Bunny Lake Is Missing (UK - BD RB)
Our Marcus is on the search for Bunny Lake but isn't sure she even exists...
Darkly poetic and reflective, Otto Preminger’s psychological thriller centres on an American woman living in London (Carol Lynley) who believes her four-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. The police (headed by a splendid Laurence Olivier) can't do much to help because, try as she might, Lynley can't prove to them that she ever had a daughter at all… [Official Synopsis]
The black and white imagine here is immediately crisp and sharp with some wonderful lighting and lovely depth in the black elements of the frame.
Detail is top notch and the world we enter into feels alive and full of elements to notice or that draw the eye in their sharpness. Set decoration or street signs or even simple brick work are crisp and fresh and not at all faded with age.
Exterior scenes looks wonderfully bright and crisp and really bring to life a 60s London as I noticed the odd landmark and started to piece together exactly where this is set. The street scenes were so full of life it never feels staged and there was a real energy captured within this HD image.
The dialogue carries most of the weight here and there's nothing at fault. Echoes in wider rooms sound realistic and living rooms chats clean and clear. There's the odd instance of the dialogue feeling disconnected from the visuals but this is of course due to the era of filmmaking and audio recording, technically speaking though there's nothing lacking here at all.
The score dances between playful and ominous as new characters or lingering shots make us focus on what might be a clue as to what is going on here. The music elements sit strongly in the small track but never feel at all limited and are always consistent.
The commentary is by documentary filmmaker Nick Redman, a fan club president and a screenwriter. The three come loaded with details about the director and the film specifically. They all show a vast admiration for all involved in the film and are on an all out celebration of the film.
'Carol Lynley Remembers' (26:59 HD) is a nice detailed chat with our star and 'Clive Revill Remembers' (13:31 HD) is the same sort of thing from a different point of view.
Last up are three trailers and an Image Gallery. There's also the option for an 'Isolated Score'.
I really enjoyed this 60s thriller. The characters really managed to draw me in, especially the mother and the father here that take some very odd steps as we head towards solving the mystery of this supposedly missing girl. This in both tense and strange and without hitting any spoilers for any of you potential watchers has a pretty enjoyable, though almost amusingly played out pay off. It's dark for sure but through a 60s lens, which probably couldn't go too dark has some hauntingly odd results.
The disc is a great all rounder, with solid video and clean audio (though don't expect much beyond the basics with this mono track). The extras offer up a fair bit of insight into the film too. This one is well worth a look.
* Note: The images below are taken from the Blu-ray release and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer. Additionally, at this time we do not know the actual release date for the Blu-ray.
Review by Marcus Doidge
Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over
Release Date: 27th February 2017
Disc Type: Blu-ray Disc
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono English
Subtitles: English, English SDH
Extras: Commentary, Isolated Score, Interviews, Trailers, Image Gallery
Easter Egg: No
Director: Otto Preminger
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Noel Coward
Genre: Drama and Thriller
Length: 107 minutes
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