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Directed by Edward Dmytryk
USA
1956

 

Retired mountain climber and guide Zachary Wheeler (Spencer Tracy) reluctantly helps his younger brother (Robert Wagner) scale a treacherous mountain slope to reach the site of a recent plane crush. Truly his brother’s keeper, he puts aside their differences and agrees to help his inexperienced brother on an immoral looting mission. After reaching the crash site the brothers discover a lone survivor (Anna Kashfi)… Zachary immediately starts caring for the injured young woman planning her rescue while his brother would rather abandon her and make off with the loot. The stellar cast also includes Claire Trevor, William Demarest and E.G. Marshall. This one-of-a-kind action-adventure was directed by Edward Dmytryk (The Caine Mutiny).

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Theatrical Release: November 15th, 1956 

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Distribution Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC Olive Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:45:16  1:45:12.014
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.39 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,563,193,097 bytes

Feature: 22,340,259,840 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 927 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 927 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles None None
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Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• none 

DVD Release Date: April 5th, 2011

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Chapters: 8

Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,563,193,097 bytes

Feature: 22,340,259,840 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• none 

Blu-ray Release Date: February 28th, 2012
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Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 8

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Olive - Region 'A' Blu-ray - February 2012: Not much to add - this 1080P does improve -  contrast (see the whiter snow in the 2nd last large capture) and detail rise - but not demonstratively on the single-layered transfer. There is more grain, and hence, a more film-like image. The sound remains faithfully mono - and in uncompressed but I wouldn't consider it a game-changer either. Like the DVD - no subtitles nor extras.

This is a GOOD film and while I wouldn't recommend a double-dip if you already own the SD - the Blu-ray is the way to go for this less-talked about gem.

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ON THE DVD: This is a decent film - another vintage Paramount release from Olive Films like My Favorite Spy , Where Love Has Gone, Knock on Wood or Harlow. I was impressed with the three Noir films they released - Appointment With Danger, William Dieterle's Dark City and Rudolph Mate's Union Station as well as the enjoyable Hammer-esque sci-fi Crack in the World from the mid 60`s. Here Tracy and Wagner are both strong in this humanist adventure - I really enjoyed its simplicity.

The Vista-Vision and Technicolor release looks excellent for the SD- format. This is a typical Olive Films release - dual-layered, progressive, anamorphic and looking impressive for the SD format. It is bare bones with no extras nor subtitles offered. The colors are bright and looks as good as the format will allow. Detail, contrast are both solid.  

The mono sound is audible and clean. I wouldn't expect this film is really suitable for any probing extras. We have a straight-forward tale of struggle and heroism - for those keen or curious I am sure you will appreciate The Mountain - and this appears to be the only game in town for a digital release.    

Gary W. Tooze

 


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