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(aka "Grünes Feuer" )

 

directed by Andrew Marton
USA 1954

 

Go into a mountain poor, come out rich. Rian Mitchell has spent years chasing a fortune and now in the Andes, he may have found a fabled emerald mine of the Conquistadors. He may also have found something more precious: the love of coffee plantation owner Catherine Knowland - if his greed doesn't drive her from him. Stewart Granger and Grace Kelly headline a tale of heroics and romance filmed in awesome widescreen CinemaScope in scenic locales of Colombia. Andrew Marton, who co-directed Granger's King Solomon's Mines and most famously helmed (along with Yakima Canutt) the chariot race in Ben-Hur, brings his knowing hand to the film's action. Floods, gunfights, a cave-in, a mountain avalanche - adventure burns with a Green Fire.

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A story of emerald mining and romantic misadventures in South America, Green Fire (1955) stars Stewart Granger, Grace Kelly, Paul Douglas and the beauty of Columbia's mountains in dazzling color and Cinemascope. The plot follows two Americans, Rian (Stewart Granger) and Vic (Paul Douglas), as they search for priceless gems in a hot and often hostile terrain. During their hunt they encounter Catherine (Grace Kelly), a coffee plantation owner, and her brother Donald (John Ericson). Rian's quest to find his emeralds soon presents a problem for Catherine, who owns the land where the treasure lies. She is committed to preserving her family's coffee business while Rian wants to convert the property to a mining operation. So what's it going to be? Emeralds or coffee? How about romance?

Excerpt of review from TCM located HERE

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Theatrical Release: December 24th, 1954

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:40:15
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.32 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:02)

DVD Release Date: May 28th, 2010
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Chapters 10

 

Comments

Green Fire has some positives (Grace Kelly) and is a decent foreign-land adventure. Other than that it doesn't have a lot going for it.

It's standard single-layered with some Cinemascope mumps (horizontal stretching). This is anamorphic in 2.35;1 and progressive with only some modest speckles impinging on the overall image. Black levels are decent and detail surprisingly good. The disc supports the film with a adequate SD transfer.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. The only supplement is the film's trailer - in 4:3 widescreen letterboxed.

I've owned this Warner Archive DVD for a while but waited till I was keen to see it - and I was entertained. Green Fire is no masterpiece but fans of Kelly may wish to indulge although her on screen time is only dominant in the last half of the film. Good but not great.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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