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The Chase [Blu-ray]

 

(Arthur Penn, 1966)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Video: Twilight Time

 

Disc:

Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 2:13:48.061 

Disc Size: 39,070,601,087 bytes

Feature Size: 38,152,667,136 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Chapters: 24

Case: Transparent Blu-ray case

Release date: October, 2016

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1823 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1823 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1766 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1766 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2047 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2047 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), None

 

Extras:

Audio Commentary with Film Historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman
Isolated Score Track
Original Theatrical Trailer (3:26)

Liner notes by Julie Kirgo

Limited to 3,000 Copies!

 

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Description: When "Bubber" Reeves (Robert Redford) escapes from prison, it upsets the folks in the nearby town of Tarl, Texas. Sheriff Calder (Marlon Brando) wants to capture Reeves alive, which puts him in opposition to many of the townspeople who have resorted to mob justice. Businessman Val Rogers (E.G. Marshall) wants Calder to apprehend Reeves quickly, through any means, since he fears the criminal will come after Val's son, Jake, who is sleeping with Reeves' wife (Jane Fonda).

 

 

The Film:

Sometimes when you bring together a talented group of actors, a critically acclaimed director, a successful producer and the most experienced film crew professionals in Hollywood you get a masterpiece or a box-office hit. Most of the time, however, with so much creative talent involved, egos, artistic compromises and internal power struggles undermine what could have been an important and highly influential motion picture. This was certainly the case with Sam Spiegel's ambitious production of The Chase (1966), based on the novel and play by Horton Foote.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

The Chase consequently boasts a formidable pedigree on all fronts. It was adapted–in theory at least–by Lillian Hellman from Horton Foote's novel and play though it was reportedly taken out of Hellman's hands early and rewritten extensively. The legendary Sam Spiegel produced and Penn had already developed an impressive reputation thanks to his television work and films like The Miracle Worker. Then there's the cast: Marlon Brando, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Robert Duvall, James Fox, Angie Dickinson, E.G Marshall and even a young Paul Williams, who looks disconcertingly like a lesbian midget in one of his earliest roles. With all that going for it how could The Chase possibly fail? Then again with the sky-high expectations that come with that level of talent how could The Chase possibly succeed?

Excerpt from TheOnionAV located HERE

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

The Chase comes to Twilight Time Blu-ray in a dual-layered, 1080P transfer with their usual high bitrate. The visuals are strong in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Contrast has some decent layering and colors look true and fairly tight without unnatural brightness. It looks quite consistent in-motion, has plenty of depth and no untoward damage or speckles.  I see no evidence of manipulation or noise. This Blu-ray gives an enjoyable presentation for this enigmatic film.

 

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Audio :

Twilight Time use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1823 kbps (24-bit) in the original English language. There are no notable effects in the film - but the score by the iconic John Barry (Midnight Cowboy, Dances With Wolves and the Bond themes among his many credits) helps maintain tension and highlight inter-personal conflict. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a rregion FREE disc.

 

Extras :

Twilight Time add a new audio commentary with film historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman and it fills in some of the 'unknowns' of the production and its hurdles, Penn's dissatisfaction with the film especially the editing - citing critic Robin Wood, the misnomer title and more. There is also an isolated score track and an original theatrical trailer plus there are liner notes by Julie Kirgo. It is limited to 3,000 copies.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
The Chase is an unusual film - still being debated as a wayward masterpiece for its unorthodox styling, undercurrents of homosexuality and general dream-like expression. I think it's worth seeing a few times. Odd but still intriguing. The Twilight Time Blu-ray provides a very good a/v transfer for the film and further value with the commentary, isolated score (John Barry!) and liner notes. I think The Chase needed to come to 1080P and the package offers a lot of value. Certainly recommended! 

Gary Tooze

November 2nd, 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.

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