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Directed by John Ford
USA 1961

 

This rather atypical late (1961) John Ford western stars James Stewart as a cynical marshal hired to negotiate with the Comanches for white prisoners and Richard Widmark as a cavalry officer who comes along with him. Not a film with any of the resonance of The Searchers, despite a certain similarity in theme, but interesting nonetheless.

Excerpt from Jonathan Rosenbaum's capsule at the Chicago Reader located HERE.

 

Stewart is the Marshall on a mission to rescue some whites captured by the Comanche. In it for the money rather than any sense of justice, he just wants to get the job over and done with. However, accompanied by cavalry officer Widmark, he is forced to re-evaluate his philosophy when matters come to a head. Not Ford at his best, but the three-dimensional performances and an unusually dark atmosphere make for an above average, occasionally gripping western.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

Trivia: This was the last film in which James Stewart wore his familiar cowboy hat. Up to this point, he had worn it in all his westerns since "Winchester '73", except "Broken Arrow". This was Stewart's first film with John Ford, and Ford didn't want him to wear it as he thought it was the worst looking cowboy hat he had ever seen. As Stewart said in the documentary, "A Wonderful Life", Ford relented, but got back at him in their next western, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", when he didn't let Stewart wear a hat at all.

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Theatrical Release: July 26th, 1961

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Distribution Universal Home Video - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL

Twilight Time

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:44:32 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:49:00.575
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.95 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,551,955,488 bytes

Feature: 32,784,728,064 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) French, German, Italian, Spanish (all in Dolby Digital 2.0) DTS-HD Master Audio English 1070 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1070 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score: DTS-HD Master Audio English 1830 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1830 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, English (hoh), French, German, Italian, Spanish, None English (SDH), none
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Release Information:
Studio: Universal Home Video (UK)

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• none 

DVD Release Date: January 23rd, 2006

Keep Case
Chapters: 28

Release Information:
Studio: Twilight Time

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.85:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,551,955,488 bytes

Feature: 32,784,728,064 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Isolated Score Track
• Original Theatrical Trailer (3:08)
• Extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes and film art package

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

Blu-ray Release Date: May 7rth, 2014
Standard Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region FREE Blu-ray - May 2014: As far as I know, Two Rode Together has not had an NTSC release on digital. It's a John Ford western making this Blu-ray have some importance. I wouldn't rate it as 'primo' Ford, but it is still a solid effort in the western genre with some big stars in the cast. It notably improves over the PAL SD - cleaner, sharper, crisper - skin tones warm, It has a bit of depth and the dual-layering, with max'ed out bitrate, supports the textures to a higher degree. It also offers more information in the frame, considerable on the side and top edges. Visuals are, all-around, tighter. An authentic mono track is kept - in uncompressed linear PCM.  The score was composed by George Duning (The Eddy Duchin Story, 3:10 to Yuma, Jeanne Eagels, The Shadow on the Window, Tight Spot, etc.) and sounds flat but supportive. There are also optional English (SDH) subtitles.

Extra consist of an isolated score, an original theatrical trailer and some liner notes by Julie Kirgo. I can see this Blu-ray going out-of-print as it is limited to 3,000 units. Ford fans shouldn't hesitate. 

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ON THE DVD: The transfer is fairly weak - dirty, lots of digital noise, colors are occasionally dull, and detail is rather unremarkable. Still, it is progressive and anamorphic set to sell in Regions, 2,4 (Australia) and 5. I believe it is transferred from the correct standard for DVD playback (PAL). No extras but the current price is right, so as this is not out in region 1, we recommend on the basis of the film. A solid western.

Gary W. Tooze





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