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directed by Allan Dwan
USA 1954

 

Silver Lode tells the story of Dan Ballard (John Payne) and Rose Evans (Lizabeth Scott) who are about to be married when Marshal Ned McCarthy (Dan Duryea) and his deputies ride into town looking for Ballard. McCarthy accuses Ballard of having murdered his brother and has come to arrest him. At first the townspeople are on Ballard's side but gradually they turn against him especially when they believe that he has killed the town sheriff (Emile Meyer). Ballard tries to prove his innocence and expose McCarthy, who appears to be a reference to Senator Joseph McCarthy.

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Theatrical Release: 23 July 1954 (USA)

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DVD Comparison: 

VCI (Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Carlotta (Allan Dwan Coffret) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

 VCI (Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT vs. Carlotta (Allan Dwan Coffret) - Region 2 - PAL RIGHT

DVD Box Cover

 

Distribution

VCI

Region 0 - NTSC

Carlotta Films

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:17:03 1:17:12 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.33 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio  
Average Bitrate: 4.83 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

Bitrate VCI

Bitrate Carlotta

Audio LPCM 2.0 (English) English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles None French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: VCI

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Allan Dwan by Joel Blumberg (10:55)
• John Payne by Joel Blumberg (10:02)

DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
Keep Case

Chapters 13

Release Information:
Studio: Carlotta

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1,

Edition Details:
• See full list in review HERE

DVD Release Date: November 19th, 2009
Five slim, transparent keep cases inside a cardboard box

Chapters 12

 

Comments

It's strange to see that although VCI provides an uncompressed sound for their Special Edition of Allan Dwan's Silver Lode, the image is still using non-progressive transfer. We don't have VCI's previous release to compare the improvements, but we can compare this release to Carlotta's Allan Dwan boxset (reviewed HERE). VCI disc opens the image up on all four sides and colors tend to be redder. The interlaced transfer, from a probable unconverted PAL source, should not be too much of a problem on Blu-ray and DVD players that upconvert the image and the uncompressed English sound is a winner on this disc.

 

Joel Blumberg's monologues about Allan Dwan and John Payne (just over 10 minutes each) comtain some stills from films and of people he mentions with some brief clips from the films released by VCI, but it doesn't compare to the extensive material on French boxset, including 7-minute Bogdanovich audio interview with Dwan himself. The price for this disc is low, so if you are interested in just this film, the release from VCI should suffice.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


Screen Captures

 

VCI (Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Carlotta (Allan Dwan Coffret) - Region 2 - PAL BOTTOM

 


 VCI (Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Carlotta (Allan Dwan Coffret) - Region 2 - PAL BOTTOM

 


 VCI (Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Carlotta (Allan Dwan Coffret) - Region 2 - PAL BOTTOM

 


 VCI (Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Carlotta (Allan Dwan Coffret) - Region 2 - PAL BOTTOM

 


 VCI is interlaced - see combing

 


DVD Box Cover

 

Distribution

VCI

Region 0 - NTSC

Carlotta Films

Region 2 - PAL

 




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