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Directed by Richard T. Heffron
USA 1976

 

A rancherís sister (Karen Lamm; Thunderbolt and Lightfoot) with big dreams runs away from her Montana home to Los Angeles. However, she is soon abducted and sold to a pimp in a slavery ring and taken in by one of his hookers (Anne Archer; Fatal Attraction, Hero at Large, Green Ice). Her brother, Jim Calhoun (Jim Mitchum, Blackout, Maniac!, Moon Runners) comes to the city to find her, and when the police is not helpful, Jim gets help from a social worker (Cathy Lee Crosby; The Dark, Coach, TVís Thatís Incredible) and a street kid (Erik Estrada, TVís CHiPs, Lightblast, The New Centurions) . They take the law into their own hands in this exciting 1976 action classic directed by Richard T. Heffron (I, the Jury)!

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When his sister Betsy packs up and leaves the family's Montana cattle ranch to find fame and fortune in Hollywood, her brother Jim decides to follow after her to make sure she doesn't get into trouble. He's a little too late, however, since almost as soon as she gets off the bus, Betsy has her belongings stolen, then gets kidnapped, gang-raped, and is sold to a pimp to work for him as a prostitute. It is now up to Jim, with help from social worker Lynn, to rescue his sister and set things right.

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Theatrical Release: May 20th, 1976

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

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Distribution Kino/Scorpion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:38:12.136         
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1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,680,175,421 bytes

Feature: 23,382,786,048 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.22 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1875 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1875 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None
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1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,680,175,421 bytes

Feature: 23,382,786,048 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.22 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

ē Radio Spots (2:35)
ē Theatrical Trailer (2:53)
ē Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase
ē Reversible Art


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 1st, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case Inside O-Card slipcase

Chapters 14

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino/Scorpion Blu-ray (May 2021): Kino/Scorpion have transferred Richard T. Heffron's Trackdown to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Brand New 2K 2020 HD Master". It looks fairly modest on a single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. Probably less-resilient stock used in production and there are plenty of speckles and small marks adding to its worn look. The 1080P image, itself, is mostly softish with instances of improved detail in certain close-ups. It's certainly passable if far from the heights of the format.  

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On their Blu-ray, Kino/Scorpion use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. Some aggression (heavy in the conclusion) that has minor depth and a dramatic score by Charles Bernstein (Invasion of the Bee Girls, White Lightning, Stoney, Cujo, Deadly Friend, Mr. Majestyk) that supports the film reasonably well adding grassroots tension. Kino/Scorpion offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino/Scorpion Blu-ray offers only radio spots and a theatrical trailer but the package itself has a limited edition O-Card slipcase and reversible cover art (see below.)

Moving from a missing person 'abused by the sleazy big city' to a revenge flic, Trackdown has competent direction from Richard T. Heffron (Newman's Law, Futureworld, A Killer in the Family) and while obvious and one-dimensional can still satisfy in terms of watchability. It's lower scale but I watched with interest till the end. Interesting to see past notables; Anne Archer, Erik Estrada and Cathy Lee Crosby. The bare-bones Kino/Scorpion Blu-ray comes in a nice package and will be a decent purchase if you keep your expectations in-check.

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