Farewell, My Lovely (1975) ( Farewell My Lovely ) (Blu-Ray)
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Spain released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Posters, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The first of two Raymond Chandler adaptations starring the mighty Robert Mitchum, Farewell, My Lovely put a capital M (for Marlowe, menace and murder) back in the Los Angeles neo-noir. It's 1941 in the city of angels - the police are corrupt, the hotel rooms are cheap and criminality infuses every transaction. Private detective Philip Marlowe (Mitchum) has been hired by an ex-convict looking for his old girlfriend. He's also investigating the murder of a jewellry-loving client. The two cases start to connect while Marlowe develops an attraction to the married but seductive Helen Grayle (Charlotte Rampling). The body count mounts and it looks like Marlowe is next. Dick Richards' unflinching and deadly serious adaptation (the third) of Chandler's novel glistens with a suitably pulpy sheen courtesy of Chinatown and Scarface cinematographer John A. Alonzo's lens work and David Shire's ice cool score, while Mitchum dominates as the rheumatic, world-weary Marlowe. ...Farewell, My Lovely (1975) ( Farewell My Lovely ) (Blu-Ray)
- Language : English, Spanish
- Director : Dick Richards
- Media Format : Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
- Run time : 95 minutes
- Actors : Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Anthony Zerbe, Harry Dean Stanton
- Subtitles: : Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Divisa Red
- ASIN : B08XP7NPLG
- Number of discs : 1
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But if you have the forties movie with the unlikely Dick Powell surprisingly effective as Marlowe, you really don’t need this.
Mitchum is fine, and so are John Ireland, a slinky Charlotte Rampling as the elusive Velma, Sylvia Miles as drink-addled Jessie Florian, Anthony Zerbe rather wasted in a small role, and scary Kate Murtagh as the brothel madam Frances Amthor ~ a man in the original story.
Jack O’Halloran is massive, lovelorn Moose Malloy. But Mitchum was a big fella, so he hardly towers above him as Mike Mazurki did over Dick Powell, nor is he anything like as compelling as the 1940 Moose.
Crime writer Jim Thompson crops up in a couple of scenes as Rampling’s older husband and Harry Dean Stanton plays a morally dubious cop.
Dick Richards’ direction is adequate to good, and the neon/lit seamy side of L.A. is filmed to good effect. But it’s all rather disjointed, and Mitchum’s rather dry narration becomes intrusive all too quickly.
Not a bad film, worth seeing once.
In a film that oozes atmosphere we follow the world weary Marlowe as he tries to make a difference even though he knows the odds are stacked against him. With his easy going drawl, lugubrious expression, weary demeanour and bags of charm Mitchum commands the screen, especially during his narrating voiceovers, where his voice caresses Chandler's dialogue and so beautifully fits the image of the man you get from reading the books. In fact, when I read the books now it is Mitchum's voice I hear in my head. The film makers do a great job of bringing Marlowe's world to the screen - a seedy world full of corruption and vice during the very early forties. The film really evokes the time and place.
It's a class film. The DVD presentation could be better, the sound on the Carlton Silver Screen release is a disappointing mono which is a little fuzzy and indistinct at times. The picture is in 4:3 aspect (which as others have pointed out here is the correct ratio), and would have benefited from a little restoration with a few scratches, jumps and washed out colours visible. This isn't bad enough to detract from the release though, it would just have been nice to see a proper job being done for such a classic film. 4 stars in total.
DVD was in as good as new condition from a reliable seller. Well packed and arrived on time, well packed for safe delivery.
I love the atmosphere.It isn't hammy like the old Bogart movies and it is true to the feel of Chandler's 1940's LA. Some unnecessary deviations from the original plot, but otherwise,a really good film.
Robert Mitchum is perfect as the big ambling private eye just trying to make a living.