The Grissom Gang

Overview

Anchor Bay pulls out the stops for the uncomfortable The Grissom Gang. The film is presented in both 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen as well as a cropped pan-and-scan version. The widescreen version suffers from a lack of an anamorphic transfer, and often sports a washed-out look that is sometimes intrusive to the viewing. While the colors and black levels are generally clean and solid, overall Anchor Bay should have put a little more time and effort into this release. The soundtrack is featured in Dolby Digital...
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Overview

Anchor Bay pulls out the stops for the uncomfortable The Grissom Gang. The film is presented in both 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen as well as a cropped pan-and-scan version. The widescreen version suffers from a lack of an anamorphic transfer, and often sports a washed-out look that is sometimes intrusive to the viewing. While the colors and black levels are generally clean and solid, overall Anchor Bay should have put a little more time and effort into this release. The soundtrack is featured in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono in English and is, not surprisingly, very flat and uninspired. Without any directional effects and a lack of fidelity or dynamic range, this sound mix is hovering at about the same level as the video transfer. However, the good news is that the mix is clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. No alternate soundtracks or subtitles are included on this disc. Fans of the film will be disappointed to find not a single solitary extra feature on this disc, making this edition of The Grissom Gang complete bare bones.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1]; Full-frame presentation
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Of all the rural gangster films to come out in the wake of Bonnie and Clyde, this by far is the toughest and darkest. In other words, you have to have a thick skin to appreciate The Grissom Gang, but it offers plenty of rewards for the viewer tough enough to take it on. Leon Griffiths' script avoids romanticizing its subjects, instead hitting the viewer hard with a barrage of stylized brutality and dark humor. Director Robert Aldrich captures the gritty narrative in an inspired comic-book style whose visual hyperbole lives up to the wild storyline, and he also finds surprising moments of tenderness and humanity in this tale in the relationship between Barbara and Slim. The latter element adds a surprising emotional punch that other directors might have overlooked, and this aim is beautifully realized via a pair of excellent performances from Scott Wilson and Kim Darby. Wilson hits the right blend of scariness and vulnerability needed to make Slim a sympathetic villain, and Darby gives a carefully modulated, yet emotionally intense, performance in a difficult role that requires greater subtlety than any of the others. Wilson's and Darby's sterling efforts are nicely backed up by a great supporting cast who offer a variety of stylized turns. The best come from Irene Dailey as the ultimate domineering mother and Robert Lansing as a sardonic detective who turns out to be the film's moral conscience. In the end, The Grissom Gang's unusual mix of action, gallows humor, and tough-guy sentiment isn't for every viewer, but it's well worth a look for crime-movie enthusiasts and anyone interested in Robert Aldrich's finest work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2000
  • UPC: 013131120691
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Darby Barbara Blandish
Scott Wilson Slim Grissom
Tony Musante Eddie Hagen
Irene Dailey Ma Grissom
Robert Lansing Dave Fenner
Connie Stevens Anna Borg
Richard Miller
Wesley Addy John P. Blandish
Joey Faye Doc
Raymond Guth Farmer
Don Keefer Woppy
John Steadman Old Man
Elliott Street Station Boy
Alex Wilson Jerry McGowan
Michael Baseleon Connor
Hal Baylor Chief McLaine
Alvin Hammer Sam
Dotts Johnson Johnny Hutchins
Mort Marshall Heinie
Ralph Waite Mace
Dave Willock Rocky
Matt Clark Bailey
Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director, Producer
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Walter Blake Associate Producer
Richard S. Church Sound/Sound Designer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Leon Griffiths Screenwriter
Malcolm Harding Asst. Director
Norma Koch Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Luciano Editor
William Morrison Asst. Director
Alex Romero Choreography
Frank J. Urioste Editor
James D. Vance Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits/Jewel Heist Gone Bad [6:46]
2. Suspicions Raised [4:12]
3. No Place to Hide [5:28]
4. Love at First Sight [5:41]
5. Meeting Ma Grissom [4:44]
6. A Useful Go-Between [2:25]
7. Saying Bad Things [8:10]
8. Heinie Spills the Beans [2:06]
9. A Million Big Ones [2:38]
10. A Drink for Slim's Girl [5:43]
11. Down at Rocky's Café [5:06]
12. Tying Up Loose Ends [3:23]
13. Eddie the Cad and Savior Slim [14:39]
14. A New Look [5:31]
15. A Real Elegant Place [4:03]
16. Singing at the Speakeasy [2:40]
17. Anna's Big Break [7:42]
18. Blow Up at Johnny Hutchins' Place [4:05]
19. Eddie Makes His Move [5:14]
20. The Grissoms Shoot It Out [8:45]
21. Better Off Dead [3:21]
22. A Lesson in Love [6:59]
23. The Final Chapter (Going Home) [7:18]
24. End Credits [1:01]
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