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(aka 'The Last Hero')

Directed by David Miller
USA
1962

 

Academy Award winner Kirk Douglas ignites the screen with one of his most personal roles as a cowboy on a collision course with the modern world in Lonely are the Brave. After landing himself in jail trying to break out his friend, Jack Burns (Douglas) finds himself alone and on the run from the law. Leading the manhunt is Sheriff Morey Johnson (Walter Matthau), who must bring Burns to justice despite his own sympathy for the fugitive. Co-starring Gena Rowlands, George Kennedy and Carroll O’Connor, Lonely are the Brave is an unforgettable portrait of a lawless man defying life in an orderly world.

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Dalton Trumbo wrote this elegy to the western. Kirk Douglas gives one of his finest performances as an out-of-place cowboy in the modern west--almost like a time traveller. The theme of the film is eloquently set up by the opening of the film in which we see Douglas reclining beneath a clear and spacious western sky. The peace and quiet is suddenly disrupted by the sound of a jet plane passing overhead. This brings a wry smile to the old cowboy's face. He rides his horse into Albuquerque to visit friends Kane and Rowlands. Rowlands tells him that her husband has been jailed for helping Mexicans enter the US illegally. Douglas starts a brawl in a saloon to get put into jail; there Douglas offers his friend Kane help in breaking out, but Kane tells Douglas that he wants to serve his brief time, intends to play out his hand with the law, and refuses to become a fugitive. Douglas is hurt but undaunted. He breaks out himself and heads for the hills, pursued by the compassionate technocratic sheriff Matthau and a posse.

Excerpt from TV Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 24th, 1962

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Runtime 1:47:08  1:47:17.430
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.24 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 17,946,869,315 bytes

Feature: 15,556,706,304 bytes

Video Bitrate: 15.99

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate:

Bitrate:  Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  DTS-HD Master Audio German 1039 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1039 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1081 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1081 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English (SDH), French, Spanish, None German, English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Lonely are the Brave - a Tribute (19:12)
• The Music of Lonely are the Brave (9:45)

DVD Release Date: July 7th, 2009

Keep Case
Chapters: 18

Release Information:
Studio: Koch
Media

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
 

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 17,946,869,315 bytes

Feature: 15,556,706,304 bytes

Video Bitrate: 15.99

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• 
Ein Tribute Den Film (19:13)

• Die Muzik Dum Film (9:45)

• Original US trailer (:54)

• Stills Gallery (5:45)

DVD of the Feature included.

Blu-ray Release Date:
March, 15th, 2013
Book style
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

Comments:

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

 

ADDITION: Koch Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray (March 2013): Although less than double the bitrate of the 2009 Universal DVD - the image shows visible improvement mostly in the contrast. It's brighter, more detailed and shows a shade more information in the frame. It may not be overwhelmingly better - but I can see the 1080P visuals supply a better presentation. My only qualms are I saw some waxiness in the first 20-minutes that seemed to disappear as the film progressed and the vista shots of the last 45-minutes look highly impressive in the 2.35:1 HD rendering.

 

It is lossless sound - DTS-Master HD in original 2.0 channel stereo and offered in both English or a German DUB. There are maybe 3 or 4 moments of substantial depth. Goldsmith's excellent score benefits from the uncompressed transfer. There are both optional German and English subtitles and the Blu-ray is Region FREE which should please many fans of the western.

 

Supplements include both interesting video extras as found on the DVD (only with German subtitles), a stills gallery and a trailer. The unique Book style package contains a dual-layered PAL DVD of the feature with the same extras as the Blu-ray.

 

While I wish this transfer was more robust - I was so pleased to see this film (that I adore) again... but in the higher resolution. It took such a long time for Universal to put out the DVD I don't foresee a Blu-ray from them soon - this Koch Media disc is highly recommended!  

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ON THE DVD: Pretty darn solid SD transfer from Universal - above-average actually. The dual-layered, progressive and anamorphic transfer exhibits good contrast and grayscale. It's tight with minimal noise and very clean. This is part of the 'Universal Backlot Series' - described as 'an ongoing collection of rare gems, overlooked, ground breaking work and films of historical and cultural importance - many for the first time ever on DVD' (although this has had both French and Spanish PAL DVD editions previously released.) Besides a very small touch of sepia or green infiltration I have no complaints with this image - I can't imagine Lonely are the Brave looking much better in this format.

Audio is an unremarkable 2.0 channel but very clean and I expect this also has had some beneficial work with no untoward pops or hiss noted. Dialogue is crystal clear and the score sounds resonant and uplifting. There are optional subtitles in English (SDH), French or Spanish.

Supplements include 2 new featurettes. Lonely are the Brave - a Tribute runs 20-minutes and has Kirk Douglas, his son Michael and director Steven Spielberg giving interesting input on Trumbo and how it is both Douglas' favorite of the father's films. The Music of Lonely are the Brave runs just shy of 10-minutes and is, more or less, a nice tribute to Jerry Goldsmith hosted by Robert Townson.

Beyond a great western - this is a masterpiece film. It's so wonderful to find these classics that strike such a strong cord of humanity and individualistic spirit. As far as I am concerned this is a steal at less than $15 and is a must-own DVD. Caught at the exact right time - Kirk Douglas is perfect in this. I'm excited to see more from the 'Universal Backlot Series'. Lonely are the Brave has our highest recommendation.    

Gary W. Tooze

 


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