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Point Blank (BD)
Two years after he is double-crossed and left for dead by his dirty partner, gangster Lee Marvin seeks deadly revenge. This action-packed thriller stars Oscar-winner Marvin ("Cat Ballou," "The Dirty Dozen"), Angie Dickinson ("Dressed to Kill," TV's "Police Woman"), Emmy-winner Carroll O'Connor (TV's "All in the Family," "In the Heat of the Night"), and Keenan Wynn ("Mary Poppins," "Dr. Strangelove"). Directed by Academy Award-nominee John Boorman ("Deliverance," "Hope and Glory"). Produced by Oscar-winner Robert Chartoff ("Rocky," "Raging Bull").]]>
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Frankly the story is incidental and not worth summarising or even paying much attention to. The cinematic style of it is what makes it so riveting both then and now - an excellent psychedelic time-capsule of late `60s LA punctuated by stunning performances from the likes of Marvin, Dickinson and others.
The DVD was a huge let-down when released. Despite the accolades that it had at the time, it had a "watery" non-filmic quality which made it dull and tiresome to watch even once. Without capturing the garish color and mind-bending trippiness of the film, you were reduced to following the plot which, like I said, is the least interesting aspect of it.
The Blu-Ray is MILES superior to the DVD. The integrity of every component in this movie that I've discussed above is perfectly captured; the emotional power of it is all there in bucketloads. The colors are strong and vivid and in true Blu-ray style you notice subtleties that you hadn't noticed before (e.g. the green chairs in the corporate offices, Angie Dickinson's expression after the "what's my last name" exchange).
The overall quality is very filmic (no DNR etc) and good grain where appropriate. It looks like a strong 35 mm print that has been run a few times but has plenty of life left. So no Criterion day-it-was-released look but more than satisfactory. Ideally, I would like Criterion to get hold of this as I think they would clearly be able to make an improvement but this is a minor quibble.
For fans of `60s cinema and experimental film-making, this Blu-Ray edition will thoroughly satisfy. I no longer feel the need to see this in a movie house anymore unless there's a full restoration of the original 35mm print (which does happen from time to time)
One of my favorite moments in the film takes place in a club where one of the most violent fights in the movie takes place against a movie back screen with the sounds of a screaming singer. It's probably a scene that will stick in the back of your mind for quite some time.
The best part of this film, for me, was the inclusion of Caroll O'Connor. His appearance comes at the end of the film, it's only brief, but highly enjoyable to watch.
The Blu-ray transfer is quite good. This is a Warner release, so you know that quite a bit of effort was put into cleaning up the presentation. Colors are strikingly vivid. There is a good amount of detail in the picture, with the exception of some of the darker scenes. However, it's quite astonishing to see how well the dark scenes look. I can imagine if not for the 1080p transfer, they would look very muddy.
This is just a terrific film that I can see myself watching over and over again. Highly recommended purchase.