(aka "Lust in the Dust")

directed by King Vidor
USA 1946

When I first started watched King Vidor's "Duel in the Sun" I was held in awe by the cinematography, the powerful cast, the Dimitri Tiomkin soundtrack and the director's epic presentation of the story. Back this up with the coquettish intangible charm of Jennifer Jones and I knew I was in for a real treat. Marvelous, marvelous. Yes, I bought into this film totally. Obviously Producer David Selznick was in a tough position - nothing he could have done could compare to his triumph of "Gone With the Wind", but I think this less successful film and his attempt should be both recognized and appreciated.

 

Jennifer Jones portrays  a stunningly beautiful half-breed named Pearl with an unbridled spirit that she cannot contain. Her noble father is executed when he lets his emotions run amok when he murders both his wife and her lover engaged in a moment of passion. She is then sent to live with distant, wealthy relatives in the heart of Texas ranch country. Once there, she meets prejudicial indifference from patriarch Senator Jackson McCanles (Lionel Barrymore). The story revolves around her divided affections between the family's good son Jesse (Joseph Cotten) and his abusive brother Lewton, played with uncharacteristic mean-spiritedness by a young and handsome Gregory Peck. She is seduced by Lewton although her head reminds her of her weak and vacillating choice. The passions of both brothers spins out of control to a stirring climax as Pearl's love/hate feelings morph into a desperate act of vengeance followed almost immediately, and irrationally, by her desires and expression of love.

 

To me this film represented everything grand about a time in Hollywood that seems almost totally forgotten. When there is nothing of a similar nature produced in 1946, this film should be recognized for David O. Selznick's blazing attempt at cinematic progression and maverick individualism. By today's standards many new critics fail to pay worthy homage to films like this, unfortunately expecting the quick thrills so predominant in the current flavors of the week.  Aside from the incongruous ending this is a mammoth film of the Silver Screen with lasting value. I feel I must give it, at bare minimum,  out of  

Gary Tooze

 

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Theatrical Release: December  31st 1946 (Los Angeles, California) (premiere) 

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Runtime

2:24:05

2:23:55 2:09:20 2:18:05 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.80 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

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Average Bitrate: 5.58 mb/s
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Average Bitrate: 4.31 mb/s
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Average Bitrate: 6.49
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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

Subtitles English, Spanish, French, none None None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:16)

 

DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
Keep Case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Coming Soon Teaser
• Popular Tag (1947)

• Widescreen Tag (1954)

• Full Length Trailer


DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
Keep Case

Chapters 27

Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

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• All Regions


DVD Release Date: January 19, 1999
Keep Case

Chapters 17

Release Information:
Studio: PT Video

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1


Edition Details:
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Coming Soon Teaser
• Popular Tag (1947)

• Widescreen Tag (1954)

• Full Length Trailer
• Photo Gallery
• Biographies
• Text comments from Martin Scorsese and Gregory Peck

DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 19

 

Comments:

NOTE: the MGM is reported as having numerous audio problems. Because of this and the cropping, we immediately switch our recommendation to the OOP Anchor Bay (Roadshow) version. MGM really dropped the ball on this one.

 

ADDITION: MGM (May 2004) - The image on the MGM is very slightly sharper although I am not overly impressed with the colors which still seem a little too red to me as well as dull. It is the most cropped of the 4 editions - mostly on the left edge. No Extras, but it is the only addition with subtitles. The sound is also flawed on the MGM. Frankly I was hoping for a lot more, although it is dual layered (like the Anchor Bay Roadshow, but there are only 16 chapter stops for a film of almost 2.5 hours which is sloppy by MGM. Stick with the Anchor Bay Roadshow edition (which is way OOP). Find it and keep it - it is the definitive version!

There are some quite striking differences in the initial release from Anchor Bay to the two "Roadshow" edition that directly followed in Region 2 and by Anchor Bay again in Region 1. It is plain to see the initial Anchor Bay release was sloppy and fit on a single layered disc quite easily without using the longer "Roadshow" print. Anchor Bay's initial release is garbage - contrast boosted, color manipulated with No Extras Features although it possibly is the least cropped of the three editions. Anchor Bay's "Roadshow" version is the sharpest of the three and the duplicated colors in the Region 2 PT Video DVD prove the colors are accurate. I see minor cropping in all editions and the most, it seems, in the Anchor Bay "Roadshow". Overall the PT Video version is quite strong. Both Region 1 releases are Out of Print (due, no doubt to Jennifer Jones) which bodes well for the sale of MGM's release in March. Lets hope they rise to the occasion with a sterling image, solid audio and some decent Extras Features.

 - Gary W. Tooze

 

 


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