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(aka "Call Me Genius")

 

Directed by Robert Day
UK 1961

 

Sitcom legend Tony Hancock makes his feature film-starring debut in this clever comedy from long-time collaborators Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. A witty satire that vigorously ridicules effete pseudo-intellectualism, middle-class pretensions and bohemian artiness, The Rebel is presented here as a brand-new High Definition restoration from the original camera negative in its original theatrical aspect ratio. A self-taught artist with an enthusiasm that far exceeds any ability, Anthony Hancock throws in his monotonous office job to live the dream. His genius unappreciated by the local peasantry he decides there's only one place for his talents to flower - amongst the beatniks and bohemians of Paris!

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Theatrical Release: March 2nd, 1961

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Review: Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:45:42.625        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,476,050,771 bytes

Feature: 21,777,186,816 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.37 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,476,050,771 bytes

Feature: 21,777,186,816 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.37 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Trailer (2:46)
Image Gallery
Limited edition booklet containing the script for The Day Off - what would have been Galton and Simpson's second film for Hancock had he not turned it down


Blu-ray Release Date:
September 30th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Network Blu-ray (November 2019): Network have transferred another Tony Hancock comedy The Rebel to Blu-ray. It looks very appealing with bright and deep colors stated to be from the original camera negative. It is in 1080P and in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. It is housed on a single-layered BD with a supportive bitrate. The image in-motion is equally pleasing. Nice...

On their Blu-ray, Network use a linear PCM 2.0 channel mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It is another advancement in the film's audio and score by Frank Cordell (Ring of Bright Water, "God Told Me To", "Khartoum"). Network offer optional English, very small, subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray. NOTE: The subtitles have flagrant spelling errors - as noted by Nick Wrigley.

The Network Blu-ray supplements include a trailer and image gallery and the package contains a liner notes limited edition booklet containing the script for The Day Off - what would have been Galton and Simpson's second film for Hancock had he not turned it down.

This is moderately amusing film - I did like the idea of escaping your job to obtain some freedom ala Lost in America. This is very British in the satirical mockery of art as well as stuffed shirts. The Rebel has plenty to offer and the Network  Blu-ray provides a super a/v presentation. Certainly recommended to Hancock, and 60's Brit-cinema, fans. Nice to see Network throwing their hat into the ring for more Blu-ray releases.

Gary Tooze

 


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