Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'The River is Red')

directed by Howard Hawks
USA 1948

 

"I’ll have that brand on enough beef to feed the whole country. Good beef for hungry people. Beef to make them strong, to make them grow."

 

Despite its inherent flaw an easy case could be made for touting this as the greatest western of all time. Very easy. The mark of the 'western' genre is, for the most part, the history of pioneering the American old west. Strong, fearless men venturing to find a place of opportunity in which to settle. This epic tale focuses on failed leadership by Tom Dunson (John Wayne), on the first cattle drive down the Chisholm Trail. A man with single-minded desire for success and to make his make his mark in the expansive land in Texas. Filled with many subtle classic western-isms involving legendary gun handling, fighting Indians, forsaking women for future gains, growing beef for the good of the country and sticking to an honorable code. The flaw, as most know, is the ending - but being aware of it allows one to forget its existence and enjoy a true branding of Americana with some exquisite cinematography. This is beyond a gem folks, this is a grand piece of cinema history that rightfully deserves it place topping some for the best westerns of all time. A masterpiece of masterpieces. out of .

Posters

Theatrical Release: September 1st, 1948

Reviews                 More Reviews           DVD Reviews


Recommended Reading for Western Genre Fans (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

Check out more in "The Library"


Comparison:

MGM - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

MGM - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

Box Cover

Distribution MGM - Region 1- NTSC

Masters of Cinema - Spine #68

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Runtime 2:12:36  2:12:42.704
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.39 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,669,055,548 bytes

Feature: 41,232,578,112 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.88 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 English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Isolated Score: LPCM Audio Undetermined 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, English (Hearing Impaired), French, Spanish, None English (Hearing Impaired), None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• none

DVD Release Date: May 1st, 2001

Snapper Case
Chapters: 32

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka MoC

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,669,055,548 bytes

Feature: 41,232,578,112 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.88 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Exclusive lengthy video conversation about Red River and Howard Hawks by filmmaker and critic Dan Sallitt, conducted by Jaime Christley, and shot by Dustin Guy Defa and James P. Gannon (45:32)
• Lux Radio Broadcast (58:54)
• Liner Notes booklet featuring the words of Howard Hawks, rare imagery, and more!

Blu-ray Release Date: October 28th, 2013
Transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 15

 

Comments:

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

 

ADDITION: Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (November 2013): Pretty sweet - more than 7X the bitrate of the SD and the big story is the grain. The textures are well-supported with scrumptious film-like visuals. The only thing, and we've noticed it with most 1080P-transferred vintage films - as the resolution is heightened - so is the visibility of the damage marks. In the case of Red River it is light scratches, many just under the surface. I wasn't deterred and it looks like the same source that also exhibits some weaknesses including softness at times. The 2001 DVD had some artifacts - and they are gone and the contrast is a significant improvement in HD.

 

Masters of Cinema go with a linear PCM track in the original mono at 1152 kbps. It sounds predictably flat but Dimitri Tiomkin's (Angel Face, Strangers on a  Train, The Men, Dial M For Murder, The Thing From Another World etc. etc.) rousing score get some 'umpph' and sounds quite strong. Cattle, horse and respective sounds seem crisp - adding to the atmosphere. There are optional English subtitles on the Region 'B'-locked Blu-ray disc.

 

Extras include the ability to access the isolated score - also in lossless. There is 45-minute video conversation about Red River and Howard Hawks by filmmaker and critic Dan Sallitt, conducted by Jaime Christley. It's quite interesting and worth indulging in. Aside from that is an hour-long Lux Radio Broadcast adaption of Red River from 1949. There are some liner notes included in a booklet featuring the words of Howard Hawks with some rare imagery photos etc.

 

Easiest Blu-ray purchase of the year. The DVD is 12-years old technology and this 1080P really improves the presentation. Add onto that the lossless sound (Tiomkin!) and worthwhile supplements. Buy with confidence.  

 

***

ON THE DVD: There is a fair amount of damage in the first 10 minutes, but once settling into the film, the MGM DVD image is very good with some minor digital artifacts. Occasionally showing speckles of dust the contrast is reasonable. Subtitles are well done and audio is original. There are no extras. It is quite reasonably priced being under $12 US and is a must-own film. out of       

Gary W. Tooze

 


Menus

MGM - Region 1 - NTSC


 

Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 


CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

Subtitle Sample

 

MGM - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

Screen Captures

 

MGM - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


MGM - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


MGM - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


MGM - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


MGM - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


MGM - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 

 


MGM - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 


MGM - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 

More Blu-ray Captures


Box Cover

Distribution MGM - Region 1- NTSC

Masters of Cinema - Spine #68

Region 'B' - Blu-ray



Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r


 

Hit Counter

 

DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

Thank You!