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Try and Get Me! or The Sound of Fury [Blu-ray]
(Cy Endfield, 1950)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Robert Stillman Productions
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,013,679,947 bytes
Feature Size: 23,855,216,640 bytes
Video Bitrate: 31.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: April 19th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
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)
• English, None
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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