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Directed by Dick Richards
Murder. Marlowe. Mitchum.
After Altman's intensive analysis of Philip Marlowe in The Long Goodbye, it's hard to imagine another straightforward adaptation. Yet Farewell, My Lovely deliberately courts nostalgia with lovingly recreated '40s settings and film techniques recalling the thrillers of the time, besides the casting of Mitchum, who made his name in just such films. As such, it lies alongside the successful 1944 adaptation rather than the current Californian detective pictures, whose troubled introspections it lacks. The film's triumph is Mitchum's definitive Marlowe, which captures perfectly the character's down-at-heel integrity and erratic emotional involvement with his cases. Purists may find the script's tinkering with Marlowe's character irritating. But there are plenty of compensations: strong supporting performances, moody renderings of the underbelly of Los Angeles nightlife, and a jigsaw plot with Marlowe's chase through seven homicides to find an ex-nightclub singer, six years disappeared.
Theatrical Release: August 8th, 1975
DVD Review: Shout! Factory - Region 1 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 5.63 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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Finally, so nice, to have a watchable, new, digital representation of this classic. This is, of course, a remake of 1944's Murder My Sweet - now on Blu-ray. But it has Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe and Charlotte Rampling as Helen Grayle embodying a slinky Lauren Bacall in any number of Noir-ish gems. This is so great for 'Dark Cinema' fans who just can't get enough. Wow.
The Shout! Factory SD disc is single-layered and the image is progressive in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio. There is grain and a bit of, unfortunate, noise. The quality is consistent and very watchable. It's not dynamically sharp but the SD does the job - imperfectly, but I'll take it.
The audio is clean and also consistent - dialogue is completely audible. The score is by David Shire (All the President's Men, Zodiac, The Conversation) and sounds equally supportive. There are optional English subtitles and the media is locked to region 1.
aside from a couple of trailers. This still has value although we all
would prefer it in 1080P. I was so pleased to watch this - one of the
later-great Mitchums and an essential for Noir fans. Absolutely