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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT234-BR

TONY ROME / LADY IN CEMENT (1967 / 1968) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Frank Sinatra, Raquel Welch, Richard Conte, Simon Oakland, Sue Lyon, Gena Rowlands, Jill St. John, Dan Blocker, Martin Gabel, Lainie Kazan
Directed By:  Gordon Douglas
Composed By:  Hugo Montenegro, Billy May

“A witty and thoroughly enjoyable attempt to revive the cynical, corpse-laden, bafflingly plotted Chandler thrillers of the ’40s…Sinatra, standing in ably for Bogart as the tough private eye, times his deadpan cracks perfectly, takes his beatings like a man, and batters his way to some sort of solution.” – Time Out New York

This Frank Sinatra double feature gives us twin helpings of the Chairman of the Board starring as hard-boiled Miami detective Tony Rome in a pair of adventures, both directed by Gordon Douglas and based on books by Marvin H. Albert. In Tony Rome (1967), the eponymous cop turned P.I. is on the trail of an heiress’ lost diamond pin; Jill St. John, Sue Lyon, Gena Rowlands, and Richard Conte co-star. Lady in Cement (1968) finds Rome hired to trace a missing woman; co-stars in this go-round include Raquel Welch and Dan Blocker, with Conte making a welcome reappearance.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1967/1968 / Color
110 MINUTES / 93 MINUTES
Tony Rome: NOT RATED, Lady in Cement: RATED PG

Special Features: Isolated Score Tracks (with some effects) / Audio Commentary on Tony Rome with Film Historians Eddy Friedfeld, Anthony Latino, Lee Pfeiffer, and Paul Scrabo / Original Theatrical Trailers

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on October 23, 2017 3:49 PM
Back in the 60s Frank Sinatra was still considered the essence of cool, right alongside Steve McQueen. Both had their followings and Sinatra had made a successful crossover to films from his singing days. Both were still doing well at this time. The best part was that he didn’t attempt to be the swinging cool cat ala what the teens of the time were doing but did so on his own terms. It was at this time that he starred in two films based on the character of Tony Rome.

The first film, TONY ROME, featured Sinatra as the title character, an ex-cop turned private detective in Miami who lives on a boat. In response to a request from old friend Ralph Turpin he takes a young woman named Diana Pines (Sue Lyon) to his boat after she’s found unconscious in a hotel. Her father Rudolph Kosterman (Simon Oakland) then hires Rome to find out why his daughter is acting so strange.

At the same time he’s hired by Diana and her mother to find a missing diamond pin she lost that night. The end result is that he gets chloroformed, beaten up and finds Turpin dead in his office. Instead of giving the police plenty of information to solve the case, Rome prefers to work on his own. With the help of a divorcee he meets (Jill St. John), he sets out to discover who killed his friend as well as the case he was hired for.

The movie is a straightforward detective story of the hard-boiled type. Sinatra is cool as can be, a swinging cat who takes nothing from anyone. Before the end comes around you know not only will he solve the mysteries he will do so with a vengeance.

The second film, LADY IN CEMENT, has Rome seeking treasure off the coast of Florida only to discover a woman with her feet encased in a cement block on the ocean floor. He reports this to his friend on the police force and lets it go at that until he’s hired by Waldo Gronski (Dan Blocker) to find a woman named Sandra Lomax.

While searching for the woman he meets Kit Forrester (Raquel Welch), a woman who was hosting a party Sandra was at. This meeting doesn’t sit well with gangster Al Mungar (Martin Gabel). Somewhere along the way Rome figures that all of these characters have intersected at some point and sifting through the clues he has he hopes to find Sandra.

Once more Sinatra portrays the hip cool detective, a man who knows the seedier side of the world and can coast through it to find out what he needs to know. Welch offers a decent performance here though most would think it was only her figure that got her parts the way Hollywood used her. She was a better actress than most gave her credit for. The story is solid, the clues are there and the solution one you search for while watching making it a decent mystery.

Twilight Time has released the two films together and they do their usual bang up job as far as the presentation of the film itself. Extras include an isolated score track with some effects, an audio commentary track with film historians Eddy Friedfeld, Anthony Latino, Lee Pfeiffer and Paul Scrabo and the original theatrical trailers. As always production was limited to just 3,000 copies so pick one up now if you are interested.

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