Directed by Sam Peckinpah
USA 1970

 

  Double-crossed and left without water in the desert, Cable Hogue is saved when he finds a spring. It is in just the right spot for a much needed rest stop on the local stagecoach line, and Hogue uses this to his advantage. He builds a house and makes money off the stagecoach passengers. Hildy, a whore from the nearest town, moves in with him. Hogue has everything going his way until the advent of the automobile ends the era of the stagecoach.

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Sam Peckinpah followed The Wild Bunch with this intimate, eccentric, appealing 1970 comedy, which treats many of the same themes in a soft, regretful mode. As Hogue, the tapped-out prospector who has no one but God to talk to in the middle of his yellow desert, Jason Robards puts his theatrical gestures to good use; he's rarely seemed so at home in a movie. But the film belongs to Stella Stevens, who, as the prostitute who moves in with Hogue, shows the kind of warmth and spirit that would have made her a major star had she not been pinioned by changing tastes. With David Warner, a devil's emissary who arrives on a big black motorcycle.

Excerpt from Dave Kehr's comments at the Chicago Reader located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 13th, 1970

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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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 Included with Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns Collection (The Wild Bunch / Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid / Ride the High Country / The Ballad of Cable Hogue)

    

     

 

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 2:01:08
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.84 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.

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Audio English (Mono), DUB: French (Mono)  
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Peckinpah biographers/documentarians Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle
• New featurette: The Ladiest Damn'd Lady with Stella Stevens
• Peckinpah Trailer Gallery 

DVD Release Date: January 10th, 2006

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Comments:

An amusing, if weak, addition to the Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns Collection package. The image quality is good bordering on being the best in the small collection. The transfer again sports an expected progressive and anamorphic rendering with good detail. Colors look very good and a shade of digital noise exists. The audio sounded fine to me, if dialogue was a bit muted in spots. Another commentary is offered with more anecdotal Peckinpah color stories. The featurette has a Stella Stevens documentary and it is worthwhile viewing in my opinion. I suppose the boxset overall leaves me a little under-whelmed, but possibly due to my over anticipation for the films with the transfers a notch below Warner's usual standard. Still you can't fault the extras or the price with the films looking better than I have seen to date. We still recommend the boxset if a shade less enthusiastically than we did initially.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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