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Directed by Gerry O'Hara
UK 1967

 

This fast-paced '60s crime caper features a star-studded line-up that includes Gene Barry, Elsa Martinelli, Cyd Charisse, Leslie Phillips and Denholm Elliott. Stylishly directed by Gerry O'Hara, Maroc 7 is presented here as a High Definition restoration from original film elements in its original Panavision aspect ratio.

Simon Grant blackmails glamorous fashion editor Louise Henderson into including him with her entourage to Morocco when he discovers she is searching for a priceless ancient artefact. But when an eccentric archaeologist contact is found dead, Louise attempts to implicate Grant in his murder!

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The lady of a top fashion magazine doubles as a jewel thief and becomes involved in Moroccan intrigue.

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Theatrical Release: March 22nd, 1967

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Review: Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:31:37.833        
Video

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,522,827,245 bytes

Feature: 19,138,940,928 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.81 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, None
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2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,522,827,245 bytes

Feature: 19,138,940,928 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.81 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Theatrical trailer (3:12)
Music Promo (2:45)
Image galleries (1:59, 1:14, 2:55)


Blu-ray Release Date:
September 28th, 2020
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Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Network Blu-ray (September 2020): Network have transferred Gerry O'Hara's Maroc 7 to Blu-ray. It is cited as being a "High Definition restoration from original film elements in its original Panavision aspect ratio". The 1080P is characterized by vibrant colors frequently contrasting the earthy Morocco exteriors. It's on a single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate and looks fine in-motion. The exotic locales, brighter primary, and 60's fashion colors and skinny models abound. Surprisingly strong!

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On their Blu-ray, Network use a linear PCM dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It supports the aggressive effects - gunplay and a score by Kenneth V. Jones (The Projected Man, Psyche 59, Ten Seconds to Hell, Tower of Evil, Tomb of Legeia, The Horse's Mouth) and Paul Ferris' Maroc 7 theme as performed by 'The Shadows'. The track is clean with minor depth - nothing overly dynamic. Network offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Network Blu-ray offers only a theatrical trailer, early music promo by 'The Shadows' and three stills galleries (Behind the Scenes, Portrait and PR.)

Gerry O'Hara's Maroc 7 is going for a James Bond riff and Gene Barry is pretty hunky and cool here. I was struck by the colors and extensive modeling sequences. Cyd Charisse was only 45 and we don't get to marvel at her iconic legs, but there are plenty of sexy gals including Elsa Martinelli (Perversion Story), Alexandra Stewart (Goodbye Emmanuelle), Angela Douglas (Carry On movies and The Avengers TV series), Tracy Reed (bikini-clad in Dr. Strangelove), Maggie London (the uncredited hostess in the elevator in 2001: A Space Odyssey) plus support for the always reliable Leslie Phillips (as a 'baddie') and Denholm Elliott (The Sound Barrier) as a bungling Inspector. Not a bad Brit jewel-heist caper. The Network Blu-ray is their usual - pragmatic package, but a semi-desirable film. For fans of the genre, era and Gene Barry - recommended!

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