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directed by Gordon Douglas
USA 1968

 

Frank Sinatra gives a gritty performance in the crime thriller The Detective. When Teddy Leikman, the homosexual son of a politically connected department-store magnate, is murdered, detective Joe Leland (Frank Sinatra) is sent in to investigate. Leland drags in Teddy's psychotic former roommate Felix Tesla (Tony Musante) and forces a confession out of him; for his work on the case Leland gets a promotion, which troubles him. Afterwards, Norma MacIver (Jacqueline Bisset), the widow of a well-heeled accountant, comes to see Leland. Her husband was killed after falling off the grandstand at a racetrack -- but Norma thinks he was pushed. She asks Leland to investigate her husband's death. Reopening the case, Leland discovers that the police are opposed to him scratching around any further, and after an attempt on his life, he uncovers some startling evidence that may connect the two deaths.

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Theatrical Release: May 28th, 1968

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Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC Twilight Time
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Runtime 1:53:40  1:53:47.570  
Video 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 30,397,057,196 bytes

Feature Size: 30,040,780,800 bytes

Total Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 4.0), English (Mono) DUB: Spanish (Mono), French (Mono)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 1070 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1070 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 994 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 994 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1080 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1080 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None English, (SDH), None
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Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Theatrical Trailer
• 7 more theatrical trailers for Fox films on DVD

DVD Release Date: April 5th, 2005

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Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio:
Twilight Time

 

Disc Size: 30,397,057,196 bytes

Feature Size: 30,040,780,800 bytes

Total Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
Audio Commentary with Film Historians David Del Valle, Lem Dobbs, and Nick Redman
Isolated Score Track
Original Theatrical Trailers (3:16, 2:24)

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

 

Blu-ray Release Date: January 2016
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Chapters 24

 

 

 

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

ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray January 16': The new Twilight Time improves in the expected areas - colors are richer and realistic (skin tones) - like many DVDs the Fox transfer can tend to look greenish beside the 1080P. We get a shade more information in the frame with the HD and in-motion it is superior as well.

Audio get the lossless treatment with a DTS-HD Master, original mono, track and the Jerry Goldsmith (Seconds, Hoosiers, The Blue Max, Breakheart Pass) score supports the brooding drama and flashbacks very well sounding crisp in the uncompressed. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is region FREE.

Twilight Time generously include a new commentary with film historians David Del Valle, Lem Dobbs, and Nick Redman expounding on the film's story, characters and performers. It is illuminating. There is also the usual isolated score track in lossless and two original theatrical trailers plus the package has some 8-page liner notes by Julie Kirgo and is limited to 3,000 units.

This surpasses the DVD in every category and fans of Sinatra, Remick or Bisset will appreciate indulging and although it's not my favorite film - there are some points that make it worth seeing.

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ON THE DVD: Strong anamorphic, progressive image quality on this DVD. Muted colors through tight detail and great contrast. This is bordering on magnificent. The optional subtitles are outrageously large and gaudy, the 4.0 audio track is smooth and consistent and the extras come in the form of a pile of trailers.    

Gary W. Tooze

 





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