Directed by Robert Mulligan
USA 19
68

 

A scout in the old Southwest (Gregory Peck) undertakes to protect a white woman (Eva Marie Saint) and her half-breed son from the Apache warrior--the woman's captor-husband of 10 years--who wants them back. The scout is a man of estimable courage and resources (again, Gregory Peck), but the mostly unseen Apache is a veritable monster of determination, cunning, and bloodthirstiness: Peck and his two charges doom entire communities to extermination just by passing through the neighborhood. This fierce amalgam of Western and horror movie was the last of seven collaborations between director Robert Mulligan and producer Alan J. Pakula, of which To Kill a Mockingbird was the peak. The Stalking Moon isn't peak material, but it's a demonically effective palm-sweater, and fascinating as a prelude to Pakula's own breakout as director of the great paranoid trilogy Klute, The Parallax View, and All the President's Men. Robert Forster has an early role as a fellow, part-Indian scout.

--Excerpt from Richard T. Jameson's review at Amazon HERE

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Theodore V. Olsen's novel, scripted by Alvin Sargent, has Gregory Peck retiring as a vet Indian scout with the US Army. In an Indian round-up, Eva Marie Saint appears, with son Noland Clay. Years before, she was kidnapped and impressed into squaw service by Nathaniel Narcisco. Peck takes her and the boy to his retirement ranch, but the Indian brave stalks them.

Excerpt from Variety located HERE

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Theatrical Release: December 25th, 1968

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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 1:49:04 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

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

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Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

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DVD Release Date: August 26th, 200
8
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Chapters: 10

 

Comments:

Dual-layered and better image than The Law and Jake Wade - also from the Warner's Home Video Western Classics Collection. It shows some minor noise, colors seem a little washed but detail is above-average - especially considering the price offered. It is anamorphic, progressive and supports the film for an acceptable viewing. It's coded for regions 1 + 3.

Only a mono audio option but it does the job without major flaws and the dialogue is supported by English or French subtitles. No extras - not even a trailer.

Frankly, I'm surprised at all the mediocre reviews of the film that I found on the web. I really enjoyed this western. It had such a great premise with this super badass Indian killing people as a lone renegade - an now he is searching for his son - harbored by Sam Garner (Peck) - who initially come across as a guy who just wants out. He shows some, possibly self-motivated, compassion for Sarah Carver (Saint) and the half-breed boy inviting them to his magnificently nestled New Mexico, budding, cattle ranch. The ending was tense and there is some viable warmth to the forming relationships. It's stands as another positive reason to indulge in the entire Warner Western boxset although the stand-alone price is very good as well.  We will review others titles in the collection as we can. This is a definite thumbs-up.

NOTE: 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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