On Mondays I like to take a look at films that are out on Blu-ray and playable on UK players (Region Free) but have yet to have a UK release. Having just taken a look at the first of the Paul Newman’s Harper films released by the Warner Archive label and only currently available in the UK via an imported version it’s now time to check out the sequel from 1975. So without further ado here’s my The Drowning Pool (1975) Blu-ray review.
- The Drowning Pool (1975) Import
- Genre: Crime, Action-Drama
- Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
- Running Time: 108 Mins
- UK Rating N/A
- Discs: 1
- Released By Warner Archive
- Blu-ray Import (Region Free)
Lew Harper (Paul Newman) finds himself on a trip to Louisiana to help out an old acquaintance that is being threatened. However once again Harper finds there’s a lot more to it than he first realises.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Stuart Rosenberg with the cinematography handled by Gordon Willis. I’d have to say I prefer this sequel in terms of filmmaking, structure and pacing over the first film. The Drowning Pool’s story flows a little better resulting in an overall better film.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is composed by Michael Small.
Acting / Characters
The film has a strong cast all of which put in good performances. However it’s Paul Newman’s second outing as Lew Harper that impresses the most and leaves me feeling they could have easily made more.
- Paul Newman – Lew Harper
- Joanne Woodward as Iris Devereaux
- Anthony Franciosaas Chief Broussard
- Murray Hamilton as J.J. Kilbourne
- Gail Strickland as Mavis Kilbourne
- Melanie Griffith as Schuyler Devereaux
- Andy Robinson as Pat Reavis
- Linda Haynes as Gretchen
- Andre Trottier as Hydrotherapist
- Richard Jaeckel as Lieutenant Franks
- Paul Koslo as Candy
- Joe Canutt as Glo
- Coral Browne as Olivia Devereaux
- Helena Kallianiotes as Elaine Reavis
Conclusion – The Drowning Pool (1975) Film Review
I enjoyed the story and structure of this sequel more than that of the original 1966 film. This one is simply better directed and flows along at a nice pace whereas the first film seemed to be a film of two half’s. I recommended checking this one out should you be happy obtaining an imported Blu-ray copy.
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The Drowning Pool (1975) Blu-ray Review
As with most of Warner Bros releases the picture quality is outstanding and this release is no exception. On the extras side of things there’s an 11 minute behind the scenes look and a film trailer. Overall a nice vintage featurette that gives just enough of an insight into the character and story, well worth a look.
- Harper Days Are Here Again – Featurette (11 mins)
- Theatrical Trailer
On to my movie rating for The Drowning Pool (1975)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: DECENT
The Drowning Pool (1975) is available now on Blu-ray if you are prepared to obtain an imported version.
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The Drowning Pool (1975) Blu-ray Review - Import
Director(s): Stuart Rosenberg
Actor(s): Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosaas, Murray Hamilton, Gail Strickland, Melanie Griffith, Andy Robinson
Genre: Crime, Action, Drama
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
Paul Newman’s sequel to Harper (1966) is even better.
- Paul Newman
- Excellent Picture Quality
- Blu-ray Not Available As UK Release