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The Organization (1971)

The Organization (1971)

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Released 14-Jul-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1971
Running Time 103:32 (Case: 108)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Don Medford

Starring Sidney Poitier
Barbara McNair
Gerald S. O'Loughlin
Sheree North
Fred Beir
Allen Garfield
Bernie Hamilton
Graham Jarvis
Raul Julia
Ron O'Neal
James A. Watson Jr.
Charles H. Gray
Jarion Monroe
Case ?
RPI $19.95 Music Gil Melle

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    I enjoy Sidney Poitier's work, especially his intensity and gravitas. Accordingly, I was keen to review this film, which I had not previously seen, starring Sidney Poitier as one of his signature characters, Virgil Tibbs, in what is the second sequel to In The Heat of The Night after They Call Me, Mister Tibbs.

    In The Heat of The Night is a renowned film which features Poitier in one of his best performances paired with an equally impressive Rod Steiger. It won 5 Academy Awards in 1967 including Best Picture and Best Actor for Steiger. Unfortunately, The Organization is not of that calibre or even particularly related to that film except that it features a character of the same name and profession (although in a different city), played by the same actor. This is not to say that the The Organization is a bad film because it certainly isn't, it just doesn't have the themes and drama of the earlier film or an actor of Steiger's quality to play against Poitier.

    The Organization is a competently made police procedural/action film which includes some good chase sequences and an involving plot. A break-in occurs at a furniture company in San Francisco and Lt Virgil Tibbs of the SFPD homicide squad is called in to investigate, due to the fact that the dead body of the manager is found at the scene. The company is into more than furniture as Tibbs soon discovers when he is contacted by a group of vigilantes, led by a young Raul Julia, who admit to the break-in but deny involvement in the murder. Tibbs is soon embroiled in an investigation involving big business where his fellow officers are suspects and he must keep details of what he knows from his superiors.

    This is an enjoyable film with an engaging lead performance by Sidney Poitier and a really interesting jazz score by Gil Melle who was in fact a Blue Note recording artist during the 1950s. For those who are not aware, Blue Note was one of the top Jazz labels of the Post Bop era and features recordings by many of the great jazz artists. The score includes some interesting Avant-garde jazz especially during the chase sequences.

    If you do not go into this film expecting another classic like In the Heat of the Night there is much here to enjoy.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is surprisingly good for a film of this age.

    The feature is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise, although there was some very light grain . The shadow detail was fine for a film of this age, but was nothing spectacular.

    The colour was generally pretty good and well saturated although it did not have the vibrancy of more modern films.

    From an artefacts perspective there were very few, with some minor specks here and there, a jump in the film at 74:30 and an opaque spot in the middle of the screen for 10 seconds or so at 102:00.

    There are subtitles in 8 languages including both English & German for the hearing impaired. The English subtitles were clear, easy to read and very close to the spoken word.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is good but mono.

    This DVD contains five audio options, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s and the same in German, French, Spanish & Italian.

    Dialogue was generally clear and easy to understand and generally there was no problem with audio sync, however, I did notice a couple of times when Poitier's lips were moving but there were no words heard. I can only think that these words were removed in post-production. It does not affect the flow of the film.

    The score of this film by Gil Melle is very enjoyable, especially for jazz fans. Some portions of the soundtrack are quite avant-garde especially during a particular chase scene around 73:00. The music was one of the highlights for me.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer are not used.


Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



    The menu included shots from the film and a scene selection function, and was easy to use.

Theatrical Trailer (2:45)

    This trailer is presented in 1.33:1, contains some minor spoilers and includes a very serious and earnest voiceover. It does the job.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This film has been released in Region 1 & Region 2  in exactly the same format except for NTSC/PAL differences. Let's call it a draw.


    This disc contains a competent police procedural/action film which is sort of a sequel to In The Heat of the Night.

    The video quality is very good for a film of this age.

    The audio quality is good.

    The disc has only a theatrical trailer as an extra.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output
DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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