Feb 142014
 

Twilight Time’s release of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, a long ignored title within the MGM catalogue line, is a fun flick featuring excellent performances from Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges set against the beautifully photographed backdrop of the Midwest. The Blu-ray offers up good video/audio transfers, both certain upgrades over their DVD counterpart, but the features are limited.

 

 

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
(1974)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Crime
Twilight Time | R – 114 min. – $29.95 | February 11, 2014

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Michael Cimino
Writer(s): Michael Cimino (written by)
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy

DISC INFO:
Features:
Commentary, Theatrical Trailer, Isolated Score Track
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: NA
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


PLOT SUMMARY

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot marked the directing debut of screenwriter Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter, Heaven’s Gates), working under the meticulous guidance of star/producer Clint Eastwood. Eastwood plays a typically laconic loner, a big-time thief in hiding who hooks up with a goofy young drifter (JEFF BRIDGES who earned an Academy Award nomination). First attempting to escape from a couple of vengeful former partners (GEORGE KENNEDY, GEOFFREY LEWIS), then joining forces with them to pull off a risky robbery.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.75/5

The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time includes a 6-page booklet with an essay and on the disc is an informational Audio Commentary by Film Historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman, the Original Theatrical Trailer (1:58; SD) and the Isolated Score Track where you can appreciate Dee Barton’s music.


VIDEO – 4.5/5

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot speeds onto Blu-ray from Twilight Time shown with a 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer (AVC codec). The picture here is actually quite impressive where it’s relatively clean, with some minor dust marks and spots, and colors have a nice punch to them and detail levels are sharp and well defined.

AUDIO – 3.5/5

The DTS-HD MA Mono track isn’t anything special yet considering all of the elements are coming directly from the center channel, I found dialogue to be clear and the action scenes provide some depth though it is of course limited.



OVERALL – 3.25/5

Overall, Twilight Time’s release of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, a long ignored title within the MGM catalogue line, is a fun flick featuring excellent performances from Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges set against the beautifully photographed backdrop of the Midwest. The Blu-ray offers up good video/audio transfers, both certain upgrades over their DVD counterpart, but the features are limited.

 

Published: 02/14/2014

 

 

 

 

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

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