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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Sudden Terror" or "Eyewitness")

 

Directed by John Hough
UK 1970

 

Pins You to the Edge of Your Seat! Living on the island of Malta, Ziggy (Mark Lester, Crossed Swords) is an 11-year-old boy with an overactive imagination and a habit of telling wild lies. But when he sees the brutal assassination of a visiting African president by two rogue policemen, nobody will believe his story. Can Ziggy convince anybody that he is telling the truth before the psychotic cops are able to hunt down and murder the only eyewitness? This is no ordinary boy-who-cried-wolf story. Legendary director John Hough (Twins of Evil, The Legend of Hell House) packs Sudden Terror with plenty of tense style, stunning locations and startling violence. Susan George (Fright, Straw Dogs, Venom), Lionel Jeffries (The Quatermass Xperiment, First Men in the Moon), Jeremy Kemp (The Blue Max), Peter Vaughan (Game of Thrones), Peter Bowles (The Offence) and Tony Bonner (Quigley Down Under) co-star in this shocking and terrifying suspense-thriller featuring music by legendary British art-rock bands Fairfield Parlour and Van der Graaf Generator. 

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Ziggy (Mark Lester) is the young boy who witnesses the murder of a visiting black official by the police. Much like the boy who cried wolf, Ziggy has been known to stretch the truth and exaggerate. He is unable to convince the adults that he witnessed the killing. The murderous cops are soon on his trail as he hits the road with his sister (Susan George) and her new boyfriend (Tony Bonner). The real police soon follow, after convincing his parents that Ziggy has told the truth for once. The boys grandfather (Lionel Jeffries) is the retired Colonel, a lighthouse keeper and lovable curmudgeon. Jeremy Kemp is the police chief, and the main heavy is played by Peter Vaughan. The boyfriend's car is cornered on a treacherous cliff where the villains try to ram the vehicle to the jagged rocks below.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 1970

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:08.856        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 28,516,286,854 bytes

Feature: 26,156,937,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1558 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1558 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentaries:

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

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

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 28,516,286,854 bytes

Feature: 26,156,937,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Commentary by John Hough, and uncredited-writer/producer Bryan Forbes
Commentary by Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson
Interview with Mark Lester (5:10)
Trailer (3:11)


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 15th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (September 2019): Kino have transferred John Hough's 70's thriller Sudden Terror to Blu-ray via a "Brand New 4K Master". It is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. It has very rough texture for the first 20-minutes but the grain becomes more consistent through the rest of the film. There are a few marks and light scratches but nothing untoward. Overall, it looks very good in-motion with true colors, layered contrast and some infrequent depth.

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (16-bit) in the original English language. There is a lot of action and chase scenes in the film that have some sharp and penetrating sound effects coming through the lossless transfer. There is a rock music in the film by Fairfield Parlour (psychedelic harmony) and the English progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray has supplements. Admittedly, I have not had time to full listen to the two commentaries included on Kino's Blu-ray. I only sampled about 1/4 hour of each. The first is by John Hough, writer/producer Bryan Forbes and we get a second by Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson. There is also a 5-minute interview with Mark Lester where he discuss the films he made in the early 70's and how much he liked Sudden Terror as an action thriller and he said it was quite physically demanding. He jokingly states that Susan George was to old for him and how much fun he had with Lionel Jeffries. There is also a trailer and the reversible sleeve shows the film's other title (see below).

I haven't seen Sudden Terror for at least 25 years but still remember it reasonably well. It's a darn effective 70's Brit thriller. Mark Lester and Susan George are great as is Lionel Jeffries. The two commentaries give further value to this Blu-ray package which showcases a highly entertaining action-flic. Recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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