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Mr. Majestyk

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Overview

MGM has turned out yet another solid catalog DVD with Mr. Majestyk. The video transfer offers both letterboxed and pan-and-scan versions of the film. Both show off Richard Kline's sharp, colorful cinematography with plenty of detail, but the letterboxed version is the best bet because it displays Kline's skillful framing in the way it was intended to be seen. Audio choices are limited to the film's original mono soundtrack, but it's a solid one that dishes out dialogue and effects with plenty of clarity. It also ...
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Overview

MGM has turned out yet another solid catalog DVD with Mr. Majestyk. The video transfer offers both letterboxed and pan-and-scan versions of the film. Both show off Richard Kline's sharp, colorful cinematography with plenty of detail, but the letterboxed version is the best bet because it displays Kline's skillful framing in the way it was intended to be seen. Audio choices are limited to the film's original mono soundtrack, but it's a solid one that dishes out dialogue and effects with plenty of clarity. It also makes effective use of Charles Bernstein's punchy musical score. Beyond that, all Mr. Majestyk has to offer is an amusing trailer that pitches the film as a successor to Billy Jack. Other extras might have been nice, but this disc is reasonably priced and presents its title in a polished style. In short, Mr. Majestyk is a worthwhile disc for action fans and something that Charles Bronson fans will definitely want to add to their video libraries.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English, French and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This darkly witty action tale is one of the best Charles Bronson vehicles from the 1970s. Mr. Majestyk rises above its revenge melodrama roots thanks to a quirky, inspired script by veteran crime novelist Elmore Leonard; he populates the tale with unusual characters (this must be the only action movie with a melon farmer as the hero), packs the plot with plenty of unexpected twists, and works some interesting commentary about labor unions and police corruption into the action. Director Richard Fleischer handles the proceedings with economic style, keeping the action moving at a slick, steady clip, but giving the actors enough room to flesh out their roles. This was a wise choice because the role of Majestyk brings out Bronson's underrated skill for deadpan wit and Al Lettieri is a worthy equal to Bronson, blending machismo and offhand wit to create a menacing yet charismatic antagonist. Paul Koslo also steals a few scenes with an inspired character performance as a sniveling small-time crook who gets caught in the crossfire. All in all, Mr. Majestyk is a tight, nicely understated piece of work that is a must for Bronson fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2003
  • UPC: 027616883087
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,365

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Bronson Vince Majestyk
Al Lettieri Frank Renda
Linda Cristal Nancy Chavez
Lee Purcell Wiley
Paul Koslo Bobby Kopas
Taylor Lacher Gene Lundy
Alejandro Rey Larry Mendoza
Jordan Rhodes Dep. Sheriff Harold Ritchie
Bert Santos Julio
Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Jack Baur Casting
Charles Bernstein Score Composer
Robert Dawson Special Effects
Harold M. Etherington Sound/Sound Designer
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Elmore Leonard Screenwriter
Walter Mirisch Producer
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Philip Rhodes Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/Migrants
2. "Get Off My Land!"
3. False Arrest
4. Famous Hit Man
5. The Hijacking
6. "You Name the Price"
7. Making a Trade
8. That's No Cigarette
9. Obsessed With Revenge
10. "You Want Me as Bait"
11. Not Very Neighborly
12. Picking Majestyk Melons
13. Flirting With Disaster
14. This Is No Accident
15. Tired of Hiding Out
16. The Great Escape
17. Suckered In
18. Trapped Like Rats
19. Running Scared
20. Final Prayer/Credits
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Main Title/Migrants
2. "Get Off My Land!"
3. False Arrest
4. Famous Hit Man
5. The Hijacking
6. "You Name the Price"
7. Making a Trade
8. That's No Cigarette
9. Obsessed With Revenge
10. "You Want Me as Bait"
11. Not Very Neighborly
12. Picking Majestyk Melons
13. Flirting With Disaster
14. This Is No Accident
15. Tired of Hiding Out
16. The Great Escape
17. Suckered In
18. Trapped Like Rats
19. Running Scared
20. Final Prayer/Credits
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play
   Scenes
   Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      None
Side #2 -- Standard
   Play
   Scenes
   Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't mess with the watermelons.

    Charles Bronson gives a powerful performance as Mr. Majestyk. I am a big fan of his work.

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