(aka 'Edna Ferber's Cimarron')

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USA 1960

 

Cimarron follows the plight of Sabra (Schell), a rich girl from the East who journeys to the untamed West beside her dashing husband, Yancey (Ford). The full scope of the pioneer experience receives its due, with everything from the pursuit of property to drilling for oil being depicted. Yancey's promising adventure will eventually turn sour but he'll get a chance to redeem himself in the final reel.

Mann wasn't the obvious choice to shoot an epic film in 1960, and the suits at MGM, rightfully or not, would eventually be sorry they hired him. Like many other directors at the time, Mann was shifting away from character-driven pictures to splashier projects that might convince viewers to abandon their dreaded TV sets for an entire evening. A lot of round pegs were being driven into square holes for the sake of generating a little more box office, and the pounding didn't always pay off.

Certainly, the Westerns Mann made before Cimarron rank with the greatest in the genre. Bend of the River (1952), The Naked Spur (1953), The Man from Laramie (1955), and The Tin Star (1957) are brilliantly constructed films that generate emotional impact with a bare minimum of melodramatic posturing. Although he moved his camera as gracefully as any director of the period, emotional angst rendered through extreme close-ups were Mann's forte, and he wasn't able to completely reconcile that visual orientation with Cimarron's vast landscapes.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

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Theatrical Release: December 18th, 1960

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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1, 3 - NTSC

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Also available in Warner's Home Video Western Classics Collection with Escape from Fort Bravo / Many Rivers to Cross / Cimarron 1960 / The Law and Jake Wade / Saddle the Wind and The Stalking Moon.

         

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1, 3 - NTSC
Runtime 2:27:20 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

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

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, French, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• trailer (2:42)

DVD Release Date: August 26th, 200
8
Keep Case
Chapters: 14

 

Comments:

Dual-layered and another superior image to The Law and Jake Wade - also from the Warner's Home Video Western Classics Collection. It shows some noise, colors seem a little washed but detail is average - but acceptable considering the price offered (less than $10). It has a nice soft palette appearance at times. It is anamorphic, progressive and supports the film in the impressive 2.35 scope. It's coded for regions 1 + 3 in the NTSC standard.

Only a 2.0 channel audio option but it does the job without major flaws and the dialogue is supported by English or French subtitles. Only a trailer a an extra.

The 1931 version (reviewed HERE) was fairly unforgettable and this is not primo Mann... or Glenn Ford but it does have its merits in the western genre. It's stands as another decent reason to indulge in the entire Warner Western boxset although the stand-alone price is quite fair.  We will review others titles in the collection as we can. We've covered Escape from Fort Bravo , Cimarron 1960, The Law and Jake Wade and The Stalking Moon so far

Gary W. Tooze

 



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DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

Also available in Warner's Home Video Western Classics Collection with Escape from Fort Bravo / Many Rivers to Cross / Cimarron 1960 / The Law and Jake Wade / Saddle the Wind and The Stalking Moon.

         

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1, 3 - NTSC




 

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