Directed by Gene Kelly
USA 19
70

 

  The older he got, the more Jimmy Stewart became attached to his wing collars and tweeds and swinging saloon doors. But it couldn't have been the romantic notion of western chivalry that interested him. Here, he's John O'Hanlan, an aging Texan cowpoke who unexpectedly inherits the rowdiest whorehouse in Cheyenne. The smut remains relatively tasteful for a film of its time - perhaps because Kelly's focus is squarely upon the friendship between O'Hanlon and his old partner Harley Sullivan (Fonda); how they extricate each other from scrapes; how they come to terms with their new acquisition.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 12th, 1970

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Runtime 1:41:51 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.24 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

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Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

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• Featurette - The Good Time Girls
• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: August 15th, 2006

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A bit of pinkish/red hue to the skin tones but there are some sharp scenes making me feel this is just how the film actually looks. 2.35 anamorphic widescreen. Extras include a featurette on 'The Good Time Girls' of cinema and a theatrical trailer.

A film that makes one feel it was chosen for the ease and enjoyment of the two stars (with Fonda suggested by Stewart)- light comedy and nothing bawdy - a wind-down-your-career western - but not a bad one.

NOTE: This some on the opposite disc side to Firecreek.  

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Directed by Vincent McEveety
USA 1968

 

  "FIRECREEK" is a good, sturdy and occasionally powerful little Western. James Stewart is plain wonderful and Henry Fonda almost matches him. For some strange reason those peerless veteran cowboys have never appeared on the same movie prairie before, only once together in a 1948 comedy called "On Our Merry Way." To see what they, a fine cast and a dandy new director have accomplished on a small patch of ground has been worth the twenty-year wait.

This unpretentious little color movie, which looks as though it cost a dime, is almost exactly right every step of the way, with Mr. Stewart as a peaceful farmer aroused to wrath when five killers terrorize a tiny, quaking community. That's "Firecreek" (and what a grand title!), just a wide place in the road. Warner Brothers-Seven Arts opened it yesterday in circuit showcases.

Excerpt from New York Times located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 24th, 1968

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:43:56 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.25 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)  
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• trailer
 

DVD Release Date: August 15th, 2006
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Chapters: 28

 

 

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I enjoyed this film a little more than I thought I would. The folk of small western town Firecreek stand up for their rights after gunmen abuse them, leading to an extravagant final battle between good-guy Jimmy Stewart and bad-guy Henry Fonda.

Probably the next to worse transfer after The Naked Spur - it still doesn't look overly poor - some black/red boosting. A little dark in the 2.35 ratio, anamorphic and progressive. Good subtitles and only a trailer as an extra.

NOTE: This some on the opposite disc side to The Cheyenne Social Club.  

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