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Silver City [Blu-ray]
(Byron Haskin, 1951)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 15,824,088,125 bytes
Feature Size: 15,696,334,848 bytes
Video Bitrate: 21.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 29th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 850 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 850 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: Between 1951 and 1952, director Byron Haskin (Robinson Crusoe on Mars) and star Edmond O'Brien (The Wild Bunch) collaborated for three westerns. In Silver City, O'Brien plays a mining expert, Larkin Moffatt, who decides to protect mining prospectors, Dutch (Edgar Buchanan) and his daughter Candace (Yvonne De Carlo) from greedy claim-jumper, R.R. Jarboe (Barry Fitzgerald) and his henchman, Bill Taff (Michael Moore). The excellent cast includes Richard Arlen and Laura Elliott.
An excellent cast brings distinction to the pedestrian goings-on in Silver City. Per its title, the film is set in silver-mining country, with hopeful prospectors and greedy claim-jumpers abounding. The villain of the piece is miserly R. R. Jarboe (Barry Fitzgerald), who holds the lease on the silver lode worked by heroine Candace Surrency (Yvonne DeCarlo) and her father Dutch (Edgar Buchanan). Meanwhile, mining expert Larkin Moffatt (Edmond O'Brien) is prevented from finding work by the vengeful Charles Storrs (Richard Arlen), who happens to be Candace's boyfriend. Murder rears its ugly head, resulting in all sorts of skullduggery, culminating in true melodramatic fashion in an old sawmill. The "bad girl" in Silver City is played by Laura Elliot, who later changed her name to Kasey Rogers and essayed the benign role of Mrs. Larry Tate on TV's Bewitched.Excerpt from AllMovie.com located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Silver City has a modest Blu-ray transfer from Olive Films. This looks better than the simultaneously-released western Denver and Rio Grande also from Olive. I suspect they are at the mercy of the source and this appears to be another 'straight' transfer. The black levels are acceptable - if not stellar. Details rises in close-ups and there is a film-like, pleasing, thickness. Colors are passive but tight. It is single-layered without any depth but I would think its a fair representation of the original via 1080P. There are some speckles but no notable damage marks.
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Another modest mono track in uncompressed. Like Denver and Rio Grande Paul Sawtell provides the western-based score. Clean, clear and flat as a pancake. 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.
May 17th, 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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