Director: Peter Yates
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan
Release Date: Now Available on Criterion Collection Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time.
‘The Friends of Eddie Coyle’ is a film that I’d never had the pleasure of prior to my viewing of this Criterion Collection Blu-Ray release but I must say I was very pleasantly surprised with this fantastic movie. For those such as me who may not be familiar with or have seen this little gem, it’s a phenomenal crime film from 1973 directed by Peter Yates (Director of ‘Bullitt’ and ‘The Deep’) and starring an impressive collection of talented individuals such as Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle and more. The film follows an aging gangster by the name of Eddie ‘Fingers’ Coyle (Mitchum) as he makes his way through the city and meets with a number of its colorful residents; all the while trying to get his affairs in order with a hearing for his past crimes in the near future, while additionally still dealing in some questionable activity such as purchasing illegal guns for his associates who just happen to be using them in a string of bank robberies.
Fans of Peter Yates’ wonderful ‘The Friends of Eddie Coyle’ will without question want to be sure to pick up a copy of the Criterion Collection Blu-Ray release to add to their collection. The release delivers exceptional high definition video and audio presentations, in addition to some solid extras including an Audio Commentary with director Peter Yates and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) making this a must own for fans of the film itself and director Peter Yates’ work. For those such as me who haven’t previously had the opportunity to see the film, I would highly recommend checking it out and I can’t imagine a better way to experience it for the first time than with this solid Criterion Collection Blu-Ray release.
The Criterion Collection Blu-Ray release of ‘The Friends of Eddie Coyle’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation representing its original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The following is a quote from inside the releases’ included booklet regarding the video transfer for those who would prefer some additional details:
This high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit DataCine from a 35mm interpositive and a 35mm color reversal intermediate struck from the original negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI’s DRS and Pixel Farm’s PFClean, while Digital Vision’s Phoenix was used for small dirt.
The video presentation looks pretty fantastic, especially when taking into consideration the age of the film. The presentation is sharp, detailed and perfectly balanced, with no notable faults to be found within on my end. Some mild video noise and film artifacts are present but do not negatively affect the video in the slightest. Overall, this is another stellar high definition video presentation from Criterion that should not disappoint fans of this classic.
The Criterion Collection Blu-Ray release includes a Lossless 1.0 Linear PCM monaural soundtrack. As with the video details above, the following is a quote from inside the releases’ included booklet regarding the audio transfer for those who would prefer some additional details:
The soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from a 35mm magnetic dialogue, music, and effects track. Clicks, thumps, his, hum, and crackle were manually removed using Pro Tools HD, AudioCube’s integrated workstation, and iZotope RX 4.
This lossless monaural soundtrack sounds quite wonderful and holds up admirably for its age. It perfectly balances all of the auditory elements within the sole shared channel and never causes them to negatively influence or contradict each other in any way. The films wonderful score sounds fantastic and no dialogue is ever inaudible or unclear at any point. Overall, this is a very impressive lossless Monaural Linear PCM track that should satisfy the fans.
The Criterion Collection Blu-Ray release of ‘The Friends of Eddie Coyle’ doesn’t include a great deal of supplemental material (at least not when compared with many Criterion releases) although it does definitely include a couple of nice extras. Included on the release is an Audio Commentary with Director Peter Yates which was recorded in 2009. Also included are a ‘Stills Gallery’ and a fantastic, hefty and full color booklet which is over 40 pages in length and includes a detailed essay titled ‘They Were Expendable’ by Kent Jones.
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Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
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