Mar 122014
 

Conrack is an uplifting drama featuring a different kind of performance from (1970s) Jon Voight and also has some solid work from the supporting roles. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time offers up good audio and video transfers while the bonus features are limited but the commentary track is well worth checking out.

 

 

 

Conrack
(1974)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

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

Genre(s): Drama
Twilight Time | PG – 106 min. – $29.95 | March 11, 2014

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Martin Ritt
Writer(s): Pat Conroy (novel); Irving Ravetch & Harriett Frank Jr. (screenplay)
Cast: Jon Voight, Paul Winfield, Hume Cronyn

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

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: NA
Disc Size: 31.0 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


THE MOVIE

Plot Outline: Martin Ritt directs and Jon Voight stars in Conrack, based on Pat Conroy’s memoir about his difficult if uplifting days as a teacher on a remote island off the coast of South Carolina. The idealistic young Conroy (VOIGHT) finds a largely illiterate population of black children, ill-equipped for life in the outside world, he determines to help them, combining love, energy, and sheer imagination in an extraordinary effort to pique their beginning interest in life off-island. A classic tale of pedagogical rescue, gorgeously photographed by John A. Alonzo, and featuring a score by John Williams.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.0/5

This bonus material is pretty limited with only an Audio Commentary by Film Historians Paul Seydor and Nick Redman (who is a staple on the TT commentaries), an Isolated Score Track and the Theatrical Trailer (2:41; SD).

There’s also a nice 6-page essay booklet.


VIDEO – 3.5/5

Twilight Time releases Conrack onto Blu-ray presented in its original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and a fine looking 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture isn’t amazing nor does it really pop off the screen, but it appears to be clear and fairly sharp. I did notice a couple dust marks but nothing substantial or distracting.

AUDIO – 3.75/5

The disc includes a DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track which effectively conveys clear dialogue with other elements, albeit limited, staying pretty flat. Still, it’s a solid upgrade over the DVD release.



OVERALL – 3.5/5

Overall, Conrack is an uplifting drama featuring a different kind of performance from (1970s) Jon Voight and also has some solid work from the supporting roles. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time offers up good audio and video transfers while the bonus features are limited but the commentary track is well worth checking out.

 

Published: 03/12/2014

 

 

 

 

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

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