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213 The Day of the Dolphin

#1 Post by MichaelB » Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:59 am

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(Mike Nichols, 1973)
Release date: 19 July 2021
Limited Edition Blu-ray (UK Blu-ray premiere)


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The third and final collaboration between director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Buck Henry, following The Graduate and Catch-22, The Day of the Dolphin is a true one-off. A science-fiction thriller filmed in the Bahamas, and adapted from Robert Merle’s best-selling novel, the film concerns a scientist (George C Scott, Hardcore) who is teaching dolphins to speak but finds himself embroiled in a shadowy government plot to assassinate the US president.


INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

• 4K restoration
• Original stereo audio
• Selected scenes commentary with academic and film historian Sheldon Hall (2021)
• New interview with actor Jon Korkes (2021)
• Archival interview with screenwriter Buck Henry (2003)
• Archival interview with actor Leslie Charleson (2003)
• Archival interview with actor Edward Herrmann (2003)
• Original theatrical trailer
• Larry Karaszewski trailer commentary (2016): short critical appreciation
• Radio spot
• Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, archival articles and interviews, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited edition of 3,000 copies
• Extras subject to change

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BBFC cert: PG
REGION B
EAN: 5060697920994

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Re: 213 The Day of the Dolphin

#2 Post by Randall Maysin » Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:09 pm

Mike Nichols is so overrated (as a film director) I can't even f-ing believe it. There's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to sort of justify his acclaim, but..The Graduate? Phbbbbbbbhbhbhbphtbt. Working Girl? Closer? PhHHhhhhhbttttttt. There's something sort of soullessly careerist and conformist about the story of his directing career that I find somewhat dislikable--after his fourth box office bomb in a row with The Fortune, which he ruined himself it sounds like, he went into a cocoon for 8 years, and emerged neatly shucked of most of the appealing and distinctive things about his filmmaking personality, nevermind the quality or lack thereof of those early films themselves. But that's just my two centimes.

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Re: 213 The Day of the Dolphin

#3 Post by Drucker » Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:23 pm

Counterpoint: I like The Graduate.

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Re: 213 The Day of the Dolphin

#4 Post by domino harvey » Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:29 pm

I like a lot of Mike Nichols films, but not this one

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#5 Post by cdnchris » Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:42 pm

domino harvey wrote:I like a lot of Mike Nichols films, but not this one
I also like a lot of Nichols' films. Haven't seen this one yet because it always sounded, well, stupid.

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Re: 213 The Day of the Dolphin

#6 Post by domino harvey » Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:50 pm

My writeup from the 70s List
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Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:13 pm
the Day of the Dolphin (Mike Nichols 1973) No film could ever live up to the premise here-- "George C Scott trains dolphins to talk and inadvertently learns of a dolphin-aided plan to assassinate the president"-- but Nichols appears to have been so concerned with being taken seriously that the film is a cinematic no man's zone of dead weight, one scene of dramatically inert nothingness after another. I thought there were so many ways a film that sounds this crazy could come off, but "boring" wasn't one I considered (and that's a word I studiously try to avoid), especially with Buck Henry penning the script. What the heck happened here?

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Re: 213 The Day of the Dolphin

#7 Post by Ribs » Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:11 pm

I think this film is just plain terrific and can’t bear to hear criticism of it. It probably made a mistake in pitching itself solely as conspiracy thriller in its iconic poster but I find it really, properly affecting and think back on it often. Delighted to get this great looking release in addition to the previously pretty good Kino one from last year. This is one I’m way, way, way more positive then the zeitgeist on and it thrills me when something like this appears for something I think of as only a personal favorite.

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Re: 213 The Day of the Dolphin

#8 Post by The Narrator Returns » Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:28 pm

Sorry to be part of the zeitgeist on this one, but the best I can say for it (or for Nichols' other consensus low points, like Regarding Henry or What Planet Are You From) is that it's a very professionally polished turd, it looks great and has the lovely Georges Delerue score but is still a fundamental bad idea executed as dully respectable. And I'm not sure if this was intentional on Indicator's part, but it's very funny that they're releasing Nichols and May movies on the same day with such a vast quality difference in May's favor.

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Re: 213 The Day of the Dolphin

#9 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:19 pm

The Narrator Returns wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:28 pm
Sorry to be part of the zeitgeist on this one, but the best I can say for it (or for Nichols' other consensus low points, like Regarding Henry or What Planet Are You From) is that it's a very professionally polished turd, it looks great and has the lovely Georges Delerue score but is still a fundamental bad idea executed as dully respectable. And I'm not sure if this was intentional on Indicator's part, but it's very funny that they're releasing Nichols and May movies on the same day with such a vast quality difference in May's favor.
If this were a published review, I can see it tweaked for an advertisement: "...very professionally polished..." - TNR

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Re: 213 The Day of the Dolphin

#10 Post by knives » Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:46 pm

I’m standing with Chris where I’ve always been curious about the film although I doubt it will be good by usual measures. Still can’t be as bad as The Fortune which has to be a career lowlight.

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Re: 213 The Day of the Dolphin

#11 Post by Paul Moran » Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:48 am

The pre-order price (£15.99) is too high for me, but I'll be replacing my 16-year-old HVE DVD when/if the Indicator price drops a bit or it features in a sale.
I'm not a fan, but I have 12 Mike Nichols films in my collection, including the excellent (IMO) Carnal Knowledge and Wit.

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