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(aka 'Le Fleuve sauvage')

Directed by Elia Kazan
USA 1960

 

With a touch of humanism and social conviction Wild River focuses on a TVA dam project that will evict a family (matriarch Van Fleet) and her significant number of black employees. Lee Remick, as well as being jaw-dropping stunning as a country lass, is a widowed daughter of said family and graces the screen with another of her magnificent performances. Montgomery Clift's character, Chuck Glover, has the unenviable job as the ministry employee who must shoo the tenants to vacate. Monty and Remick establish a relationship which helps convert Cliff to the side of the righteous. Kazan's build seems slower than the erratic pace of the plot but it is still superior Hollywood fare shot in magnificent cinemascope.

 

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Theatrical Release: March 26th, 1960

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Distribution Carlotta - Region 2 - PAL 20th Century Fox - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:45:20 (4% PAL Speed-up) 1:49:55.630
Video 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.5 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,317,585,387 bytes

Feature: 23,805,321,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Mono)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 1768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1768 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles French (player generated), NONE English, French, Spanish, none
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Release Information:
Studio: Carlotta

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Le Lyrisme Le Fleuve sauvage
• Bande Anoiunce
• Le Tennessee de Kazan

DVD Release Date: November 17th, 2005

Keep Case
Chapters: 11

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,317,585,387 bytes

Feature: 23,805,321,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Richard Schickel
• Trailer (3:00 in 480i) 

Blu-ray Release Date: January 15th, 2013
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 24

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: 20th Century Fox - Region 'A' Blu-ray - January 2013: We assume this is part of the Elia Kazan Collection - offered by Fox in the new format. This new Blu-ray release has the Teal color timing alternation that is becoming troublesome to some Home Cinema fans. It is quite noticeable and seems most prevalent in the eyes (Remick), Monty's suit changes from grey to green and the blue jeans of characters. It is a phenomenon we will continue to investigate and report on. The DVD has a bit of the Cinemascope 'mumps' stretching the image horizontally. This isn't the case on the 2.35:1 1080P transfer. Other than the colors the HD visuals look crisper showing a bit of depth with tighter detail. The DVD is in PAL running time.

The audio is a DTS-HD Master stereo 2.0 channel at a reasonable 1768 kbps. It supports Kenyon Hopkins' subtle score and dialogue is clean and clear. The disc is coded region 'A' and has optional subtitles.

Extras have a Richard Schickel commentary I look forward to listening to this evening. There is also a trailer in SD.

Despite the teal faux-pas - that we hope is not an issue with the other Kazan classics to Blu - Wild River is a wonderful film to own. Those who have not seen it are encouraged to do so. Monty never looked as comfortable after his car accident but Lee Remick is the gem of the film in my opinion.  

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ON THE DVD: NOTE (repeated from Bigger Than Life Review): Going by the initial menus one might expect this to be like many of un-transferred (in NTSC) great English language films by French production companies that have player generated forced subtitles on the original English audio track. BUT the news is very good - the French subtitles are removable (not mandatory).

Another strong anamorphic and progressive image on this Carlotta DVD. The colors are true and there is exceptional detail. The image is tight to the frame maximizing horizontal resolution, the extras are unfortunately all in French (only) but the dialogue audio (mono) was clear and very consistent in the main feature. Overall this is a fabulous release that may have deserved a vote or two in our Year End Poll. We feel this film and transfer are equal to Carlotta's Bigger Than Life Review -  awarded DVD of the Month for January 06'.

Gary W. Tooze

 


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