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Directed by Edward Ludwig
USA 1954

 

Newly Remastered in HD from a 4K scan of the original camera negative and a 2K scan of the interpositive! The star and director of the 1953 3-D hit Sangaree team up again for this romantic and thrilling adventure in glorious Technicolor. Jivaro, also known as Lost Treasure of the Amazon, stars Fernando Lamas (100 Rifles), Rhonda Fleming (Those Redheads from Seattle), Brian Keith (The Rare Breed), Lon Chaney Jr. (Big House, U.S.A.), Richard Denning (Target Earth), Rita Moreno (West Side Story) and was directed by Edward Ludwig (Wake of the Red Witch). Alice Parker (Fleming) arrives at the Brazilian trading outpost of Rio Galdez (Lamas) in search of her fiancé, Jerry Russell (Denning), an alcoholic engineer who has ventured into headhunter country on a quest for gold. 3-D restoration by 3-D Film Archive!

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In this adventure, four explorers search for a vast treasure in the Amazon jungle. One of the explorers is a woman who got involved after she traveled from California to marry her fiance whom she hasn't seen in two years. Another man tries to convince her that her fiancé has become an alcoholic idealist obsessed with finding gold in the jungle. Another takes her into the jungle to find her love. En route he falls in love with her. Later they learn that her fiancé has been killed by the Jivaro headhunters. The other man, who went in before them is also attacked, but the woman's guide saves his life. This film did not use stock footage. Much of it was actually filmed in the jungle to provide the backgrounds.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: February 10th 1954

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

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:31:51.631        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,322,128,313 bytes

Feature: 21,298,642,944 bytes

Video Bitrate: 16.57 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1831 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1831 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1608 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1608 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,322,128,313 bytes

Feature: 21,298,642,944 bytes

Video Bitrate: 16.57 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary with Mike Ballew, Hillary Hess, Greg Kintz and Jack Theakston
JIVARO: A Shot by Shot Stereoscopic Analysis (8:26)
Original Theatrical Trailer
Trailers for other KLSC 3-D releases
 

Blu-ray Release Date: March 26th, 2019
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Chapters 12

 
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Comments:

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

NOTE: The menu offers an option for both 3-D and 2-D playback, but only plays the 3-D if your system is capable - otherwise it defaults to 2-D. We will only review the 2-D version here.

Kino, with the help of the folks at the 3-D Film Archive, premiere a newly remastered (in HD from 4K of the original camera negative and a 2K scans of the interpositive) Blu-ray of "Jivaro" (also known as "Lost Treasure of the Amazon".) The Blu-ray offers both the 3-D and 2-D (Standard) versions of the film. The restoration of "Jivaro" looks very impressive via the Blu-ray transfer from Kino Lorber. It looks as though the 2-D and 3-D versions are not seamlessly-branched but are separate transfers residing on the same dual-layered BD disc. The condition of the source and restoration work done are quite remarkable. The film premiered in 1954 in 2-D only and failed at the box office, with the 3-D release not seeing the light of day for many decades, according to Bob Furmanek's excellent 3D Film Archive, "The rich visual treasure of “Jivaro” in 3-D lay dormant and unappreciated for over half a century until the second 3-D Film Expo in 2006, but the full luster of its 3-dimensional photography will finally be seen in the 3-D Film Archive restoration with a precision befitting the original artistry, and unattainable until now."

The 1.66:1 HD image is held up by a modest bitrate (split into separate left eye/ right eye bitrates for the 3-D presentation.) Grain is intact and not too thick. Colors are pretty vibrant in most scenes, though a few shots (most likely from the interpositive) are a bit lacking. The contrast shows depth, with a fair range of black levels. There are sporadic instances of damage, with the occasional tiny scratch in the frame (See the caption with the shrunken head and note the purple scratch under the eye). This is a great transfer from Kino/3-D Film Archive.

"Jivaro" gets a 24-bit 2.0 Mono DTS-HD Master Audio Track. Gregory Stone (Girls' School, Her Jungle Love) composed the score here. The dialogue is clear and audible, with the expected jungle and river sounds also in the mix. There are no subtitles on this Region 'A'
Blu-ray.

The first extra is an 8.5-minute shot by shot stereoscopic analysis, showing lens focal length, individual convergence interocular settings and more. The 3-D technology used on the film was very sophisticated and this is explained in great depth on the other extra, the audio commentary. 3-D Film Archive Technical Director Greg Kintz. Hillary Hess and Jack Theakston also from the 3-D Film Archive contribute to this new audio commentary discussing the many challenges with the restoration. These guys know their stuff, providing stories about the shooting of the film in stereoscopic 3-D and giving background on the film and its cast/crew. They talk for the first 39-minutes and are then replaced by Mike Ballew for the next 20-odd minutes. Ballew gets very technical, explaining paralax vision in stereoscopic 3-D, and the lenses and processes used to achieve such an effect. Theakston and Hess then return for the rest of the picture.

"Jivaro" would almost certainly never be made in this day and age. The location and characters are exotified in a way that dates the picture somewhat. That being said, this is a fantastic transfer that I hope to view in 3-D someday soon. I would especially encourage anyone with a 3-D compatible system to pick up this
Blu-ray title, as the 3-D technique sounds enticing.

Colin Zavitz

 


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