The driver and passengers of a city bus are gunned down. One of the victims is an off-dutypolice officer, who is also investigating cop Walter Matthau’s partner. Saddled with a new,motor-mouthed partner (Bruce Dern), Matthau follows the clues, which gradually point to aconnection with an old, unsolved case of his.
Director/producer Stuart (The Amityville Horror) Rosenberg’s thriller aspires todocumentary realism in the investigation process, and there is an a…reeably gritty feel to thesescenes, but the plot is so dispiritingly meandering and confusing that interest evaporatesquickly.
The case boasts a 4.0 surround track, but there is no such thing here. Neither is there a Frenchsurround track (or a French track of any kind). English and Spanish mono are present, as wellas a 2.0 English track. The latter has some mild surround elements. The result isn’t spectacular,but is certain acceptable for a film from 1973.
The image is decently sharp, certainly for the vintage of the print, and said print is also ingood shape, with no damage. There is no grain or edge to deal with, either. The colours arestrong and rich (in a gritty way), and the blacks are terrific. The aspect ratio is 1.85:1 anamorphicwidescreen.
Just the trailer. The menu is basic.
Not one of the better cop movies from the 70s, though the era and the place (San Francisco)have undeniable appeal.
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