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Three Texas Steers [Blu-ray]
(George Sherman, 1939)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Republic Pictures
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 9,356,577,880 bytes
Feature Size: 9,275,271,168 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 / 826 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.
Three Texas Steers on Olive Blu-ray is similar to the other two 'Mesquiteer' 1080P releases. It is also only single-layered and has some light scratch and frame-specific damage marks. Contrast supports the film adequately - looking reasonably consistent throughout. Details is surprisingly strong and I can only suspect this is a solid replication of the original film.
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Audio is lossless vi a DTS-HD mono track at 826 kbps. There is no depth or range to speak of and it is a shade scattered which is more due to the limitations of the original production roots. There are no significant flaws that I noted. 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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