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Report to the Commissioner
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  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English Mono
  • 1 Disc
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  • Theatrical Trailer

Report to the Commissioner

MOD
Reviewed by: Chris Galloway

Directed By: Milton Katselas
Starring: Michael Moriarty, Yaphet Kotto, Susan Blakely, Hector Elizondo, Tony King, Richard Gere
1975 | 113 Minutes

Release Information
DVD | MSRP: $19.98 | Series: MGM Limited Edition Collection
Fox Home Entertainment

Release Date: May 2, 2011
Review Date: June 22, 2011

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SYNOPSIS

This action-loaded drama set in New York City stars Michael Moriarty as a naive rookie cop whose youthful idealism thrusts him into an interdepartmental power play with disasterous consequences.


PICTURE

Fox and MGM, through their manufactured-on-demand service, the MGM Limited Edition Collection, present Milton Katselasí 1975 crime drama Report to the Commissioner on a single-layer DVD-R in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, enhanced for widescreen televisions.

Again Iím now figuring How I Won the War was a complete fluke because this disc (along with The Fearmakers and Park Row) delivers far-better-than-expected image, despite some issues that become more obvious in the latter part of the film. My biggest surprise is really just how clean the source materials are; I only noticed a few instances where debris or marks call attention to themselves, the rest of the film remaining practically spotless. The colour scheme is fairly muted and can look washed but I have a feeling this was the intended look of the film, which goes for that common 70ís gritty-cop-movie look with interiors that are always smoky and hazy, but there are moments where certain colours, like reds and greens, do have more of a pop. Definition is adequate, leaning a little hazier on long shots but close-ups present some impressive fine details on faces and clothing.

Blacks are unfortunately weak and do look crushed through much of the film, a problem since there are a lot of darker sequences. Compression artifacts are also always present, primarily in the form of noise which is clearer in the darker areas of the screen. This is a little distracting but these problems are still not to the level of How I won the War and its halos. It has its issues by upscaled it is still watchable.

6/10

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AUDIO

The 2-channel mono track delivers an adequate sound presentation: dialogue is clear, music and effects have some minor power behind them, and the track overall sounds clean.

6/10

SUPPLEMENTS

We get a rather bad theatrical trailer for the film but nothing else. And similar to other MGM MOD discs the chapters are broken out every 10-minutes.

1/10

CLOSING

The filmís story and the rather complicated narrative structure present a lot of potential and I think in more capable hands it could have been a real stand out amongst the many cop dramas that came out of the 70ís. The buildup is rather good but it sadly loses steam during its last act when it really should be building up more tension with everything in the story coming together. The performances are very strong from Yaphet Kotto and Michael Moriarty (who admittedly grated on me a little at first) and itís also fun seeing a younger William Devane (in a small role as an Internal Affairs agent) and a super young Richard Gere (as a pimp) both stand out in the minor roles theyíre given. I enjoyed it for the most part, despite some of its 70ís cheese (like Moriartyís hair and that almost porn-like music that plays during chase scenes) but I can see why it got sort of lost. But having said that I donít understand why a film like Rage of Honor would receive an actual DVD release back in the day from MGM (a DVD I proudly own I must add) but this one would only arrive now through a MOD service.

As to the disc itís the weakest out of the recent batch of MGM MOD titles Iíve gone through but for those interested in the film they shouldnít be overly concerned; itís still very watchable. But again, itís a matter of whether you want to spend almost $20 on a ripped DVD (with a misspelling of ďyouthfulĒ on the back of the package that reminds me of Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinney.)




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