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(aka 'Emperor of the North Pole')
Gritty story of the Depression,
railways and hoboes. With a tough performance from Ernest Borgnine as the guard
who won't let any freeloaders onto his patch
Theatrical Release: May 23rd, 1973
DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 7.54 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 2.0), English (Mono), DUBs: French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, None|
by film historian Dana Polan
Talk about films staying with you - I saw this in the theatre when I was, I suppose, 11 years old. The film reminds me of another depression era violence-based adventure saga called Hard Times with Charles Bronson and James Coburn. It also focused on the extension of extreme means of survival in impoverished times, although they both had a different spin.
This DVD image is fabulous - minor, but fairly fine, digital noise at times but it is extremely sharp and colors are very bright. Aldrich uses a lot of closes ups and it really brings out the detail of the image. Audio comes with a mono and stereo flavor in English and two mono DUBs. The optional subtitles are great and this anamorphic and progressive DVD, with commentary insights by Dana Polan, is a steal at under $10. Borgnine and Marvin both give super performances. Even with its macho underpinnings we recommend!