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Hot Touch aka "The Hot Touch" [Blu-ray]

 

(Roger Vadim, 1981)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Trans-Atlantic Enterprises

Video: Code Red

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:32:30.586 

Disc Size: 24,464,148,704 bytes

Feature Size: 20,807,749,632 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.64 Mbps

Chapters: 18

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: November 7th, 2017

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1783 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1783 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

Interview with Robert Klein (14:36)
Trailers for:
The Funny Farm (2:02)
Blackout (2:33)
Porno-Leckereien (1:54)
Being Different (1:24)
Kingdom of the Spider (1:54)
Highpoint (1:39)

 

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Description: From Roger Vadim, the director of ...And God Created Woman and Barbarella, comes The Hot Touch, a slick and stylish caper about the fine art of forgery! Wayne Rogers (TV s M*A*S*H) becomes embroiled in a blackmail plan to duplicate valuable paintings lost in World War II, which leads to a web of deceit and romantic intrigue that s much more than meets the eye. Oscar® winner Melvyn Douglas (Being There, The Changeling) appears here in his final role along with a stellar international cast including Marie-France Pisier (Other Side of Midnight), Samantha Eggar (The Collector), Lloyd Bochner (Point Blank) and Patrick Macnee (TV s The Avengers). Catch it while you can!

 

 

The Film:

This caper film is set in the world of art forgery. An accomplished art forger and a businessman have for many years been successful in a company which authenticates paintings before they are auctioned. They are discovered by an art dealer and blackmailed into forging paintings which disappeared in the Second World War. Procedural detail around the act of forgery is exploited for high-rolling glamour. The Hot Touch was the final film appearance of veteran Academy Award winning actor Melvyn Douglas.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

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

The single-layered Code Red Blu-ray of Hot Touch has some inconsistencies in 1080P. Generally the image is strong with depth, true colors and reasonable sharpness.  I noticed no noise or digitization. It is in the, bastardized, 1.78:1 aspect ratio. You can see a few large cue-blips (see sample below) and some damage sprinkled throughout. Neither impacted the image too negatively. This imperfect Blu-ray image easily gets a passing grade - looking surprisingly strong at times.

 

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Damage

 

 

Large Cue Blip

 

 

 

Audio :

Code Red use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1582 kbps (246-bit) in the English language. The score is by André Gagnon There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

Code Red include an interview with producer Robert Klein for 1/4 of an hour. He recalls some details of Hot Touch and is easy and friendly to listen to. There are also 6 trailers of other films.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
I like films about art forgery. My favorite is probably John Badham's Incognito with Jason Patric and Irčne Jacob. There was also a, recent, relatively weak one with John Travolta, that I also liked, entitled The Forger. Strongly recommended is the documentary Beltracchi: The Art of ForgeryHot Touch is not a great flic and it doesn't investigate the forgery angle to my own personal satisfaction. But it is fun... Wayne Rogers is surprisingly very good. It has some heist con tricks and a bit of early 80's appeal - a little sexy.  Some will get a kick out of it. 

Gary Tooze

November 6th, 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 focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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