Run for the Sun is a 1956 film released by United Artists, the third film to officially be based on Richard Connell's classic suspense story, "The Most Dangerous Game", after RKO's The Most Dangerous Game (1932), which starred Joel McCrea and Fay Wray, and their (1945) remake, A Game of Death, which was directed by Robert Wise. This version stars Trevor Howard as the hunter and Richard Widmark as the prey, and was directed by Ray Boulting from a script written by Boulting and Dudley Nichols.
Browne (Trevor Howard) is the wealthy reclusive man who enjoys hunting down human beings like wild game. In this adaptation, Browne is transformed into a British traitor, hiding in the Mexican jungle with his fellow Nazi war criminal and brother-in-law, Colonel Von Andre (Peter van Eyck). When their plane is forced to land in Browne's domain, writer Mike Latimer (Richard Widmark) and reporter Katy Conners (Jane Greer) are welcomed as guests. However, when Latimer finally recognizes his host, Browne offers the pair an hour's head-start, before unleashing his hunting dogs.
Theatrical Release: July 30th, 1956
DVD Review: Optimum Releasing - Region 2 - PAL
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Average Bitrate: 5.13 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Very impressive for a single-layered disc. This Optimum Releasing region 2- PAL DVD represents Run For the Sun cropped a bit from its original 2.35: 1 'Superscope' aspect ratio (it's actually about 2:1 - Storaro involved?).
NOTE: Lord Dalek of HTF tells us "IIRC Superscope 235 anamorphic conversion prints were struck in both 2.35:1 and 2.00:1 (I.E.: regular SuperScope) so the ratio as its presented here is acceptable."
But Stephen J H says: "Actually, that's not entirely true. Superscope was the precursor to Super35, and the initial prints were struck in a 2:1 AR, with the image centered between the optical track and a black stripe of corresponding width on the other side of the frame. This meant that anytime a Superscope print was screened in a CinemaScope equipped theatre, the image was off-centre. Superscope was later standardized to 2.35:1, meaning less of the frame of the negative was being used vertically. Run for the Sun was actually the first film released in Superscope 235, so the proper AR should be 2.35:1"
It's anamorphic and progressive. Colors may not reach the level of theatrical, but certainly can't be far off with decent vibrancy. Detail is far in advance of what I was anticipating with Jane Greer looking very lovely in close-ups. Good news again that I don't see excessive manipulation and the image is fairly clean. I'm appreciative and it seems to immensely eclipse the previously released Spanish edition (which I, of course, don't have handy).
No extras or subtitle options but for the price, I'm not overly disturbed. Super little film and, noir frequenters, Widmark and Greer are wonderful as is Trevor Howard as one of the baddie Germans. Price is a shade high for what they are offering but I'm pleased to see it looking so strong. Fans may wish to indulge - great plot!
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