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directed by Richard Fleischer
USA 1968

Why did 13 women open their doors to the Boston Strangler? That's the question Richard Fleischer sets out to answer in this, the first of his genre-redefining serial killer films. Of course, there may actually have been more than 13 women and it's by no means certain that the man to whom the crimes are herein ascribed actually killed anybody, but that doesn't much matter because what Fleischer gets is underneath the skin of Boston itself, whereupon his questions become much more challenging.

In 1964, former soldier and known criminal Albert DeSalvo was arrested on suspicion of housebreaking and subsequently confessed to the stranglings which had terrorised the city. His descriptions of the crime scenes impressed police, but there were notable inaccuracies, and due to the lack of any physical evidence he was never convicted. Fleischer hints at these aspects of the story as police officers discuss the danger of false confessions, yet with his Albert, played by Tony Curtis in a role which finally freed him from his pretty boy image, there is no real suggestion of doubt. Instead, Fleischer focuses on trying to get inside the mind of a man who would act in such a way.

Excerpt from EyeForFilm located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 16th, 1968 - USA

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Comparison:

Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

1) Fox - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT
2) Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray MIDDLE
3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT
 
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Distribution Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1- NTSC

Carlotta

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Twilight Time
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:56:04 1:56:11.422 1:56:13.216
Video 2.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.98 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 
1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,803,626,909 bytes

Feature: 35,732,895,744 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 37.00 Mbps

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,101,299,167 bytes

Feature: 32,894,048,256 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 26.61 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Carlotta Blu-ray

Bitrate: Twilight Time Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby), English (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono), DUBS: French (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 842 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 842 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio French 1041 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1041 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2361 kbps 3.0 / 48 kHz / 2361 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2075 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2075 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2022 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2022 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2054 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2054 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, Spanish, None French, None English (SDH), None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.33:1

Edition Details:

• Fox Movietone New: The Boston Strangler (3:26)
• Featurette - 'Backstory: The Boston Strangler' (21:15)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:55)
• Theatrical Teaser (:47)
• Fox Flix (6 trailers)

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2004

Keep Case
Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio:
Carlotta

 

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,803,626,909 bytes

Feature: 35,732,895,744 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 37.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Split-Screen Personality - William Friedkin on Richard Fleischer's The Boston Strangler (21:28)

• Real Killer, Fake Nose (29:59)

• Trailer (2:50)

• Disc Credits

Blu-ray Release Date: April 17th, 2013
Standard Blu-ray Case inside slip case

Chapters 23

Release Information:
Studio:
Twilight Time

 

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,101,299,167 bytes

Feature: 32,894,048,256 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 26.61 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
Audio Commentary with Film Historians David Del Valle and Steven Peros
Isolated Music & Effects Track
Split-Screen Personality – William Friedkin on Richard Fleischer’s The Boston Strangler (22:21)
Real Killer, Fake Nose (31:15)
AMC Backstory: The Boston Strangler (21:31)
Fox Movietone Newsreel (3:25)
Original Theatrical Trailers (2:55)

Teaser (0:45)

8-page liner notes by Julie Kirgo
Limited to 3,000 units

 

Blu-ray Release Date: November, 2016
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters 24

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray November 16': The new Twilight Time 1080P has some significant differences with its French counterpart. The 'Cinemascope Mumps' (fatter faces) we identified on the Carlotta looks very prevalent beside the Twilight Time which shows more information in the frame - notably on the left edge. Could Carlotta have stretched their image - horizontally - to adhere to the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio? Colors are also different but I might lean to the Carlotta with better skin tones and the Twilight Time has a preponderance of a greenish hue at times (or perhaps the Carlotta is too blue?). The French rendering is more technically robust with a higher bitrate (Twilight Time add more supplements - filling disc space) but, overall, I prefer the Twilight Time visuals which tend to look more pleasing to my eye. As we always say 'it's good to have a choice'.

IMDb notes a 4-Track Stereo audio for the film (Westrex Recording System). So while Carlotta had the original English score in a 16-bit DTS-HD Master (and the optional French DUB in a more robust transfer), Twilight Time give the option of a 3.0 or 2.0 channel DTS-HD Master in 24-bit. Both are significantly more technically robust and this shows in depth exported by the Lionel Newman (A Kiss Before Dying, The Proud Ones) score adding a further tension and augmenting the creepiness of the film's expression. Twilight Time offer this as an isolated option and provide the choice of English (SDH) subtitles on their region FREE Blu-ray disc.

Twilight Time have all the extras of the Carlotta - and more. We get the two Robert Fischer Fiction Factory documentaries; Real Killer, Fake Nose runs almost 1/2 hour and retraces the making of Fleischer’s film, with special emphasis on its place in the director's oeuvre and its use of the split-screen technique, innovative at the time. It features interviews with Mark Fleischer (the director’s son), Richard H. Kline (director of photography), and actress Sally Kellerman. In the 20-minute Split-Screen Personality, William Friedkin discusses the authentic events that have inspired The Boston Strangler and explains how he himself was influenced by the new techniques employed by Richard Fleischer in the film. There is also a trailer.

Twilight Time include a new audio commentary with film historians David Del Valle and Steven Peros - it is excellent - as well as the two extras found on the 2004 DVD - the 20-minute AMC Backstory: The Boston Strangler and the short Fox Movietone Newsreel highlighting some Desalvo crime investigation footage. The Twilight Time package has an 8-page liner notes leaflet with an essay by Julie Kirgo and their Region FREE Blu-ray is limited to 3,000 units.

The Twilight Time with commentary, isolated score, more complete extras and a more pleasing a/v transfer is easily the definitive edition of this complex and disturbing masterwork by Fleischer. This is the package to own - very strongly recommended!  

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ADDITION: Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - February 2014': The SD now looks extremely green by comparison. Actually everything is superior on the dual-layered Blu-ray with a max'ed out bitrate although there does appear to be some 'Cinemascope Mumps' (fatter faces) on the HD transfer. The 1080P improves upon the softness found on the decade-old SD. It shows a shade more information in the original 2.35:1 frame. Contrast improves and colors (notably in flesh tones) become far more realistic.

As for the audio,  Carlotta utilize a lossless rendering, via a relatively shallow DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel sounds authentic without intense bass or aggression. The subtleties in the effects seem to benefit the most from the uncompressed rendering. The French subtitles are optional (removable via remote) and the disc is coded for region 'B'.  

The Boston Strangler has such an unusual appeal - the style, performances and docu-drama realism remains unforgettable. What a appropriate choice for Carlotta to bring to Blu-ray. And, thankfully, they have included some great supplements. Great way to see this impacting film!

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ON THE DVD: This image can be quite hazy at times and is not up to standards for an anamorphic DVD. The split-screens particularly look unimpressive - not as how I remember seeing the film previously. Contrast is acceptable.  I think a lot of data may have been wasted on the two DUBS and extra audio track. I see no edge enhancement. The audio fluctuates a shade and the subtitles are inferior. This is not a state-of-the-art disc. Still the extra featurette is a nice touch.

Gary W. Tooze


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Carlotta

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