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Trouble Man [Blu-ray]
(Ivan Dixon, 1972)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: JDFB Productions
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,930,118,017 bytes
Feature Size: 20,316,770,304 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.93 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 18th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1557 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1557 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps
• Audio Commentary by Film Historians Nathaniel Thompson and
Howard S. Berger
Description:Mr. T is a One Man Army! Cold as ice, hard as steel, and dressed to thrill, a private investigator known only as "Mr. T" (Robert Hooks, Hurry Sundown) is hired by two thugs to find out who's stealing form their gambling operation. Armed with deadly martial arts mastery and an arsenal of weapons, Mr. T battles his way through a dangerous maze of violence, turf wars and even murder - while still finding time for the ladies, movies don t get any cooler than Trouble Man! Featuring wonderful direction by Ivan Dixon (The Spook Who Sat by the Door), original score and songs by music legend Marvin Gaye and a kick-ass cast that includes Paul Winfield (Gordon's War), Ralph Waite (The Waltons), Paula Kelly (Soylent Green), Jeannie Bell (TNT Jackson), Gordon Jump (WKRP in Cincinnati), Felton Perry (Magnum Force) and Julius Harris (Live and Let Die).
T (Robert Hooks) is a slick detective who's done very well for himself, but still runs his operation from the same mean streets he grew up on in South Central Los Angeles. His latest case comes from local hoods Chalky (Paul Winfield) and Pete (Ralph Waite), who claim that someone's been robbing their dice games at gunpoint. As T searches for the perpetrator, he realizes the job is a setup. Chalky and Pete have pinned a murder on him, and both cops and criminals think T is to blame.
Because of the way "Trouble Man" sanctifies Mr. T and his
successes—the loving care with which the camera explores his closets
full of shirts, ties, shoes and $300 suits—the film passes through the
needs of black fantasy-feeding and comes out on the other side, as a
four-square, all-American movie that urges the preservation of the
rotten system that makes all the loot possible.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Trouble Man looks decent and consistent in 1080P. It has a thickness and support of grain that is appealing. Colors aren't vibrant but also are not artificially boosted. They look bright and true. The source is clean, and I noticed no noise - not even in the few night sequences. There are instances of depth. This Blu-ray gave me a very watchable, and pleasurable, viewing in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. I can't imagine that it looked much different theatrically - almost 45 years ago.
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Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1557 kbps in the original English language. There are effects in the film - but the audio will be more remembered for the score by Marvin Gaye, although his music is in 100's of films - this was his rare credit for composing, specifically, for a film. It was released as his twelfth studio album by on December 8, 1972, on Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. Gaye would compose five different versions of the title track, including an alternate vocal version, which was used primarily for the film's intro. It flows well but is kept fairly low-key to the onscreen action maintaining a 'soul' resonance. It sounds pretty sweet in the lossless. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
NOTE: The album was referenced positively in the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Falcon (Anthony Mackie) saying to Captain America (Chris Evans) "everything you missed jammed into one album." There is also a clip of Trouble Man (single) playing on an iPhone in one hospital scene.Excerpt from Wikipedia HERE
Kino add another commentary - this one with film historians Nathaniel Thompson and Howard S. Berger who provide a great discussion on Trouble Man, the cast and the films, of the same genre, surrounding it mentioning films like Blacula and referencing Live and Let Die. I thought there were many relevant and interesting points made that few would be aware of regarding this production. There are also trailers for Trouble Man, Truck Turner, Across 110th Street, Cotton Comes to Harlem and Report to the Commissioner.
October 10th, 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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