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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

See No Evil aka "Blind Terror" aka "Terreur aveugle" [Blu-ray]

 

(Richard Fleischer, 1971)

 

The Carlotta is also available in Coffret Richard Fleischer Blu-ray Boxset with See No Evil, 10 Rillington Place + The New Centurions 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Video: Carlotta / Indicator (Powerhouse)

 

Disc:

Region: 'B'-locked / Region FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:29:09.427  / 1:29:11.220 / Blind Terror: 1:27:30.203

Disc Size: 32,508,600,442 bytes / 48,286,458,754 bytes

Feature Size: 26,227,199,232 bytes / 22,657,791,552 bytes / Blind Terror: 22,141,299,648 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.02 Mbps / 30.02 Mbps / Blind Terror: 29.89 Mbps

Chapters: 11 / 11

Case: Standard Blu-ray case / Transparent Keep case

Release date: November 9th, 2016 / September 25th, 2017

 

Video (all three):

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1092 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1092 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio French 1055 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1055 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

 

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit (both cuts)

 

Subtitles:

French, none

 

English (SDH), none

 

Extras:

• Preface by Nicolas Saada (7:20)
• Fulgurances Physique (15:18)
• Gallery Photos (5:10)
• Trailer (1:14)
• Credits

 

• Alternative UK Blind Terror cut (1:27:30.203 - 1080P)
• Interview with actor Norman Eshley (2017, 11:19)

The Two Version (7:22)

Alternate Italian Opening Sequence (2:25)
• Original theatrical trailer (1:18)
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography (1:33 + 0:35)
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Chris Fujiwara, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies

DVD incvluded!

 

Bitrate:

1) Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Indicator (Blind Terror cut) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

Description: Sarah, played by Mia Farrow, is a young English woman who had been struck blind after a horse-riding accident, and has just returned to her country home to rejoin her aunt, uncle and younger cousin. As she learns to cope with her blindness, she reunites with her boyfriend, Steve, even going on a horseback ride into the countryside with him.
But when she returns from riding that one day, something isn’t quite right. Unbeknownst to Sarah, the home has been broken into and her family has been murdered by a cold-blooded killer.

Excerpt from the UK Horror Scene located HERE

The Film:

In the post-Rosemary's Baby (1968) phase of her career, Mia Farrow played a variety of unpredictable, quirky characters in ambitious and largely unsuccessful films up until the time she began her collaboration with Woody Allen in 1982 with A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy. Some of these were contemporary romantic comedies that failed to click with the public such as John and Mary (1969) and The Public Eye (1972, aka Follow Me!) and big budget, critically maligned features like The Great Gatsby (1974) and Hurricane (1979). But the actress's more peculiar roles were the spooky, dark-haired waif of Joseph Losey's Secret Ceremony (1968), the buck-toothed, leg-brace wearing wife of Jean-Paul Belmondo in Claude Chabrol's Doctor Popaul (1972, aka High Heels), a mother haunted by a dead child in Full Circle (1977, aka The Haunting of Julia), and the possibly deranged in-law in Robert Altman's A Wedding (1978). Yet her bravest - some might say foolhardy - and most physically taxing role would have to be Sarah, the blind girl terrorized by a maniac in See No Evil (1971, aka Blind Terror).

Shot in Berkshire, England, this lushly photographed thriller from director Richard Fleischer, was largely a British affair in terms of cast and crew with Ms. Farrow the sole American actor in the mix (though she plays an upper class Brit). Sarah has been recently blinded by a fall from a horse and is recuperating at the sprawling country estate of her aunt, uncle and cousin. While she is out one afternoon with her ex-boyfriend Steve, an uninvited guest makes a house call, leaving behind a house full of corpses. When Sarah returns later, she is puzzled by the unexplained absence of her relatives until she discovers the bloody body of her uncle in the tub the next day while drawing a bath. Fleeing the house in terror with a crucial piece of evidence that the killer left behind - an engraved bracelet - Sarah barely escapes being caught by the maniac but her trials are just beginning.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

Tense thriller starring Mia Farrow as a blind young woman (Mia Farrow) who goes to live in the English countryside with relatives. Out on a date with a boyfriend, she escapes the fate of her relatives who are murdered by a crazed killer but finally makes the gruesome discovery of their bodies and has to flee on horseback. She is rescued but the murderer is still out there.

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

See No Evil appears true to the source on Blu-ray from Carlotta out of France.  The dual-layered transfer has a max'ed out bitrate. Colors are true and detail impressive in the film's close-ups. The 1.85:1 image is satisfying looking consistent and clean with instances of depth. This Blu-ray has a nice 70's feel with a reasonable film-like sense to it. Visually this is quite pleasing.

 

To clarify, the Indicator, Region FREE, Blu-ray has both versions - See No Evil, and the slightly shorter UK version Blind Terror. I see no difference in the Indicator versions and not much with the Carlotta. Dual-layered - a high bitrate and we've compared a few images below. It looks just as impressive as the French 1080P in-motion. Visible grain with lush, desirable visuals.

 

NOTE: Michael Brooke tells us in your FB Group: " (re: Blind Terror) roughly 40 seconds unavoidably had to be sourced from a standard-definition video copy, as Sony didn't have any HD materials of the shots unique to that cut."   

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

1) Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Indicator (Blind Terror cut) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

Carlotta offer an uncompressed DTS-HD Master 1.0 mono track in both original English or a French DUB. Although, the menu gives only the choice of French DUb or original English with French subtitles, I can assure you the subtitles are removable via the 'Subtitle' button on your remote. You can watch the entire film in, original, English, without the hindrance of forced French subtitles. My Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.

 

Indicator goes linear PCM, mono (24-bit) and, likewise, there isn't dramatic differences in how the audio is exported when compared to the Carlotta - it may gain some strength in the higher end - my ears can't be positive. It has an original English track (no DUB) and some effects gain prominence, but the score by Elmer Bernstein (The Comancheros, The World of Henry Orient, Kings of the Sun, Hud, To Kill a Mockingbird, Summer and Smoke) has significant value in the lossless heightening suspense and augmenting the viewing experience. There are optional English subtitles on the Region FREE Blu-ray.   

 

 

Extras :

Only French material - but a huge shout-out to my friend Nicolas Saada, who I've been communicating with for about 2 decades, with the 7.5-minute 'preface', more like a visual essay. Even with my pigeon-French I could rate it as excellent! Great job Nicolas! There is also another French-language piece, Fulgurances Physique, running 1/4 hour (but they were talking too fast for me to get anything out of it) and some gallery photos and a trailer.

 

As well as the alternative UK Blind Terror cut in 1080P, running about 1.5 minutes shorter we get 7-minute video piece identifying the minor differences between the two versions. It was filmed as Buff (as in Blind Man's..."), Richard Fleischer's psychological thriller opened in autumn 1971 in several countries. each of which saw one of the two different cuts. There are no significant difference although the editing of the first 40-minute occasionally diverge with each cut containing unique material although the supplements show some different emphasis in shot selected in certain scenes. There is a dozen-minute new interview with actor Norman Eshley - the 72-year old who, also, starred in Orson Welles's The Immortal Story. We also get the alternate Italian opening sequence, an original theatrical trailer plus two image galleries: on-set and promotional photography. The package has a DVD and a limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Chris Fujiwara, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film and is limited to of 3,000 copies.

 

Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

 

Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
See No Evil is a decent thriller film - so many seem to crap all over it comparing it to 1967's Wait Until Dark, with Audrey Hepburn. It, obviously, has similarities but the tone is totally different. The protagonist here really has her trials - and one reviewer called it 'sadistic'. Perhaps I am jaded - Farrow does a great job - you feel her pain and I loved seeing it on Blu-ray. It's over-the-top at times, for sure, that doesn't make it poor or unwatchable. I can see myself revisiting it again - enjoying the, high level of, tension and Fleischer's un-sentimental style. Recommended!

 

Indicator does it again - it trumps the Carlotta edition with the two versions, and superior supplements, a booklet and DVD. It's also Region FREE. The film gets better with repeat viewings (I think you succumb to the plot weaknesses!) Recommended!!       

Gary Tooze

May 3rd, 2017

September 18th, 2017

 

The Carlotta is also available in Coffret Richard Fleischer Blu-ray Boxset with See No Evil, 10 Rillington Place + The New Centurions 




 

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