Setting the action in 1835 Florida lends this frontier saga a distinctive look, with uniforms evidently from an earlier age than the usual cavalry fare. Boetticher makes the most of the visual contrast between the stiff collars and the swampy environs when aggressive commander Carlson squares up to the Seminoles purportedly blocking the progress of white civilization. Fellow officer Hudson is the voice of decent compromise, Quinn searingly sincere as the half-breed Indian leader once the latter's boyhood friend. Contrived the scenario might be, but the director whips up a fair momentum with it, and the army attack on a Seminole encampment which turns out to be deserted is a wonderfully vivid piece of sequence-building, thanks in no small part to Metty's atmospheric camerawork.
Theatrical Release: March 9th, 1953
DVD Review: Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
The strength of this DVD lies pretty much in the film. Like many of the Optimum "Western Classics" series this is a fine and enjoyable example of the genre but a pragmatic DVD. This is a bare-bones single-layered transfer with artifacts showing through - there is a German DVD of this film by Koch Media HERE but I have no evidence that the image quality of that one is superior. The screen captures below would give you a strong idea of how this disc looks. The audio is unremarkable with a few glitches but dialogue was understandable. There are no subtitles offered.
This might range in the middle of the pack for Boetticher westerns, which actually means it is quite good on a grand scale. Not quite a the level of his iconic Comanche Station (1960), Ride Lonesome (1959), Buchanan Rides Alone (1958) or Decision at Sundown (1957) - fans will still find this appealing. I enjoyed watching it.