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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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DVD Review: Shout! Factory - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Shout! Factory - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:35:09 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.63 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   
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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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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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Comments:

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.

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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