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Try and Get Me! or The Sound of Fury [Blu-ray]

 

(Cy Endfield, 1950)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Robert Stillman Productions

Video: Olive Films

 

Disc:

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

Runtime: 1:31:56.219

Disc Size: 24,013,679,947 bytes

Feature Size: 23,855,216,640 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.00 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: April 19th, 2016

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1778 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1778 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

 

Subtitles:

English, None

 

Extras:

• None

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: A crime film in the tradition of the great Fritz Lang (Fury) and Anthony Mann (Strangers in the Night), Try and Get Me! is a taut tale directed by Cyril Endfield (Sands of the Kalahari) inspired by actual events.

Based on the Jo Pagano novel The Condemned (itself co-opting the real-life Brooke Hart kidnapping and murder case), Try And Get Me! stars Lloyd Bridges (TV s Sea Hunt) as the deranged, cold-as-ice Jerry Slocum, and Frank Lovejoy (In a Lonely Place) as Howard Tyler, Jerry s unwitting accomplice.

Howard s life begins to spiral out of control when he s sucked into a kidnapping plot that turns tragic. Richard Carlson (Creature from the Black Lagoon) portrays Gil Stanton, a gung-ho journalist who may have crossed ethical boundaries when his series of newspaper articles leads to even further tragedy.

Try And Get Me! is a first-rate noir with more on its mind than thrills which there are plenty of as it navigates heady themes such as journalistic ethics and vigilante justice. The film also stars Kathleen Ryan (Captain Lightfoot), Katherine Locke (The Snake Pit), Adele Jergens (Day the World Ended) and Art Smith (Letter From An Unknown Woman).

 

 

The Film:

Conceivably the most anti-American Hollywood picture ever made—I certainly can't think of any competitors—Cy Endfield's brilliant and shocking 1951 thriller (also known as The Sound of Fury) was adapted by Jo Pagano from his novel The Condemned, which was inspired by a lynching that occurred in California during the 30s. A frustrated and jobless veteran (Frank Lovejoy), tired of denying his wife and son luxuries, falls in with a slick petty criminal (Lloyd Bridges), and the two work their way up from small robberies to a kidnapping that ends in murder. Apart from a moralizing European character who isn't really necessary, this is a virtually flawless masterpiece, exposing class hatred and the abuses of the American press (represented here mainly by Richard Carlson) with rare lucidity and anger. At once subtle and unsparing, this may be the best noir you've never heard of: Endfield's American career was cut short by the blacklist the year it was released. With Kathleen Ryan, Katherine Locke, Adele Jergens, and Art Smith.

Excerpt from Jonathan Rosenbaum at The Chicago Reader located HERE

Down-and-out family man Howard Tyler (Frank Lovejoy), in need of a break, falls under the charm of Jerry Slocum (Lloyd Bridges), a small-time criminal. Tyler and Slocum begin their partnership by pulling robberies at local gas stations, but Slocum wants to take the stakes higher by kidnapping a wealthy man for a hefty ransom. When the plan is botched and turns into murder, the two are caught and face the wrath of a bloodthirsty mob, stirred into action by a sensationalist reporter.

Excerpt from TimeOUt located HERE

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

Try and Get Me! aka The Sound of Fury arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. This is only single-layered but the print used is in superb shape with strong density. Black levels are pitch and there are some consistent textures. Love the grain! The film's frequent dark scenes don't show any noise in the 1080P and it looks very solid in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio without any nagging flaws. The Blu-ray certainly improved the presentation over an SD rendering and I was impressed with the appearance.

 

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Audio :

Audio is transferred via a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1778 kbps. It supports the film's frequent aggressive effects. The score is by Hugo Friedhofer (Man in the Attic, Ace in the Hole, Body and Soul, Gilda, The Bishop's Wife) and the main theme has a jazz-leaning (notable horns) and adds to the film's intensity. I enjoyed the eerie music when guilt preyed upon Howard. There are optional English subtitles in a yellow font and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with many of their releases. I think the film definitely deserves some supplements but I was happy juts to see it.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
What a unique and important film. Try and Get Me! is very different with the concerns of morality pushed aside which actually causes them to be more prevalent. I was recalling In Cold Blood but not as documentary-like but exporting the same visceral emotions. I was so keen to see this but was not ready for what I saw. It's extremely well-crafted - subtle and dark - it begs for re-visitation. The Blu-ray is fine, typically bare-bones but what an opportunity to see this Essential Noir masterwork. We give this an extremely high recommendation! 

Gary Tooze

April 16th, 2016

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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