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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Savage Wilderness')
USA 1955


Victor Mature is in rare form in this otherwise uneven cavalry Western about a trapper who prevents a Little Big Horn-type disaster. Having been robbed of a year's worth of skins by marauding Indians, Jed Cooper (Mature), Gus Hideout (James Whitmore), and Mungo (Pat Hogan) sign on at a nearby fort. Jed, however, falls in love with Corinna (Anne Bancroft), the refined wife of the commanding officer, Colonel Marston (Robert Preston), and when the latter begins to plan an all-out attack on an unruly Indian tribe, he attempts to prevent what, in all likelihood, will be a mass slaughter. Based on a novel by Richard Emery Roberts, The Last Frontier was re-released to television as Savage Wilderness and came complete with a rousing title song performed by Rusty Draper.



Theatrical Release: December 7th, 1955 - NY, NY

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DVD Review: Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC

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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star Home Video - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:37:54 
Video 2.53:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.72 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio English (Dolby Digital 3.0) 
Subtitles English, Japanese, None

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.53:1

Edition Details:

• Previews (trailers)

DVD Release Date: September 6th, 2005

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Chapters: 12





This is a very dark image but I have my suspicions that it is close to the films actual appearance. Not especially sharp with dull colors - the image is not maximized for resolution having black borders surrounding it within the frame. It is a shame as there is some exceptionally good cinematography in this film (and great wide ratio!) - typical of Mann utilizing the splendid outdoors. Yellow optional subtitles and no extras have become a new trademark of how Columbia are treating old films. It is a Mann western though and for that reason alone - a valued part of my collection.

Gary W. Tooze

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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star Home Video - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC


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