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directed by Raoul Walsh
USA 1930

The first "epic" western of the talkie era, The Big Trail is motivated by a hero's search for the murderer of his father. Twenty-three-year-old John Wayne, hitherto limited to bit parts, was thrust into the difficult leading role, a young mountaineer put in charge of a huge California-bound wagon train. Over the next several months, Wayne and his fellow pioneers face every imaginable hazard and disaster, from blistering desert heat to blinding snowstorms, negotiating steep cliffs, treacherous rivers, uncharted forests and other such natural obstacles. Meanwhile, Wayne's tentative romance with heroine Ruth Cameron (Marguerite Churchill) is continually thwarted by a charming but duplicitous gambler (Ian Keith), and all-around villain Red Flack (Tyrone Power Sr.) and his henchman Lopez (Charlie Stevens) ceaselessly plot to double-cross the other wagon-trainers for their own financial gain. The Big Trail was a box-office disappointment, a fact which some have attributed its expensive production methods. Each scene was lensed twice, once in 35-millimeter and then in the 65-mm "Fox Grandeur" wide-screen process. And then, each dialogue scene was filmed in French and German, with totally different casts. Even if Big Trail has been a big hit, it would have lost money thanks to the time-consuming shooting and reshooting of virtually every scene. Whatever the case, it was John Wayne who suffered most from the film's failure; instantly demoted to "B"-westerns, it took him nearly a decade to rebuild his stardom. Long believed lost, The Big Trail was made available for exhibition again in the early 1970s -- and in the 1990s the original widescreen version was at last restored for public view.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 2nd, 1930 - USA

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Runtime 1:56:44.000 2:01:44.338 1:48:18.950
Video

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,835,538,439 bytes

Feature: 20,238,465,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,543,508,516 bytes

Feature: 23,339,071,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.812 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray
Disc Size: 47,543,508,516 bytes
Feature: 20,478,197,760 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.37 Mbps
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Bitrate: Grandeur

Blu-ray

 

Bitrate: 4X3

Blu-ray

Audio DTS-HD Master Audio English 906 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 906 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit) DTS-HD Master Audio English 1041 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1041 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1036 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1036 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles French, none English (SDH), French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
 Introduction by Patrick Brion (11:28)
 Documentary La Piste D'un Geant  (44:31)
 John Wayne Realisateur (27:17)

Blu-ray Release Date: February 14th, 2012
Standard Blu-ray case
Chapters 33


Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
 Commentary by Richard Schickel (Fox Grandeur version)
• The Big Version - The Grandeur Process (12:16)

 The Creation of John Wane (13:52)

 Raoul Walsh- A Man in His Time (12:34)
• The Making of The Big Trail (12:41)
• DVD

Blu-ray Release Date:
May, 2012
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 40 / 36

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Fox - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (May 2012): In short the US Blu-ray release (exclusive at WalMart but also available at 3rd party Amazon), wins in every category. It is technically more robust with both widescreen ('Grandeur') and 4X3 versions having higher bitrates than the French Blu-ray. Focusing on the longer running widescreen the image is darker and richer than the Region 'B' edition. Scratches can be more prominent on the US edition - but it is hands-down the 'in-motion' favorite.

Audio is slightly stronger in the technical sense and retains the original mono. The Fox subtitles are fully removable.

Extras also lean to the US release with the inclusion of the 4x3 version, the excellent Schickel commentary (only on the Grandeur), plus almost an hour of 4 video pieces. And they had room to include a DVD. The French does have some supplements as well - but nothing on the same level.

Amazing release that should make some noise at our year-end poll. It was a real pleasure to see this in the widescreen and 1080P! We fully endorse!

 - Gary Tooze


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