MOUSE OVER TITLE AFTER PAGE LOADS TO SEE COLORIZED TITLE

(aka "The Californian" )

 

directed by Rouben Mamoulian
USA 1940

 

In a role that perfectly combines his feyness and machismo, Power is marvelous as the fop by day and brave avenger by night. Returning to 19th-century Los Angeles, Don Diego (Power) finds that his father Don Alejandro (Love) has been replaced as governor by the slimy Don Luis Quintero (Bromberg) and the cruel Capt. Pasquale (Rathbone). Shortly after the mincing Don Diego has convinced the powers that be that he's nothing to worry about, the dashing, heroic but mysterious Zorro begins righting wrongs left and right, leaving his mark (literally) on everything...and everyone. Who says the pen is mightier than the sword?

Power cuts a stylish and convincing Zorro, vigorously playing the brilliant swordsman, although his more strenuous routines are performed by stunt double Albert Cavens. Mamoulian cleverly cuts in and out of his terse scenes to suggest more action than really occurs. The final deadly confrontation between Rathbone and Power is a thrilling duel no less exciting than the final contretemps between Errol Flynn and Rathbone in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. Rathbone is terrific as the villain, always fondling his sword, prepared at any moment to draw blood for sport or sadistic amusement. "Most men have objects they play with," Rathbone remarks in one scene. "Churchmen have their beads; I toy with a sword." Love is as sturdy as ever, the paunchy Bromberg and the sleek Sondergaard are a delight as the sleazy rulers, and the unique Palette gets to reprise his performance as Friar Tuck from ROBIN HOOD. Darnell doesn't get to do much more than glow in soft focus, but she does show lush promise beneath the prim dictates of her role.

 Excerpt from TV Guide Online located HERE
 

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Theatrical Release: November 1st, 1940

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20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC

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Black and White vs. Colorized

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The original black and white version is the same as the Studio Classics version (Spine #12), but in this version you also get the colorized version on the opposite side of a dual layered dual sided DVD. It is $5 cheaper getting the original release without the addition of the colorized print...

               

Distribution

20th Century Fox

Region 1  - NTSC

Runtime 1:33:36 1:33:36
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.59 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.94 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital Mono), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital Mono) 

English (Dolby Digital Mono), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital Mono) 

Subtitles English, Spanish, and none English, Spanish, and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1
 

Edition Details:
• Studio Classics trailers
• Commentary by: film critic Richard Schickel
• "Tyrone Power: The Last Idol" as seen on A&E's Biography

DVD Release Date: October 18th, 2005
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Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• 6 Photos in an envelope
• Commentary by: film critic Richard Schickel

DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005

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Comments

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This edition has the black and white version also sold in the original Studio Classics series by 20th Century Fox and on the opposite side this colorized version. On colorization... we do not condone or recommend films that have been manipulated by colorization. Just as we do not recommend censored films, non-original audio or aspect ratio manipulated films. Colorization can look silly at times, attempting to give texture where there often is none. I don't really have much to more to say than you can determine for yourself by viewing the images below. The colorized version looks pretty good and brings out detail (often in shadows) that is lost in the original black and white print - of course this information mat have intentionally be left out - how can we ever know. The trouble with the coloring is that it is mostly guesswork and highly inaccurate. Anyway the colorized print is very interesting to see regardless of your stance on the issue and its also interesting to see how far the colorization process has come. The colorized edition is cropped on the left and bottom edges.

 

P.S. I heard Ted Turner is going to colorize the moon before 2008.

 

NOTE: Nick says: 'In your recent review of the colorized/b&w Mark of Zorro: SE from Fox you don’t make any mention of the aliasing on the original “studio series” edition. I have the original Studio Series B&W only disc and I can tell you that the shimmering of fine details is obtrusive to put it mildly. Fox paid very little attention to their initial ‘remastered’ titles in this collection.' (Thanks Nick! )

 - Gary Tooze

 





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DVD Box Covers

The original black and white version is the same as the Studio Classics version (Spine #12), but in this version you also get the colorized version on the opposite side of a dual layered dual sided DVD. It is $5 cheaper getting the original release without the addition of the colorized print...

               

Distribution

20th Century Fox

Region 1  - NTSC


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