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Directed by John Schlesinger
USA 1975

 

One of the grimmest assessments of Hollywood life during the ’30s, this 1975 drama is adapted from a novel by Nathanael West and tells the tale of a talentless beauty’s desperate struggle to become a star. A deeply insightful work that is powerful in its presentation, staggering in its vision. Director John Schlesinger is masterful in creating a world of platinum blondes, cockfights, glamour and broken dreams. And throughout, he plays on the edge of sexual and physical danger which finally erupts in the shocking climax. Oscar nominations went to Burgess Meredith and cinematographer Conrad Hall.

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Hollywood, 1930s. Tod Hackett, a young painter who tries to make his way as an art director in the lurid world of film industry, gets infatuated with his neighbor Faye Greener, an aspiring actress who prefers the life that Homer Simpson, a lone accountant, can offer her.

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Theatrical Release: June 12th, 1975

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Review: Imprint - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Imprint - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:24:08.681        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,093,263,632 bytes

Feature: 43,285,125,120 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.99 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 3470 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3470 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -31dB

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,093,263,632 bytes

Feature: 43,285,125,120 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW 2020 Video Interview with actor William Atherton (21:44)
NEW 2020 audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine
NEW 2020 video interview “Kim Newman on The Day of the Locust” (20:02)
Teaser Trailer
Theatrical Trailer
Limited Edition slipcase with unique artwork on the first 1500 copies


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 28th, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

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Comments:

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

ADDITION: Imprint Blu-ray (November 2020): Australian label Via Vision continue their new 'Imprint' collection of Blu-ray releases, here showcasing the cult classic "The Day of the Locust '' in its worldwide Blu-ray premiere (and Region 'Free'!) The nearly 2.5-hour film is housed on a dual-layered Blu-ray disc and features a high bitrate. The only notes on this transfer say that it is a 1080p presentation, not sure if this is from the original negative or a 4K transfer but I would be surprised. As Kat Ellinger notes in her superb commentary, John Schlesinger intended the image to be "sheeny, not glossy. (wanted the color to be very well controlled)". The muted palette is on display here and detail is not crisp. There are, what appear to be, artifacts and this may be why the film hasn't been released until now. The film was shot on Technicolor 35mm, though grain seems to be thick and inconsistent from frame to frame. There are occasional instances of minor damage or speckles, though it is not too distracting. It is a shame that the image isn't stronger here, though fans should be glad to finally have this film on Blu-ray. See our expanded captures for a representation of the HD appearance. It's not great.

We are given two audio options to accompany the film, either a 24-bit DTS-HD Master audio in 5.1 surround, or a linear PCM 2.0 stereo track. While the surround contains some moderate and subtle surround effects, I prefer the film in its original 2.0 audio format. The score is thanks to the
iconic John Barry (The Whisperers, Boom, Deadfall, The ChaseMidnight CowboyDances With Wolves, Inside Moves and the Bond themes among his many credits.)  There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on this Region 'Free' Blu-ray from Imprint.

Imprint starts off the extras with an all new commentary from Kat Ellinger. Ellinger discusses "The Day of the Locust'''s negative box office reception, and subsequent cult status. Ellinger's theory is that 1975 audiences weren't ready for this type of Hollywood expose, more akin to Kenneth Anger's 'Hollywood Babylon' than the sort of ubiquitous glossy, surface-level utopian depictions. The film historian goes on to speak of the film's gothic themes, as well as the various A-level talent involved. I was particularly amused at a story of Schlesinger screening Bertolucci's "The Conformist" for his cinematographer before shooting. Ellinger also mentions the film's various similarities and differences to the source novel. Speaking of the source novel, “Kim Newman on The Day of the Locust'' is a 20-minute piece with critic Newman, discussing the writings of Nathaniel West (in Hollywood and elsewhere). Newman goes on to discuss more aspects of the film, and I recommend watching more as his interviews are always worth checking out. Also new here is a 22-minute interview with the film's star William Atherton. Director Schlesinger had a knack for discovering unknown talent, and Atherton is no exception. There is also a limited edition slipcase with unique artwork on the first 1500 copies. Inside the slipcase is a clamshell case with reversible artwork.

Fans of "The Day of the Locust" can finally enjoy the film on
Blu-ray thanks to Australian label Via Vision (Imprint). It's the extras make this very appealing, with yet another stellar commentary from Kat Ellinger, as well as an informative and well-produced piece with Kim Newman, not to mention that interview with Atherton. While the Blu-ray image is less effectual in this format, it is really a function of the available, and utilized, source as well as the filmmaker's preference. Not everything transfers well to Blu-ray. The linear PCM stereo audio, however, is appreciated. Recommended on the strength of the film, itself, and the wonderful supplements.

Colin Zavitz

 


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