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Directed by Clint Eastwood
USA 1975

 

From Clint Eastwood, the legendary director of Play Misty for Me, High Plains Drifter, Firefox, Gran Torino and Sully, comes this international espionage thriller set in the Swiss Alps. Jonathan Hemlock (Eastwood) is a retired professional assassin who has adapted a calmer lifestyle with a pursuit of art collecting. When a close friend is murdered, Hemlock is suddenly forced out of retirement to hunt the deadly double agent that killed his comrade. The search takes him on a breathtaking journey up the Swiss Alps with a team of mountain climbers, one of which is an unidentified. target. Co-starring George Kennedy (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot), The Eiger Sanction features some of the most exciting mountain-climbing sequences ever captured on film. Two of the film’s best features are the terrific on-location photography by Frank Stanley (Magnum Force) and the hauntingly beautiful score by the great John Williams (Jaws).

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A classical art professor and collector, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend.

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Theatrical Release: October 21st, 1975

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:09:21.211        
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2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,854,126,768 bytes

Feature: 38,528,335,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.94 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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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1556 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1556 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English, None
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Kino

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,854,126,768 bytes

Feature: 38,528,335,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Film Critic Nick Pinkerton
NEW Interview with Actor Reiner Schöne (13:15)
Archival Interview with Actress Heidi Brühl (9:26)
Vintage 8-Minute Promotional Reel in HD (8:19)
Theatrical Trailer in HD (2:50)
4 TV Spots in HD (2:16)
5 Radio Spots (2:45)
Poster and Image Gallery (7:11)
Reversible Art
Limited Edition Slipcase


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 10th, 2020
Standard Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (November 2020): Kino have transferred Clint Eastwood's The Eiger Sanction to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Brand New 2K Master". There isn't much to say about the image - like the other 'Special Edition' Clint Eastwood films being released on Blu-ray by Kino (Play Misty For Me, Joe Kidd, Two Mules for Sister Sara, High Plains Drifter, The Beguiled) the image quality is very strong; consistent, true colors, depth, solid detail etc. The 1080P looks great - notably sequences from Zion National Park, Utah, Monument Valley, Arizona, Zürich, Kanton Zürich, Eiger, Bernese Alps, Switzerland.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (16-bit) in the original English language. There are outdoorsy effects (wind) and a score by accomplished composer John Williams (The Secret Ways, The Rare Breed, The Missouri Breaks, War Horse, The Fury, Images, Sleepers, The Cowboys, Conrack, 1979's Dracula) that Nick Pinkerton, in the commentary, describes as occasionally Jazz trumpet backed by guitar, the recurring theme with electric guitar backed by pizzicato double bass and vibraphone etc.). It sounds very strong via the lossless transfer. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Nick Pinkerton. His writing has appeared in Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Artforum, Reverse Shot, 4Columns, Harper’s, the Baffler, and the Village Voice, among other publications. He is nonstop covering details of the production, cast and crew and extraneous work they have done, a lot on Clint's career etc. Plenty of value, reminding me of his commentary on the Kino Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Blu-ray. There is also a new 1/4 hour interview with actor Reiner Schöne ('Freytag' in The Eiger Sanction) and his recollections of the production hurdles and his role. There is a 10-minute archival interview with actress Heidi Brühl ('Mrs. Montaigne') in Italian from the reporter (English subtitles) although she is answering in English. Kino include a promotional Reel in HD running over 8-minutes that has some historical value. There is a theatrical trailer and 4 TV Spots in HD, plus, 5 Radio Spots, a Poster and Image Gallery and the package has reversible art (see below) and a limited edition slipcase.

Clint Eastwood's The Eiger Sanction is not his best film but amusingly has the protagonist as a jack-of-all-trades hero; professor, assassin/spy, art collector, mountain climber, irresistible to women etc.. It's fun with some great scenery and action. The Kino Blu-ray is at their usual high level with the a/v presentation, commentary and other supplements. Clint Eastwood fans should strongly consider indulging.

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