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“The Detective“
Reviewed by: Wayne A. Klein
Genre: Detective thriller
Video: 2.35:1 Anamorphic widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital 1.0 (mono)
Languages English, Spanish, French
Subtitles English
Length 114 minutes
Rating NR
Release Date 5/24/05
Studio 20th Century Fox
Commentary: None
Documentaries: None
Featurettes: None
Filmography/Biography: None
Interviews: None
Trailers/TV Spots: “Fantastic Voyage”, “Bandolero!”, “Fathom”, “Lady in Cement”, “Mother, Jugs & Speed”, “Tony Roma”, “One Million Years B.C.”, “The Detective”
Alternate/Deleted Scenes: None
Music Video: None
Other: None
Cast and Crew: Frank Sintra, Jack Klugman, Lloyd Bochner, William Windom, Tony Musante, Lee Remick, Ralph Meeker, Robert Duvall, Al Freeman, Jr, Jacqueline Bisset, Pat Henry
Written By: Abby Mann based on the novel by Roderick Thorp
Produced By: Aaron Rosenberg
Directed By: Gordon Douglas
Music: Jerry Goldsmith
The Review:

During the 60’s Frank Sinatra made a series of stinkers. There are a trio of films that stood out from the pack of misbegotten movies he made. The two Tony Rome films “Tony Rome” and “Lady in Cement” based on Marvin Albert’s novels hinted at a possible franchise for the Chairman of the Board. “The Detective” written by Abby Mann (“Kojak”, “Judgment at Nuremberg”, “Ship of Fools”, “King”) from the novel by Roderick Thorpe (author of the novel that was the basis for “Die Hard” and the TV movie “Devlin”) is as hardboiled as the 60’s would allow. Sinatra plays Las Vegas police detective Joe Leland. Leland’s latest case involves the murder of Ted Lightman a wealthy and prominent gay man. Leland must convince the police department that the murder is more than a lover’s quarrel. Featuring a stellar cast, strong performances and sharp direction by Gordon Douglas (who also directed Sinatra in the two Tony Rome films as well as the cult classic “In Like Flint” and “Them!”), “The Detective” may look a bit dated but all the right elements are here and make this genre classic. ---

Image and Sound: There’s no mystery here—Fox has done a solid job in transferring this detective genre classic to DVD. The colors are bright, vivid and there’s little in the way of digital artifacts. There are a significant amount of analog flaws evident here although on the whole, the image is exceptionally crisp and sharp. The blacks are solid throughout. The mono soundtrack comes across with nice clarity. ---
The Extras:

The only extras included are a number of theatrical trailers for a variety of Fox films. There’s a couple here that are howlers while some of the releases are certifiable classics. ---

Commentary: No commentary track which is a pity. Mann’s still around and I’m sure he could provide considerable insight into the film as well as juicy bits of trivia. ---
Final Words: A solid transfer marred only by some analog imperfections, “The Detective” looks pretty decent in its first widescreen presentation for home video. Featuring a great cast and a good screenplay by Abby Mann, “The Detective” has a marvelous cast. The only drawback is the lack of extras.

 

 
 
 
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