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  • Actors: Bobby Darin
  • Directors: John CASSAVETES
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2014
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I5RW36Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,325 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Synopsis: The supreme master John Cassavetes followed up his earth-shaking 1959 debut Shadows with this, his first directorial effort for a major studio. Positioned somewhere between Cassavetes' ferocious independent productions and the Hollywood fare of the early 1960s, Too Late Blues represents a glimpse at a road not taken neither by the director himself, nor by mainstream American cinema in the era of the studio system's collapse - a parallel-universe of the movies that never came to pass... except in rare instances such as Too Late Blues.

Legendary American singer Bobby Darin (of "Beyond the Sea" fame) plays the leader of a jazz band whose peripatetic performances ultimately lead him to cross paths with a singer (Stella Stevens, later of Jerry Lewis's The Nutty Professor) with whom he falls in love. Drama ensues when Darin's masculinity is thrown into question following a violent brawl, and the film lurches towards its gripping conclusion.

The critic Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote that Cassavetes' film is a portrait of "the self-laceration and other forms of emotional brought about when a footloose jazz musician decides to sell out and go commercial, " that it "has moments that are indelible and heartbreaking, " and that "if you care a lot about Cassavetes, you should definitely see this. " The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present John Cassavetes' Too Late Blues for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK.

SPECIAL FEATURES-
  • Gorgeous high-definition 1080p presentation on the Blu-ray, progressive encode on the DVD
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • New and exclusive video discussion of the film by critic David Cairns
  • 52-PAGE BOOKLET featuring a new essay by critic and scholar David Sterritt, a 1961 interview profile with John Cassavetes, an excerpt from composer David Raksin s autobiography, and a 2007 interview with actor Stella Stevens.

Review

One of the more impressive Hollywood movies to be set in the hip, flip jazz world --Time Out

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Alexandre on 10 May 2014
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For me, the best Cassavetes outside of academical critics' choice forever citing "Shadows", "A Woman Under the
Influence" or "Faces"... and a fairly unknown one, very close to what he was playing himself in atmosphere, in his TV series of Jazz Detective : "Johnny Staccato" using a lot of the same cast. Stella Stevens, belying Cassavetes' love of stellar blondes in a smoky, party, Jazzy, Noir atmosphere, is absolutely gorgeous and this may be her best movies. The Bongo Beatin' Beatnik Jazz Music is the real star, however, using one of early Teen Rock'n'Roll's idols, Bobby Darin in a kinda counter-role in the opponing Adult Jazz scene.
The image is well digitalised. Only sore point is that there isn't any bonus to set the scene in a historical context : downtown New York Jazz clubs in the late Fifties... or adding to the mood with a shortie or what.
Reccomended for Cassavetes fans!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
An uncompromising jazz musician (Bobby Darin) holds firmly to his artistic convictions not to sell out for money and fame. But when he falls in love with a sad and wounded wannabe singer (Stella Stevens), he feels humiliated and ashamed when he can't physically defend her from a drunken thug (Vince Edwards) and he turns against her and his bandmates. After the critical success of his indie film SHADOWS (which won the Critics award at the Venice film festival) in 1959, director John Cassavetes second directorial effort was for a major studio, Paramount. Yet it doesn't have the feel of a slick Hollywood studio movie, it feels improvisatory and spontaneous (Cassavetes co-wrote the script) while retaining an authentic jazz milieu. Only the ending feels like a mainstream Hollywood film but I don't know if it was Cassavetes' idea or a compromise. The acting is excellent with both Darin and Stevens showing great potential that was never fully realized in either's acting career. Stevens, in particular, seems a major actress about to bloom. The nicely rendered B&W photography is by Lionel Lindon (MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE) and the minimal underscore by David Raksin (LAURA). Fine supporting work by Everett Chambers as Darin's mean spirited and spiteful agent, Cliff Carnell, Seymour Cassel, Nick Dennis, Rupert Crosse and Marilyn Clark as rich matron who makes Darin her gigolo.

The Olive Region 1 DVD is a crisp B&W transfer in an anamorphic 1.85 aspect ratio.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pauly on 30 Aug. 2014
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A strange film for its time when first released and I heard so much about it through the years I decided to order it on its Blu-ray release.I am not disappointed as this is a cracking film with an incredible performance by Bobby Darin and also Stella Stevens.She says in the interview enclosed in the booklet this was one of her favourite performances and Im not surprised Highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pegleg on 16 Oct. 2014
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An early masterpiece from the late great Bobby Darin
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Rowling on 23 Jan. 2015
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Excellent thank you!
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