The Big Sleep

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With Robert Mitchum cast perfectly as detective Philip Marlowe in the winning 1975 version of Farewell, My Lovely, an adaptation of another Raymond Chandler detective novel seemed like a sure bet. Unfortunately, this Artisan Home Entertainment DVD release shows that lightning didn't strike twice with The Big Sleep. While the movie itself is rather anemic, placing the action in modern England instead of old Los Angeles, this shoddy DVD makes a perfectly okay movie much worse. Really no more than an expensive ...
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With Robert Mitchum cast perfectly as detective Philip Marlowe in the winning 1975 version of Farewell, My Lovely, an adaptation of another Raymond Chandler detective novel seemed like a sure bet. Unfortunately, this Artisan Home Entertainment DVD release shows that lightning didn't strike twice with The Big Sleep. While the movie itself is rather anemic, placing the action in modern England instead of old Los Angeles, this shoddy DVD makes a perfectly okay movie much worse. Really no more than an expensive alternative to the video, the DVD shows the movie in the full screen pan-and-scan format instead of the theatrical widescreen aspect ratio and the sound mix is poor and muddy. While The Big Sleep is light years from being the classic movie that the earlier Howard Hawks version was, the film still deserves more than what this Artisan DVD gives it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • UPC: 013023053892
  • Original Release: 1978
  • Rating:

  • Source: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Philip Marlowe
Sarah Miles Charlotte Sternwood
Sarah Padden
Richard Boone Lash Canino
Candy Clark Camilla Sternwood
Joan Collins Agnes Lozelle
Edward Fox Joe Brody
John Mills Insp. Jim Carson
James Stewart Gen. Guy Stemwood
Oliver Reed Eddie Mars
Harry Andrews Vincent Norris
Colin Blakely Harry Jones
Richard Todd Commander Barker
Diana Quick Mona Mars
James Donald Inspector Gregory
John Justin Arthur Geiger
Simon Turner Karl Lundgren
Martin Potter Owen Taylor
David Savile Rusty Regan
Dudley Sutton Lanny
Nik Forster Croupier
Joe Ritchie Taxi Driver
Patrick Durkin Reg
Derek Deadman Customer in Bookshop
Don Henderson Lou
Tom Laughlin Lou
Technical Credits
Michael Winner Director, Producer, Adaptation, Screenwriter
Michael Dryhurst Asst. Director
Jerry Fielding Score Composer
John Graysmark Art Director
Elliott Kastner Producer
Richard Mills Makeup
Robert Paynter Cinematographer
Harry Pottle Production Designer, Producer
Ronnie Taylor Camera Operator
Bernard Williams Associate Producer
Frederick Wilson Editor
Ron Beck Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Bick Producer
Hugh Strain Sound/Sound Designer
Clifton Brandon Production Manager
Maude Spector Casting
Brian Marshall Sound/Sound Designer
Freddie Wilson Editor
Raymond Chandler Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Opening Credits [2:55]
2. Ten Million Pounds [2:21]
3. The General [5:36]
4. Rare Books [6:16]
5. Photo Shoot [5:24]
6. The General's Bentley [2:56]
7. Second Inquiry [3:06]
8. Blackmailed Again [3:23]
9. Scene of the Crime [3:35]
10. Joe Brody's Flat [5:20]
11. The Wrong Target [5:34]
12. Unexpected Visitors [5:34]
13. The Casino [7:44]
14. The Working Detective [3:57]
15. Camilla Pays a Visit [1:57]
16. The Informant [4:52]
17. Death in Silhouette [4:47]
18. Blowout [2:59]
19. Hideout [2:53]
20. Shootout [4:47]
21. The General's Appeal [3:53]
22. The Ruins [1:27]
23. The Truth [5:34]
24. End Credits [2:34]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    going thru the motions worsened by chopping the asspect ratio

    as much as i wanted to buy this film i regret it since it was ruined by the studio having the nerve to chop off the sides & destroy the visual impact & intent of the director. what a slap to the actors who gathered to walk thru this plot, sort of like john wayne's last movie. hats off to james stewart, robert mitchum et al who tried to pull it off but rent this one instead to show the studios they can't make $ on releasing inferior products which do not represent the film content

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    Posted August 9, 2010

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