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(aka "Daybreak" or "Guilt")

 

Directed by John Sturges
USA 1950

 

From writer Niven Busch, the author of Duel in the Sun, comes an equally torrid sizzler, loaded with the intrigue and passion that marked the golden age of cinema. Cast with strong performers, this story of guilt and forbidden love still packs a jolt. Injured and on the run from police, Lin Vanner (Lew Ayres) confesses the sordid details of his life to a priest, which includes the death of a man he'd turned over to the police. Vanner also reveals that he fell in love with the dead man's widow (Teresa Wright), only to have his past catch up to him. Haunting and offbeat, The Capture (1950) was directed by one of Hollywood's best, John Sturges (The Great Escape).

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A badly injured fugitive explains to a priest how he came to be in his present predicament.

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Theatrical Release: April 8th, 1950

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Runtime 1:30:18.037         
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1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,148,462,187 bytes

Feature: 21,023,489,280 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.91 Mbps

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1811 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1811 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / DN -31dB
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Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / DN -31dB

Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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Feature: 21,023,489,280 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.91 Mbps

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Edition Details:

Original Commentary track by C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
Teresa Wright: The Actress Next Door (4:38)
Original essay in full color booklet


Blu-ray Release Date:
January 18th, 2022
Black Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

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ADDITION: Film Detective Blu-ray (February 2022): Film Detective have transferred John Sturges' The Capture to Blu-ray. It looks fairly modest in the beginning 20-minutes but eventually perks up without ever looking dynamic on the single-layered transfer with a middling bitrate. The image generally looks consistent if lacking any strong detail or depth. It does export some textures and while I appreciated the 1080P appearance, it was more-or-less unremarkable visually.

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On their Blu-ray, Film Detective use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. The Capture has some aggressive moments bookended by gunfire sequences. It is authentically flat. The score is by Daniele Amfitheatrof (An Act of Murder, The Last Hunt, I'll Be Seeing You, Edge of Eternity, The Lost Moment, The Desperate Hours, Human Desire, Letter From An Unknown Woman) having some western chords and well as suspense and romance. There is native Mexican music and the use of a blind guitar player in the film. Film Detective offer optional English and Spanish subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Film Detective Blu-ray includes a commentary by C. Courtney Joyner (author of The Westerners: Interviews with Actors, Directors, Writers and Producers) and Henry C. Parke (Henry's Western Round-up.) They discuss many comparative films made in the era, Sturges, writer / producer Niven Busch (Teresa Wright's husband for ten years), many of the performers with links top other discussed westerns or noirs. There are also brief video pieces on Sturges (Man of Action) and Teresa Wight (The Actress Next Door.) There is also a 12-pages liner notes booklet.

John Sturges' The Capture has the appeal of the director, strong performers Teresa Wright and Lew Ayres in a south-western milieu. While some film historians have categorized it as a straight 'film noir', it doesn't escalate to that level, imo, but could be termed as 'western noir' with its flashback focus, murder, crime and themes of guilt within a western genre motif. I was very pleased to see it via the Film Detective Blu-ray as I am a fan of the director and cast. It's not a standout piece of cinema but vintage era fans and those who enjoy the genre and stars will probably get the most benefit.

Gary Tooze

 


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