S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Melvin Frank, 1959)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Paramount Pictures
Video: Olive Films
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 17,634,641,720 bytes
Feature Size: 17,498,535,936 bytes
Video Bitrate: 21.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: April 24th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 908 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 908 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: In the maelstrom of Pre-Civil War Kansas, a government agent infiltrates the vigilante group called the Jayhawkers. In this visually evocative western, Jeff Chandler (Merrill's Marauders) plays Luke Darcy; a ruthless man who wants more than what life is willing to offer. Starting out as anti-slavery activists, Darcy uses the Jayhawkers' origin to support his growing power. Opposing his unscrupulous bid for control of the region is Cam (Fess Parker, TV's Davy Crocket), an ex-convict who knows that Darcy was responsible for the death of his wife while he was in prison. Henry Silva and Nicole Maurey co-star in this action-packed western. Co-produced, co-written and directed by Melvin Frank (Knock on Wood).
Set in the Kansas territory during the middle of the 19th century, this is a visually evocative but conventional western.... The story deals with Darcy (Jeff Chandler), a ruthless man, one of the raiders known as "Jayhawkers" who wants more than what life is willing to offer. Starting out as anti-slavery activists, the Jayhawkers' origins are barely mentioned in the story, as Darcy uses them to support his growing power. Opposing his unscrupulous bid for control of the region is Cam (Fess Parker, of Davy Crockett fame on American TV) an ex-convict. Cam knows that Darcy is responsible for the death of his wife while he was in prison and he plans to bring him down.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Jayhawkers! looks pretty impressive on Blu-ray from Olive Films. The image shows quite a few horizontal marks/surface scratches but they are mostly frame-specific. Pastel colors are supportive and contrast well with the heavy, western, earth-tones. This is single-layered but has an acceptable bitrate showcasing some strong detail. Like most Olive Film Blu-ray this aspect ratio has been bastardized from 1.85 to 1.78:1. There is frequent depth and looks solid in-motion. There is no digital noise worth mentioning. This Blu-ray probably looks like the film The Jayhawkers! and it advances well beyond the limitation of SD in several key areas - notably detail and color.
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The DTS-HD Master mono track at 908 kbps is faithful and certainly not overwhelming although a gunshot and galloping horses get some aggressive, punchy bass.The original music by Jerome Moross - notable for wholesome western tracks for The Big Country, Have Gun - Will Travel and Wagon Train among others - runs parallel to the film spiking the action and seething subtly for stare-down intensity. Overall - it sounds better than the technicals would suggest. There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Standard for Olive Films - no extras - not even a trailer.
April 16th, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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