Stacy Keach is a boxer in serious decline, now working odd jobs and hooking up withneurotic alcoholic Susan Tyrrell. He runs into Jeff Bridges, a young man who might have a futureas a boxer (emphasis on “might”). These are all downtrodden losers in an ugly California town.Fat City is definitely not for everyone. It is well put together, and the performances are great, butthe pace is very slow, and not very much happens.
The sound is mono, and …s a fairly clean mono, but the dialogue does buzz sometimes. In anyevent, you won’t miss the lack of stereo: this is not a film that showcases dazzlingsoundscapes.
The bleak, bleached colours, favoured in so many 70s films, are nicely capture here. Theblacks could be a bit deeper, though, and there is some grain and the occasional speckle. None ofwhich exactly detracts from the film’s gritty look, though. The picture comes in both fullscreenand 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen formats
We may get that screen that warns us that the interview and commentaries reflect only theviews of the creators, not Columbia, but there are no interview or commentaries. Instead, we’vegot trailers for The Greatest, On the Waterfront and XXX (how’s that for a mixed bag?). That’sall.
Some call this the greatest boxing movie ever made. It is certainly the most honest.
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