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New York Express aka "Blindfold" [Blu-ray]
(Philip Dunne, 1965)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Universal Pictures
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,421,140,964 bytes
Feature Size: 23,708,454,912 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.06 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: August 5th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio German 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
English, German, none
Description: When top-level scientist Arthur Vincenti (Alejandro Rey) suffers a nervous collapse, his military handlers fear he may be at risk of being kidnapped by a group of international terrorists who sell their victims to the governments of communist nations. Vincenti's psychiatrist, Dr. Bartholomew Snow (Rock Hudson), and fractious sister, Vicky (Claudia Cardinale), are drawn into a web of intrigue alongside the mysterious Fitzpatrick (Guy Stockwell), who claims Vincenti may already be an enemy agent.
A wryly self-mocking spy thriller coating a convoluted international plot and stock genre characters (psychologist, mad scientist, security chief, et al) in the requisite '60s gloss. The final film as director of former Fox contract writer (How Green Was My Valley, Forever Amber, The Robe, etc) Dunne.
A patient being psychoanalyzed by Dr. Bartholomew Snow is a government
scientist who evidently has had a mental breakdown. General Pratt, a
national security chief, hides the patient, Arthur Vicenti, in a remote
place known only as "Base X," forcing Dr. Snow to wear a blindfold
whenever he is taken there.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
New York Express (Blindfold) appears quite pleasing on Blu-ray from Explosive-Media out of Germany. The 2.35:1 image looks superior to SD with solid detail and consistent colors. It handles the darker scenes well without noise. This Blu-ray looks decent - 1080P and supports the film reasonably well.
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Explosive-Media offer an uncompressed DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel stereo track (with an optional German DUB) requiring minimal depth but the film doesn't need an abundance of floor rattling. The score is by Argentinean Lalo Schifrin (famous as the guy behind the Mission: Impossible theme as well as The Osterman Weekend, Day of the Animals, Hit!, Man on a Swing, Tango and many other films.) The music adds a light quality switching adeptly between the film's moods. There are optional English and German (SDH) subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being region FREE.
Only a gallery of images associated with the film.
February 16th, 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 3500 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.
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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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