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The Delinquents [Blu-ray]
(Robert Altman, 1957)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: United Artists
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 21,613,606,963 bytes
Feature Size: 21,042,413,568 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 21st, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2009 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2009 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• English, None
• Trailer (1:56)
The Delinquents, maverick filmmaker Robert Altman’s
feature film debut, is the ultimate in the kids-gone-bad
film genre. Pre-Billy Jack actor Tom Laughlin stars as
Scotty, a young man drawn into a potentially deadly
friendship when he inadvertently becomes involved with “the
wrong crowd.” Naiveté will lead Scotty and his girlfriend,
Janice (Rosemary Howard) into dangerous waters when
adolescent fun escalates into robbery, assault and
Shot on a low budget of between $45,000 and $63,000 in and around Kansas
City, The Delinquents (1957) is one for the film history books.
On the surface, it looks indistinguishable from other drive-in movies
about hot-rod gangs, misunderstood teenagers, and wild parties. But the
film has a fresh, improvisational style (note the opening sequence in a
Kansas City nightclub), and check out those credits. It not only marks
the directorial debut of screenwriter Robert Altman but it also features
Tom Laughlin (future star of
Billy Jack) in his first major role. Alfred
Hitchcock was so impressed with The Delinquents that he offered the
young director some work, which led Altman to direct a few half-hour
episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Robert Altman's first feature film deals with the age-old problem of juvenile delinquency. Laughlin stars as a clean-cut, straight-arrow suddenly mixed up with a gang of hoodlums who kidnap his girl (Howard), force him to drink booze, and then frame him for a gas station holdup they pulled. In the end, everyone gets lectured by the cops. The film was shot in Kansas City using mostly local talent in the casting. The highlight is a rumble scene at a drive-in theater.Excerpt from TV Guide located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Delinquents arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. This is only single-layered but has a max'ed out bitrate for the 1 1/4 hour film. Contrast is quite adept and the grain is excellent - consistent and fine. The Blu-ray is in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio and I saw no untoward damage. It looks surprisingly strong considering the modest production values. There is reasonable detail and some depth exported by the 1080P.
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Audio is transferred to a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 2009 kbps (24-bit). No effects fro the low budget effort. There is uncredited music from Gene Garf and Louis Palange while Julia Lee sings in a couple of sequences. It is all pretty unremarkable but audible. There are optional English (yellow font) subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Onlya trailer - which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with the majority of their releases.
March 21st, 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
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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