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(aka 'Mit stahlharter Faust')

Directed by King Vidor
USA 1955

 

Singing cowboy Kirk Douglas takes over Jeanne Crain's ranch in one of the more sexually askew films of King Vidor's postwar period. A mad film, of harsh Technicolor and spatially impossible camera angles, and a fine example of the unlimited leeway afforded by the western genre.

Excerpt from Dave Kehr of the Chicago Reader located HERE

 

A fine, edgy Western, handsomely shot by Russell Metty and beautifully paced by Vidor. A conventional range war plot is lent some of the sweaty unpredictability of Duel in the Sun by the love-hate relationship between Douglas, as the cowboy with a pathological hatred of barbed wire, and Crain as the cattle baroness whose cause he eventually abandons in defence of individual liberties. Fine performances, not least from Claire Trevor as the good-hearted saloon girl, and Boone as the villainous gunslinger. (From a novel by Dee Linford.)

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: March 24th, 1955

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Distribution Süddeutsche Zeitung - Region 2 - PAL Explosive Media
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:25:27 (4% PAL Speedup)  1:29:08.885
Video 2.0:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.30 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Aspect Ratio:  2.0:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,679,620,984 bytes

Feature: 19,884,011,520 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.89 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  LPCM Audio German 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles None None
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Release Information:
Studio: Süddeutsche Zeitung

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.00:1

Edition Details:

• none 

DVD Release Date: October 14th, 201
1
Custom Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Explosive Media

Aspect Ratio:  2.0:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,679,620,984 bytes

Feature: 19,884,011,520 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.89 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Trailer (1:41)

• Gallery (5:00)

• Weitere Western (15:48 of trailers) 
 

Blu-ray Release Date: March 7th, 2014
Standard
Blu-ray case inside cardboard case

Chapters 12

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Explosive Media - Region FREE Blu-ray - March 2014 - Colors certainly brighten and skin tones really warm-up. Unfortunately, there are varying degrees of edge-enhancement - that seems more noticeable in the outdoor sequences. I was pleased to see the exuberance of the Technicolor as compared to the SD. Flesh tones seem overly warm at times and I don't like to see the EE (see HERE). This is in theatrical running time (no speed-up). I'd say about 90% of the presentation looks dramatically improved. The source is clean without scratches or egregious speckles. It's single-layered and 1080P. Bare-bones - no extras or subtitles - we get the audio option of German or original English in linear PCM. the Hans J. Salter and Herman Stein score services the film well.

It's a big upgrade from the flatter SD, despite the digital faux-pas. This remains an enjoyable western - pretty much all Kirk - the noble hero with a past and a temper -  and the dialogue accentuates the moods.

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ON THE DVD: Very solid western from Vidor with restless cowboy Dempsey (Douglas) caught up in an open pastureland dispute with unsavory 'barbed-wire' as a potential solution - thus another era reaches closure. Crain is her usual comely self and Richard Boone is stern-faced opposition. Excellent!

The single-layered German DVD looks a shade flat - anamorphic hovering around 2.0:1 - and is progressive with solid detail. I'm sure the SD isn't bringing out the Technicolor to its most vibrant hues but they don't look especially drab here either. This provides an excellent presentation. Audio is unremarkable but close, I'll wager, to the way it was produced. Defaults to an untested Deutsche DUB (but no subtitles) - the original English track provided services the film adequately. There is also a French DVD version but I don't know about the quality.

No extras in the bare bones disc but the package is an impressive 4-teired digipak with color photos and some words on Vidor (German language). Man Without a Star is a very above-average western - one I know I will revisit. Cheers to the reasonably-priced DVD. 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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