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Straight on Till Morning [Blu-ray]

 

(Peter Collinson, 1972)

 

 

NOTE: After comparing the Studio Canal UK and DE Blu-rays of Fear in the Night HERE. They are determined to be, essentially, the exact same discs. Same running time to the 1/1000th a second, same bitrate, same image, same audio (with the of a inclusion of a German DUB and optional German subtitles) and same extras - minus the second disc DVD but the 7-Blu-ray Hammer Film Edition has all the other films (The Horror of Frankenstein, Scars of Dracula, Blood from the Mummy's Tomb, Demons of the Mind, Straight on Till Morning, Fear in the Night, and Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde).

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Hammer Studios

Video: Studio Canal (DE)

Disc:

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

Runtime: 1:36:12.808 

Disc Size: 31,405,728,560 bytes

Feature Size: 26,715,442,752 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.99 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Slim Blu-ray case

Release date: January 29th, 2018 / November 23rd, 2017

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1430 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1380 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio German 1432 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1694 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
 

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), German, none

 

Extras:

New Featurette - Dream Lover: Inside Straight on Till Morning (16:02)
Trailer for Straight on Till Morning (3:14)

Trailer for Jigsaw (2:20)

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: British thriller directed by Peter Collinson. Brenda (Rita Tushingham) is a lonely young woman who occupies her time writing children's stories. Feeling that her native Liverpool is holding her back, she moves to London and tries to join the scene there. After finding work at a trendy boutique, Brenda spots handsome stranger Peter (Shane Briant) and kidnaps his dog as an excuse to go and meet him. The pair get on well and Brenda moves in, but it's not long before she finds herself in danger as a number of Peter's dark secrets are revealed. The cast also includes James Bolam, Katya Wyeth and Annie Ross.

 

 

The Film:

Rita Tushingham is wonderful as Brenda, the awkward northern teenager who lies to her mother that she's pregnant so she can run off to London and hunt for a man who will give her the baby she longs for. Unfortunately, though we're only just out of the Swinging Sixties, the men she smiles at hopefully at bus stops and on park benches just don't seem interested in dating her, or even in having casual sex. It's true that she's not pretty, and that her taste in clothes is awful, and that she's socially clueless and quickly surrounded by much more glamorous, sophisticated people, but still her plight is a sorry one. Surely there must be somebody out there who will love her for who she is..? Of course there is. And meeting him is the worst move she'll ever make.

Excerpt from EyeForeFilm located HERE

The film opens like some slice-of-life piece of social-realism — all back-street terraced housing and working class decor as we meet Brenda (Rita Tushingham — The Wee Man), a plain Northern lass who fills her time writing children’s fairy tales which are clearly an escape from the dreariness of her own life rather than the product of an ambition to be an author. To the distress of her mother, Brenda is moving down to London to find a man to be a father to her unborn child. Only her pregnancy is another fairy tale, a shocking excuse to leave home without hurting her mother’s feelings. That might not make much sense to you, but we must assume her mother asked any questions she might have had about the baby’s father before the film began and that those questions weren’t too searching, because she asks none on the eve of her daughter’s departure.

Excerpt from 2020-movie-reviewss located HERE

Tushingham (best known for her award-winning role in A Taste of Honey) is very effective in this role, displaying a wide variety of emotions throughout and so painfully shy and awkward that she wears her hair in her face the majority of the movie. Sure she can be very frustrating and just as perplexing, but that's precisely what this role requires. Briant, with his golden blonde hair, is also very good as the troubled psycho with an angelic, almost androgynous look that fits the part perfectly. Which comes back to all of the Peter Pan references; the title itself, Peter, Wendy and Tinker, etc, alluding back to a man who's essentially still an emotionally stunted little boy.

Excerpt from TheBloodyPitofHorror located HERE

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

Straight on Till Morning - one their string of later Hammer films - gets another impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Studio Canal.  It's in dual-layered territory and has a high bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. It is very textured, with rich, tight colors. The 1080P supports solid detail in the film's many close-ups and is in the original 1.66:1 frame.  It's very clean and there are really no weaknesses with the image. It's very consistent. This Blu-ray offers a wonderful video presentation. 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

The Blu-ray of Straight on Till Morning offers a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1380 kbps (24-bit.). There are minor effects and Tushingham's terrifyingly piercing screams. The score is by Roland Shaw that supports the film well adding atmosphere plus Annie Ross singing the 'theme' Straight On Till Morning. All good. There is an optional German DUB and optional English (see sample) or German subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.

 

Extras :

Studio Canal add a 16-minute featurette; Dream Lover: Inside Straight on Till Morning that has Jonathan Rigby (author of English Gothic), Kevin Lyons (Documentation Editor at the BFI) etc. talking about the film's production history and other details. There is also a trailer for Straight on Till Morning.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Straight on Till Morning is a Hammer deviation from their usual horror niche. I found it a very uncomfortable film and I didn't like it very much. It seemed as if it would have been batter as a black + white kitchen-sink drama - pushing the realism and nix'ing the psycho murderer angle. To each his own. The Studio Canal Blu-ray provides another excellent a/v presentation with a revealing featurette supplement. Hammer fans will see the value in the German boxset - a shade over 7 Euros a film. Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

December 1st, 2017

 

 

NOTE: After comparing the Studio Canal UK and DE Blu-rays of Fear in the Night HERE. They are determined to be, essentially, the exact same discs. Same running time to the 1/1000th a second, same bitrate, same image, same audio (with the of a inclusion of a German DUB and optional German subtitles) and same extras - minus the second disc DVD but the 7-Blu-ray Hammer Film Edition has all the other films (The Horror of Frankenstein, Scars of Dracula, Blood from the Mummy's Tomb, Demons of the Mind, Straight on Till Morning, Fear in the Night, and Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde).

 


 




 

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