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Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? [Blu-ray]
(Ulu Grosbard, 1971)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Cinema Center Films
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 21,179,246,056 bytes
Feature Size: 20,890,189,824 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.81 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 17th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1560 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1560 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
•Trailer for True Confessions (2:16)
Description:This cerebral, quirky comedy explores midlife crisis through a rock-music composer's perspective. Screen legend Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate) plays a neurotic songwriter at the peak of his career, can't seem to love anybody - least of all himself. He becomes increasingly depressed as his delusional paranoia - fueled by a mysterious stranger who has been bad-mouthing him. Even his therapist (Jack Warden, The Verdict) can't seem to help. However, when he meets the eccentric, aspiring actress (Barbara Harris, The War Between Men and Women), he realizes it's his last chance for true love. For his role as the prolific singer-songwriter, Hoffman performed live (in character) with Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show at the iconic rock palace, Fillmore East, in New York City. Comedy great Dom DeLuise (Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie) co-stars in this cult classic directed by Ulu Grosbard (True Confessions). Barbara Harris was nominated for a 1972 Best Supporting Academy Award for her wonderful performance.
Georgia Soloway (Dustin Hoffman) is on top of the world
and about to jump off—even though, for all intents and
purposes, he owns it. He is the country's most
successful rock composer (64 songs in one year, not
including two peace marches, a commercial and a cancer
jingle). He lives in a Fifth Avenue triplex to which
women feel honored to be lured, at any hour, at the last
An ambitious failure that suffers from the inability to make the surrealistic devices work and the diverse elements meld. The result is a film that is as confusing and overblown as the title. Hoffman is an extremely successful but depressed and lonely pop composer. He is approaching middle age and is frightened that it might slow his prodigious output, which, the year before, was staggering and included more than 60 songs as well as various charitable works and a jingle for cancer. He is plagued with the delusion that someone named Harry Kellerman is bad-mouthing him across Manhattan and making crank middle-of-the-night phone calls.Excerpt from TVGuide located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? looks consistent in 1080P but hardly scaling the heights of the format. There is a bit of film-like heaviness but no rich grain in the 1.78:1 frame. This Blu-ray gave me a watchable viewing with some colors (reds) showing vibrancy but I noticed no consistent depth. I don't doubt this is a decent representation of the film's appearance and I had no issues of noise or artifacts.
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Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1560 kbps (16-bit) in the original English language. The film contains music performed by Shel Silverstein, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - you'll hear some Ray Charles and a few pieces sung by Dustin Hoffman. It sounds clean but fairly unremarkable. I liked the music aspects though and the raw, live-feeling sound. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Only a trailer for True Confessions.
May 5th, 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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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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