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directed by Fred Zinnemann
U.S. 1952

A Western of stark, classical lineaments: Cooper, still mysteriously beautiful in ravaged middle-age, plays a small town marshal who lays life and wife on the line to confront a killer set free by liberal abolitionists from the North. Waiting for the murderer's arrival on the midday train, he enters a long and desolate night of the soul as the heat gathers, his fellow-citizens scatter, and it grows dark, dark, dark amid the blaze of noon. Writer Carl Foreman, who fetched up on the HUAC blacklist, leaves it open whether the marshal is making a gesture of sublime, arrogant futility - as his bride (Kelly), a Quaker opposed to violence, believes - or simply doing what a man must. High Noon won a fistful of Oscars, but in these days of pasteboard screen machismo, it's worth seeing simply as the anatomy of what it took to make a man before the myth turned sour.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: July 24th, 1952 - USA

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 Comparison:

Lions Gate (Two-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC vs.

Artisan - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Artisan Collector's Edition - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Ole of DVD-Basen for the Collector's Edition DVD Screen Caps!

 

1) Lions Gate (Two-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Artisan Old Release - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Artisan Collector's Edition - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

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

 

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Distribution

Lions Gate (2-disc UCE)

Region 1  - NTSC

Artisan

Region 1  - NTSC

Artisan
Region 1 - NTSC
Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:24:30 1:24:27 1:24:42 1:25:07.102
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.53 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.15 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.36
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 - 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 16,946,774,989 bytes

Feature: 15,355,090,944 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Lions Gate

 

Old Region 1 Release

Bitrate:

Artisan Collector's Edition

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0),
Enhanced English (Dolby Digital 3.1)
English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)

English (Dolby Digital 1.0),
Enhanced English (Dolby Digital 3.1)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 880 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 880 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English, Spanish, none Closed Captions in English Closed Captions in English None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Lions Gate

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details
• Commentary by Maria Cooper-Janis, Jonathan Foreman, Tim Zinneman, John Ritter, and David Crosby.

Disc 2

• Featurette: Inside High Noon (49:56).

• The Making of High Noon (22:09).
Featurette: Behind High Noon (9:47).

• Featurette: Tex Ritter: A Visit to Carthage Texas (5:57).

Tex Ritter performing the Oscar winning theme song on The Jimmy Dean Show (2:54)

• Radio broadcast with Tex Ritter on the Ralph Emery Show (5:35).

DVD Release Date: June 10th, 2008
Keep Case inside cardboard box
Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio: Artisan

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• The Making of High Noon (22:10).
• Theatrical Trailer (2:14)

DVD Release Date: June 26th, 1998
Keep Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Artisan

 

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by Maria Cooper-Janis, Jonathan Foreman, Tim Zinneman, John Ritter, and David Crosby.
• The Making of High Noon (22:09).
• Behind High Noon (9:47).
• Radio broadcast with Tex Ritter on the Ralph Emery Show (5:35).
• Artisan Trailers for High Noon (CE), Rio Grande (CE) and The Quiet Man(CE).

DVD Release Date: October 22nd, 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

1.33:1 - 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 16,946,774,989 bytes

Feature: 15,355,090,944 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps

Edition Details:

• The Making of High Noon (22:11)

• Trailer (2:29)

Blu-ray Release Date: July 17th, 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': I know there were a few doubting Thomases about this Olive Blu-ray release but despite the meager technical transfer - single-layered / 22 Mbps - it looks quite strong... or at least a noticeable visual improvement over the SDs. The 1080P is a shade brighter, a minute amount of depth but contrast is the area where the BD seems to show stronger layering. Subtle grays and light catching sweat announce that the video presentation is quite solid without manipulation although any slight edge-enhancements may simply be reflective of the source (which I was told was the best available). Background grain is visible.  Despite there being no restoration (that I am aware) the image is very clean, and surprisingly crisp in spots. There are imperfections but nothing dramatically hindering viewing. I like the way this looks and it gave me a fine, and a little surprising,  presentation - the best I have yet had of High Noon.

Audio is replicated faithfully with a modest uncompressed track in original mono. The Dimitri Tiomkin score, and lets not forget, crooning cowboy, Tex Ritter, sounds wonderful in lossless. There are no subtitles on the Region FREE Blu-ray disc.

Nice to see some extras added - we get The Making of High Noon featurette also found in the LionsGate DVD package and an HD trailer.

Yes, my ideal would have been a stacked dual-layered Blu-ray but I hope others won't be complaining when they watch High Noon in their Home Theaters. I'd be similarly pleased to get the works of Antonioni and Bresson in such simple, clean 1080P editions. This cries out for a recommendation... and we give it. Enjoy!

***

NOTE: We've removed the Region 2 release HERE from this comparison as it was so decidedly poor.

ADDITION: Lions Gate - Region 1 - NTSC June 08': Firstly - good news: The transfer has lost that deplorable brightness boosting that was, in essence, the worst flaw of the two previous NTSC editions. This manipulation, including fiddling with the black levels, produced edge-enhancement/removed background information and made both Artisan releases extremely poor in the image department. This is most noticeable in the drinking at the train station capture sequence below. The Lions Gate's visual integrity appears improved with it looking sharper, darker and representing better contrast balance. There is some movement within the frame from the other two editions - notably it appears to have moved up a shade (with less info on the bottom - and some sides - but shade more on top). It amounts to less than 5% so I'm not going to quibble. Bottom line of the appearance is - it's  vastly superior.

Audio has the same options as the Collector's Edition from 2002 - enhanced and original - both restored. I didn't note the sync issue accepting once but others may be more sensitive to it than I am. Subtitles are offered in English or Spanish in a white font (see sample below).

Extras: We are given pretty much all of the same supplements from the 200 Collector's edition - the. occasionally fun, group commentary plus on disc 2 The Making of High Noon featurette (22:09), Behind High Noon (9:47) and the Radio broadcast with Tex Ritter on the Ralph Emery Show (5:35).

What is new is a wonderful 50 minute Inside High Noon featurette by Moda Entertainment. It's a nice overview with input from many - usually relations of those involved in the original production - so it has a lot of 'nostalgia' value to it. After that we have two short Tex Ritter tidbits - 6 minutes visiting his 'museum' in Carthage Texas and a very rough looking, 3 minute, video of him performing the Oscar winning theme song on The Jimmy Dean Show.

I dream of having this classic on Blu-ray one day but for the foreseeable future this new Lions Gate DVD package is the one to own. I'm pleased with the appearance and bonus material. The price makes it one of the bargains of the year in my opinion. I actually feel like watching it again right now. Maybe I will. Recommended! (of course)

- Gary W. Tooze

****

About the Artisan editions: Out of sync audio and excessive digital processing make both of these editions quite poor. Looking closely I actually think that the original releases is sharper (look at the numbers of the clock in the last capture). I see visible edge enhancement in the old version though and artifacts in both. What a shame as this is such a noble film, to have received such poor treatment. Tsk tsk... The new release has bumped the audio to 3.1, but that only goes to further enhance the sync problems. I don't recommend either release. Wait till they do this one right.

- Gary W. Tooze

About the Region 2 (now removed from the comparison): The image on this DVD is very poor. It reminds me of the difference between It's a Wonderful Life R1 and R2. Where the Universal R2 DVD has a very ugly un-sharp picture. Also, this transfer isn't a real black and white only transfer. It suffers from coloration. As can been seen in Grace Kelly's eyes in high noon 1.jpg. Also strange is the fact that it has the same runtime as the NTSC versions. The trailer looks better than the movie itself. The trailer has got a much sharper image! The sound isn't great. It has noise (lots of crackle and pops), but it isn't out of synch! The Making of High Noon documentary looks like it was taken from a VHS tape and has had a colorboost. The cover states that the movie is 'Digitally Re-Mastered'. 

Dimitri van den Engel


Menus

 

 

1) Lions Gate (Two-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Artisan Old Release - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Artisan Collector's Edition - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT

 

 

 

Disc 2 of the Lions Gate

 

 

Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 


 

Subtitle Sample from the Lions Gate 2-disc

 

 

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Screen Captures

 

1) Lions Gate (Two-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Artisan Old Release - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Artisan Collector's Edition - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

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

 


 

1) Lions Gate (Two-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Artisan Old Release - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Artisan Collector's Edition - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

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

 


 

1) Lions Gate (Two-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Artisan Old Release - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Artisan Collector's Edition - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

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

 


 

1) Lions Gate (Two-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Artisan Old Release - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Artisan Collector's Edition - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

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

 


 

1) Lions Gate (Two-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Artisan Old Release - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Artisan Collector's Edition - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

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

 


 

1) Lions Gate (Two-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Artisan Old Release - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Artisan Collector's Edition - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

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

 


1) Lions Gate (Two-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

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

 

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Extras: Lions Gate
Box Covers

 

 

 

Distribution

Lions Gate (2-disc UCE)

Region 1  - NTSC

Artisan

Region 1  - NTSC

Artisan
Region 1 - NTSC
Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 


 

 

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