directed by Henry Hathaway
USA 1954

Stranded in Mexico, three gold diggers are hired by woman in distress to help her wounded husband. They road is long and full of dangers, both from the Indians and themselves.

A routine western, very predictable, which seems more like a vehicle for the scope format, than its stars. Widmark is cock-sure as always, Cooper is wise as always, Hayward looks damn good and Bernard Herrmann made a great score.

 

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: July 9, 1954

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Comparison

Optimum Classics (Western Classics) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Sidonis - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

1) Optimum - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT

2) Sidonis - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

Box Cover

Distribution

Optimum Classics

Region 2 - PAL

Sidonis
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
See HERE  for a comparison with the Region 1 edition in the Fox Western Classics BOXSET

             

Runtime 1:36:05 (4% PAL speedup) 1:40:08.919
Video

2.56:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.10 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 29,932,764,634 bytes

Feature: 26,801,412,096 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate

Bitrate Blu-ray

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Mono DTS-HD Master Audio English 2072 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2072 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1600 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1600 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles None French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Optimum Classics

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.56:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: February 21, 2005
Keep case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Sidonis

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray
Disc Size: 29,932,764,634 bytes
Feature: 26,801,412,096 bytes
Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:
• Patrick Brion (8:50)

B. Tavernier (15:17)

Blu-ray Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

Chapters 12

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Sidonis - Region 'B' Blu-ray - May 2012: Shameful... as Bill informs us - some of these new French Blu-rays (like Pork Chop Hill) - on many players - will NOT remove the French subtitles when the original English audio is chosen. We've seen this in the past from some DVDs out of France. In a word 'silly'. As opposed to making a list of Blu-ray machines that will play the film in its original theatrical state (English language without forced subtitles) - we only confirm that HTPC software may be the most reliable method for viewing. If you know you player is capable of removing subtitles both 'on the fly' and when 'forced' with a specific language option - you will probably be safe. The menu screens do not allow this option - which we can now presume means many players will be ineffectual at desired viewing.

The image is a massive leap beyond the SD. Detail, contrast, colors all leap to an improved appearance. Extras include Patrick Brion and Tavernier talking about the film - in French.

Lossless original audio - with the optional French DUB - the Bernard Herrmann score sounds great - typically for the composer - very intense. The subtitle issue is discussed above - and it is probably enough of a reason to, unfortunately, 'pass'. Let's hope an edition arrives without the forced subtitle issue.

Gary W Tooze

***

 

ON THE DVD: The source is the complete 100-minute version in its original 2.55:1 cinemascope OAR. While lacking detail and sharpness, and with occasional halos, this is quiet a nice transfer for a DVD-5.

Sound is the original mono, from the optical print. Dialogue is clear and there is no noise.

 - Henrik Sylow


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1) Optimum - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Sidonis - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Optimum - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Sidonis - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Optimum - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Sidonis - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Optimum - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Sidonis - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Optimum - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Sidonis - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Optimum - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Sidonis - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

Box Cover

Distribution

Optimum Classics

Region 2 - PAL

Sidonis
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
See HERE  for a comparison with the Region 1 edition in the Fox Western Classics BOXSET

             



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