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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Ship of Fools")

 

directed by Stanley Kramer

USA 1965

 

When an eclectic group of passengers boards a cruise ship bound for prewar Germany, they form a microcosm of 1930s society. One passenger, a mysterious countess (Simone Signoret), is headed for a German prison camp. The charming Dr. Schumann (Oskar Werner) harbors a debilitating heart condition. Then there's American divorcée Mary Treadwell (Vivien Leigh), who vainly attempts to outrun time itself. During their weeks at sea, the group forges bonds and rivalries, and unearths secrets

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Stanley Kramer's star-studded, Oscar®-winning adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's novel about passengers aboard an ocean liner bound to Germany from Mexico in 1933 forms a potent allegory of a world drifting inexorably towards war. With its incredible cast, including Vivien Leigh (in her last screen role), Simone Signoret, Lee Marvin, George Segal, Oskar Werner and Jose Ferrer, Ship of Fools is a powerful drama and a compelling viewing experience. It remains one of the finest ensemble pieces of the period.

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Theatrical Release: July 29th, 1965

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Review: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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The Indicator is also available on Blu-ray in the US on March 9th, 2018:

 

 

and the film was previously available in a double feature from Mill Creek, on Blu-ray:

 

 

Distribution

Indicator

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 2:29:33.089
Video

Disc Size: 46,031,299,356 bytes

Feature Size: 38,286,236,160 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.01 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate

Audio

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

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

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

 

Disc Size: 46,031,299,356 bytes

Feature Size: 38,286,236,160 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.01 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
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Audio commentary with Nick Redman, Lem Dobbs and Julie Kirgo
• Karen Kramer Introduction (2007, 1:51)
• On Board the Ship of Fools (2007, 28:01)
• Voyage on a Soundstage (2007, 10:51)
• Original theatrical trailer (3:38)
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies


Blu-ray Release Date: February 26th, 2018
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

Comments

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

Indicator's Blu-ray is 1080P with a high bitrate and is rich with grain textures. It looks quite strong in this transfer. Contrast is excellent and the film has a natural softness never appearing glossy or sharpened. I think this Blu-ray provides a very film-like presentation with no heavy marks or speckles. It's at Indicator's usual high standards. No issues except some may find it excessively grainy - I didn't.

 

The audio is transferred via the option of  linear PCM 1.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English. The film doesn't require much in the way of aggression or separation as it is primarily dialogue driven with one extravagant dancing sequences (Tango Tudescu).  A solid score by Ernest Gold (Judgment at Nuremeberg, Cross of Iron, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, On the Beach, The Secret of Santa Vittoria) and it seems to benefit from the uncompressed rendering sounding gentle but notable carrying the film's moods with subtle precision. Indicator add optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray disc.

 

We are treated to an audio commentary with Nick Redman, Lem Dobbs and Julie Kirgo discussing the many facets of the film, the Katherine Anne Porter novel and the many stars as well as director Kramer. It's, as always from this group, enjoyable and enlightening. There are also extras from the 2007 DVD including a brief introduction by Karen Kramer, On Board the Ship of Fools running 28-minutes plus the 10-minute Voyage on a Soundstage. There is also an original theatrical trailer and an image gallery of on-set and promotional photography, and the package contains a limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film. It is limited to 3,000 copies.

 

Ship of Fools can overtly showcase a glimpse of prevalent attitudes of the 1930's upper class utilizing Kramer's effective style. It has an amazing cast with Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, Lee Marvin, George Segal, Oskar Werner and Jose Ferrer, Elizabeth Ashley, José Greco, BarBara Luna and others. It doesn't pull any punches either being very forward yet leaving some themes more introspective that blatantly forced. Much to contemplate. The Indicator is a wonderful Blu-ray package giving a stellar HD presentation and a refreshing commentary and liner notes booklet. Absolutely recommended! 

 - Gary Tooze


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Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

 

The Indicator is also available on Blu-ray in the US on March 9th, 2018:

 

 

and the film was previously available in a double feature from Mill Creek, on Blu-ray:

 

 

Distribution

Indicator

Region FREE - Blu-ray

 



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