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The New Frontier [Blu-ray]
(Carl Pierson, 1935)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Republic Pictures
Video: Olive Films
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 10,882,005,587 bytes
Feature Size: 10,756,614,144 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 22nd, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 829 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 824 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: John Dawson (John Wayne) becomes sheriff of a lawless town and goes up against a nasty saloon owner, Ace Holmes (Warner Richmond) who's been terrorizing the citizens of the new frontier town. Ace and his gang of outlaws are too much for one man, so Dawson deputizes a gang of friendlier outlaws lead by Kit (Al Bridge) and together they try to clean up the town. This was Wayne's second western under the new Republic Pictures banner. Muriel Evans co-stars as Wayne's Love interest. Written by Robert Emmett Tansey (Westward Ho) and directed by Carl Pierson (She Devil).
The New Frontier is John Wayne's second Western for Republic. It's
directed by Carl Pierson and written by Robert Emmett Tansey. Wayne
plays trail herder John Dawson, a decent man who along with his dad Milt
(Sam Flint) bring pioneers to the "Cherokee Strip" after the Act of
Congress signed by President Benjamin Harrison in 1889 allows for
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Of all the hour-long, early 'Duke' B westerns from Olive Blu-ray we've covered; "Red River Range", "Three Texas Steers", "King of the Pecos", "The Night Riders" and "Frontier Horizon" - The New Frontier seems to be the most inconsistent and have the most damage. There are certain segments with extensive vertical scratches (see last capture). Other parts seem quite strong with excellent detail in close-ups. Again we have improved contrast levels from SD on the single-layered disc. Most scenes are outdoor and look quite good considering the age. The damage is acceptable and doesn't heavily deter enjoyment of the presentation.
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Audio comes in the form of aDTS-HD Master mono track at 829 kbps. There are a couple of songs on this one - in a wagon train and around a campfire. It remains unremarkable and a bit scattered but satisfies the presentation value. There are no subtitles offered and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
None - not even a trailer.
January 17th, 2013
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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Gary W. Tooze
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