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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Framed [Blu-ray]


(Phil Karlson, 1975)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Paramount Pictures

Video: Kino Lorber



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

Runtime: 1:45:54.389 

Disc Size: 23,127,068,425 bytes

Feature Size: 21,696,866,304 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.90 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: February 28th, 2017



Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1560 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1560 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps



English, None



• Audio commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson
Trailers for Mr. Majestyk - 1:32, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot - 2:00, The Laughing Policeman - 3:35, Gator - 1:09, and Busting - 2:45





Description: From the makers of the highly successful Walking Tall comes the ultimate story of revenge. Joe Don Baker (Charley Varrick) plays a gambler who is framed for a crime he did not commit. A corrupt legal system leads him into a plea bargain and four years behind bars. By the time he gets out of prison, he's determined to put together the pieces of his frame-up and dole out the justice he was denied to those responsible. Framed comes out swinging with two-fisted action that will have you cheering as some of cinema's most loathsome villains get what's coming to them. Cult great Phil Karlson (99 River Street) directed this action-packed thriller that features a top-notch cast that includes angelic and musical Conny Van Dyke (Miss Teen USA in 1963 - and married and divorced 6 times!), John Marley (The Godfather), Brock Peters (Soylent Green), John Larch (Dirty Harry), Paul Mantee (Wolf Lake), Red West (Road House) and Roy Jenson (Breakheart Pass).



The Film:

Framed is an easy film to respect, but a hard one to like. It’s an iconic ‘70s revenge drama, with a hard-boiled script that would have been the envy of any ‘50s noir. And it’s the final film from director Phil Karlson, who, in a four-decade career, brought Kansas City Confidential, The Phenix City Story, The Brothers Rico, 5 Against the House and other noteworthy crime dramas to the screen. It’s also one of the ugliest and most sadistic films to ever come from a major – if essentially journeyman – director.

Released in 1975, Framed was a follow-up to Karlson’s previous film, the surprise hit Walking Tall, and reunited him with its star, Joe Don Baker. Made for $500,000 and filmed on location in rural Tennessee, Walking Tall was the true-life story of Sheriff Buford Pusser, who was the victim – and perpetrator – of much mayhem while trying to clean up his crime-ridden county. In some ways, it recalled Karlson’s earlier Alabama-set Phenix City (in fact, many of the career criminals in Pusser’s real-life McNairy County had relocated there after being driven out of Phenix City by reform efforts a decade earlier). Walking Tall, of which Karlson reportedly owned a substantial percentage, went on to earn $23 million in the U.S. alone.

Excerpt from FilmNoiroftheWeek located HERE

Director Phil Karlson harks back to the no-nonsense, no-thrills directness of his 1950s "B" pictures in Framed. Joe Don Baker, Karlson's star in Walking Tall, plays Ron, a high-rolling gambler with a streak of integrity. Framed by the film's villains--including a cartel of corrupt cops--Ron is carted off to prison. Upon his release, he embarks upon a carefully calculated campaign of revenge. The film's stylistic ties to the enormously successful Walking Tall include the screenwriting contributions of Mort Briskin.

Excerpt from The NY Times located HERE

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

The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Framed looks quite impressive in 1080P. Detail and sharpness are quite sharp in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio image. The source is clean, and I noticed no noise - it's quite a pristine digital presentation. No complaints. This Blu-ray gave me a very surprisingly strong, and pleasurable, viewing in regards to the picture quality.




















Audio :

Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1560 kbps in the original English language. There are plenty of aggressive effects in the film - from an extensive fist fight to a train smashing into a car and an extensive screaming session from Conny Van Dyke. The lossless carries depth. The score is credited to, the versatile, Patrick Williams (TV's Columbo, Lou Grant, The Bob Newhart Show and much more) plus we have the crooning of Conny winging Nearer My Love, To You, He's My Lover, and I'll Never Make It Easy. There are optional English subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


Extras :

Kino add an informative audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson. Plenty of discussion of director Karlson - his career, symmetry in the format of his films and links to Walking Tall etc. It's quite good with Berger dominating and covering quite a lot of ground. There are also trailers for Mr. Majestyk, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Laughing Policeman, Gator, and Busting.



I hadn't seen Framed in decades. It's harsh. I wouldn't say its Noir - but it is a quintessential revenge flic with some very flawed characters. Framed is running a successful formula and for fans of this existential vengeance, retribution, retaliation, reprisal genre - it fulfills a need. Joe Don Baker is one feisty cracker who has real trouble giving into to corruption unless it suits him. Yeah - not that far off from Walking Tall. When you have the 'thirst' - this suits - it's just not an emotion you want to proliferate... but every once in a while I watch Death Wish, too.  NOTE: At the writing of this review it is 33% OFF at Amazon.

Gary Tooze

February 17th, 2017


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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