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(aka 'Colorado Jim')
USA 1953

The third Mann/Stewart Western was the simplest yet most effective of their collaborations, with the actor giving one of his most hysterical performances as a bounty hunter driven by naked greed. Unable to capture and bring back outlaw Ryan without help, Stewart enlists old-timer Mitchell and dishonourably discharged cavalryman Meeker. But having captured Ryan - who, they discover, is looking after a friend's young daughter (Leigh) - the ill-matched trio are played off against one another by the manipulative Ryan. Through strong, clear story-telling and tremendous use of landscape, Mann infuses the familiar scenario with a remarkable psychological complexity.

Excerpt from the TimeOut Film Guide located HERE


Theatrical Release: February 1953

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:31:27 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.24 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.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette short - Things We Can Do Tonight
• Little Johnny Jet - Tex Avery cartoon
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: August 15th, 2006

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Chapters: 28




I should preface my comments in that I have no idea what this film looked like theatrically.

This would have to be considered somewhat of a disappointment. It was highly anticipated as the best film of the boxset with expectations that the transfer would prove as worthy. The image quality looks quite hazy, colors look dull and the overall appearance is rather muddy. It is easily the worst looking of the 6 films in the James Stewart Signature Collection. I could have sworn the TV showing of this film was actually superior. Again, I don't know what the existing elements condition was, but the image quality is about as poor a Warner DVD as I can remember seeing. Tube viewing was acceptable though. Positives are the DVD is rendered progressively with excellent subtitles and clear and consistent audio.

NOTE: (sent from email) - 'I just wanted to let you know that I saw a screening of "The Naked Spur" at the American Cinematheque a few years ago here in Los Angeles. Your are right to think that the transfer and print on the new DVD are muddy and sub-standard. In the beautiful print that was screened -- the colors POPPED. Sorry that this DVD isn't all it could have been.' (Thanks Matt!)

Extras amount to filler with a comedy featurette and a Tex Avery cartoon (thatn I loved!), plus a trailer. I would have thought this film might warrant a commentary but as it stands it is the best option we presently have (digitally speaking).

The film is a must-own for western fans - showing another dark sided character this is still a deeply penetrating Mann classic!

Gary W. Tooze


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