(aka "Tierras Lejanas" or "Je Suis Un aventurier")

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USA 1954

Another Jimmy Stewart and Anthony Mann gem. They teamed to do some of the best westerns ever made and these classics always seem to be forgotten. Probably close to my favorite- Winchester '73.


The cinematography of the majestic Canadian Rockies serves as a monumental backdrop as again Stewart plays a jaded loner, this time named Jeff Webster. His only real companion is his sidekick Ben Tatum (Walter Brennan). Gold again is the elusive target and the honor code and male-to-male nobility make for a space but ripe narrative. Another classic western. They do not make films like this anymore.
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Theatrical Release: February 12th, 1955 (USA)

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DVD Comparison:

Universal (Universal Western Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Universal (James Stewart - The Western Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Universal (Spanish Edition) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Vincent Lacomme for the PAL Screen Caps!

(Universal (Universal Western Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Universal (Spanish Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:36:51

1:36:51

1:33:03 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 5.53 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.67 mb/s

NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.93 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

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Audio English 2.0 Mono English 2.0 Mono

English 2.0 Mono DUB: Spanish 2.0 Mono, Italian 2.0 Mono, Russian (Voice Over) 2.0 Mono

Subtitles English Closed Captioned, French, Spanish, none English Closed Captioned, French, Spanish, none English, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: May 6th, 2003
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Chapters 21
 

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

 

Aspect Ratio:

Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: May 6th, 2003
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Chapters 21

 

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85

Edition Details:

• Theatrical  trailer (4:3) - 1:48

set contains - Destry Rides Again / Winchester 73 / Bend of the River / The Far Country / Night Passage / The Rare Breed

DVD Release Date: May 20th, 2008

Slim transparent Case (6 inside box)
Chapters:
20

 

Comments ADDITION: James Stewart - The Western Collection contains Destry Rides Again / Winchester 73 / Bend of the River / The Far Country / Night Passage and The Rare Breed. This would be considered and upgrade to have this now in widescreen and NTSC.

It looks about the same as the Spanish PAL release but has a much higher bitrate and a shade better detail.  I'm still VERY pleased about this new Collection of which we have reviewed/compared every title (links in paragraph above). For these six western gems the price amounts to $5 a piece which is really a ridiculous deal.   

 - Gary Tooze

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ON THE ORIGINAL AND PAL RELEASES: Note: The movie was shot in Academy Ratio (1.33) and framed so that it looks fine in widescreen, so it's an open-matte format. It was shown in widescreen in theatres equipped for the format. So both DVDs could be considered "Original Aspect Ratio".

 - Vincent Lacomme

I don't like to think of myself as a widescreen fetishist. Meaning that many 'open matte' films for me are not totally discounted especially when they contain significantly more information, as this NTSC issue does here. This is dissimilar to bastardization through 'pan and scan'. Now my optimum choice would be the widescreen version that was shown in the theater - every time. The composition is lost in the vast open spaces on the top of the frame. Anthony Mann would not compose this way. There is a small amount of information also lost on the sides of the NTSC in comparison to the widescreen. The trouble with the PAL edition is it is very hazy and slightly inferior to the Region 1 in image sharpness. I'd love to see this marvelous film widescreen, but I would also like to as sharp (or sharper) than the current unremarkable Region 1 DVD. Universal NTSC also did this with another Stewart/Mann western (name eludes me - was it 'Bend of the River'?- no the box claims it was cropped - but was shot in 1.33) and it is very discouraging. Regardless, I enjoyed my Region 1 viewing being oblivious at the time there was a widescreen edition floating around. I wouldn't buy the PAL edition though. I would sooner put tape on top and bottom of my TV screen - but that is just me. The beauty of the comparison gives you your own choice. I enjoyed my Region 1 viewing immensely. Colors are good on both and as an extra they both include the theatrical trailer (4:3 - by the way).
 

 - Gary Tooze

 


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1) Universal (Universal Western Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Universal (James Stewart - The Western Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

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1) Universal (Universal Western Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Universal (James Stewart - The Western Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Universal (Spanish Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM

 

 

 


 

1) Universal (Universal Western Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Universal (James Stewart - The Western Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Universal (Spanish Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM

 

 

 


 

1) Universal (Universal Western Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Universal (James Stewart - The Western Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Universal (Spanish Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM

 

 

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Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal
Region 2 - PAL

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