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Klute Criterion Blu-ray Review


“Klute” rises above its flaws.

Written and directed by Alan J. Pakula, 1971’s “Klute” revolves around a Detective (John Klute) who is investigating the disappearance of a man named Tom. His investigation leads him to New York where he questions a call girl/wannabe actor (Bree) that had received a filthy letter from Tom. The plot begins to thicken when other call girls begin to wind up dead leaving Klute to believe that there is a murderer on the loose who may be targeting Bree next. While all of this is going on, Klute and Bree begin to bond and develop feelings for one another amidst this complex and dangerous mystery.

“Klute” (which has become quite a meme amongst Criterion fans) is one of those movies that blends genres. It’s a part neo-noir that explores the seedy side of NY, it’s part mystery, and it’s part crime thriller. Somehow it all blends well together under the vision of Alan J. Pakula and cinematographer Gordon Willis who both manage to create striking visuals and lingering shots that add tension and characterization.

“Klute” is not without its flaws, however, as the movie runs an unnecessary 114 minutes. The runtime may not sound like much on paper, but while watching the film, it’s clear that Pakula overstates ideas and points to the point of tedium in the middle act.

Where “Klute” really soars is with the cast. Jane Fonda gives the performance of her career as the free spirited Bree. Her bold performance garnered an Oscar statue which was entirely deserved. Donald Sutherland (who is much more reserved here) also shines as the strait-laced Detective who falls for Bree.


Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? The 4K digital transfer maintains the 70s style grit and grain while also being a quality upgrade.

Audio Track: Uncompressed Mono. How does it sound? An all-around Crisp Mono track.

* A booklet containing credits, an essay by film historian/author Mark Harris, an interview excerpt with Alan J. Pakula and Tom Milne
* A 36 minute one on one interview between Jane Fonda and Illeana Douglas. Discussions include the character of Bree, the wardrobe of the film, behind-the-scenes stories, genres, and more.
* “Klute In New York”- An 8 minute documentary about New York and shooting “Klute” in the Big Apple.
* Alan J. Pakula on “The Dick Cavett Show” and a politically charged interview between Jane Fonda and Midge Mackenzie.
* An interview with journalist Amy Fine Collins about the visual look of “Klute.”
* “Pakula”- A wide range of interviews (including Steven Soderbergh) regarding Alan J. Pakula for a soon to be documentary on the director.


July 29, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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