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Robert Harris

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Rolling Thunder is a 1977 release via AIP. It's a classic example of a Hollywood revenge drama, which holds up moderately well today. It was shot by Jordan Cronenweth, and his work is reproduced nicely via a 4k scan of the OCN in the new Shout Select release.

While I can't speak to the perfection of color and densities, grain structure appears proper, and black levels are helped along by Dolby Vision.

The Blu-ray disc holds all of the extras - some old, some new - creating a quality package.

The initial screenwriter on the project was Paul Schrader, and with minor exceptions, I prefer his harder take on the subject. If you'd like read his draft, it can be found here:



Image – 10 (Dolby Vision)

Audio – 10 (DTS-HD MA 2.0 monaural)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors - Yes

Makes use of and works well in 4k - 7

Upgrade from Blu-ray - Yes

Worth your attention - 6.5

Slipcover rating - n/a

Recommended

RAH



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This is going to be interesting in 4K, as the previous 1080p transfer was plagued with noise and the source wasn't exactly pristine. But the film was shot in a very rough style, with fast, wide open lenses (softer look), very low light levels, and probably Kodak 5247 was heavily pushed or printed up, so I don't expect it to look clean either even if it comes from the OCN.
 

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Disc 2 Blu-ray holds the movie plus the extras. The question is: is the new Blu-ray an upgrade on the old Blu-ray? Thanks!
 

Robert Harris

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This is going to be interesting in 4K, as the previous 1080p transfer was plagued with noise and the source wasn't exactly pristine. But the film was shot in a very rough style, with fast, wide open lenses (softer look), very low light levels, and probably Kodak 5247 was heavily pushed or printed up, so I don't expect it to look clean either even if it comes from the OCN.
The 4k looks fine.
 

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Always good to slow it down when reading at a glance. For a minute there, I had thought that Criterion released an unbeknownst to me 4K of Rolling Thunder Review. Anyway, I also like Rolling Thunder (and even Tropic Thunder), so all is well with the world.
 
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God, the screaming in the theater when this was first released when William Devane's hand met its fate.
My first viewing of this film was at the Lyric on 42nd and yes, the audience was very vocal, enthusiastic and involved, maybe a little too much.

My second viewing was 20+ years later, at the Anthology Film Archives. When that scene arrived, there was total, reverential silence. What a difference a venue makes.
 

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