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USA 1954

"There was theatre (Griffith), poetry (Murnau), painting (Rossellini), dance (Eisenstein), music (Renoir). Henceforward there is cinema. And the cinema is Nicholas Ray." Jean-Luc Godard

 

Somewhat unique for the western genre, this centers on two women conflicting in similar male-dominated gunslinger-type roles. Joan Crawford, is a saloon keeper fighting to keep her establishment alive against the wishes of the local land baron and chief manipulator (Emma Small) who remains her bitter enemy and who will seemingly stop at nothing to have Vienna (Crawford) condemned and forced out of town or better yet hanged for every unsolved misdemeanor in the books. In steps the old lover Johnny (Hayden) and the machismo sparks start to fly before the eventual catfight can ensue. Powerful genre and gender bending make for a pure classic of the screen.

 
Gary Tooze

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Theatrical Release: May 27th, 1954

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Comparison:

Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL vs. Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL vs. Universal - Region 2 - PAL vs. Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Captures courtesy of our German 'sister' site for the Kinowelt screen captures!

1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL LEFT

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Paramount

Region 2  - PAL

Kinowelt

Region 2  - PAL

Universal
Region 2 - PAL
Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:45:54  [4% PAL-SpeedUp] 1:45:21  [4% PAL-SpeedUp] 1:45:16  [4% PAL-SpeedUp] 1:50:24.618 
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

Average Bitrate: ? mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

Average Bitrate: 8.8 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.55 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,202,361,770 bytes

Feature: 19,904,550,912 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps

Audio Dolby Digital Mono: English, DUBs: Spanish, French English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: German (Dolby Digital 2.0)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 830 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 830 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English, Danish, Spanish, Finnish, French, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, none German, and none English (HoH), and none None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Paramount

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• none

DVD Release Date: November 13th, 2007
Keep Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio:
Kinowelt

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer

Biographies (text screens)

DVD Release Date: April 4th, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Martin Scorsese Introduction (3:25)

DVD Release Date: April 4th, 2005

Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,202,361,770 bytes

Feature: 19,904,550,912 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Scorsese Appreciation (3:27)

Blu-ray Release Date: July 31st, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 8

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - June 12':  The new Olive Blu-ray is superior to all the SD-DVDs and, remarkably, is the only digital edition in accurate theatrical running time. Colors gain vibrancy, detail and contrast advance and there are far fewer artefacts although there are still some light scratches and speckles on the 1080P source. Certainly this is the edition to own with modest lossless sound (no subtitle options) and a cool 3.5-minute appreciation by Martin Scorsese. This is iconic cinema and we give a full endorsement to the Olive Films Blu-ray package. This is great news!

NOTE: The film was originally composed for 1.66:1 and the Olive Films Blu-ray is, like the DVDs, approximately 1.33:1. (Thanks Bob!)

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ON THE DVDs:

ADDITION: Paramount - Feb 2008. Our information is somewhat sketchy as I don't own the Paramount edition (yet) myself but from the captures sent - it is far superior to the other two releases.

 

Pablo says: 'Paramount has released a DVD edition of Johnny Guitar here in Spain (probably in other European countries as well), and the colors it shows look absolutely right to me, the image is crisp '. Thanks Pablo!

Gary Tooze

 

 

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REGARDING KINOWELT VS. UNIVERSAL: NOTE: The color on both is wrong, as the film was a three-strip TruColor film. Truffaut wanted to use the format for his 1966 FAHRENHEIT 451, but Universal was locked into a contract with Technicolor, so he settled for that. I bet this film was one of the reasons why. The new Universal edition may have messed up the color into the Crayola-Zone with all of its bleeding and inaccuracy, but Kinowelt's clarity and refinement are undermined by its color-poorness. I have seen the film on film and can tell you the TruColor is so good, it can rival the best 3-strip Technicolor you can imagine and it is too bad the format did not last. In the U.S., the Republic catalog is handled by Lion's Gate. Let's hope they get a pristine TruColor-looking transfer (preferably in progressive-scan HD at 4K), sound clean-up and a bunch of extras this classic deserves. I bet Mr. Scorsese has more than 3.5 minutes to share with us about the film.

Nicholas Sheffo from FulvueDrive-In.com

 

It is quite shocking how poor the Universal transfer is next to the Kinowelt. The color balance on the Universal is quite heavily manipulated and hence skin tones look totally irregular and ridiculous (see below). This is highly relevant as color is so important in the film for the male characters:  Turkey is in bright yellow, the Dancing Kid in green, while Johnny Guitar is in pink (NOTE: The women, by contrast, are almost totally devoid of color').

 

The Universal image is far hazier as well as being cropped. The Kinowelt is from a dual layered DVD (7.26) where the Universal is single layered (3.75 Gig) and this is the probable root of the image discrepancy. Unfortunately, the short Scorsese introduction in no way balances the poor DVD package of the Universal. Kinowelt all the way! The film is a true classic and highly recommended.

 - Gary Tooze





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1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 



1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


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(Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - TOP vs. Universal - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

 

1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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Distribution

Paramount

Region 2  - PAL

Kinowelt

Region 2  - PAL

Universal
Region 2 - PAL
Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray





 

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