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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "L'homme des vallées perdues" )

directed by George Stevens
USA 1953

The recurring theme of heroic nobility and valor with a protagonist that could be described as a loner is quite common for the old westerns of John Ford and Anthony Mann. This isolated characterization could often be a reflective comparison to the wide expanse of the often un-chartered wild west itself. Lonely men in lonely towns with neighbors on homesteads miles apart. A comparison is surely there.

George Stevens (Giant) made a remarkable contribution to the western lore with his film 'Shane'. The screenplay was based on Jack Schaefer's successful 1949 book of the same name and the film received six Academy Awards nominations: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Brandon de Wilde), Best Supporting Actor (Jack Palance), Best Director, Best Screenplay (by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.), and Best Color Cinematography, and won its sole Oscar award for photographer Loyal Griggs. We seem abandoned in the late 1880s, settlers struggling for a new life and having each other as the only support mechanism. If it crumbles, we all crumble. The brilliance of the direction is it subtly detailing the story with minimal dialogue and like its protagonists preferring more to work within a certain unspoken code of behavior. The ending is uncompromising with the savior of the community becoming the outcast, and he rides off alone into the glorious mountains. Does valor require a decorated champion? or are the deeds themselves more expected than unique and hence the legend of such men seems to grow as the stories are told, often from young boys who become strong young men with real role models for their maturity. Justly considered one of the greatest 'heroic' westerns ever made.

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Theatrical Release: 23 April 1953

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Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Paramount - Region 2,4 - PAL vs. Paramount  - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

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1) Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Paramount - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Paramount - Region FREE - Blu-ray  RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Paramount

Region 1 - NTSC

Paramount
Region 2,4 - PAL
Paramount - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:57:48 1:53:09 (4% PAL speedup) 1:58:02.950
Video

1.33 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.78 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.90 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,823,583,424 bytes

Feature: 30,298,890,240 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.69 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio English 2.0 Mono DUB: French 2.0 Mono

English 2.0 Mono DUBs: French 2.0 Mono, Italian 2.0 Mono, Spanish 2.0 Mono, German 2.0 Mono

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2053 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2053 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB

Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles English, none English, English for the hearing impaired, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croat, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, none English (HoH), French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Paramount

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer
• Audio Commentary with George Stevens Jr. and Ivan Moffat (no subtitles)

DVD Release Date: May 13, 2003
Amaray

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Paramount

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (1:56 no subtitles 4/3)
• Audio Commentary with George Stevens Jr. and Ivan Moffat (with English, French, Italian, Spanish, German subtitles)

 

DVD Release Date: October 6, 2003
Amaray

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Paramount

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,823,583,424 bytes

Feature: 30,298,890,240 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.69 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (1:59)
• Audio Commentary with George Stevens Jr. and Ivan Moffat

Blu-ray Release Date: August 13, 2013
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 16

 

Comments

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

 

ADDITION: Paramount - Region FREE - Blu-ray (July 2013): Having seen my DVD version of Shane probably a dozen times, the new 1080P image REALLY jump out for me. Not knowing what it looked like theatrically, I can only say that I am very pleased with this appearance. It's clean, colors are very bright - some of the indoor and night sequences are a shade dark. Skin tones are warm. There is more information in the frame on all 4 edges and it's nice to see some of the original grain in the backgrounds. Incredibly deep black levels at times - almost moiring. This is dual-layered with a high bitrate. I see some very minor edge-enhancement if I zoom in far enough. I was mesmerized by the areas of improvement over the Blu-ray.

 

Effects are effective during the fire, bar brawl, dance and the guns shots (definite punch!) - the DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel handles it all expertly. There is a decipherable crispness to the dialogue. Another memorable score by Victor Young (Three Faces West, The Sun Shines Bright, Johnny Guitar, China Gate, Bullfighter and the Lady, etc.) that certainly benefits from the lossless rendering. Actually the score is a large part of this film experience and I noted the improvement over the SD's simple Dolby transfer. There are foreign language DUBs and subtitle options (including English - SDH) on Paramount's region FREE Blu-ray disc.

 

No new extras - we get the George Stevens Jr. and Ivan Moffat commentary and a trailer. For me - one of the most enjoyable re-viewings of the year. Absolutely recommended! 

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ON THE DVDs: Very similar releases, but the PAL edition appears to be slightly saturated and is also hazier. I don't see any significant cropping. Both have the original audio and the same commentary.

This is a great film, by the way and its nice to see it has more than bare bones for both standards. The PAL edition does, as usual, offer a host of DUBs and subtitle options. Overall we see no reason not to own the NTSC version for its superior image quality. 

-Gary Tooze


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Region 1 - NTSC

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