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The Slender Thread [Blu-ray]
(Sydney Pollack, 1965)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Athene Productions
Region: All (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 17,914,377,595 bytes
Feature Size: 17,854,064,640 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 16th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 928 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 928 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: Sydney Pollack's feature-film debut deals with a woman, played by Anne Bancroft (The Graduate), who takes an overdose of prescription pills and calls a crisis clinic for help. Sidney Poitier (In the Heat of the Night), plays a college volunteer who tries to keep the suicidal woman on the line while asking the police to trace the call. Stirling Silliphant (The Towering Inferno) wrote the screenplay based upon an actual incident reported in Time Magazine. The Slender Thread boasts a strong supporting cast featuring Telly Savalas, Steven Hill, Ed Asner and Dabney Coleman, with a rousing score by Quincy Jones (The Getaway) and great black-and-white cinematography by Loyal Griggs (Shane).
Set in Seattle's Crisis Clinic, the movie sets up a dramatic situation at the outset with a suicidal woman (Anne Bancroft) calling into the clinic after taking an overdose of barbiturates. Her call is received by Alan Newell (Sidney Poitier), a student volunteer at the center who is majoring in psychology. As the clinic staff races against time to trace the call and rescue the distraught woman, Alan tries to keep her talking and in the process learns of the events leading up to her decision to kill herself. Alternating between flashbacks and the stressful situation at the crisis clinic, The Slender Thread works best as a dramatic showcase for the performances of Anne Bancroft as the suicidal Mrs. Dyson and Sidney Poitier as her lifeline to survival.Excerpt from TCM located HERE
"The Slender Thread," which represents a first production effort
for Stephen Alexander and the movie directorial debut of Sydney Pollack,
who previously has labored in television, was inspired by a factual
story by Mrs. Alexander, a staff writer for Life Magazine. Out of her
case history of one would-be suicide, which dramatized the work of the
clinic established last year, Stirling Silliphant has written a grim
story that may pose questions but one whose decent intent cannot be
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Slender Thread is given the much-deserved Blu-ray treatment from Olive Films. Typically - only single-layered and contrast has a few fluctuations but generally the image is quite strong. Probably only restoration would give this a more robust video quality - I doubt that dual-layering would benefit the visuals extensively. There is some depth exported and film-like textures. The resulting 1080P transferred image is quite pleasing. The Blu-ray and contrast layering improved the presentation over DVD and the end result is a solid presentation. I was extremely happy with my Home theater viewing - Kudos to the film.
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Quincy Jones score sounds wonderfully supportive via the DTS-HD Master mono track at a modest 928 kbps. Moments are surprisingly crisp at times. There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE.
Again, again,. again, no supplements - a truly bare-bones disc for a film that really deserves some discussion or even a commentary.
October 10th, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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