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Directed by Leo Penn
USA 1966

 

Legendary entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. (Anna Lucasta) headlines a star-studded cast including Louis Armstrong (Paris Blues), Ossie Davis (Jungle Fever), Cicely Tyson (Bustin’ Loose), Mel Tormé (The Big Operator) and fellow Rat Pack member Peter Lawford (Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell) in this powerful drama about a jazz musician who “has it all”—love, friendship and fame—but whose tormented past threatens to destroy him and his career. Beautifully shot in stunning black-and-white by Jack Priestley (The Midnight Man) and wonderfully directed by veteran television director Leo Penn (Judgment in Berlin).

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A guilt-ridden jazz trumpeter blames himself for a car accident that killed his family.

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Theatrical Release: August 3rd, 1966

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Coming to the UK from Studio Canal, on Blu-ray in August 2021:

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:44:05.238        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,587,065,701 bytes

Feature: 32,621,690,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.92 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 1554 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1554 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

 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,587,065,701 bytes

Feature: 32,621,690,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Sergio Mims


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 2nd, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (January 2021): Kino have transferred Leo Penn's A Man Called Adam to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Brand New 4K Master". The image quality, on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate looks excellent with a slight deviation at around 19-miniutes (see below) where, for about one scene the quality drops - looking like, possibly, a compromised source issue. Other than that the 1080P presentation in very strong, great contrast, detail and minor texture in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. Plenty of great jazz in the film with a score by Benny Carter (Too Late Blues), and All That Jazz sung at a party by Mel Tormé and played over the credits by trumpeter Nathaniel Adderly (dubbing for most of the trumpeting in the film), I Want To Be Wanted sung by Sammy Davis Jr., Someday Sweetheart sung by Louis Armstrong etc. The audio is likewise strong and the music is great in the lossless. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by film historian and critic Sergio Mims (second assistant director on the later Blaxploitation film Penitentiary). He talks about many of the performers in the film; Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Armstrong, Ossie Davis, the gorgeous Cicely Tyson, Frank Sinatra Jr., Mel Tormé, Peter Lawford, Lola Falana etc. He provides some history to the production and he covers a lot of ground. There are also 2 trailers included but none for the feature film.  

Leo Penn's A Man Called Adam has  Sammy Davis Jr. playing a real nasty, unsettled, character. A talented, self-destructive musician but misunderstood and generally distancing the people who care about him as he abuses alcohol. There is an obvious racial-tension theme but the jazz may be the bigger draw in the film.S ammy Davis Jr. is excellent - kind of a divo (male diva) but he sells his part with gusto and realism - no one really like him. I enjoyed A Man Called Adam very much - especially seeing Louis Armstrong and Mel Tormé - both brief roles. The Kino Blu-ray. provides a fine presentation and has the commentary to add value. Recommended to jazz, and Sammy D., fans.

Gary Tooze

 


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