Blu-ray Review: The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

STUDIO: Kino Lorber | DIRECTOR: Norman Jewison | CAST: Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Paul Burke, Jack Weston, Yaphet Kotto, Biff Maguire
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 13, 2018 | PRICE: DVD $16.25, Blu-ray $19.99
BONUSES: commentaries, interviews, vintage materials
SPECS: R | 102 min. | Crime drama romance | 1.85:1 widescreen | stereo | English subtitles

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall

On the eve of its 50th Anniversary, Kino Lorber re-issues 1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair with a brand new 4K restoration.

Not surprisingly, Norman Jewison’s (Rollerball) luscious 1968 romantic crime thriller has never looked better, serving up sparkling images of Steve McQueen’s brilliant, too-cool millionaire bank thief and gorgeous Faye Dunaway’s I’m-gonna-get-him-while-falling-for him insurance investigator.

The film’s famed multi-screen/splitr-screen sequences (led by a razzle-dazzle robbery set piece), cinematographer Haskell Wexler’s (Medium Cool) top-notch set-ups (whatta chess match!) and Michel Legrand’s (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) sexy score (featuring the Oscar-winning song “Windmills of your Mind” sung by Noel Harrison) are also outstandingly served in this new edition.

The discs’ supplements recycle Jewison’s commentary track from a previously released edition, an interview with titles designer Pablo Ferro (Dr. Strangelove) and a 1967 on-set featurette. The only new supplement is a fresh 20-minute interview with the 91-year-old Jewison, who enthusiastically reminds us that the film is purely “style over content,” and then, referring to meddling studio execs, that “the director is the sole creator of the film.”


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