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The wild west gets wilder when Raquel Welch (Fantastic Voyage) saddles up in HANNIE CAULDER, a sagebrush saga that combines hard-hitting action with the rowdiness of three of the most wicked villains ever to ride the lone prairie, played by Ernest Borgnine (The Wild Bunch), Jack Elam (Support Your Local Sheriff) Strother Martin (Cool Hand Luke). Welch is Hannie, a woman sworn to vengeance after she’s raped and widowed. At first, she has more heart than know-how, but once a bounty hunter (Robert Culp) arrives in town, he teaches her how to use a gun. Hannie straps on her .45 and sets out to put a few notches in its handle. Legendary villain Christopher Lee (Dracula) plays a sympathetic gunsmith who befriends Hannie. This one-of-a-kind western was directed by Burt Kennedy (The Train Robbers).
Theatrical Release: November 8th, 1971
DVD Review: Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 7.45 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.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Firstly, this is listed at IMDb as 'comedy' being one of the genres but aside from the three unsavory rapist-bandits behaviour towards each other - there isn't much humor at all in this western 'revenge' flic. Another thing - perhaps obvious - the posters exposing a sexy, vixenish, Raquel Welch have little relationship to the behavior of the actual character in the film. I guess it should be stated that, for much of the first half of her appearance in the movie she wears a poncho with nothing on underneath. This is evident when, from behind, the wind blows it up to her waist area. If you were anticipating more - you'll be disappointed.
Olive Films is handling another older Paramount release ala these other simultaneously released DVDs - Crack in the World, Appointment With Danger, Dark City and Union Station. Paramount may be packing it in as far as DVDs go and it's fabulous that someone is covering all the titles that will never reach Blu-ray.
Dual-layered again - and bare-bones with a high bitrate. The transfer is progressive and anamorphic in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. It's very grainy - and this is a positive, IMO. In fact it looks very good - there is some frame specific damage (see sample at the bottom of the page) but colors aren't overly washed and contrast seems adept.
Standard, consistent, audio and no optional subtitles. This is a bare-bones disc with no extras at all - not even a trailer. This isn't really a film that you could say too much about anyway. Perhaps something on Burt Kennedy would have been appropriate.
This could have been a more acknowledged film, I think - if the tone was more serious throughout (we are talking gang rape and murder here) and perhaps even a different, less beautiful, actress. It's a good plotline and Culp, as the mercenary bounty hunter, is excellent. Actually, it is not a bad western at all - filled with brutality and... loners. They could have expanded on this unexplained mysterious stranger that appears near the climax but anyway.... It's, obviously not the top of my list, but offers an entertaining presentation in many respects.