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directed by Delmer Daves
USA 1956

 

Found grievously injured by rancher Shep Horgan (Ernest Borgnine), Jubal Troop (Glenn Ford), a man who's life has been dogged by bad luck, is offered a job as a cowhand. Soon his obvious abilities earn him Shep's trust and a promotion. This riles former top hand, Pinky (Rod Steiger) who's been supplanted by the new man. Things are further complicated when Shep's wife Mae, unhappy in her marriage, turns her attention away from Pinky and onto Jubal, whose romantic interests lie elsewhere. Into this explosive situation, Reb (Charles Bronson) a traveling stranger, offers his help, but it's up to Jubal to change finally change the luck in his life from bad to good.

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A trio of exceptional performances by Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, and Rod Steiger form the center of Jubal, an overlooked Hollywood treasure from genre master Delmer Daves. In this Shakespearean tale of jealousy and betrayal, Ford is an honorable itinerant cattleman, befriended and hired by Borgnine’s bighearted ranch owner despite his unwillingness to talk about his past. When he becomes the object of the attentions of the owner’s bored wife (Valerie French) and is entrusted with a foreman’s responsibilities, his presence starts to rankle a shifty fellow cowhand, played by Steiger. The resulting emotional showdown imparts unparalleled psychological intensity to this vivid western melodrama, featuring expressive location photography in Technicolor and CinemaScope.

 

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Theatrical Release: April 6th, 1956

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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC Criterion Collection - Spine #656 Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:41:09  1:41:29.666
Video 2.49:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.40 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,382,907,451 bytes

Feature: 21,824,028,672 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, Japanese, None English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.49:1

Edition Details:

• Columbia trailers 

DVD Release Date: April 5th, 2005

Keep Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.55:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,382,907,451 bytes

Feature: 21,824,028,672 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones 

Blu-ray Release Date: May 14th, 2013
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Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 20

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (April 2013): I had forgotten what a good film this is. Criterion's single-layered 1080P treatment produces some very different colors -  Borgnine's shirt seems improved but Bronson's seems inaccurate(?!?) I can't comment on the color authenticity not having seen the film theatrically. The Columbia DVD may be a bit boosted - it's hard to be sure but 'in-motion' the Criterion is significantly superior with no artifacts - the 2.55:1 widescreen exhibits a smattering of Cinemascope mumps if you look closely. Criterion also advances the presentation with a lossless linear PCM audio track. It is 2.0 channel stereo and has some depth - notable in David Raksin's (Bigger Than Life, The Big Combo), typically western, score. There are optional subtitles and the disc is, predictably, region 'A'-locked.  No digital extras - only a Kent Jones essay in the liner notes provided in the package. I wouldn't say this is the perfect companion piece to 3:10 to Yuma - but it's a cracking western with great performances.

 

P.S. I watched this a second time and the image impressed me less. I would say it is the fault of the available print - but sections of the contrast look inconsistent.

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ON THE DVD: I don't think anything has been done to manipulate this image - it looks quite heavy at times, but suspect that this is intended. It is very dark at times and a little faded, but sharpness is at an acceptable level. Overall this isn't too bad. Original audio is clear. Amazing 2.5 widescreen. Another standard solid western with Ford, and no extras, but at a very good price. We like this film/DVD.       

Gary W. Tooze

 


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