(aka 'Guns in the Afternoon ')

Directed by Sam Peckinpah
USA 1962

A much-loved revisionist Western, director Peckinpah's second feature film proved to be a bittersweet swan song for the Old West and a classy farewell to the screen for actors Scott and--for some years--McCrea. Set at the turn of the century, the film opens in the town of Hornitos, which is in the midst of a celebration. Down the crowded main street rides Steve Judd (McCrea), an aging former lawman who has seen better days. He mistakenly thinks the cheers of the crowd are for him, but is abruptly reminded of the changing times when a car nearly runs him over. Steve has been hired to escort a gold shipment from the mining town of Coarse Gold back to a bank in Hornitos, but the banker is taken aback by his age. (An especially good scene has Steve reading over his contract in the bathroom so the banker can't see that he needs spectacles.) The old lawman is finally given the job, and he sets out to hire help for the trip. He runs into Gil Westrum (Scott), a fellow former lawman who has survived by dressing up as the dandified "Oregon Kid," selling out his former heroic image. Steve hires Gil and his young sidekick Heck Longtree (Starr), but Gil plans to steal the gold at the first opportunity.


In RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY, director Peckinpah began what was to be an obsession with men who have lived past their era in history and find it difficult to adapt to changing times (THE WILD BUNCH; THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE; and PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID all share this theme). His two protagonists, in some ways mirror images of each other, are wracked with guilt for sometimes failing to live up to the standards they have set for themselves. What separates them, though, from the scoundrels they invariably encounter is a personal code of honor they both try to uphold.

Excerpt from TV Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 20th, 1962

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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1 - 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 - NTSC
Runtime 1:54:48 
Video 2.31:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.61 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 2.31:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Peckinpah documentarians Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle
• New documentary: A Justified Life: Sam Peckinpah and the Hogue Country
• Peckinpah trailer gallery

DVD Release Date: January 10th, 2006

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Chapters: 23

 

Comments:

Firstly this is an important western - the directors first notable one and a no-brainer addition to the Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns Collection package. The image quality is good but not perfect. A slim black border edges the frame but being progressive and anamorphic the detail is a vast improvement over old VHS and laserdiscs that I have seen in the past. Colors look very good and sharpness is present.




 

The mono audio sounded fine to me. I wasn't over-the-moon about the commentary - it seemed a little lifeless. The featurette features Fern Lea Peter, Peckinpah's younger sister and it is enjoyable and interesting especially for fans of the director. I am very high on this whole Legendary Westerns package and strongly recommend you buy the entire boxset (for savings) as opposed to only this title individually.

Gary W. Tooze

 


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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 - NTSC




 

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