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(aka " Thomas Crown and Company")

 

Directed by Norman Jewison

USA 1968

 

'Every crime has a personality, something like the mind that planned it' says Vicki Anderson (Faye Dunaway, Network, Chinatown), the sleek insurance investigator trying to figure out the intellect behind a bank robbery so stunning, it has Boston's finest completely baffled. Sophisticated, handsome Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen, The Getaway, Bullitt) has only one worry--what persona he will take on tomorrow. But when the genius rogue pulls off a crime-of-the-century bank heist and finds himself pitted against a nemesis as powerful as he is, his devil-may-care attitude hurls him into an edge-of-your-seat game of intrigue and suspense. The Thomas Crown Affair has all the dazzling personality of the intriguing crime it portrays. The great Norman Jewison (In the Heat of the Night, Rollerball) directed this classic sexy thriller featuring top-notch cinematography by Haskell Wexler (The Conversation) and score by Michel Legrand (Summer of 42)."

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Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) is a self-made Boston millionaire who masterminds a bank heist in hopes of leaving it all behind. Tired of being part of the Establishment, he has hopes of pulling off the caper and flying to Rio. Erwin Weaver (Jack Weston) leads the cast of crooks who never actually meet Crown but manage to pull off the robbery without a hitch. Crown deposits 3 million in a Swiss bank account, pays off the crooks, and waits for the insurance company to repay the bank for the loss. Eddy Malone (Paul Burke) is the savvy detective who helps insurance investigator Vicky Anderson (Faye Dunaway) find the mastermind behind the heist. Thomas Crown Affair became one of the first films to employ many split-screen images throughout its running time, as devised by editor Hal Ashby. Michel Legrand's score was nominated for an Academy Award, and the song "The Windmills Of Your Mind," written by Legrand with Alan and Marilyn Bergman took home the coveted Oscar.

 Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 19th, 1968

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Review: Kino (50th Anniversary Special Edition) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution

Kino
Region
'A' Blu-ray

Runtime

1:42:29.143   

Video

Disc Size: 37,687,017,475 bytes

Feature Size: 28,647,880,704 bytes

Average Bitrate: 33.32 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Bitrate:

 

Kino Blu-ray

 

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1559 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1559 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

 

Disc Size: 37,687,017,475 bytes

Feature Size: 28,647,880,704 bytes

Average Bitrate: 33.32 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• New Interview with director Norman Jewison (19:26)
• Interview with title designer Pablo Ferro (07:39)
• 'Three's A Company' - 1967 on the set featurette with the cast & crew (08:53)
• Audio Commentary by director Norman Jewison
• Audio Commentary with Film Historians Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman
• Original Theatrical Trailer (02:04)

Blu-ray  Release Date: February 13th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters: 8

 

 

Comments

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

Kino's Blu-ray transfer is from a 'Brand New 4K Restoration'! Six years ago MGM did a, far less robust, Blu-ray of The Thomas Crown Affair. This new dual-layered 1080P transfer has a high bitrate. It looks decent but still has some color registration issues. Skin tones are very warm and there is minor bleeding but generally the image is a shade thin but consistent. Detail can be very impressive and I doubt it will look much better on digital.

 

The audio transfer offer a DTS HD Master 2,0 channel - 16-bit - in the original English language. There are some effects with depth but the film is notable for the score by the iconic Michel Legrand (Cleo From 5 to 7, Castle Keep, La Piscine, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Young Girls of Rochefort, A Woman is a Woman, Ice Station Zebra) including, the memorable, The Windmills Of Your Mind sung by Noel Harrison. It carries an embraceable, fun, tone.  The film's thriller aspects are well supported by the lossless audio. Kino add optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray disc.

 

Kino has given us a new revealing interview with director Norman Jewison where the filmmaker discusses the impetus for the film. He also talks about the production and casting of the film. Also provided is an interview with title designer Pablo Ferro which is a fascinating look at his work on creating such a unique title sequence for this film as well as other works including "The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming." 'Three's A Company' is a 1967 featurette with the cast & crew that was filmed on set. There is an audio commentary by director Norman Jewison, which is extremely informative. His recollections of making the film are very in depth and this is a great listen. He explains all the techniques involved in achieving such a unique style. As if that is not enough, Kino has included an audio commentary with film historians Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman. The two have a great rapport and this is a very fun and well-informed track. A trailer rounds out a decent array of supplements.
 

Fans of this film will greatly appreciated this 50th anniversary edition Blu-ray. The 4k sourced transfer improves upon the previous release. For a film that relies so heavily on the photographic image, not enough can be said about the superb HD quality. Any minor imperfections seem to be a result of the original source and age. I didn't find them at all distracting. Highly recommended! 

 - Colin Zavitz

Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


 

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