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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Table For Five [Blu-ray]

 

(Robert Lieberman, 1983)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: CBS Theatrical Films

Video: Kino Lorber

 

Disc:

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

Runtime: 2:01:57.310 

Disc Size: 23,926,175,928 bytes

Feature Size: 23,229,739,008 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.46 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: October 18th, 2016

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1558 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1558 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

• Trailers (Coming Home - 2:03, Ulee's Gold - 1:56)

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: J.P. Tannen (Jon Voigt, Midnight Cowboy) wants a second chance to be a father to his children... but someone else has taken his place. Determined not to just be a friendly "uncle" in their lives, he gets permission from his ex-wife Kathleen (Millie Perkins, Diary of Anne Frank) and her new husband (Richard Crenna, First Blood) to take the kids on a Mediterranean cruise. But shortly after setting sail J.P. finds that reconnecting with his kids isn't going to be as easy as he had hoped: his youngest son has learning disabilities, his daughter harbors resentment and his eldest son is rebellious. Feeling overwhelmed, and reverting to his old irresponsible ways, J.P. is convinced that he's a failure as a father. Featuring Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves) in one his earliest film roles.

 

 

The Film:

J.P. Tannen (Jon Voight) is a divorced father of three. His children now live with their mother, Kathleen (Millie Perkins), and stepfather, Mitchell (Richard Crenna). But J.P. wants to be more involved in their lives, so he takes them on a Mediterranean cruise. The vacation is going well until J.P. learns that something happened to the kids' mother back home. He struggles with the decision of whether to tell them or let them enjoy their holiday in blissful ignorance for a while longer.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

 

David Seltzer (''The Omen,'' ''Six Weeks'') has packed the screenplay with platitudes, and Robert Lieberman, making his feature debut, directs so that anything surrounding the characters manages, like the Sphinx, to mirror their situation. When they're sad, we see rain on the deck chairs; when they fight, we watch startled diners at neighboring tables as they stare.

However, ''Table for Five'' isn't as hokey as it could have been. And it has been well shot and edited by Vilmos Zsigmond and Michael Kahn, respectively. Mr. Voight's sincerity is unmistakable; Mr. Crenna makes a stern yet touching stepfather, and Miss Perkins, best known for ''The Diary of Anne Frank,'' makes a very welcome return to the screen.

Excerpt from The NY Times 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 Table for Five looks like the poor mid-80's film stock used is still not holding up well. The source is fairly clean, and I noticed no noise - but the visuals are soft without strong definition. Colors are dull. I suspect more a function of the available source and production values than the HD transfer. This Blu-ray gave me a consistent viewing in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio - but the image quality should be considered unremarkable.

 

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Audio :

Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1558 kbps in the original English language. It's a passive film with few aggressive effects. The score by Miles Goodman (Little Shop of Horrors) and John Morris (The Woman in Red, The In-Laws, The Elephant Man, Young Frankenstein, Clue) adds a bit to the sentiment but is fairly unremarkable in the lossless. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

None aside from trailers for Coming Home and Ulee's Gold.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
For some reason, I didn't have high expectations for Table for Five - but am always keen on Jon Voight and he proved one of the better elements to the viewing experience. The bare-bones Kino Lorber
Blu-ray shouldn't be bought for its 'stellar' video but I wouldn't be surprised if this is the best transfer the film ever gets to disc. It's quite dour but fans of the director may enjoy it if they, too, aren't anticipating a masterpiece.  NOTE: At the writing of this review it is 33% OFF at Amazon.

Gary Tooze

October 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.

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.

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