directed by Rudolph Maté
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  One of the great lines in Alan Ladd-lore comes at the beginning of 'Branded' when someone asks his character, Choya , if he has any friends, he replies "my guns". Ladd was not a man of large stature, but something about him expressed a powerful sentiment of a noble loner-code strength... and this is one of his best roles conveying that. This was the first western directed by Rudolph Mate (who released four films that year, including D.O.A.) and 'Branded' has some kinship to 'Giant' (Dean, Hudson, Taylor). Essentially - Ladd, as a young cowboy, gets involved with some bad influences (Robert Keith) and pretends to be the long-lost son of a wealthy rancher (Charles Bickford). Rebuked by the daughter (Mona Freeman), Ladd heads south the find the heir, who has apparently been raised by a bandit (Joseph Calleia). They can't make westerns like this anymore - something about their limited production values and innocence lends them to a certain simplistic purity. out of     

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: November 1950

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Distribution Paramount Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:34:03 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.43 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio:  Paramount Home Video

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Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: September 13th, 2005

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I am quite impressed with this image, especially the scenes with outdoor lighting which look incredible. Quite a clean print obviously and no digital artifacts or manipulations that I can see. It is a bargain basement deal with no extras, but I think this is a worthy addition to my westerns collection. I'm almost glad that it is so reasonably priced as I probably wouldn't have considered buying if it was stacked and charging double. A cool genre flick and great no-frills purchase.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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