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Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (1969/Blu-ray/Fox)


Picture: B†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: B-†††† Film: B-



George Roy Hillís Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (1969) is the kind of hit film that helped 20th Century Fox rebuild their studio in the 1960s and is the funniest of the last set of great Westerns before the genre concluded its original cycle.A Professional Western, it is the original film to poke fun at itself and by the 1980s, commercial action films imitated that aspect of it to death with little of the charm.We previously looked at the film on DVD, which you can read about at this link:





Essentially, this is the same exact material as the DVD, from the video master to the sound master to all the same extras.The advantage of Blu-ray is that you get it all in a smaller case and on one disc.Too bad this does not playback a bit better.


The 1080p MPEG 2 @ 18 MBPS 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is better than the recent DVD, but the cinematography steals every shot it can from Bonnie & Clyde (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and the great Director of Photography Conrad L. Hall simply gives such shots more room, making every situation all the funnier.Composition overall is impressive, but more work needs to be done on this film, originally issued in DeLuxe color.That means no dye-transfer copies, so the negative footage and any other prints are going to be needed to fix this completely.As a back catalog title, though, it is still very good.It could just be better.


The DTS HD Master Audio (MA) lossless 5.1 mix is front heavy and the film was originally monophonic.However, the music is by Burt Bacharach and that includes a sudden narrative break, done irreverently here, for the Bacharach/Hal David hit classic Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head as sung to casual perfection by the underrated B.J. Thomas.It was a #1 hit worldwide.The mix could show off the music a bit more, making one wonder where the music masters are, but purists can hear the original sound in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, which is not anywhere as good.


The great cast also includes Katherine Ross, Henry Jones, Strother Martin, Jeff Corey, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, Ted Cassidy, Donnelly Rhodes and Sam Elliot, but it is the chemistry and remarkable timing of stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford that keep this popular and it is no surprise Fox has made this one of its first back catalog releases.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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