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Directed by Dick Richards
USA
1975

 

Murder. Marlowe. Mitchum.

No one is a saint in the City of Angels.

The immortal Robert Mitchum stars as Raymond Chandler’s legendary detective Philip Marlowe in the neo-noir mystery Farewell, My Lovely. The hardboiled Marlowe’s latest cases (one, a search for an ex-convict'’s lost love, and the other, the murder of a client) take on an even more sinister turn when they begin to connect, leading the private eye deeper and deeper into the seamy underbelly of 1940s Los Angeles. As the stakes are raised and the body count swells, it looks like Marlowe might be next on the list to take the big sleep.

Also featuring Charlotte Rampling, Sylvia Miles, Harry Dean Stanton, and Sylvester Stallone in an early role, Farewell, My Lovely is an unflinching take on Chandler’s pulpy novel and a mystery film as powerful and complex as its leading man.

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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.

Excerpt from Timeout located HERE

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Theatrical Release: August 8th, 1975

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Distribution Shout! Factory - Region 1 - NTSC Shout! Factory
Region 'A' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:35:09  1:35:19.046 / The Big Sleep: 1:39:40.432
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.63 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

Disc Size: 48,695,015,424 bytes

Farewell My Lovely

Feature Size: 22,315,137,024 bytes

Average Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

The Big Sleep

Feature Size: 21,782,667,264 bytes

Average Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

DVD Bitrate:
Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 1592 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1592 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1589 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1589 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media Group

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer 1 (2:23)
Trailer 2 (1:09)

DVD Release Date: November 17th, 2015

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Chapters: 7

Release Information:
Studio:
Shout! Factory

 

Disc Size: 48,695,015,424 bytes

Farewell My Lovely

Feature Size: 22,315,137,024 bytes

Average Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

The Big Sleep

Feature Size: 21,782,667,264 bytes

Average Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Original Theatrical Trailer (3:34)

The Big Sleep

• NEW Interview With Actress Sarah Miles (The Big Sleep) (6:52)
• “The Big Sleep: On Location” – Including A Brief Interview With Director Michael Winner (14:00)
• “Maxim Jakubowski At Murder One” Interview(7:03)

• The Big Sleep featurette (5:48)

• Trailer (2:10)

Blu-ray Release Date:
February 20th, 2018
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

 

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

ADDITION: Shout! Factory Blu-ray - February 18': The new Shout! Factory has an appropriate pairing of two 70's films with Robert Mitchum as hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe - 1975's Farewell My Lovely and the inferior 1978 The Big Sleep It is on one dual-layered Blu-ray. Frankly, they don't looks great - scanner noise - both are in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio but look superior to SD. I think The Big Sleep may look a shade better of the two - despite looking waxy at times - and neither will be used as demo discs. It's possible they can't look much better and I was happy to see them in 1080P - even if it was less than stellar.

DTS-HD Master (24-bit) tracks for both films and in Farewell My Lovely the score is by David Shire (All the President's Men, Zodiac, The Conversation) and has some minor depth but I enjoyed the The Big Sleep score by Jerry Fielding (Straw Dogs, Scorpio,  The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, The Killer Elite, The Mechanic, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and The Getaway) which benefits a bit more from the lossless transfer. Both have optional English subtitles (see samples below) and the Blu-ray disc is Region 'A'-locked.

The only extra on Farewell My Lovely is a theatrical trailer but on The Big Sleep portion there is a new 7-minute interview with actress Sarah Miles reflecting briefly on the film and her role in The Big Sleep. “The Big Sleep: On Location” shows some of where the film was shot and it includes a brief interview with director Michael Winner. The entire video runs shy of 1/4 hour. “Maxim Jakubowski At Murder One” is an interview at the famous bookstore, expert on Hard Boiled Fiction, and some may recall him in the extras of Altman's The Long Goodbye Arrow Blu-ray. There is a 7-minute The Big Sleep vintage featurette that is really like a long trailer and there is also a 2-minute trailer for the film.

While we endorse both originals - 1944's Murder My Sweet and 1946's Bogie/Bacall The Big Sleep - both on Blu-ray, these two efforts capture some of that Noir mystique that we can't seem to sate ourselves. Mitchum is, as always, fabulous and the storys aren't fatally poor although the 1978 The Big Sleep could have been far more cohesive - and probably didn't need to be made unless they were willing to put more into the production (Mitchum can only carry so much).

Still, after all my complaining, I loved seeing these neo-noir throwbacks and I'll watch anything with Mitchum as Marlowe. Enjoy!

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ON THE DVD: 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.

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 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.

No extras 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 recommended! 

Gary Tooze

 

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Directed by Michael Winner
USA
1978

 

Philip Marlowe is asked by the sickly General Sternwood to investigate an attempted blackmail on one of his daughters. But Marlowe is more concerned about the disappearance of the other daughters husband, Rusty. Further complicating the matter is Rusty's wife, who seems unconcerned with her husbands disappearance.

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Philip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum), is caught in a deadly case of blackmail in The Big Sleep. General Sternwood (James Stewart), an aged and wealthy American, is being blackmailed over the antics of his two daughters, Charlotte (Sarah Miles) and Camilla (Candy Clark). Marlowe travels into the seedy underworld of crime beneath old London, through a dangerous web of murder and suicide and straight into the sinister world of gangster Eddie Mars (Oliver Reed). Joan Collins, Edward Fox and John Mills also star.

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HOWARD HAWKS directed the 1946 version of "The Big Sleep" in black and white, so it's conceivable that Mr. Hawks didn't furnish Philip Marlowe's bedroom with color-coordinated sheets and blankets merely because he wasn't able to. However, it's also conceivable that Mr. Hawks chose deliberately to depict Marlowe as something other than an immaculately appointed fellow with a decorating flair. Michael Winner's new film version of the Raymond Chandler novel concentrates so heavily on the dapper side of Marlowe that it makes the first version look like an unmade bed—which may be what it was meant to look like, after all.

There are no shadows in this senselessly gaudy remake; there isn't much nighttime, either, and there isn't any rain. There isn't any Los Angeles, because Mr. Winner, pretending to switch the story's setting to London for no intelligible reason, seems actually to have transferred it to a succession of furniture-store showrooms. Not a single prop looks used, not even the dainty china cups put of which Marlowe drinks his morning coffee.

Excerpt from NYTimes located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: March 13th, 1978

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