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Wait Until Dark [Blu-ray]
(Terence Young, 1967)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Warner Bros. Pictures
Video: Warner Archive
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 34,874,272,600 bytes
Feature Size: 31,392,036,864 bytes
Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 24th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1821 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1821 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), none
•Take a Look In the Dark (8:40)
• Trailer (2:36)
• Warning trailer (1:08)
Description: Now two are left: Susy, recently blinded and still learning how to live in a sighted world, and Roat, a psychopathic killer. Roat wants a heroin-stuffed doll he thinks Susy has. All Susy wants is to survive. Dim the lights, check the door’s chain lock, and brace yourself for a chiller as polished as the steel of Roat’s blade. Audrey Hepburn earned her fifth Academy Award nomination as Susy. Alan Arkin is pure evil as Roat, master of disguise and accents. Jack Weston and Richard Crenna costar as his henchmen. Building to a heart-pounding one-on-one confrontation, Wait Until Dark belongs to the screen’s most memorable thrillers” (David Shipman, The Story of Cinema).
After a flight back home, Sam Hendrix (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) returns with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with heroin, and a group of criminals led by the ruthless Roat (Alan Arkin) has followed Hendrix back to his place to retrieve it. When Hendrix leaves for business, the crooks make their move -- and find his blind wife, Susy (Audrey Hepburn), alone in the apartment. Soon, a life-threatening game begins between Susy and the thugs.
An effective shocker which has the blind Hepburn alone in the house when psychotic villain Arkin and his hoodlum pals (Crenna and Weston) arrive to retrieve a doll containing heroin which her husband (Zimbalist) unwittingly brought through customs for them. The nail- biting climax, during which Hepburn turns the tables by smashing the light-bulbs and leaving the place in darkness, is a classic. Though based on a stage play (by Frederick Knott), the skilful use of interiors for once transcends the visual limitations.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
Shortly after Audrey Hepburn finished filming
Two For the Road (1967)
with Albert Finney, the actress was once again on the road - this time
to California. The actress and her husband Mel Ferrer left their home in
Switzerland in January 1967 to begin preparations on Wait Until Dark
(1967). A thriller in the Hitchcock mode, Hepburn would star and Ferrer
would produce the movie which was based on a stage play by Frederick
Knott, author of
Dial M for Murder (1954).
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Wait Until Dark appears pretty solid on Blu-ray from The Warner Archive. The 1080P image is thick will reasonably rich colors. This is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate. There may be some modest fading but contrast exhibits consistently strong black levels. I see no signs of manipulation and it is an impressive presentation of a brilliant film. This Blu-ray has pleasingly visuals for the limited stage sets in the film. By modern standards this holds up well - no gloss, minor depth and a consistent image with reasonable detail.
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The audio is rendered in a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel stereo at 1821 kbps (24-bit). It doesn't have any flaws but only a few agressiev effects are utilized in the film. The Henry Mancini (Operation Petticoat, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Experiment in Terror, Charade) score adds just the right amount of atmosphere and tension sounding crisp in the lossless. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
There is an older video piece entitled Take a Look In the Dark running almost 9-minutes with interviews of Arkin, Mel Ferrer and others. We also get a trailer and a shorter 'Warning' trailer. No commentary (which the film deserves) and no liner notes.
February 8th, 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.
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Gary W. Tooze
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