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directed by Sidney Lanfield
USA 1948

 

Sometime prior to his musical endowments took over Dick Powell did some fine Film Noir work, but the western "Station West" stands out as an unusual blend of the 'black cinema' style and the cowboy genre. Powell never easily succumbs to the spurred tough guy role - it takes a healthy fist fight for us to eventually buy-in. Noir notable Jane Greer as the femme fatale gives another sterling performance and Frank Fenton's snappy dialogue really adds to this fast-paced and complex story. Harry J. Wild's cinematography is another desirable plus. Basic premise is gold and the flux of small town power illegally controlling its movement out of town. Powell comes in as an undercover military investigator and swiftly establishes a reputation as a trouble-maker. Lots of thriller/catch-the-bad-guy atmosphere and it is definitely worth adding to any collection. Raymond Burr gets a precursor taste of his role as Perry Mason, by playing a lawyer. A memorable piece that comes highly recommended!

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Theatrical Release: September 1st, 1948

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DVD Comparison:

Éditions Montparnasse - Region 0 - PAL vs. Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:19:30 (4% PAL speedup) 1:19:39
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.54 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.18 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), DUB French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)

Subtitles French, None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Éditions Montparnasse

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� Introduction by Serge Bromberg (French only)

DVD Release Date: September 16th, 2003
Transparent Slim Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� None

 

DVD Release Date: January 12th, 2016
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Chapters 11

 

 

 

Comments

Just like all previous home video releases of Station West, the made-on-demand disc from Warner Archive comes from an edited theatrical reissue. The cuts were made directly to the nitrate camera negative and Warner's attempts to locate the original release version were unsuccessful to date. (The film was cut from 8286 ft to 7125 ft, according to RKO’s master records) The new progressive transfer may seem a little soft in captures below, but it is miles above all previous home video releases, including French DVD compared here. The frame looses just a sliver of information on the top, but opens up the remaining 3 sides. Gone is a tinted haze and chroma evident in previous interlaced transfer. The blacks are deep and the damage is minimal. There were a few shots with noticeably different contrast during a heist scene. The mono soundtrack is adequate and without any distortions and per usual standard for the Warner Archive, there are no subtitles or captions. A stellar western noir that deserves rediscovery and this Warner Archive release is a good presentation. Hopefully, one of these days, the complete version is discovered.

 - Gregory Meshman

 


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Extras: Éditions Montparnasse (in French only)
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