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(aka "A Lovely Sort of Death" )

 

directed by Roger Corman
USA 19
67

 

With The Trip, Roger Corman delves deep inside the mind of the artist. TV commercial director Paul Groves (Peter Fonda, Ulee's Gold), with both his personal and professional life in crisis due to a crumbling marriage and stagnating career, begins to experiment with LSD to 'free' himself artistically.

Paul s trip provides the viewer with psychedelic and hallucinatory moments worthy of Fellini, as an onslaught of strange, beautiful and terrifying images flood Paul s subconscious and leads to a revelatory denouement.

Featured in The Trip are Bruce Dern (Silent Running) as John, the self-proclaimed LSD guru who sends Paul on his trip; Susan Strasberg (Psych-Out) as Paul s estranged wife; and Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider) as a drug-culture everyman.

The Trip, written for the screen by Jack Nicholson (The Last Detail, The Passenger) would be one of several collaborations with mentor Roger Corman including The Little Shop of Horrors, The Raven and The Terror.

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Theatrical Release: August 23rd, 1967

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Comparison:

Signal One - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Olive Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Signal One - Region 'B' - Blu-ray Olive Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:21:34.472 1:21:36.516 
Video

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,441,614,723 bytes

Feature: 20,856,855,936 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,881,907,568 bytes

Feature: 23,139,612,672 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.00 Mbps

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

Bitrate UK Blu-ray

Bitrate US Blu-ray

Audio

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1916 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1916 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English (SDH), None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Signal One

 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,441,614,723 bytes

Feature: 20,856,855,936 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary with director Roger Corman
 Original prologue (with optional director commentary) - :45
 Alternative ending (with optional director commentary) - 3:21
 Tune In, Trip Out (2003): documentary featuring interview with the cast and crew of The Trip (17:16)
 Allen Daviau, ASC on Psychedelic Film Effects (2003): interview with the celebrated cinematographer (8:00)
 Psychedelic Light Box (Film effects montage) (5:45)
 Poster and stills gallery
 Original theatrical trailer (2:27)

Blu-ray Release Date: January 4th, 2016
Standard (UK) Thick
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,881,907,568 bytes

Feature: 23,139,612,672 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Trailer 2:28

Blu-ray Release Date: March 22nd, 2016
Transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 15

 

 

 

Comments

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

There are some very slight visual differences in the two Blu-rays but overall both are so similar it isn't worth mentioning. You can see the vertically stretched and lower resolution DVD image is easily bested. Both Blu-rays are 1080P with high bitrates and colors look excellent and there is grain texture support. Sweet.

In the audio Signal One Blu-ray go with a linear PCM in the original mono (24-bit) while Olive use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel (also 24-bit). The US may have a shade more depth and the UK marginally superior in the higher end. Both sounds excellent to me. The score contains music from Electric Flag including Peter's Trip, Joint Passing, Psyche Soap and many other songs fitting the groove of the film's vibes. Only the UK, Signal One, offers optional subtitles - English (SDH) and both are coded for their respective regions. 

The major difference lies in the supplements with Olive going their usual bare-bones only adding a trailer - and Signal One give us many of the extras from the Roger Corman DVD Collection (Reviewed HERE) from 2007. This includes the audio commentary with director Roger Corman, an original prologue and alternate ending - both with optional director commentary. Tune In, Trip Out is a 17-minute, 2003, documentary also from the old DVD set featuring interview with the cast and crew of The Trip. We get to hear Allen Daviau, ASC on Psychedelic Film Effects (2003) interviewed and see the 6-minute The Trip's effects montage well as a poster and stills gallery and the original theatrical trailer.

It's a pretty obvious if you are interested in the extras that the Signal One is the way to go but both offer impressive a/v Blu-ray transfers. An entertaining historical artefact showing the beautiful  Big Sur, California coast and some keen performances mediating on experimentation and expression.

 - Gary Tooze

 


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