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The Night of the Grizzly [Blu-ray]


(Joseph Pevney , 1966)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Paramount Pictures

Video: Olive Films



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:42:13.127

Disc Size: 23,994,789,969 bytes

Feature Size: 18,535,151,616 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: June 26th, 2012



Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 911 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 911 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)






• Interview with Clint Walker





Description: A great western adventure! Big Jim Cole (Clint Walker) inherits land in Wyoming and trades his dangerous lawman's life for the comparatively cushy existence of a rancher. But he barely gets his family settled when new dangers plague them. There's a treacherous grizzly bear on a murderous rampage, angry neighbors who covet his property and an outlaw he once sent to prison is back for revenge. The stellar cast includes western legends, Jack Elam, Keenan Wynn, Leo Gordon and TV's Tarzan, Ron Ely.



The Film:

This is really a killer animal flick disguised as a western. Clint Walker, famous for the 1950s series Cheyenne, shines in this film he made in the latter years of his career. Here, Walker shines as former marshal turned rancher Jim Cole. Cole quits the lawman business in order to move his family to Wyoming and go into cattle ranching. Along the way, they make friends with an ornery tramp Hank (Jack Elam) and feisty old maid shop keeper Willhemeina (The Beverly Hillbillies' Nancy Kulp). Unfortunately, Cole ends up with his enemies as well, being evil banker Jed Curry (Keenan Wynn) and ex-friend/bounty hunter Cass Dowdy (played by long-time western badguy Leo Gordon).

Excerpt from LT Quinn's review located HERE

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

The Night of the Grizzly arrives on Blu-ray from Olive films in a predictable single-layered transfer. The image quality generally looks good with some reasonably unnoticeable flaws here and there.  Skin tones seem quite warm - but colors are rich and contrast exhibits decent-to-strong black levels. This is another straight from source to 1080P without digital restoration. I think it looks pretty good but there is an issue with small fluctuating marks along the left edge of the film. I expect overscan will eliminated this for most consumers and many may not even notice it at all. It does surface through various parts of the film presentation (see sample in last capture) and speckles are there as well.  This Blu-ray still looks better than I was anticipating and gave me a decent, but not 'Wow' presentation.
















Fluctuating marks on the left edge throughout the film



Audio :

The lossless mono track exported some depth in the man vs. animal scenes. It wasn't overwhelming but had some punch via the DTS-HD Master at 911 kbps. The rest was clear and clean with no subtitles offered. My Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked as all Olive Film Blu-rays to date.


Extras :

Where Olive Film releases are usually bare-bones this has an interview with Clint Walker reminiscing about 'his favorite film The Night of the Grizzly. He remains an interesting character amusing to listen to with some of his larger-than-life persona waning. But I liked it and hope this a sign Olive will develop more supplements for their future releases.



I liked both the western and creature-feature aspects of The Night of the Grizzly. While neither seemed developed to their full potential it was still a good, old-fashioned, story. Hey, big Clint Walker vs. a mean 'ol Bear - what a great premise. The Blu-ray was a claw-swipe better than SD and I did enjoy this and will watch again when in the mood. Cheese-y good - but still good. 

Gary Tooze

June 5th, 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.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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