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Busting [Blu-ray]

 

(Peter Hyams, 1974)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Chartoff-Winkler Productions

Video: Kino Lorber

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:32:01.891

Disc Size: 23,168,050,124 bytes

Feature Size: 16,228,577,280 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.21 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: September 22nd, 2015

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1715 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1715 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentaries;

Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps
 

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

• Audio Commentary by Director Peter Hyams
• Select Scene audio commentary with Star Elliott Gould and Film Critic Kim Morgan (46:19)
Trailers for BUSTING (2:45), THE LONG GOODBYE (2:31) and RUNNING SCARED (1:30)

 

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Description: Newly Re-mastered in HD! Meet the long and short of L.A.'s vice squad... Keneely (Elliott Gould, The Long Goodbye) is the lanky one... Farrel (Robert Blake, In Cold Blood) is the short one... they may not be the best cops in town, but they sure are the toughest. Stand by for plenty of action in this fast-paced thriller that marked the impressive debut of writer and director Peter Hyams who later went on to make Capricorn One, Outland and Running Scared. Gould and Blake play a pair of Los Angeles cops who find themselves in a bitter conflict with their corrupt superiors as they wage a two-men war against crime czar Carl Rizzo (Allen Garfield, The Organization). And even when they re demoted after a hair-raising shootout, the two dedicated cops are ready to break every rule in the book to bring their quarry to justice. The stellar cast includes Antonio Fargas (Foxy Brown), Michael Lerner (Barton Fink), Sid Haig (Pit Stop), Cornelia Sharpe (Serpico) and William Sylvester (2001: A Space Odyssey).

 

 

The Film:

Peter Hyams made his feature-film directing debut with this clumsily paced crime film concerning two Los Angeles vice-squad detectives. Michael Keneely (Eliott Gould) is the swaggering non-conformist and Patrick Farrel (Robert Blake) is the cocky follower. The two cops live for their work and spend most of their time busting call girls, massage parlor employees, and homosexuals. Keneely and Farrel eventually come to the conclusion that every criminal act in Los Angeles is due to the efforts of crime lord Carl Rizzo (Allen Garfield). The boys begin to harass Rizzo to the point of distraction, but their singular attempts to arrest Rizzo cause them to become the targets of, not only the criminal population, but the police force as well.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

 

Slick and often witty cop thriller, with Gould and Blake in fine form as the vice-squad detectives going it alone in the face of apathy and corruption among their superiors in their attempts to clean up LA. Cynical and rather too determinedly hip, it nevertheless entertains - thanks to some good action sequences and firm control of atmosphere - and, as Hyams' first feature, presages the delights to come in Capricorn One and Outland.

Excerpt from Timeout located HERE

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

The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Busting looks very much like a product of the film's time - the mid 70's. It has some real grit to many of the backgrounds and some decent detail to the occasional close-ups. Colors are a bit passive. Interior shots have a green leaning.  There is no gloss and the visuals are rarely crisp. The textures though, look authentic and this is probably not far off how the film looked theatrically. There are was noise in the film's many darker scenes (like in the gay bar) but the image is fairly clean with no preponderance of speckles.

 

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Audio :

Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1715 kbps in the original English language. There are aggressive effects in the film - fights, gunfire etc. and they come through flat but with a pinch of depth. The score is by Billy Goldenberg (The Legend of Lizzie Borden, Spielberg's Duel, some Columbo, Smile Jenny, You're Dead etc.) did the score and its a good one shifting with the film's lighter-to-darker moods. It all sounds decent if never really crisp augmenting the vérité edge. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

 

 

Extras :

There are some good extras including a feature-length audio commentary by director Peter Hyams - which has some revealing moments - but I really enjoyed the 3/4 of an hour select scene audio commentary with Elliott Gould and film critic Kim Morgan. It's hard not to like Gould - great personality and I only wish it was longer. lastly are trailers for BUSTING, THE LONG GOODBYE and RUNNING SCARED.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
What a kind of funky surprise! Busting has some layers to it that may have been less noticeable in its initial run. But as you delve into it - this is quite a good film. Gould is wonderful - he is actually almost the entire film with Blake as a foil. The Kino Lorber Blu-ray exposed an impressive film experience for me and I loved the commentary additions. We absolutely recommend it. 

Gary Tooze

September 15th, 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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