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The Outsider [Blu-ray]


(Tony Luraschi, 1979)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Cinematic Arts B.V.

Video: Olive Films



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

Runtime: 2:01:41.961

Disc Size: 24,128,565,390 bytes

Feature Size: 24,011,335,680 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.99 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: July 19th, 2016



Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1821 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1821 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)



English (SDH), None



• None





Description: Based on the novel The Heritage of Michael Flaherty by Colin Leinster, The Outsider is a fictional account of Irish-American Michael Flaherty (Craig Wasson, Body Double), a disillusioned Vietnam vet who returns home to an apathetic country. Inspired by the Irish Republican Army and the dedication of its members, Michael travels to Ireland to join their cause only to realize that he s being used as a propaganda tool. Writer & director Tony Luraschi elicits powerful performances from Wasson and a cast that includes Sterling Hayden (1900), Patricia Quinn (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Ray McAnally (My Left Foot) and Gabriel Byrne (The End of Violence).



The Film:

The ugly conflict between Irish and British forces in Northern Ireland provides the backdrop for this drama set in the early 1970s. Michael Flaherty (Craig Wasson) is an American of Irish descent who, after returning home from a tour of duty in Vietnam, is deciding what to do with his life. Since his childhood, Michael's grandfather Seamus (Sterling Hayden) has told him of his glorious younger days in Ireland, when he fought against the British with the Irish Republican Army. Michael decides to go to Belfast to help the battle for home rule, but he soon finds out that he's not welcomed by many of the locals. He's considered more important as a symbol than as a soldier or an activist -- so much so that the IRA plans to have him killed in a way that can be blamed on British forces in order to help elicit financial support from wealthy Americans. The Outsider was primarily filmed in Dublin, while several of the American sequences were shot in Detroit.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Grimly authentic by all accounts about life in 1973 Belfast, this first feature about Northern Ireland still seems more a piece of crusading Americana: a young, war-scarred American idealist enlists in the IRA only to find he is worth more to them dead than alive. From there it trades on the sensationalism and realism of its material: torture, bitterness, and sudden violent death. More confusing than illuminating, it's a film which will rely more on its reputation than its achievement; at a time when 'anything goes', is this one of the limits?

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

The Outsider arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. This is only single-layered and the image quality is quite modest - looking very flat but decent in-motion. The Blu-ray improved the presentation over an SD rendering but the lack of film-like qualities don't escalate the visuals to the heights of the format. It's in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio.




















Audio :

Audio is transferred to a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1821 kbps (24-bit). The effects amount to explosions and gun fire and have some surprising depth. There is sparsely used score by Ken Thorne (The Bed Sitting Room) and some may recognize Marianne Faithfull's Broken English. It is all pretty unremarkable but audible. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


Extras :

No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with the majority of their releases.



The Outsider is a grim, almost hopeless, tale but has a gripping edge. The Blu-ray (interesting cover) is fine, typically bare-bones but a less-than stellar HD presentation. Those keen on the topic should indulge. It kept me attentive throughout, but lacks value for the current offered price. 

Gary Tooze

July 19th, 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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