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The Last Detail [Dual Format] [Blu-ray]

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Product details

  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Otis Young
  • Directors: Hal Ashby
  • Format: DVD+Blu-ray, Blu-ray
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Powerhouse Films
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb. 2017
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B01KOWQ2WI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,825 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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"No *#@!!* Navy's going to give some poor *!!@ kid eight years in the #@!* brig without me taking him out for the time of *#@!!* his life."

When Buddusky (Jack Nicholson) and Mulhall (Otis Young) are detailed to take a young sailor, Meadows (Randy Quaid), from a Virginia Naval Base to a New Hampshire Naval Prison to serve an eight-year sentence for a trivial offense they decide to show him a good time on their journey north...

  • 4K restoration
  • The Last Detail: The TV Version – world exclusive presentation of the infamous sanitised ’tv cut’ of the film
  • An appreciation by filmmaker Alexander Payne (2017, tbc mins)
  • Interview with Oscar-winning editor Robert C. Jones (2017, tbc mins)
  • Interview with DoP Michael Chapman (tbc, 4 mins)
  • Isolated score: experience Johnny Mandel’s original soundtrack music
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Michael Pattison and archival materials
  • Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies
  • UK Blu-ray premiere

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The Last Detail nearly didn't get a release. Columbia, for whom it was made, was alarmed by the movie's barrage of profanity and resented the unorthodox working style of its director, Hal Ashby, who loathed producers and made no secret of it. Only when the film picked up a Best Actor Award for Jack Nicholson at Cannes did the studio reluctantly grant it a release--with minimal promotion--to widespread critical acclaim. Nicholson, in one of his best roles, plays "Bad-ass" Buddusky, a naval petty officer detailed, along with his black colleague "Mule" Mulhall (Otis Young), to escort an offender from Virginia to the harsh naval prison at Portsmouth, NH. The miscreant is a naïve youngster, Meadows (Randy Quaid), who's been given eight years for stealing $40 from his CO's wife's favourite charity. The escorts, at first cynically detached, soon start feeling sorry for Meadows and decide to show him a good time in his last few days of freedom.

Ashby, a true son of 60s counterculture, avidly abets the anti-authoritarian tone of Robert Towne's script. Meadows is a sad victim of the system--but so too are Buddusky and Mulhall, as they gradually come to realise. A lot of the film is very funny. Nicholson gets to do one of his classic psychotic outbursts--"I am the fucking shore patrol!"--and there are some pungent scenes of male bonding pushed to the verge of desperation. But the overall tone is melancholy, pointed up by the jaunty military marches on the soundtrack. Shot amid bleak, wintry landscapes, in buses and trains and grey urban streets, The Last Detail is a film of constant, compulsive movement going nowhere--a powerful, finely acted study of institutional claustrophobia.

On the DVD: The Last Detail disc doesn't have much in the way of extras. There are abbreviated filmographies for Ashby, Nicholson and Quaid (though not for Young) and a trailer for A Few Good Men (1992). The mono sound comes up well in Dolby Digital, and the transfer preserves DoP Michael Chapman's subtle, subfusc palette and the 1.85:1 ratio of the original. --Philip Kemp --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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'We ain't leaving this town until we've got ourselves a belly-full of beer!' Jack Nicholson's smile seems to spread halfway across the screen. This film's like the canal near my old house: it seems a lot shallower than it actually is. It's about lots of things - the way men bond; the effects of a broken home; America after Vietnam - but they're all wrapped up subtly in humourous scenes which could easily be misunderstood as merely 'laddish'. Fantastic script, fantastic editing, and all put together perfectly by Hal Ashby. In my opinion, this is an overlooked New Hollywood classic.
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I watched this film for the first time ever last night and I thought it was outstanding. 2 US Navy Petty Officers have to escort a young rating who has been sentenced to eight years for stealing a $40 (which he never actually got). This seems harsh. well the money was destined for the rating's CO's wife's favourite charity! The PO's feel sorry for the 18 year old rating and decide to show him some of life before he serves his sentence, after which he was to be thrown out of the Navy anyway. They get him drunk, start a fight with some Marines, get him laid, teach him to stand up for himself, even stumble across a Hare Krisna prayer meeting! But this film isn't some buddy road movie. To me it's all about being caught up in something where you feel helpless and trying to beat the system, set as it is just at the end of the Vietnam War. Where there is injustice but everybody opts to do nothing. I can't wait to get my own copy of this DVD and share it with friends
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This Jack Nicholson road movie made when he was pretty much still typecast as the anti hero drifter rebel type he played so convincingly, is choc full of those Kerouac type one liners he loved. A crackling screenplay with some good scenes gives the man real opportunities to do his party pieces, as well as show a real gift for world worn cynicism. His acting is just so natural, yet very, very powerful. Has there ever been another movie actor like him, I ask.
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If you have not seen The Last Detail then you are missing out. I am a Jack Nicholson fan and thought I had seen most of his work. I do own most of his films but The Last Detail even slipped through my net. Well not exactly, its just that I never got around to watching it until I had a good hard kick up the arse when the Bluray popped up on my Amazon recommendations.

The Last Detail is a great film, more or less perfect in fact. Nicholson's performance is way up there with his best. The entire film is up there with one of those everyone needs to see. I don't know why but it's just got that feel to it. It's understated but yet in your face with Nicholson going crazy and the dialog being very witty and very sweary. Over 60 F bombs! There is a very funny scene where Nicholson describes to a woman how much he likes his uniform because of the way it makes his d*** look.

I'll be honest, I knew very little about The Last Detail so if you are like me then I'll briefly tell you about the story. Nicholson plays a likeable loose cannon Navy officer who is given the task to transport a Navy prisoner across America to jail. Instead of doing what they are told, the trip becomes a road trip filled with booze and hookers.

Depite all the swearing and adult humour, the story is quite sweet with the Navy officers giving the young prisoner the time of his life before 8 years behind bars.

This new release of The Last Detail is excellent with plenty of special features and a nice glossy booklet. You need this film in your collection much like you need The Shining, China Town and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
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This is my first purchase of a bluray by 'Indicator', and im not dissapointed. Brilliant transfer, sound is good, not the best, sometimes the dialogue is quiet, but i put that down to the movie and the way it was filmed. The package is excellent, a nice clear, clean box with a booklet inside filled with great pics and all about everyone involved in the movie, and the movie itself. Two discs.
I wont review the film, youve either seen it or you havent. But if your like me, and you are a fan of Jack Nicholson, especially his early work, this movie is a must see.
The other cast members are equally as good.
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this film is one of jack nicholson's best movies,made when he was at the top of the pile of box office hollywood actors-chinatown,one flew over the cookoos nest,five easy pieces.
the film is a "buddy" movie and has some memerable scenes- its the story of 2 navy officers taking a navy prisoner to jail but along the way they feel sorry for this guy and treat him to good time before he is jailed.a funny movie with a thought provoking scene at the end. great performances by otis young and a very young randy quaid add to jack's bullish,and foul mouth, but sympathatic character.
all in all a great movie to watch with couple of cans o' beer.
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When you hear the name Jack Nicholson people always mention the obvious, Batman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, As Good as it Gets etc. The Last Detail hardly gets a mention however. I think that this movie definitely deserves to be ranked up there with Nicholson's best, not quite up there with Cuckoo's Nest but not far off. Also great performances by Otis Young and a very young Randy Quaid.
This movie could fit into many genres, comedy, drama, buddy. Its the story of two US Navy "Lifers" two men who probably couldn't fit into normal society and need the Navy who are assigned to take an 18 year old Seaman Meadows(Quaid) across America to the Brig.
Meadows has been given an eight year sentance and a dishonorable discharge for trying to steal 40 dollars that he didn't even get.
The two Lifers get to like Meadows, who is meek despite his huge size and who is also very naive and a virgin. The two decide to give Meadows the time of his life before he goes to Prison and the trip becomes an adventure full of brawling, booze and sex, I won't give away any more than that.
I would recommend this film to anybody, do yourself a favour and get it.
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