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Table For Five [Blu-ray]
(Robert Lieberman, 1983)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: CBS Theatrical Films
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,926,175,928 bytes
Feature Size: 23,229,739,008 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.46 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 18th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
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)
• Trailers (Coming Home - 2:03, Ulee's Gold - 1:56)
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
None aside from trailers forComing Home and Ulee's Gold.
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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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