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(aka 'Bloody Sunday')

Directed by J. Lee Thompson
USA 1983

 

Charles Bronson at 63 or so, continues his vigilante persona in this run-of-the-mill crime drama about a Richard Speck-style killer who knifes young nurses to death. There is no doubt that the film exploits both the heinous, 1966 Speck murder of eight nurses in Chicago and an audience's willingness to go along with the Bronson character, Leo Kessler, when he uses illegal means to entrap criminals. The captured killer, Warren Stacey (Gene Davis) manages to go free because of red tape and the need to wait for the outcome of his insanity plea. When he returns to his murderous predilection, Kessler takes action to permanently stop him.

'I remember when legal meant lawful' mutters cop Bronson, 'Now it means some kind of loophole'. Bronson's had a case thrown out of court after he's forced to admit that he planted evidence on a psychopathic murderer (Davis) too smart to leave any of his own. The psycho's release puts Bronson back in his Death Wish shoes. The producers have made it clear that the movie isn't intended to be a mere vigilante thriller, but rather a film that questions the law as regards insanity pleas.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: March 11th, 1983

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Distribution TGG Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC Twilight Time
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Runtime 1:42:03 1:42:13.043
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 29,303,355,886 bytes

Feature Size: 28,501,186,560 bytes

Total Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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Bitrate:  Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Mono), DUBs: French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)   

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1096 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1096 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 /
48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1832 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1832 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 /
48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1994 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1994 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 /
48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, Spanish, None English (SDH), None
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Release Information:
Studio: TGG Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Shares disc with Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects

DVD Release Date: June 2nd, 2014

Keep Case
Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio:
Twilight Time

 

Disc Size: 29,303,355,886 bytes

Feature Size: 28,501,186,560 bytes

Total Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
Audio Commentary with Producer Pancho Kohner, Casting Director John Crowther, and Film Historian David Del Valle
Isolated Score Track (with some effects)
Original Theatrical Trailer (2:14)
Radio Spots (1:34)

• 8-page liner notes by Julie Kirgo
Limited to 3,000 units

 

Blu-ray Release Date: September , 2015
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters 24

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray September 15': The DVD-R disc is interlaced but seems to match up reasonably well with the 1080P which has more layered colors, superior detail and some consistent grain texture. The still captures don't indicate an overwhelming disparity but it is much more apparent in-motion. The Twilight Time Blu-ray is dual-layered with a very high bitrate. This is probably as good as 10 to Midnight can look on digital.

Twilight Time transfer the audio via a DTS-HD Master 1.0 channel mono track at 1096 kbps and the flatness is apparent. Robert O. Ragland, who did the score, is best known for composing music for cult and B-movies during the sixties, seventies, eighties like The Thing with Two Heads. This background music is fairly unremarkable but there is some tension exported by the score near the end of the film. There are optional English subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is region FREE.

The DVD shares 10 to Midnight with another Bronson film; Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects and there are no supplements beyond that. The Blu-ray, however,  offers an audio commentary with producer Pancho Kohner, casting director John Crowther, and film historian David Del Valle delving deeper into the production than the film may deserve but it did garner some, much needed, appreciation discussing the performers - Bronson, beauty Lisa Eilbacher, and director J. Lee Thompson etc. . Twilight Time also include their usual isolated score track (with some effects) option, as well as an original theatrical trailer, 3 radio spots and the package has some liner notes by Julie Kirgo.

10 to Midnight seems an oddly weak choice for Twilight Time to bring to Blu-ray but the film has a decent edge - not in the form of a revenge flic but as a slasher, murder, mystery ripe with plenty of scantily clad nubile victims. Those expecting a typical Bronson - one man show - may be disappointed - it is closer to a horror-thriller than his usual brand of tough guy popcorner. I  don't think its a great film but, if you are in the mood, you might be surprised by its effectiveness.   

Gary W. Tooze

 





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