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Malone [Blu-ray]


(Harley Cokeliss, 1987)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Orion Pictures

Video: Kino Lorber



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

Runtime: 1:31:48.920

Disc Size: 21,089,142,435 bytes

Feature Size: 19,344,119,808 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.95 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: October 13th, 2015



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1629 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1629 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)






• Trailers for Malone (2:00), White Lightning (2:26), Gator (1:07), Sam Whiskey (2:24) and Navajo Joe (1:51)





Description: Ex-cop! Ex-CIA! Ex-plosive! Burt Reynolds (White Lightning) is back as Richard Malone, an ex-CIA agent looking to leave his past behind him and start a new life in the Pacific Northwest. But his dreams of living the quiet life soon goes up in smoke when he stumbles onto a military conspiracy led by a local millionaire and rightwing zealot, played to sinister perfection by Cliff Robertson (Three Days of the Condor). Add Lauren Hutton (Someone's Watching Me) as Malone s ex-partner and lover... her next CIA assignment is to snuff Malone. Harley Cokliss (Black Moon Rising) wonderfully directs the fast-paced adventure yarn filled with suspense and romance. The stellar cast includes Cynthia Gibb (Modern Girls), Kenneth McMillan (Dune) and Scott Wilson (In Cold Blood) with a screenplay by Christopher Frank (The Hurried Man) based on the novel Shotgun by William Wingate.



The Film:

Malone (Burt Reynolds) has been a "wet" operative for the CIA for many years, serving his country by performing assassinations. He is tired of his job and wants to get out of "the company" (as it is called) and live a normal life. He is looking along the Pacific Northwest for a place to settle down when his much-cherished classic Mustang breaks down outside the town of Comstock. He manages to get to a small gas station and is treated like family by a Vietnam veteran, who is the station's owner, and his daughter. They are suffering from the nefarious activities of a local bigwig (Cliff Robertson) to take over all the land in the city in a hare-brained development scheme. He soon runs afoul of the town sheriff, who is basically an employee of the developer, but eventually wins his respect. Meanwhile, the CIA is none too pleased to hear of Malone's intended retirement and send a succession of hit-men after him to ensure that he divulges none of their dirty secrets. Malone destroys the first two killers at some cost to his own well-being. The next assassin turns out to be a woman who is susceptible to his charms. Meanwhile, he has a thorough-going local scoundrel to put out of business.

Excerpt from MRQElocated HERE


Burt Reynolds as a former CIA agent who runs up against a fanatical group of right-wing survivalists trying to take over a small Oregon community. Some anonymous work from Reynolds, as well as the rest of the cast, but director Harley Cokliss obviously wants it that way. Cokliss, whose Black Moon Rising set some kind of record for action dissociation, puts the same sensibility to work here: faces loom with an odd King Vidor-esque monumentality, and Cokliss never seems so happy as when he's stylishly blowing things up or finding eccentric camera angles to frame the fractured narrative. The mood is effectively paranoid, and there's a hint of Melvillian abstraction (J.-P. rather than Herman) in the brooding, stylized imagery, but the story is pure pulp and the politics never develop beyond elementary cartoon. Still, it's engagingly tense and kinetic, full of kitschy visual portent, and Cliff Robertson, as the mad survivalist chieftain, gets some memorable, beady mileage out of his .22-caliber eyeballs.

Excerpt from Chicago Reader 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 Malone comes through pretty decent with some pleasing grain textures.  Details are above average (toupees abound!) and you can see depth in the, plentiful, outdoor sequences. Colors seem true although the image lacks the more desirable qualities of 1080P. It's probably as good as it will get and provides a consistent presentation. The source is clean in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This Blu-ray gave me a watchable, Hi-def viewing, obviously in its superiority to SD.



















Audio :

Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1629 kbps in the original English language. There are plenty of effects in the film - cars, guns, punches, explosions etc. and they come through exporting some acknowledgeable depth. The score is by David Newman (The Spirit) and it gives the action augmentation. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


Extras :

Only trailers for Burt Reynolds flics Malone, White Lightning, Gator, Sam Whiskey and Navajo Joe.



Malone is a a typical Burt Reynolds thriller. Simple, straight-forward and vengeful. He's the tough guy hero fighting injustice in a small town. It works on that level, but he kinda seems like he's going through the motions a bit - I think he was destined for better. The revenge angle is an attribute - so is Cliff Robertson's neo-con character. The bare-bones Kino Lorber Blu-ray does its job in terms of an HD presentation. It's moderately entertaining - although I wish it had more Lauren Hutton. Still at, present, 52% OFF (Amazon) - you could do worse. That is kind of a middling recommendation - more for Burt fans (I'm one)... 

Gary Tooze

September 30th, 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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