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directed by Bryan Forbes
United Kingdom 1966

 

Two warring elderly brothers and their respective heirs are determined that each will outlive the other in an attempt to hold onto the family fortune and will stop at nothing - even murder - to achieve their goal. Bryan Forbes' riotous black comedy, based on the 1889 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, stars some of the greatest talents of the day, including Peter Sellers, Michael Caine, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Tony Hancock, Ralph Richardson, Nanette Newman and John Mills.

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Theatrical Release: 1 July 1966 (UK)

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Runtime 1:45:24 1:45:32.200
Video

1.83:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.32 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,715,847,720 bytes

Feature: 31,281,651,264 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.94 Mbps

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Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Interview:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles none English (SDH), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.83:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: 4 March 2011
Amaray

Chapters 11
 

Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,715,847,720 bytes

Feature: 31,281,651,264 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.94 Mbps

Edition Details:

• The BEHP Interview with Bryan Forbes (1994,1:41:16 mins): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the celebrated filmmaker in conversation with Roy Fowler
• Audio commentary with film historians Josephine Botting(curator at the BFI National Archive) and Vic Pratt (writer FH, produce blu-rays at the Bfi)
• Box of Delights (2018, 20:19 mins): award-winning actor Nanette Newman talks about The Wrong Box and her work with husband Bryan Forbes
• Box Cutting (2018, 09:24 mins): a new interview with assistant editor Willy Kemplen
• Chasing the Cast (2018, 10:15 mins): second assistant director Hugh Harlow recalls his experiences on set
• Original theatrical trailer (03:34)
• Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity ma terial
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Louis Barfe, archival recollections by Bryan Forbes and Michael Caine, an extract from the 1889 Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne source novel, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
• World premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies


Blu-ray Release Date: November 26th, 2018
Black
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

 

 

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Indicator premiere on Blu-ray Bryan Forbes "The Wrong Box" on a dual-layered Blu-ray disc with a completely maxed out bitrate. This High Definition remaster is in the 1.75:1 aspect ratio, showing more information on the top and bottom of the frame, when compared to the previous SD edition. The 1080p HD image is an improvement in every sense. There is more information in the top and bottom of the frame and a sliver less on the sides. Detail is much finer, showing a small amount of grain and revealing more textures within the image. Colors are also significantly deeper and have a rich spectrum of hues. Contrast levels are also stronger on Indicator's Blu-ray, with a strong range of blacks giving the image a more life-like look. Another outstanding transfer from the folks at Indicator.

"The Wrong Box"
Blu-ray includes the film's original Mono Audio, presented here in a 24-bit uncompressed, linear PCM track. This is quite impressive for a mono track, what with all the effects and music throughout the film. Speaking of music, the score here is thanks to the legendary John Barry (Deadfall, The Chase, Midnight Cowboy, Dances With Wolves and the Bond themes among his many credits). There are new and improved English SDH subtitles on this Region Free Blu-ray.

Indicator have loaded this Blu-ray disc with a bunch of extras, starting with a lovely commentary with Film Historians, Josephine Botting and Vic Pratt. Botting is a curator at the BFI National Archive and a self-proclaimed lover of "The Wrong Box". Pratt is a writer, and producer of
Blu-rays also for BFI, and these two are really well-informed, resulting in a commentary full of interesting revelations and factoids. "Brian Forbes Interview" is an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the celebrated filmmaker in conversation with Roy Fowler. This interview plays over the film and lasts till just a few minutes shy of the closing credits. "Box of Delights" is a 20-minute interview with award-winning actor Nanette Newman. Newman discusses her work on the The Wrong Box and her work with husband Bryan Forbes. "Box Cutting" is a 9-minute interview with assistant editor Willy Kemplen. "Chasing the Cast" is a 10-minute interview with second assistant director Hugh Harlow recalling his experiences on set. Also included on this Blu-ray is the film's original theatrical trailer, and an image gallery of promotional photography and publicity material. There is a 36-page booklet with a new essay by Louis Barfe, archival recollections by Bryan Forbes and Michael Caine, an extract from the 1889 Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne source novel, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.

"The Wrong Box" is a rather silly film concerning a tontine (no, not the star wars creature on the planet of Hoth) being established for 20 boys. Though not entirely my cup of tea comedy-wise, the film has a great number of admirers and Indicator have a rather lovely presentation here. Michael Caine is awesome, as usual. This
Blu-ray is recommended to fans.

 - Colin Zavitz

 


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