Euro Cult Movie Forum => British Films => Topic started by: Inspector Tanzi on 02 Feb 2011 - 10:34

Title: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 02 Feb 2011 - 10:34
A fantastic piece of cinema.

Oliver Reed and Ian McShane play two hardened criminals who are serving long prison sentences in a Liverpool prison. Reed's wife (played by Jill St.John) visits him to tell him she wants a divorce and is pregnant by another man. Overcome by anger he wants to kill her.

 Reed and McShane escape and head back down to London with a little help from a bribed prison guard and a fellow prisoner and then the rampage begins!!!!

This is Reed at his hardest, why this hasn't been released on dvd is anyone's guess.

also starring Edward Woodward, Frank Finlay and Freddie Jones (...and Dot from Eastenders  ;D)

(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/sitting-target-pb.jpg)
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 02 Feb 2011 - 10:42
why this hasn't been released on dvd is anyone's guess.
Strange isn't it?
I remember watching it a year or 2 back on one of the free sat movie channels where it used to pop up on a regular basis.

Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Paul on 02 Feb 2011 - 10:43
why this hasn't been released on dvd is anyone's guess.
Strange isn't it?
I remember watching it a year or 2 back on one of the free sat movie channels where it used to pop up on a regular basis.



TCM? I've got an off-air recording from there, along with a back-up from the original Pre-Cert MGM VHS I used to have.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Graham on 05 Feb 2011 - 12:35
I've got the soundtrack of this on CD - great stuff.

Been wanting to see the film for years, but it's never on normal TV (don't have satellite) and don't want to buy a shitty full-frame transfer off eBay.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 11 Sep 2012 - 22:03
Thankyou Warner  ;)


(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/Spara3/sitting-target.png)
Title: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: demented_uk on 11 Sep 2012 - 22:09
About bloody time too. Love that cover.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: wayne on 11 Sep 2012 - 22:18
Great stuff, gonna get this for sure :)
Title: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Graham on 11 Sep 2012 - 22:42
Yes! When's it due?
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 11 Sep 2012 - 22:46
Yes! When's it due?
Now, but as it's on demand for U.S. only just have to keep checking about in the next couple of weeks who has it for sale.
Title: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: demented_uk on 11 Sep 2012 - 22:49
Importcds.com will have it and at some point it will be on Amazon Marketplace.
Title: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Graham on 11 Sep 2012 - 22:53
Great stuff. I tend to get these from Amazon Marketplace.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 11 Sep 2012 - 23:11
Great stuff. I tend to get these from Amazon Marketplace.
I do a fair bit of the time. Depends on where they appear really.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Mark (UK) on 12 Sep 2012 - 10:09
I've checked with Diabolik, they usually get these films. I'll post back when they reply.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Mark (UK) on 12 Sep 2012 - 14:58
Is it going to be on MOD? Jesse at Diabolik says he can't find a listing for it.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Hellochas on 12 Sep 2012 - 17:40
Great film — and about time!
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Luca Canali on 12 Sep 2012 - 18:43
Cracking film. Still got my MGM pre-cert and the TCM broadcast...going to have to splash out for this. Still wish they'd release it "properly" though i.e. not a DVD-R.
Title: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: demented_uk on 12 Sep 2012 - 18:55
Is it going to be on MOD? Jesse at Diabolik says he can't find a listing for it.

Yes, MOD. Here's the listing at importcds.com. You might want to take the catalog number and send it to Jesse.

http://www.importcds.com/Movies/2501613/Sitting-Target-(1972)-DVD (http://www.importcds.com/Movies/2501613/Sitting-Target-(1972)-DVD)
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Mark (UK) on 12 Sep 2012 - 19:03
Is it going to be on MOD? Jesse at Diabolik says he can't find a listing for it.

Yes, MOD. Here's the listing at importcds.com. You might want to take the catalog number and send it to Jesse.

http://www.importcds.com/Movies/2501613/Sitting-Target-(1972)-DVD (http://www.importcds.com/Movies/2501613/Sitting-Target-(1972)-DVD)

Cheers for that. I've emailed Jesse back, hopefully they can get it in stock.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Mark (UK) on 12 Sep 2012 - 23:29
Diabolik will indeed be stocking it  ::)
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Mark (UK) on 16 Oct 2012 - 08:06
I see this available now at Diabolik & Amazon (presumably other places too).  ::)
Title: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Graham on 18 Oct 2012 - 16:51
Found this on a website called Oldies.com for $14.99 + $6.99 shipping to UK. Couldn't wait any more for it to be listed on Amazon.co.uk and for around £13.50 it was too tempting to pass up.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Mark (UK) on 30 Oct 2012 - 12:30
You can probably take my opinion on the print of the Warner Archive disc with a pinch of salt, as I never seem to see half the problems people complain about when it comes to image quality, but I thought Sitting Target looked pretty damn good. There were some marks on the print as you would expect & maybe a couple of the very dark scenes were a bit difficult to make out, but over all I am very pleased with it. A few basic screengrabs taken with VLC (which may contain spoilers):

(http://imageshack.us/a/img521/6712/vlcsnap00763.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/521/vlcsnap00763.jpg/)
(http://imageshack.us/a/img33/5459/vlcsnap00773.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/33/vlcsnap00773.jpg/)
(http://imageshack.us/a/img528/1122/vlcsnap00775.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/528/vlcsnap00775.jpg/)
(http://imageshack.us/a/img513/1439/vlcsnap00778.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/513/vlcsnap00778.jpg/)
(http://imageshack.us/a/img812/2779/vlcsnap00791.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/812/vlcsnap00791.jpg/)

A link to some more: http://s19.photobucket.com/albums/b193/Mainwaring/Sitting%20Target/ (http://s19.photobucket.com/albums/b193/Mainwaring/Sitting%20Target/)
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 30 Oct 2012 - 12:50
You can probably take my opinion on the print of the Warner Archive disc with a pinch of salt, as I never seem to see half the problems people complain about when it comes to image quality.
Looks alright to me.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: wayne on 04 Nov 2012 - 10:42
ImportCDs has it up for 12,39$ and most (or all) of the other warner archives dvds for only 11,99$.

http://www.importcds.com/Movies/2501613/Sitting-Target-%281972%29-DVD (http://www.importcds.com/Movies/2501613/Sitting-Target-%281972%29-DVD)
Title: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 04 Nov 2012 - 17:15
Cheers Wayne, good to know.
What are their postage charges like?
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: demented_uk on 10 Dec 2012 - 22:22
Just watched the Warner Archives DVD. This is the second time I have seen the film and it blew me away again. As Mark said, the print used for the DVD is scratched but it just adds to the charm of the film. The pace of the film is relentless and the ending is perfect. It deserves so much more than a DVD-R.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 10 Dec 2012 - 22:58
It deserves so much more than a DVD-R.
What it deserves is a fucking Blu Ray  :) :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 20 Jan 2013 - 19:14
(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/Spara3/KGrHqJlYFB-o9cvgBQjwd9gEYQ60_58_zps5ca929c0.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Paul on 01 Mar 2013 - 09:08
By chance found a Spanish copy on eBay yesterday. Ordered it (from a UK seller) and it arrived this morning...

(http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/2314/img6889b.jpg)

It's a 2013 release, is widescreen and can be played in either English or spanish. It has optional Spanish subs and the original trailer, in English (without subs). It's 1.85:1, anamorphic and looks fine on my laptop, will try and watch over the weekend and report back about how it plays on a larger screen.

I'm quite stoked to have found this  :-X
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: MarcMorris on 01 Mar 2013 - 09:21
Nice one Paul. Do you know what else this company have released in Spain?
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Paul on 01 Mar 2013 - 09:41
Ho idea - the labels on the cover are: Nacadith Video / Feel Films.

There isn't any reference to WB on the cover or disc, which is odd though. Maybe this isn't an official release. There is a barcode and a copyright line though.

Barcode is: 8436008817418
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: MarcMorris on 01 Mar 2013 - 12:08
Apparently it's Suevia Films.

http://www.amazon.es/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_es_ES=ÅMÅZÕÑ&url=node%3D916701031&field-keywords=Suevia+Films&rh=n%3A599379031%2Cn%3A!599380031%2Cn%3A916701031%2Ck%3ASuevia+Films (http://www.amazon.es/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_es_ES=ÅMÅZÕÑ&url=node%3D916701031&field-keywords=Suevia+Films&rh=n%3A599379031%2Cn%3A!599380031%2Cn%3A916701031%2Ck%3ASuevia+Films)
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Paul on 01 Mar 2013 - 14:11
Cheers, I fixed your link, it was broken.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Paul on 04 Mar 2013 - 22:46
I'm watching this at the moment - not a bad print, though a little soft. Well worth the money though.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 14 Jan 2014 - 16:08
(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/1538683_10152235487668939_357517998_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Russell22 on 15 Jan 2014 - 12:19
The Warner Archive print is cracking on the MOD DVD. Great film
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Vito Cipriani on 15 Jan 2014 - 12:35
(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/1538683_10152235487668939_357517998_n.jpg)
Great photograph! Never seen that one before. Thanks for posting it, Tanzi!
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 15 Jan 2014 - 19:35
I still haven't seen this! I've got the soundtrack though... Which is really cool, though now OOP and going for (at least trying to go for) silly money on Amazon!

Sitting Target - Stanley Myers: Amazon.co.uk (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000BNX5NA/ref=nosim?tag=lovelockandlo-21)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2BjgqjSJaL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Paul on 15 Jan 2014 - 20:55
Do you own the film, Jonny? It's well worth a look - I know you'll love it.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 15 Jan 2014 - 20:57
Do you own the film, Jonny? It's well worth a look - I know you'll love it.

Nope, don't have it. I must remedy that!
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 15 Jan 2014 - 23:04
Do you own the film, Jonny? It's well worth a look - I know you'll love it.

Nope, don't have it. I must remedy that!
Do it!


...and if the missus turns her nose up tell her it's got someone from Eastenders in it  :-\
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Paul on 16 Jan 2014 - 07:46
Do you own the film, Jonny? It's well worth a look - I know you'll love it.

Nope, don't have it. I must remedy that!
Do it!


...and if the missus turns her nose up tell her it's got someone from Eastenders in it  :-\

 :-\
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 16 Jan 2014 - 10:35
Do you own the film, Jonny? It's well worth a look - I know you'll love it.

Nope, don't have it. I must remedy that!
Do it!


...and if the missus turns her nose up tell her it's got someone from Eastenders in it  :-

That'll put her off even more! She can't stand Eastenders!
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Russell22 on 16 Jan 2014 - 11:49
Well The Equalizer does have a convo with Dot Cotton !! ::)
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 16 Jan 2014 - 13:45
Do you own the film, Jonny? It's well worth a look - I know you'll love it.

Nope, don't have it. I must remedy that!
Do it!


...and if the missus turns her nose up tell her it's got someone from Eastenders in it  :-

That'll put her off even more! She can't stand Eastenders!
My bad, I thought she watched all the soaps.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 16 Jan 2014 - 13:50
Do you own the film, Jonny? It's well worth a look - I know you'll love it.

Nope, don't have it. I must remedy that!
Do it!


...and if the missus turns her nose up tell her it's got someone from Eastenders in it  :-

That'll put her off even more! She can't stand Eastenders!
My bad, I thought she watched all the soaps.

She used to but fell out with Enders ages ago because it's always so miserable.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 16 Jan 2014 - 17:02
Need to pick this one up.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Vito Cipriani on 21 Jan 2014 - 14:13
Do you own the film, Jonny? It's well worth a look - I know you'll love it.

Nope, don't have it. I must remedy that!
Jonny, the Spanish DVD (a 'proper' DVD rather than the US MoD disc) is only 3 Euros on Spanish Amazon at the moment. Bargain, I says! http://www.amazon.es/Celada-DVD-Oliver-Reed/dp/B00B0P0V7Q/ref=sr_1_4?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1390317159&sr=1-4&keywords=hickox (http://www.amazon.es/Celada-DVD-Oliver-Reed/dp/B00B0P0V7Q/ref=sr_1_4?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1390317159&sr=1-4&keywords=hickox)
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Collins on 31 Jan 2014 - 11:32
just ordered this after reading about it going cheap. it ended up costing about 8 quid in our money and took only four days to get here. when you think about the cost of the warner disk or the pre cert thats a good deal.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 01 Sep 2014 - 19:05
Finally watched this one on Saturday, really loved it. The Archives disc looked very good upscaled, I was expecting to be disappointed by the image but it looked great.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Paul on 01 Sep 2014 - 19:34
Glad you liked it. Ollie is a right cunt in it, isn't he!?!? :D
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 01 Sep 2014 - 20:06
Glad you liked it. Ollie is a right cunt in it, isn't he!?!? :D

He is but you still can't help rooting for him!
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 01 Sep 2014 - 21:09
Glad you liked it. Ollie is a right cunt in it, isn't he!?!? :D

He is but you still can't help rooting for him!
::)
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 01 Sep 2014 - 21:26
Glad you liked it. Ollie is a right cunt in it, isn't he!?!? :D

He is but you still can't help rooting for him!
::)

And quite a satisfying ending too!
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Paul on 01 Sep 2014 - 22:19
Glad you liked it. Ollie is a right cunt in it, isn't he!?!? :D

He is but you still can't help rooting for him!

For sure.

I absolutlely love this film.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Clive on 02 Sep 2014 - 06:36
Amazing soundtrack too.
Title: Re: Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972)
Post by: Longsden on 07 Jan 2015 - 10:47
Fucking incredible  :P