Harper (1966) Blu-ray Review – Import

Are you ready for another rapid fire Blu-ray import review? Well it seems that Warner Bros are putting out far less from their Warner Archive label in the UK than in America although at least some are making their way on to Blu-ray in an exclusive deal with retailer HMV.

That said there are still many titles unavailable such as the film I’m taking a look here starring Paul Newman. So without further ado here’s my Harper (1966) blu-ray review.

  • Harper (1966) Import
  • Genre: Crime, Action-Drama
  • Directed by Jack Smight
  • UK Rating N/A
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Warner Archive
  • Blu-ray Import (Region Free)


Elaine Sampson (Lauren Bacall) requests Private investigator Lew Harper’s (Paul Newman) services to track down her missing husband.

Style / Direction

The film is directed by Jack Smight with the cinematography handled by Conrad L. Hall.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is composed by Johnny Mandel.

Acting / Characters

The cast is simply fabulous with Newman putting in a terrific performance as P.I Lew Harper.


  • Paul Newman – Lew Harper
  • Lauren Bacall – Elaine Sampson
  • Julie Harris – Betty Fraley
  • Arthur Hill – Albert Graves
  • Janet Leigh – Susan Harper
  • Pamela Tiffin – Miranda Sampson
  • Robert Wagner – Allan Taggert
  • Robert Webber – Dwight Troy
  • Shelley Winters – Fay Estabrook
  • Harold Gould – Sheriff Spanner
  • Roy Jenson – Puddler
  • Strother Martin – Claude

Conclusion: Harper (1966) Film Review

Despite an outstanding cast the films plot never quite engrossed me early on but around the hour mark things begin to ramp up. The character of Harper played by Paul Newman is however a fascinating one and one I’m keen to see more of. Luckly Newman reprised the role in The Drowning Pool in 1975. Overall I’d have to say Harper is certainly worth a look.

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Conclusion: Harper (1966) Blu-ray Review

Warner Bros have done another excellent job; the picture quality is simply flawless with no flickers or damage to report. On the extras front there’s audio commentary by screenwriter William Goldman and a trailer.


  • Commentary by Screenwriter William Goldman
  • Theatrical Trailer

Popcorn Cinema Rating: Harper (1966)




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Harper (1966) Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version

That concluded the Harper (1966) blu-ray review, if you have any thoughts on this film you can leave them in the comment section below:

Summary: Harper (1966) Blu-ray Review - Import
Harper (1966) Blu-ray Review - Import

Movie title: Harper (1966)

Duration: 121 mins

Director(s): Jack Smight

Actor(s): Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Shelley Winters, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh, Pamela Tiffin

Genre: Crime, Action, Drama

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  • Extras


Newman is simply fabulous as Private Investigator Lew Harper.


  • Fabulous performanace by Paul Newman as P.I. Lew Harper


  • Blu-ray Not Available As UK Release