nor director Gordon Douglas can turn this into anything more than a routine thriller.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
They Call Me Mister Tibbs - 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. Superior to the other two entries in appearance - it is still quite thick with plenty of texture and slight depth and some tightness in close-ups. 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 1576 kbps. Effects have some depth but nothing seems remarkable. To be fair the film is fairly passive in that regard. The score is by Quincy Jones (The Getaway, The Slender Thread, The Pawnbroker, In the Heat of the Night) and supports the film's tension. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
May 5th, 2015
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