Feb 042017
 

Wait Until Dark is somewhat of a forgotten gem of a thriller with plenty of Hitchcockian elements and features amazing performances by Audrey Hepburn (who receive an Academy Award nomination), Richard Crenna and, especially, Alan Arkin who is absolutely frightening.

 

 

Wait Until Dark
— Archive Collection —

(1967)

Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller
Warner Archives | NR – 108 min. – $21.99 | January 24, 2017

Date Published: 02/04/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Terence Young
Writer(s): Frederick Knott (play); Robert & Jane-Howard Carrington (screenplay)
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, Jack Weston, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
DISC INFO:
Features:
Featurette, Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 32.4 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


THE MOVIE — 4.0/5


Plot Synopsis: After a flight back home, Sam Hendrix (EFREM ZIMBALIST JR.) returns with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with heroin, and a group of criminals (RICHARD CREENA, JACK WESTON), led by the ruthless Roat (ALAN ARKIN), has followed Hendrix back to his place to retrieve it. When Hendrix leaves for business, the crooks make their move – and find his blind wife, Susy (AUBREY HEPBURN), alone in the apartment. Soon, a life-threatening game begins between Susy and the thugs.

Quick Hit Review: Wait Until Dark is a relatively intense, effective and efficient little thriller from the mid-60s with a fantastic cast and incredible performances, especially from Audrey Hepburn (who received an Academy Award nomination) and a truly scary Alan Arkin playing an intense psychopathic character. Although there are slow parts in the middle, the finale is intense.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5


A Look in the Dark (8:40; SD) is an older featurette with interviews by Alan Arkin and producer Mel Ferrer.

Also included is the Theatrical Trailer (2:36; HD) and Warning Trailer (1:08; SD), aka teaser trailer.

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


Wait Until Dark debuts on Blu-ray through Warner’s Archive Collection presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture quality was decent enough with good detail and colors appear to fairly vibrant while dark levels, for which there’s plenty to judge especially in the finale, looks stark. I didn’t notice anything in regards to artifacts, aliasing or other flaws so it looks like a fine transfer from Warner Archives.

AUDIO – 3.75/5


The disc includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track and for a movie that is either dialogue or score heavy, it does sound fine coming from the front channels. There were no noticeable hisses, pops or other ailments so, like the video, makes for an adequate sounding lossless track.

 


OVERALL – 3.5/5


Overall, Wait Until Dark is somewhat of a forgotten gem of a thriller with plenty of Hitchcockian elements and features amazing performances by Audrey Hepburn (who receive an Academy Award nomination), Richard Crenna and, especially, Alan Arkin who is absolutely frightening. Released through Warner’s Archive’s Collection, this Blu-ray offers good video/audio transfers making it a worthwhile purchase.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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