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Directed by Carl Franklin
USA 1995

 

Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), writer-director Carl Franklin’s moody, neo-noir adaptation of Walter Mosley’s acclaimed novel, stars the superb Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins, a laid-off factory worker-turned-private investigator in post-World War II Los Angeles. Easy finds himself in a world of trouble after accepting an apparently simple assignment: find a missing white woman (Jennifer Beals) apparently hiding out in the black juke joints along L.A.’s Central Avenue. Pretty soon, as Easy uncovers a tar pit of corruption, people are turning up dead. The terrific supporting cast includes Tom Sizemore, Don Cheadle (in a career-making performance), Maury Chaykin, Terry Kinney, and Albert Hall.

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Recently fired and desperate to keep up the payments on his beloved home, WWII veteran Easy Rawlins (Washington) is offered a job by the shady Dewitt Albright (Sizemore): to discover the whereabouts of one Daphne Monet (Beals), a politician's fiancée scandalously rumoured to hang out in black bars. Assured that there's nothing illegal involved, Easy accepts. Pretty soon, however, he finds himself suspected of murdering a friend's girl (Carson) and under threat from both the cops and Albright's thuggish henchmen. Reluctantly, he puts in a call to Mouse (Cheadle), an old friend from his native Texas - reluctantly, because while Mouse has guts and loyalty to spare, he's also a volatile psychopath. Franklin's follow-up to One False Move is an impressively complex, polished and intelligent adaptation of Walter Mosley's thriller. It not only shows us an immaculately recreated world hitherto ignored by the movies (the black neighbourhoods of late '40s LA), but locates race, alongside more familiar elements like money and power, as a central motivating force for the various characters' actions. Mercifully, however, Franklin never preaches but allows the racial theme to emerge naturally from story and situation. Everything - the performances, Tak Fujimoto's elegant camerawork, the jazz and blues soundtrack, the snappy script - slots neatly into his overall design. Sheer pleasure.

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Theatrical Release: September 16th, 1995 (Toronto International Film Festival)

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Runtime 1:41:17.905         1:41:18.197  
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Disc Size: 30,561,451,516 bytes

Feature: 28,941,096,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,534,755,484 bytes

Feature: 34,145,160,768 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.83 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 3581 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3581 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2100 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2100 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2769 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2769 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1989 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1989 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3385 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3385 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English (SDH), None English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Twilight Time

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,561,451,516 bytes

Feature: 28,941,096,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Carl Franklin
• Isolated Score Track
• Don Cheadle Screen Test (14:51)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:30)
• Liner notes by Julie Kirgo
Limited to 3,000 Copies!


Blu-ray Release Date:
October, 2015
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,534,755,484 bytes

Feature: 34,145,160,768 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.83 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary with writer and director Carl Franklin (2005)
Dancing with the Devil (2018): archival interview with Franklin, conducted by the Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller at a Noir City screening of Devil in a Blue Dress (22:14)
Don Cheadle Screen Test (1994): videotape footage of the actor auditioning for the role of Mouse, with introduction by Franklin (15:01)
Original theatrical trailer (2:27)
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Keith Harris, an archival interview with Carl Franklin from Positif magazine, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
UK premiere on Blu-ray
Limited edition of 3,000 copies


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 14th, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (December 2020): Indicator have transferred Carl Franklin's Devil in a Blue Dress to Blu-ray in the UK. It is cited as being from a "2K restoration" and I don't see any significant differences from the 2015 Twilight Time 1080P. I might give a slight edge to the Indicator for the higher (max'ed out) video bitrate. It is consistent with fine texture. Kudos also to the lighting, art direction (Dan Webster), set design (Kathryn Peters) and period wardrobe (Sharen Davis) for a moody and authentic atmosphere.

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator advance with more robust options for a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track or a linear PCM 2.0 channel track (24-bit) option in the original English language. There are aggressive effects including punctuating gunfire that separate tightly - with a wonderful jazzy score (listen for T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Duke Ellington, Pee Wee Crayton, Bull Moose Jackson, Thelonious Monk and more) by the iconic Elmer Bernstein's (From the Terrace, The Hallelujah Trail, The Grifters, Birdman of Alcatraz, Love With the Proper Stranger, The Bride at Remagen, The Comancheros, The World of Henry Orient, Kings of the Sun, Hud, To Kill a Mockingbird, Summer and Smoke) score gains benefit from the uncompressed transfer and adds significantly to the film experience. Like Twilight Time, Indicator offer optional English (SDH) subtitles. There disc, however, is a Region 'B'-locked Blu-ray.

The Indicator Blu-ray offers the same commentary by writer-director Carl Franklin who discusses many aspects of the production, story and praise for the performers. It's a very good follow-up to the film. We also get Don Cheadle's screen test footage with an intro by Franklin - also found on the Twilight Time. new is the Dancing with the Devil (2018) - a 22-minute archival interview with Franklin, conducted by the Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller at a Noir City screening of Devil in a Blue Dress. There is also an original theatrical trailer, image gallery: promotional and publicity materials and the package has a limited edition liner notes booklet with a new essay by Keith Harris, an archival interview with Carl Franklin from Positif magazine, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.

Devil in a Blue Dress is a well above average neo-noir mystery/thriller. I loved it - such great art-direction capturing the period and smokey aura. Solid performances and a great story. I wish there were more modern films like this - the new Perry Mason series captures the same L.A. Confidential vibe. The Indicator Blu-ray nudges ahead with the max'ed out transfer, more robust audio, and additional extras including the booklet. It's a film experience directly appealing to those who crave more Noir in their digital library - strongly recommended!

Gary Tooze


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