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Patterns aka "Patterns of Power" [Blu-ray]
(Fielder Cook, 1956)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Jed Harris
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,700,571,814 bytes
Feature Size: 23,353,362,432 bytes
Video Bitrate: 33.48 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 27th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1780 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1780 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• English, none
Description: Rod Serling’s tale of ruthless men and ambitious women clawing for control of a billion dollar empire first aired in Jan 1955 on Kraft Television Theater. The hard-hitting teleplay was such a success, earning Serling instant acclaim and the first of his six Emmy awards, that producers Jed Harris and Michael Myerberg helmed a big screen feature with the same director (Fielder Cook) and most of the same cast for United Artists. The result was an acid-etched chronicle of the cutthroat corporate world starring Van Heflin, Everett Sloane, and Ed Begley, with cinematography by Oscar winner Boris Kaufman (On The Waterfront, 12 Angry Men). This is boardroom bloodletting, the American way!
Adapted by Rod Twilight Zone Serling from his own TV play, this is a tense and claustrophobic melodrama which demonstrates the price of professional ambition. Heflin is the recently hired company man who is forced, by his boss Sloane, to come into conflict with ageing executive Begley, the man he is supposed to replace. Reminiscent of Executive Suite (though much less sleek and slick), it's a little dated now, but the well-crafted performances of the strong cast (especially Begley as the disintegrating man) work wonders.Excerpt from TimeOUt located HERE
Anyone who has ever worked for a large firm will have no trouble
recognizing the cutthroat corporate politics or high powered
personalities on display in Patterns, Rod Serling's insightful drama
about big business which is still relevant today. The central character,
Fred Staples (Van Heflin), is a talented employee within a large
conglomerate who is transferred from his Ohio location to his company's
main office in New York City. The reason for his promotion soon becomes
clear. He is being groomed by his boss, Walter Ramsey (Everett Sloane),
to replace an older employee, William Briggs (Ed Begley), who has fallen
out of favor with Ramsey. The situation is complicated by Staples'
friendship with Briggs and his own desire for personal success.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
We've reviewed a few Film Detective Blu-ray releases now - The Bat, Beat the Devil, A Bucket of Blood, Hollow Triumph and The Red House. They continue to focus on Public Domain titles, and while not a premium distributor, they seem to be a notch ahead of other PD Blu-ray production companies (ex HD Classics) of the mass of DVD companies dealing solely in the rights-free titles. They have chosen Patterns - an excellent 50's drama with Van Heflin - to bring to 1080P. For about 95% of the presentation contrast has some decent layering and visuals are fairly tight in the HD transfer. Depth is apparent. The bare-bones package is transferred to a single-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. Good job! Unfortunately, they are at the mercy of their source and in the final scene the quality drops - it gets dark, overly grainy and hazy (see last capture.) I wasn't overly bothered but it is noticeable - there are light speckles throughout but I, thankfully, see no evidence of manipulation, DNR or noise. Film Detective don't have the budget to restore a project at the film-level and thank goodness they don't try to in the digital domain. That would be much worse. I'm not bothered by real damage or a drop in print density - masking it with over-digitization can be obvious and distasteful. Real film can display imperfections sometimes. This Blu-ray provides a reasonable presentation and I was pleased.
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More good news - Film Detective use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1780 kbps in 24-bit! The film doesn't have any aggressive effects and there is some background music but I see no score credited. Dialogue is in-sync and the audio levels consistent - aside from the final scene where the audio worsens along with the video.There are optional English subtitles (in a white font - see sample) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.
Frugal with no extras and only one menu screen. That's okay - it is reflected in the reasonable price.
September 3rd, 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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