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5.0 out of 5 stars BEFORE "PAYBACK" AND "PARKER" THERE WAS "POINT BLANK". SUPERIOR ADAPTATION OF RICHARD STARK'S NOVEL., 1 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Point Blank [Blu-ray] [1967] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
THE MOVIE

After a heist on a courier transport Walker (Lee Marvin) is double-crossed and left for dead by his friend and accomplice Mal Reese (John Vernon) and Walker's wife Lynne (Sharon Acker) over his cut of $93,000.
Walker survives and recovers and is set on revenge and recovery of the money he is owed. He first tracks down his ex-wife, kicking open the door and shooting holes into the bed, suspecting Reese there, but his ex confesses that Reese has left her months ago. Reese has also has spent all the money to buy his way back into a crime syndicate called "The Organization".
Walker works his way up the syndicate to reclaim his money with three men in his crosshairs: Carter, Brewster and Fairfax.

Sound familiar? It should, if you've seen Mel Gibson's PAYBACK or Jason Statham's PARKER, as all three movies are based on Richard Stark's novel THE HUNTER.
Superbly directed by John Boorman (DELIVERANCE) this is the best adaptation of Stark's novel so far. The pacing is perfect and POINT BLANK does not rely as heavily on action as PAYBACK and PARKER.
This is one of my favorite Lee Marvin movies: Marvin as the remorseless antihero is definitely a must see. Other stars include Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Michael Strong and John Vernon in his screen debut.
POINT BLANK has its very own style and some scenes are just unforgettable: the opening when Walker is shot and when Walker walks down the hallway to Lynne's apartment with only the sound of his footsteps, while other shots are completely mute.
It's a shame that POINT BLANK never received the recognition it fully deserved. It was widely ignored when it came out and up to now it was nearly impossible to get a descent DVD (not to dream of a blu-ray!) copy. It certainly is one of the best movies of the 60s and marked the beginning of a different type of hero, very unlikely for Hollywood at the time.

THE BLU-RAY

Reviewed version: 2014 Warner Bros. US Blu-Ray
Feature running time: 92 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC) (re-rating)
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 / 16x9
Audio: English DTS-HDM Mono, German 2.0 Mono, Spanish (Castellano)2.0 Mono , Spanish (Latino) 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English HoH, French, German HoH, Spanish (Castellano) , Spanish (Latino)
Extras: Commentary, Behind the scenes, Theatrical trailer
Region: A, B, C (region free)

Picture: 4/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3/5
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Initial post: 1 Aug 2014 23:22:29 BDT
I like all three movies, all for different reasons I suspect.
This 60's movie a definite must-see.
Enjoyable and well written review.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2014 00:20:14 BDT
They are ALL good, just I like this one the best.
Thank you for the feedback my friend!

Posted on 4 Aug 2014 21:02:57 BDT
Another excellent detailed review my friend, Lee Marvin another underrated actor.
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