A Few Words About A few words about...™ 3 Days of the Condor -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

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    3 Days of the Condor is a slick, beautifully crafted (by the late Sydney Pollack) 1975 thriller that has stood the test of time.

    The Paramount Blu-ray places Owen Roizman's cinematography of the New York City area front and center, and its 117 minutes breezes by populated by some of the finest acting talents of the era.

    Everything looks and sounds just right. I'm beginning to smile a bit as, all too often, I see postings on various forums by people seemingly amazed that audio was good and image was in focus "for an old film."

    As an almost 35 year-old production, 3 Days was shot with the newly invented glass optics held in front of the camera, taking the place of the pin-hole used in earlier films. The original audio recordings captured to 42" wax cylinders still exist, archived on one of the lower floors of Paramount's vaults.

    Amazing how remarkably modern some of these antique films can look.

    Great production. Terrific Blu-ray.

    Highly Recommended.

    RAH
     
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    I was laughing so hard reading your post, I nearly wet myself. Thanks, RAH.
     
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    I've ordered a copy. I have not seen it since the 70's.
     
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    Whew- glad to hear I won't have to send this back unopened (unlike a few other things lately).
    Clips of this were on the trailer for the Studio-canal HD DVDs (and it looked like a solid step up from the dvd), and was also released on that format albeit with forced subs. I was mighty tempted to buy it and grin and grit my teeth over the subs, thinking it was highly unlikely to show up here via Parmount. Very happy to be mistaken.
    And yes, that was a very amusing post, Robert.
     
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    Never seen this film but watched the trailer the other day as I've been on a 70's kick lately. Can't wait to see it! Seems to have a pretty passionate group of fans.
     
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    Just watched this blu ray yesterday and although the film is dated naturally for 1975, the theme of government spying is very topical. One of my favorite 70s films.
     
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    Thanks for resurrecting this thread. RAH's comments are hilarious, and I somehow missed purchasing this on blu-ray when it first came out. Just bought it, and now cannot wait to watch it. Great film.
     
  8. Johnny Angell

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    I think what
    While the film is firmly placed in in the 70s, it is not dated. I do like this movie. A month ago I watched it, than watched it again a week later. I don't do that often. Something tells me another viewing is in order. This is one of those movies that leaves me wondering what happened to the characters after the film was over.
     
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    How coincidental. I also watched this film on Blu-ray during this past week. A great favorite and very suspenseful. I had forgotten how it ended, so the ending played wonderfully for today. A crackerjack thriller.
     
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    This is one of the films I own 2 copies of, because I feel the Paramount/Warner version looks better, while the Studio Canal release includes a commentary by Sydney Pollack and has notably different color timing.
     
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    Just bought this the other day based on all great word of mouth. Just watched Downhill Racer, another Redford film & really like that so I'm interested in seeing more of his work.
     
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    I bought it on word of mouth and watched it last week. It's been awhile since I've seen it. Let's see...

    I've kidnapped a woman and leave her tied up in her apartment, come back, free her, and the next thing you know, I'm sleeping with her?

    Yeah, right.
     
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    Yes, I didn't mean dated in terms of the filmmaking but dated by the technology in use. I think it's a brilliant film that still makes you think, hard.
     
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    The 70s were a swinging time...
     
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    It was a chance to see Robert Redford without his shirt.
     
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    Right.

    Absolutely right.

    It was the 1970s. You had to be there.

    Besides, she was an artist.

    An artist who took photographs of places with no people in them.

    Human contact with a dominant male is just what she needed to bring those repressed emotions up.
     
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    When I'm watching the movie I get involved with the characters. When that happens in any movie I'm far less likely to question unlikely plot events.
     
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    I had no idea there was another version out. So the old Warner release has no commentary?Btw wasn't the book five days?
     
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    I think the Studio Canal release is an import while Paramount first released it here in 2009. Since then it's been released again by Warner/Paramount. No there isn't a commentary with the Region 1 releases.
     
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