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Maria Montez & Jon Hall Collection [Blu-ray]
 

White Savage (1943)          Gypsy Wildcat (1944)

Sudan (1945)

 

 

This collection includes three films co-starring Maria Montez and Jon Hall. WHITE SAVAGE (1943) In this lavish fantasy-adventure from director Arthur Lubin (Francis the Talking Mule), the beautiful “Queen of Technicolor” Maria Montez (Arabian Nights) lights up the screen as Princess Tahia, ruler of Temple Island, with co-stars Jon Hall (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves) and Sabu (Cobra Woman) as the shark-hunter Kaloe and his rascally pal Orano. Forbidden love blossoms when Orano plays Cupid for Kaloe and the princess. But trouble comes to tropical paradise when scoundrels seek the hidden treasure in Tahia’s palace pool. Turhan Bey (Sudan), Sidney Toler (King of Chinatown) and Thomas Gomez (Singapore) round out the top-notch cast of this eye-popping, breathtaking romance on the South Seas.

 

GYPSY WILDCAT (1944) The dazzling duo of Maria Montez (Cobra Woman) and Jon Hall (Arabian Nights) star in this Technicolor caravan of action and romance. When Count Orso is found dead, a wicked baron blames a local settlement of gypsies and imprisons them in his castle. The only witness to the killing is a traveler named Carla (Montez), who wears a beautiful necklace and captures the hearts of men who encounter her. Co-starring Peter Coe (Road to Bali), Nigel Bruce (Becky Sharp), Leo Carrillo (Four Frightened People) and Gale Sondergaard (The Spider Woman Strikes Back) with direction by Roy William Neill (Black Angel), this enchanting epic features lush locations, colorful costumes and the marvelous Ms. Montez at her most smoldering.

 

SUDAN (1945) In this sixth and final Montez/Hall starrer, Maria Montez (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves) is simply spectacular as the vengeful Naila, ruler of the Egyptian city of Khemis. Disguised as a peasant girl, she scours the desert for those responsible for her father’s death during a slave revolt. After a series of treacherous captures and escapes, the beautiful Naila finds herself aided by the amorous pickpocket Merab and his partner-in-crime Nebka, played by Jon Hall (Cobra Woman) and Andy Devine (Canyon Passage). Directed by John Rawlins (Arabian Nights) and co-starring Turhan Bey (White Savage), George Zucco (The Cat and the Canary) and Robert Warwick (Against All Flags), this action-packed romance shines like a Technicolor jewel of the Nile.

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Theatrical Release: April 23rd, 1943 - March 18th, 1945

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime

White Savage (1943): 1:15:54.000

Gypsy Wildcat (1944): 1:14:50.500

Sudan (1945): 1:16:10.625

Video

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,941,374,174 bytes

White Savage (1943): 14,618,222,592 bytes

Gypsy Wildcat (1944): 14,136,324,096 bytes

Sudan (1945): 14,082,932,736 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.40 / 21.94 / 21.44 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate White Savage (1943) Blu-ray:

Bitrate Gypsy Wildcat (1944) Blu-ray:

Bitrate Sudan (1945) Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1592 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1592 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,941,374,174 bytes

White Savage (1943): 14,618,222,592 bytes

Gypsy Wildcat (1944): 14,136,324,096 bytes

Sudan (1945): 14,082,932,736 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.40 / 21.94 / 21.44 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary for GYPSY WILDCAT by Film Historian David Del Valle
NEW Audio Commentaries for SUDAN and WHITE SAVAGE by Film Historian Phillipa Berry
Theatrical Trailers for Gypsy Wildcat and Sudan


Blu-ray Release Date: July 19th, 2022

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Chapters 8 / 8 / 8

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (July 2022): Kino have transferred three 40's Maria Montez / Jon Hall films to Blu-ray. The films - White Savage (1943), Gypsy Wildcat (1944) and Sudan (1945)  - are housed on one dual-layered Blu-ray. They are cited as being from "Brand New 2K Masters". Technicolor purists are rarely happy with digital transfers as they can often can't capture the depth and vibrancy of the colors theatrically. These aren't bad although they are a shade faded at times but for the most part they look eye-catching in 1080P Gypsy Wildcat notably. They all have color flecks and infrequent speckles with negligible inconsistencies. Overall, I suspect fans will be pleased and there are image examples below.  

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono tracks (24-bit) in the original English language fir all three films. The aggression is usually infrequent and there always seems to be a dancing numbers rife with extravagant costumes - frequently sung by chorus and unseen male soloist. The score for White Savage was by Frank Skinner (Backstreet, The Sleeping City, The World in His Arms, Arabian Nights, The Lady Gambles, The Appaloosa, Madame X, Magnificent Obsession, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, All That Heaven Allows, Thunder Bay, and The Naked City.) The score for Gypsy Wildcat was by Edward Ward (Mystery of Edwin Drood, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves The Vanishing Shadow,, Night Must Fall, The Women, Boys Town) and for Sudan by Milton Rosen (The Spider Woman Strikes Back, Jack Arnold's 3-D The Glass Web, serials like Junior G-Men of the Air or Jungle Queen.) The music is often suited to the perceived period (ex. Gypsy Song of Freedom.) It sounds solid enough in the lossless with no drops and sequences of buoyancy.  Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentaries by Phillipa Berry for White Savage and Sudan and by David Del Valle for Gypsy Wildcat. Phillipa does a good job identifying various actors and providing their filmographies with plenty of detail. I love listening to David talk about Maria Montez - her seriousness about her stardom - and how she was quite driven. He compares her a bit to Mae West ('personality' over 'actress'), the details spent on her costumes that would accentuate her breasts, her nickname of 'The Queen of Technicolor', the strength of her characters and her penchant for celebrity and narcissism. David can relate personal stories that tangentially relate to Montez and Hall (who eventually went into television, sadly taking his own life after a battle with Cancer.) He talks about the director Roy William Neill and some of his other work, Sabu and much more. There are also trailers for Gypsy Wildcat and Sudan.    

These three 40's Maria Montez / Jon Hall films are pure Technicolor fantasy. The US was in World War 2 when they were released and gave escapism to the audience. They took place in mythical locations, with extravagant costumes and sets. Montez was born in the Dominican Republic and she was a pinup with her persona carrying these fun and adventurous films. I probably liked Gypsy Wildcat and Sudan the most - although they are all formulaic. None are at the level of Cobra Woman but they have that same exotic appeal with the star often appearing bra-less as further appeal to her sexuality. Nice to have them on Kino's Blu-ray transfers for the always luxurious 'Caribbean Cyclone', Maria Montez in HD presentations of these lesser-discussed films. The commentaries provide excellent background and this is a keeper package for me. Fans should nab it as a rainy Sunday afternoon triple feature.

Gary Tooze

 


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