DAY OF THE DOLPHIN
A story involving talking dolphins and a conspiracy to kill the President of the United States may at first sound silly. But, incredible direction by Mike Nichols, great acting by George C Scott, and a great script from Buck Henry, help make this one of the most entertaining thrillers of the ‘70s.
Scott plays a researcher whom, together with his associates, has managed to teach two dolphins to communicate with basic language. His research has been funded, in part, by some businessmen, with plans of using these dolphins to help assassinate the President of the United States.
This film probably wouldn’t have worked in less capable hands than that of Mike Nichols. He has crafted a film that blends beautiful imagery, an incredible score and everything else necessary to ultimately leave the viewer moved and thoroughly entertaining. “THE DAY OF THE DOLPHIN” is a thriller, but it isn’t designed to be one in the “edge-of-the-seat” mode. Instead, it builds and builds, creating many layers to the characters and plot, with a terrific twist, that should leave most audiences satisfied. Its final moments are poignant, and it’s hard to imagine any viewer with totally dry eyes.
HOME VISION has preserved the film’s correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are excellent! The image has been greatly cleaned up since its previous laserdisc release. The detail is exquisite, even in underwater scenes. There are some minor flaws, consisting of minor grain in a few scenes, but otherwise, it’s excellent. Fleshtones appear natural.
A Dolby Digital 3.0 mix has been included, and it too, is a major improvement over the laserdisc’s AC-3 3 channel mix. It’s much clearer here, and while it’s not an aggressive mix, separation effects kick in at just the right moments. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
There are some extras thrown in, but the film alone makes this worth getting!