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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caine Plays a Great Gangster
Among English movies, 1971's "Get Carter" is always cited as near the top noir/gangster/crime movies ever made. It was based on Ted Lewis's ferocious book Jack's Return Home, which I understand was based on a true crime; was adapted for the screen and directed by the British Mike Hodges, who's got a gift for this kind of thing. The British best people the cast: Michael...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A truly Iconic British Film Gets A Very Poor Blu Ray Treatment
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Newcastle 1970.London hard man Jack Carter(a career best turn from Michael Caine)returns to the place of his birth to bury his brother Frank and find out who killed him even though everyone,including his own bosses, are determined to put Frank's death under the category of unfortunate accident.Jack declines all offers and entreaties to...
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A truly Iconic British Film Gets A Very Poor Blu Ray Treatment, 5 May 2014
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This review is from: Get Carter [Blu-ray] [1971] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
For those who don't know...
Newcastle 1970.London hard man Jack Carter(a career best turn from Michael Caine)returns to the place of his birth to bury his brother Frank and find out who killed him even though everyone,including his own bosses, are determined to put Frank's death under the category of unfortunate accident.Jack declines all offers and entreaties to turn the other cheek and quickly a veritable sewer of human depravity spews forth with Jack in clean up mode.

Superbly mean and pretty sleazy it has to be said,Get Carter benefits from Roy Budd's masterful main theme, a vivid sense of time and place and Caine's wonderful performance as possibly the ultimate anti- hero of British Cinema.

Now to the blu ray.
If you already have this film in stan def,do not waste your money on the blu.The difference in picture quality is neglible and the audio is very so-so.
This release certainly plays into the hands of The Blu Ray as Con Brigade as patently no restoration work of any obvious description has been undertaken here for whatever reason.Reviewers have mentioned that this is the dubbed U S version which,while not really being the end of the world,is certainly very lazy on Warners part Surely the original british soundtrack for a british audience would not be too much to ask for.What I think is far worse are the embarassing lack of extras. No retrospective doc,interviews with either Caine or Mike Hodges etc. This release is so vanilla that it can only be taken as an insult to the many who have waited for a long time for a high def release of this film only to find their expectations not catered for in the slightest.

A travesty and Warners should be ashamed.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why release the dubbed version in the UK, 3 May 2014
This review is from: Get Carter [Blu-ray] [1971] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Get Carter is a terrific film but this release is disappointing.
There were two versions of the film, due to the thick accents some scenes were overdubbed for the US audience - fair enough?
Unfortunately the lazy people at Warners has decided to release the dubbed version in the UK too.
To compound the issue this dubbed version is derided in the commentary on the extras!
Having waited so long for this release the outcome is spoils the film for me.
Hopefully Warners will reconsider this release and at the very least give the option of selecting the original soundtrack.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID THE BLU RAY, 3 May 2014
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This review is from: Get Carter [Blu-ray] [1971] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Well after years of waiting,warners have screwed the release of this classic film by only having the dubbed us soundtrack and not the original british soundtrack
its poorly dubbed and ruins the whole opening scene.
even the commentary by director mike hodges-ported over from the dvd release has him saying he doesnt like the dubbed version..
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray is flawed, 3 May 2014
This review is from: Get Carter [Blu-ray] [1971] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
As others have posted, the blu-ray is a port of the US version which has dodgy dubbed audio early on, not the original dialogue. If you have a serious interest in film and preserving such classics as the director originally intended, do not buy this. Sort it out Warner, issue a corrected disc with the original audio track!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the current blu-ray!!! Warner are re-releasing it all correct in MID JUNE!, 8 May 2014
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Robert (St. Neots, Cambs, ENGLAND United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Warner released it in both the U.S and UK with the stupid, annoying dubbing on the opening scene last month (April). Being one of many complainants to Warner UK (London) office, I've just had an e-mail from them saying they are re-releasing it corrected in mid June 2014. They also sent me a pre-paid envelope & I just returned my awful blu-ray to them & they will then send me the new, correct edition with the ORIGINAL AUDIO! In the meantime, any copies being sold here or anywhere else in the UK are the bad ones and should not be online for sale! Wait until the correct edition is available from Warner in mid June, about 2 weeks' time!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caine Plays a Great Gangster, 7 Jun 2010
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Stephanie De Pue (Wilmington, NC USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Get Carter [1971] [DVD] (DVD)
Among English movies, 1971's "Get Carter" is always cited as near the top noir/gangster/crime movies ever made. It was based on Ted Lewis's ferocious book Jack's Return Home, which I understand was based on a true crime; was adapted for the screen and directed by the British Mike Hodges, who's got a gift for this kind of thing. The British best people the cast: Michael Caine in his prime, as Carter; backed by Terence Rigby, George Sewell, Bernard Hepton, Alun Armstrong, and Ian Hendry. Britt Ekland (Mrs. Peter Sellers to you) played the love interest. And well-known English playwright John Osborne plays Kinnear, an important supporting role.

The movie opens as Carter, enforcer/hit man for a London mob, who's carrying on with his boss's girlfriend (Ekland) learns his brother has died back home in Newcastle in circumstances Carter deems suspicious. Against the wishes of his boss (Rigby), he decides to head north to investigate. He travels upcountry on a very smoky train reading the American hard-boiled author Raymond Chandler's "Farewell My Lovely" as he goes. Once home, nothing and no one will dissuade him from finding the truth -- fast and furiously -- and then taking a very bloody revenge on all concerned.

"Get Carter" packs a lot in its less than two-hour length. It preserves, more accurately than any other movie known to me, a snapshot of the sour swinging England of the 70's. And it makes inspired use of the aging industrial city Newcastle. The rusted chimneys against the sky, the graffiti, the miles of streets lined with traditional 2-up, 2-down cottages, the tear-down-candidate pubs and betting parlors with primitive toilets out back. Add the constant overcast sky/rain; the grey menacing northern sea. The little touches are also important: a knitted purple tea cosy, and a chamber pot under the bed at the boarding house where Carter stays. The clumsy provincial kids at a dance hall. And then there's the just right jazz score.

But it's Caine's movie, of course, and the theory goes that gangster pictures depend totally on the power and energy of their stars: consider James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, George Raft. Caine almost shoots sparks as a sexual predator in his phone sex scene: he achieves a double seduction; Ekland on the phone, his landlady in the room with him. His feral smile at a pub cat fight, and at the end of the picture, as he moves to avenge his brother's death, is bone-chilling. Yet he's able to cry at an important-to-the-plot porn movie.

As an actor, Caine, who was born a London cockney, has played gangsters as coldly menacing as they come, and maybe we're lucky he's strictly an actor. One of the smaller gangster roles here, Sid Fletcher, is played by a man called John Bindon, who was, in fact, a London gangster. British director Ken Loach first used Bindon to play a London villain in his now little-seen Poor Cow [DVD] [1967]. Bindon went on to work in a number of movies and TV shows, always playing a villain. One way or another, great gangster film. See it if you can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Caine - Better on Blu-ray., 25 Oct 2014
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This review is from: Get Carter [Blu-ray] [1971] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
This average Blu-ray transfer of director Mike Hodges' dark unsettling British gangster movie is a great piece of storytelling and a necessary buy for BD aficionados - particularly for the superb cinematography. Now for the first time since the film's release we can savour DP Wolfgang Suschitzky's masterful camera work in a more pristine light. Raw location shooting, much of it using available light, exposes a brilliant company of actors so true to their roles, one might easily imagine this is a fly-on-the-wall documentary. Michael Caine truly shines in his best ever role as Jack Carter, lighting up a dark Tyneside backdrop like no other actor could ever hope to do. In fact, so mean is his performance, Caine recalls that when the picture was released, real villains congratulated him on the realism of his character. Watch out also for our sadly lost national treasure, the late George Sewell, who contrary to his gentle demeanor in real life, was the arch template for a British gangster straight out of central casting.

Powerful though all the performances are, the leading role belongs to the thick leaden atmosphere of early 1970's Newcastle so exquisitely captured by Suschitzky's bulging bag of different focal length lenses. These he uses like a master painter's brush to engage us in the fine detail of a facial emotion or the expansive power of a foreboding vista. The early scene where Caine walks into the seething swill of a city bar literally throbs with the inherent danger of such places of the period, and is all the more menacing for the outstanding photography. Furthermore, the unnerving cacophony of live ambient sound accompanying this scene is instantly recognisable to those of us who have ever been party to such uneasy metropolitan venues.

Suschitzky's enviable pedigree in cinematography's hall of fame can be further wondered at in the faultless "Small World of Sammy Lee", and the mesmerising "Les Bicyclettes de Belsize", whose opening credits in this reviewer's judgment is among the greatest ever filmed. Other reviewers of "Carter" have flagged the inclusion of the US dubbed opening sequence as a creative disappointment, but it can be lived with, and newcomers to the film will be left none the wiser. I sincerely hope however, that the original cockney accents (curiously deemed too difficult to endure for American ears) are fully restored for the next Blu-ray outing. So until a fully restored version of this greatest of British films is available, Warner's current offering should be swiftly on its way to your Amazon check-out now!

Roger Hopkins
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zero Fear/Passionate Revenge, 3 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Get Carter [1971] [DVD] (DVD)
I saw this film after hearing the whole hype over it and once you get past the dated feel about 1970's Newcastle. The film is brilliantly unique, Caine's actions are so unpredictable its great how immensely passionate he is about the revenge he embarks upon after the staged suicide death of his brother. It is a shame the film is dated, because each death scene is originally brilliantly terrifying, the car boot, the 20 story car park......the film builds up to the mesmerizing scene which is shot to absolute perfection, the backdrop is so bleak and bare it feels very apt, Caine is immense, this film is most likeley responsible for the 'no fear' demeanor most actors since have perfected so well, GET PAST THE DATED FEEL AND JUST APPRECIATE THE FILM ITSELF.
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're a big man, but you're out of shape ..., 13 Nov 2002
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This review is from: Get Carter [1971] [DVD] (DVD)
GET CARTER is probably Mike Hodges' masterpiece. It is certainly Britain's gangster-film masterpiece ... complete with unacceptable-in-America ending. THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY and LOCK, STOCK & TWO SMOKING BARRELS may arguably come close to emulating GET CARTER's success and cult status, but do not equal it. Cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky could have shot the film in black & white with no discernable change of mood or visual nuances: it is set amidst the bleak, industrial decay of early-70s Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The closing slag-heap scenes are in daylight, but the overcast, lowering sky drowns out all colour. Even the signature-tune is plaintively minimalist.

The plot features nasty villains, principal among whom is 'the hero,' surly London gangland racketeer and troubleshooter Jack Carter (Michael Caine at his most impassively impressive, in perhaps his best-ever rôle) who is only slightly more self-righteous than the Geordie 'rural Mafia' he out-villains whilst unravelling the complex web of cover-ups, bribes, double-crosses and sudden violence to determine which villain(s) in particular he will wreak 'orrific vengeance upon for A] them wot done 'is bruvver in, and also later on B] for involving his niece in a blue-film racket. On the train 'oop north' Carter reads Raymond Chandler's FAREWELL, MY LOVELY, but he lacks entirely any of Philip Marlowe's scruples and morals. Carter screws the bird but doesn't bat an eyelid when the car - with her in the boot - is pushed into the river, nor does he flinch a facial muscle when discovering that his sole ally (Alun Armstrong) has been brutally given the once-over.

Today's porn industry enjoys a semi-glossy veneer of stylishness with most of the porn 'stars' being in control of their careers, but back in the heady days of the early-1970s 'blue movies' were exploitationist, gritty, sleazy and dirty, complete with poor-quality film and the absence of sound. GET CARTER's ending is unexpected (the only similarly-unexpected ending I can think of is Sergio Corbucci's IL GRANDE SILENZIO [1969]), and yet fitting for the film's ongoing theme of bleakness and pessimism. Including the final fade-out.

The film features neat cameos by Ian Hendry (as Eric Paice, the scheming chauffeur with the I-am-a-baddy shades) and noted playwright John Osborne (as the menacing Cyril Kinnear). Memorable is Carter's somewhat unpleasant 'seduction-to-telephone' of moll Britt Ekland back in London whilst observing his Newcastle landlady rocking in her chair barely containing her surging hormones ... until Ekland's oafish 'owner' enters the room and cannot imagine what she is doing unclad, "You got gut-ache or something ...?"

Steven Soderbergh's "requiem for the hard man" THE LIMEY (1999) may look like a 1990s version of GET CARTER: just released from Her Majesty's pleasure, well-'ard Terence Stamp goes out to Los Angeles to find out why and by who's hand his daughter was done-in. The Chandleresque dialogue includes a high London slang content and Stamp knocks the opposition about with machine-gun resonance, but there the similarities end ...

Hollywood made a 'GET CARTER 2000' ... HOW DARE THEY ...!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A complete mess of a release on Bluray - Stick with the DVD, 8 May 2014
This review is from: Get Carter [Blu-ray] [1971] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
British film aficionados have waited years for a Bluray release of this classic film. Unfortunately what we get is an absolute mess of a Bluray release by Warners. The problems:

- Appears to have no work done on either the picture or soundtrack for this release. Watching it in HD looks just like an upscaled DVD version. VERY muted and dull colours.
- Audio is a simple 1.0 DTS track, unremastered, so we still get the ongoing issue of lack of clarity between voice and background noise that is in all previous releases
- Total lack of new or expanded extras - simply porting over the extras found on the DVD release to the Bluray
- Criminally, they have used the US dubbed version of the opening scene with amended dialogue (Hodges even criticises that process whilst it's happening if you have the Directors Commentary on - how ironic)
- Single layer Bluray, meaning a bit rate of ~20Mbps for the main feature, which is very low IMO for a film that has had no restoration work done on it.

Unless your a completist I wouldn't go near this disc, the dubbed dialogue (at least the DVD offered both versions) error is simply unforgivable, and we can only assume that this was a mastering error - avoid!
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