Sidney Pollack was a brilliant filmmaker. He began his directing career in feature films in 1965, with The Slender Thread, after acting, and then directing TV beginning in 1956.
Between 1965 and 2005, he directed almost twenty films, acted and produced others, and left an indelible print upon the film industry.
The Swimmer, Castle Keep, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Jeremiah Johnson, Three Days of the Condor, Absence of Malice, Out of Africa, Tootsie...
You get the point.
His eighth film, produced in 1973 in a brilliant production, knitting together themes that I'll not get into.
I've always remembered the opening sequences, as they reek of three-stip Technicolor. But it's Panavision. It can't be... It's all production design, cinematography (Harry Stradling, Jr.), make-up and set design.
If I didn't know better, I'd swear that I was watching three-strip. Perfection is all about what Mr. Pollack stood for.
I could not be more thrilled that those archivists at Columbia have once again created a perfect HD version of this film. Take a look, and you'll swear you're seeing Technicolor.
Did I mention Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in the leads? Music by Marvin Hamlisch?
Short and sweet. Another perfect Blu-ray release.
Image - 5
Audio - 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
This is one of those films, much a Broadway musical, when someone sitting in front of you, says those dreaded words... "Oh, is that song from this?"
Yes, it is.
This is yet another...
Very Highly Recommended.