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directed by Fred Zinnemann
U.S. 1952

 

The myth and poetry of the old west come alive in Fred Zinnemann's (From Here to Eternity) classic western, High Noon (1952). One of the great treasures of the American cinema, the film stars the legendary Gary Cooper as lawman Will Kane, a marshal who stands alone to defend a town of cowardly citizens against a gang of killers out for revenge. Engaged in the fight of his lifetime, Kane stands to lose everything when the clock strikes noon his friends, his honor, and his Quaker bride, played by Grace Kelly in one of her first screen roles. Unfolding in real time, the tension builds as we race ever closer to the climactic duel from which the film takes its name. For his career-defining role, Cooper would go on to win the Oscar for Best Actor. High Noon's stellar cast also includes Lloyd Bridges (Try and Get Me), Thomas Mitchell (It's a Wonderful Life), Katy Jurado (Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid), Otto Kruger (Saboteur), Lon Chaney (The Wolf Man), Henry Morgan (Strategic Air Command), Jack Elam (Hannie Caulder) and Lee Van Clef (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). High Noon won a total four Academy Awards including Best Editing, Best Score (Dimitri Tiomkin, Dial M For Murder) and Best Song, Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin, written by Tiomkin and Ned Washington and sung by Tex Ritter. High Noon also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture (Stanley Kramer, producer), Best Director (Fred Zinnemann) and Best Screenplay (Carl Foreman)  

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Will Kane, the sheriff of a small town in New Mexico, learns a notorious outlaw he put in jail has been freed, and will be arriving on the noon train. Knowing the outlaw and his gang are coming to kill him, Kane is determined to stand his ground, so he attempts to gather a posse from among the local townspeople.

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Theatrical Release: May 1st, 1952 (London, premiere)

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Review: Kino - Region FREE - 4K UHD

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Runtime 1:24:47.457
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,788,127,520 bytes

Feature: 27,444,455,424 bytes

Video Bitrate: 38.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.33:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 68,676,226,749 bytes

Feature: 66,430,143,168 bytes

Video Bitrate: 78.32 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1559 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1559 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

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

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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1.33:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 68,676,226,749 bytes

Feature: 66,430,143,168 bytes

Video Bitrate: 78.32 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

 

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4K Ultra HD disc

NEW Audio Commentary by Author/Film Historian Alan K. Rode
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Writer Julie Kirgo

 

Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

NEW Audio Commentary by Author/Film Historian Alan K. Rode
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Writer Julie Kirgo
A Ticking Clock: Featurette (5:54)
A Stanley Kramer Production: Featurette (14:01)
Imitation of Life - The Blacklist History of High Noon: Featurette (9:27)
Ulcers and Oscars - The Production History of High Noon: Featurette (12:03)
Uncitizened Kane: text screens (11:01)
The Making of High Noon: Featurette (22:11)
Theatrical Trailer (1:37)


4K Ultra HD Release Date: May 7th, 2024

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray and 4K UHD captures were taken directly from the respective discs.

ADDITION: Kino 4K UHD (April 2024): Kino are releasing Fred Zinnemann's "High Noon" to 4K UHD. It is advertised  as being a "Brand NEW HDR/Dolby Vision Master From a 4K Scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative". Included ion the package is a second disc Blu-ray with the feature from the same new scan and supplements. We reviewed three DVDs (as far back as 2002) to three Blu-rays HERE. We've compared a few captures below and provided other examples of the 2160P. As far as our HDR rendition, I'd say the HD presentation is actually a semi-tone darker than our representative captures. The source for High Noon has always been in solid condition for digital transfer. So, while always dubious of Paramount being involved - the resulting image quality is pristine. Grain is visible, sharpness improved and the contrast is delineated to superlative levels strengthened by the HDR pass. The resulting image takes another jump in this higher resolution to easily be the best yet available for your home theater viewing. This exemplary western on 4K UHD would be a bona-fide reason for non-adopters to take the plunge. The larger the system, the greater the superiority over SD and 1080P.     

It is likely that the monitor you are seeing this review is not an HDR-compatible display (High Dynamic Range) or Dolby Vision, where each pixel can be assigned with a wider and notably granular range of color and light. Our capture software if simulating the HDR (in a uniform manner) for standard monitors. This should make it easier for us to review more 4K UHD titles in the future and give you a decent idea of its attributes on your system. So our captures may not support the exact same colors (coolness of skin tones, brighter or darker hues etc.) as the 4K system at your home. But the framing, detail, grain texture support etc. are, generally, not effected by this simulation representation.

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We have reviewed the following 4K UHD packages recently: Picnic at Hanging Rock (Criterion) (software uniformly simulated HDR), I Am Cuba (no HDR), The Demoniacs , The Nude Vampire (software uniformly simulated HDR), Nostalghia (no HDR), Werckmeister Harmonies (no HDR), Goin' South (software uniformly simulated HDR), La Haine (software uniformly simulated HDR,) All Ladies Do It (software uniformly simulated HDR), Old Henry  (software uniformly simulated HDR), To Die For (software uniformly simulated HDR), Snapshot (software uniformly simulated HDR), Phase IV (software uniformly simulated HDR), Burial Ground (software uniformly simulated HDR), Dark Water (software uniformly simulated HDR), Fear and Desire (software uniformly simulated HDR), Dr. Jekyll and the Werewolf (no HDR), Paths of Glory (software uniformly simulated HDR), Southern Comfort (software uniformly simulated HDR), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (software uniformly simulated HDR,) The Wages of Fear  (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Roaring Twenties (software uniformly simulated HDR), Universal Classic Monsters Limited Edition Collection (software uniformly simulated HDR), Scarlet Street (software uniformly simulated HDR), eXistenZ (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (software uniformly simulated HDR), Conan the Barbarian (software uniformly simulated HDR) Django (no HDR), Lone Star  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Suspect Zero (software uniformly simulated HDR), Count Dracula (software uniformly simulated HDR), Full Circle - The Haunting of Julia (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Warriors  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (software uniformly simulated HDR), Blackhat (software uniformly simulated HDR), Mark of the Devil (software uniformly simulated HDR), Barbarella (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Last Picture Show (software uniformly simulated HDR).

On their 4K UHD, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. "High Noon" is has a fisticuff scuffle in the livery and gun violence in the conclusion. Everything is authentically flat with modest bass. One of the highlights is the memorable score of the iconic Dimitri Tiomkin (Gunfight at the OK Coral, Angel Face, Strangers on a  Train, The Men, Dial M For Murder, The Thing From Another World etc. etc.) rhythmically building the tension as the film progresses - plus there is Tex Ritter (father of actor John) crooning Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin which became a major hit on the country-and-western charts and later, a pop hit for Frankie Laine. The lossless audio is flawless. The discs offer optional English (SDH) subtitles - and the 4K UHD is region FREE, playable worldwide. The second disc Blu-ray is Region 'A'-locked.:

The 4K UHD disc and Blu-ray offer two new commentaries. The first is by film historian Alan K. Rode (author of Blood on the Moon - Reel West.) He comments about how much has been written about this iconic western and draws on the work of Michael Blake (Code of Honor: The Making of Three Great American Westerns), Glenn Frankel (High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic), director Frank Zinnemann, producer Stanley Kramer, editor Elmo Williams, along with many others while including his own insights about this film who's reputation has deservedly grown over time. He talks about Gary Cooper (50 at the time of production), Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly and other members of the cast and crew. It's excellent with some keen observations. The second commentary is by film historian / writer Julie Kirgo. She talks about this being Lee Van Cleef's very first film although he has no dialogue, that the film runs, essentially, in 'real time' (runs 84-minutes - takes place over approximately 84-minutes), High Noon being on of the most famous Hollywood films, it's contradictions, how it was revolutionary in its time - for many reasons - the building tension, she quotes Fred Zinnemann - talks about Cooper's back problems and cancer, Tiomkin score and so much more. Julie is always passionate and informative.

The remaining supplement are relegated to the second disc Blu-ray and generally duplicate the Olive Signature release from 2016 including A Ticking Clock running 6-minutes that has Academy Award nominee Mark Goldblatt discussing the editing of High Noon. A Stanley Kramer Production is 14-minutes and has Michael Schlesinger providing discussion on the eminent producer of High Noon. Imitation of Life: The Blacklist History of High Noon shares information from historian Larry Ceplair and blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein running shy of 10-minutes. Ulcers and Oscars: The Production History of High Noon - is an interesting visual essay with rarely seen archival elements, narrated by, the late actor, Anton Yelchin. It runs a dozen minutes. Uncitizened Kane is an original essay by Sight and Sound editor Nick James and is text-on-screen allowing you to click through 10-pages. There is also the older The Making of High Noon featurette with Leonard Maltin also found in the Lionsgate DVD package. Lastly is a theatrical trailer. There are no liner notes but the package does have an O-card slipcase and alternate reversible sleeve artwork (see below.)

Fred Zinnemann's "High Noon" is one of the most influential westerns ever made. It has a strong theme of man's conflict of conscience - mercenary attitudes than lean close to cowardice. Many famous actors, regretfully, declined the role of Will Kane - John Wayne thinking Foreman's story was an obvious allegory against blacklisting - rejected it. Stanley Kramer offered it to Gregory Peck, who thought it was too similar to his role of aging gunfighter Jimmy Ringo in 1950's The Gunfighter. Also Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and Charlton Heston also declined playing Will Kane. I loved the economic pace... and so many of the supporting cast; Katy Jurado (Broken Lance,) Lloyd Bridges (perhaps the opposite of his last role of Izzy Mandelbaum on Seinfeld,) Otto Kruger as the feeling Judge, Lon Chaney Jr. as the town's former marshal, Harry Morgan as Sam Fuller, Lee Van Cleef as silent Jack Colby, Sheb Wooley etc. and of course Grace Kelly as devout Quaker and pacifist Amy Fowler. "High Noon" exports the idea of what a man should be - fearlessly going against the crowd - when they are making self serving, short term, decisions. Unassisted by the town, after facing the consequences of his noble decision, Will throws his Marshal's star in the dirt and speechlessly leaves with his brave bride. God Damn. Kino's 4K UHD with the video upgrade and two new commentaries gets our highest recommendation. 

Gary Tooze

 

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