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directed by Sam Peckinpah
USA 1972

Sam Peckinpah eschews his slow-motion bullet ballets for this quiet character study of ex-rodeo cowboy turned drifter Junior Bonner (Steve McQueen), who returns home to Arizona to reconcile with the family he hasn't seen in years. Bonner is shocked to see that the solid family he was hoping to come back to is breaking apart. His parents, Ace (Robert Preston) and Elvira (Ida Lupino), have separated, and his brother Curley (Joe Don Baker) has turned into a heartless real estate tycoon, parceling off sections of his parent's land for quick money. With nowhere to turn and nowhere to run, Bonner has to face himself and try to find a way to regain his self-respect. He is given that opportunity at the town's Fourth of July Rodeo, where he is determined to mount and ride and unrideable bull.

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Theatrical Release: 2 August 1972 - USA

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DVD Comparison:

MGM - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Anchor Bay (WS) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Anchor Bay (Full Screen) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution

MGM

Region 1 - NTSC

Anchor Bay
Region 1 - NTSC
Anchor Bay
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:40:18 1:40:13 1:40:10
Video

2.31:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.30 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.31:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono.

Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono.

Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono.

Subtitles English, French, Spanish or none. None. None.
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.31:1

Edition Details:
• One commentary track with Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle.

DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
Keep Case.

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.31:1

Edition Details:
• None!

 

DVD Release Date: April 13, 1999
Keep Case - Dual sided DVD.

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None!

 

DVD Release Date: April 13, 1999
Keep Case - Dual sided DVD.

Chapters 12

 

 

 

 

Comments With the 'Pan and Scan' Anchor Bay you can see the massive amount of information you are missing from the total frame. It is not Open Matte - it is a total crop job. Don't waste your dollars.

The MGM and Anchor Bay Widescreen 's look very similar - same colors- but I think the MGM is a tad sharper. Include in that it has subtitles and a commentary -and this is our recommendation.

 - Gary Tooze

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Garner Simmons:
Peckinpah: A Portrait in Montage


David Weddle:
If They Move . . . Kill 'Em!





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(MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Anchor Bay (WS) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Anchor Bay (Full Screen) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)


(MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Anchor Bay (WS) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Anchor Bay (Full Screen) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)


(MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Anchor Bay (WS) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Anchor Bay (Full Screen) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)


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