Directed by William A. Wellman
USA 1954

 

  An odd but rather wonderful account of a family forced to confront their deepest fears when a mountain lion decides it wants to have them for lunch. Mitchum's performance as the paterfamilias determined to track down the intruder is a tour de force. The hunt reveals his true character as he fights to protect his family from a power which doesn't always seem of this world. While occasionally Track of the Cat is a little too busy with its own sincerity to work, the magnificent cinematography, clever pacing and sharp writing make for gripping viewing.

 Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE .

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Theatrical Release: November 27th, 1954

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DVD Review: Paramount (Special Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Part of the The Batjac Suspense Collection which includes Ring of Fear / Track of the Cat / Plunder of the Sun and Man in the Vault.

               

Distribution Paramount Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:42:36 
Video 2.55:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.36 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 (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 4.0)  
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: Paramount Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.55:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by: William Wellman, Jr., Tab Hunter and Frank Thompson (Dolby Digital 2.0)
• A New Kind of Western: The Writing of Walter Van Tilburg Clark
• Remembering William Wellman
• Black Diamond
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Photo Gallery
• Tracking the Cat
• Batjac Trailer

DVD Release Date: June 6th, 2006

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Chapters: 14

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The original release, televised from time to time in pan-and-scan format, had a severely restricted color scheme. Wellman claimed it was the black-and-white color film he had wanted to make for a long time. Almost everything in the farm house interior, including the furniture and the butter churn, was white, for example. The restricted color scheme wasn't always consistent. Nevertheless, the effect was quite striking. I've wondered whether the idea for the emphasis on black and white came from the Mitchum character's hallucination late in the source novel of seeing the landscape around him in black and white. (Thanks Marshall)

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The image quality of Track of the Cat is not at Paramount's best. It is very dirty, lots of digital noise, occasional artifacts and colors lean towards being dull. The best part about it was the film, followed by the strong audio which sounded especially dynamic. The image is quite watchable, progressive and anamorphic and the 2.55 widescreen is impressive. I enjoyed the commentary very much and there are numerous featurettes comfortably filling the dual-layered disc. Although not pristine I appreciate Paramount's efforts bringing this to digital - I'm still very excited about The Batjac Suspense Collection which we will eventually review in full.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

Part of the The Batjac Suspense Collection which includes Ring of Fear / Track of the Cat / Plunder of the Sun and Man in the Vault.

               

Distribution Paramount Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC



 

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