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Red River Range [Blu-ray]
(George Sherman, 1938)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Republic Pictures
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 11,075,095,027 bytes
Feature Size: 11,011,866,624 bytes
Video Bitrate: 20.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 2nd, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 828 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 828 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: The Three Mesquiteers was the umbrella title for a series of fifty-one B-westerns released between 1936 and 1943. The films featured the characters Stony Brooke, Tucson Smith and Lullaby Joslin or Rusty Joslin as the threesome; played by many B-western stars of that era. In 1938, John Wayne took over for Robert Livingston as Stony Brooke and starred in eight Mesquiteers films between 1938 and 1939, he was joined by Ray Corrigan as Tucson Smith and Max Terhune as Lullaby Joslin for the first six and Raymond Hatton as Rusty Joslin for the last two... all eight films were directed by George Sherman (Big Jake). John Ford's Stagecoach was perfectly sandwiched between the eight films and John Wayne portrayal of the outlaw gunfighter made him a superstar and ended Wayne's Stony Brooke run... Livingston was rehired as Brooke and went on to make fourteen more Mesquiteers films and for an incredible total of twenty-nine. In Red River Range (the fourth of eight Wayne Mesquiteers films), The Cattlemen's Association has called in the three amigos to find a gang of cattle rustlers, their friend Tex Riley (Kirby Grant) poses as Stony, so the real stony can go undercover as an outlaw to infiltrate the gang. Featuring Polly Moran and Lorna Gray.
The Cattlemen's Association has called in the Mesquiteers to find cattle rustlers. They get Tex Riley to pose as Stony so Stony can arrive posing as a wanted outlaw. This gets Stony into the gang of rustlers and he alerts Tucson and Lullaby as to the next raid. But Hartley is on hand and unknown to anyone is the rustler's boss and he joins the posse with a plan that will do away with the Mesquiteers.Excerpt from IMDb located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Red River Range, like the other two 'Mesquiteer' western adventures has a modest Blu-ray transfer from Olive Films. This is only single-layered and contrast looks a shade dustier - but we assume is directly related to the condition of the source. I don't know that dual-layering would benefit the visuals extensively. Damage marks - usually on the form of light scratches - are quite minor. There are a couple of sequences with depth. The Blu-ray doesn't exploit the deficiencies and provides a decent, if unremarkable, presentation.
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The DTS-HD mono track at 828 kbps exports very little in the way of crispness but again, we assume it is authentic based on the condition of the source. There is no depth or range to speak of but dialogue is audible, if less dynamic than many may be used to. There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with their releases.
October 4th, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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