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USA 1955

 

Held by many to be the pinnacle of the five Westerns they were teamed on, The Man from Laramie marked the final collaboration between director Anthony Mann and star James Stewart.

Stewart stars as a resolute vigilante, obsessed with finding the man responsible for his brothers death. Among the suspects are an arrogant cattle baron (Donald Crisp), his sadistic son (Alex Nicol) and his ranch foreman (Arthur Kennedy).

A psychological revenge saga of Shakespearean proportions, and masterfully filmed in Cinemascope and Technicolor, The Man from Laramie is one of the most powerful dramas of the 1950s. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present it in a new 4K restoration in a Dual-Format edition for the first time in the UK.

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Will Lockhart (Jimmy Stewart) is a typical Anthony Mann protagonist - a mysterious loner, who is on a mission. He delivers supplies to pretty, girl-next-door type, Barbara Waggoman (Cathy O'Donnell who does play the girl next door in William Wyler's "The Best Years of Our Lives"), a storekeeper, in isolated Coronado, which is deep in savage Indian country. Will is persistently in search of the gunrunners who supplied rifles to Apaches. He blames them for the death of his brother and some of his fellow soldiers. Ruling over Coronado is Barbara's despicable father and psychopathic and vicious son Dave who is barely kept under control by the adopted son Vic (Arthur Kennedy). Will's patient, yet single-minded mission is escalated to an even stronger vengeance when he is deliberately shot through the palm of his hand by Dave.

Once again Mann creates a classic tale of the old West with complex characters and rugged, primitive justice. Will Lockhart is a strong man - not looking for trouble, but certainly not afraid to confront it. This, Anthony Mann's fifth and final collaboration with Stewart is another quintessential revenge story with beautiful New Mexico vistas as the backdrop. My favorite's include Winchester '73 and The Naked Spur but this is close behind. out of  

 

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Theatrical Release: August 31st, 1955

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Comparison:

Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

1) Columbia - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1- NTSC Twilight Tome
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Masters of Cinema - Spine # 156
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:42:12 1:42:17.172 1:42:15.712 
Video 2.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.34 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.55:1

Disc Size: 33,356,876,657 bytes

Feature Size: 32,554,635,264 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

2.55:1

Disc Size: 37,956,193,216 bytes

Feature Size: 32,190,197,760 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Twilight Time Blu-ray

Bitrate: Masters of Cinema Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 3.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 3097 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3097 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit / DN -2dB)
Isolated Score: DTS-HD Master Audio English 2022 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2022 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1780 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1780 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai, Chinese (Traditional) , none English, none English (SDH), none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.33:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer
• Film poster

DVD Release Date: September 2001

Keep Case
Chapters: 28

Release Information:
Studio:
Twilight Time

 

Disc Size: 33,356,876,657 bytes

Feature Size: 32,554,635,264 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
Isolated Music & Effects Track
Teaser (:58)
Original Theatrical Trailer (2:16)

Liner Notes by Julie Kirgo

Blu-ray Release Date: June, 201
4
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Masters of Cinema

 

2.55:1

Disc Size: 37,956,193,216 bytes

Feature Size: 32,190,197,760 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
 New audio commentary by film critic Adrian Martin
 New video interview with critic and novelist Kim Newman (20:17)
 Original theatrical trailer (2:09)
 PLUS: a new booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp, an interview with Anthony Mann, and rare archival imagery

DVD
 

Blu-ray Release Date: December 5th, 2016
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters: 11

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (December 2016): The 4K restored MoC is a shade lighter than the Twilight Time but looking at the bitrate graphs above - there is not much between the 1080P transfers. Both very high bitrates, both 2.55:1 aspect ratio - the MOC may be slighter superior in hiding any background artifacts - but they remain minimal. Only a very discerning system or owner - perhaps one who projects more than 100" might distinguish notable disparity between the two. In-motion the UK video may get a marginally more enthusiastic nod. It's essentially a draw.

Audio, MoC offer the 5.1 DTS-HD (only 16-bit) but also a, more authentic, linear PCM 2.0 channel (24-bit) and this is the way to watch this masterpiece western. It's rich and flat with horse and gun effects coming through with juts the right amount of punch. The score was composed by George Duning (3:10 to Yuma, Jeanne Eagels, The Shadow on the Window, Tight Spot, etc.) and sounds very pleasing shuffling between the serenity of the small town and the tension of the conflicts. MoC add optional English (SDH) subtitles and their Blu-ray disc is region 'B'-locked.

Masters of Cinema add a new, and excellent, audio commentary by film critic Adrian Martin who discusses the production, themes, Mann, Stewart and much more. There is also an educational 20-minute new video interview with critic and novelist Kim Newman plus an original theatrical trailer. The package has a new booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp, an interview with Anthony Mann, and rare archival imagery. Being Dual-format a second disc DVD (also from a 4K restoration) is included.

I have always loved this western - as I do most all the Mann/Stewart efforts in the genre. A super 4K restored release by MoC - the more complete of the two Blu-rays with the Martin commentary, Kim Newman piece and booklet sealing the deal. A very strong recommendation!   

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ADDITION: Twilight Time Blu-ray - June 14': Okay, both transfers have some inconsistencies with the SD looking a bit golden/yellow in outdoor sequences - and green infiltrates the other visuals but the new 1080P can look a bit blue-leaning at times. In the latter, I more suspect the source as Twilight Time have rendered this to a dual-layered Blu-ray with a max'ed out bitrate. It looks marvelous in-motion - darker than the DVD but more consistent in terms of colors. The 2.55:1 AR Blu-ray shows more information - mostly on the left edge when compared to the DVD.

Audio is very robust through a DTS-HD Master 5.1 bump, from the original RCA four track stereo, at 3097 kbps. It sounds great with gun shots cracking with surprising depth. The score was composed by George Duning (Two Rode Together, The Eddy Duchin Story, etc.) and sounds buoyant and supportive. There are also optional English (SDH) subtitles.

Supplements include an isolated music & effects track in stereo, a teaser and trailer - plus liner notes by Julie Kirgo. As with Twilight Time Blu-rays - this is a limited edition with only 3,000 units.

Anthony Mann  western? Blu-ray? Easy purchase.

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ON THE DVD: Decent image from an older Columbia Tri-Star (when they seemed to care). Tight widescreen with some good film grain showing. No commentary and only a trailer as an extra, but I recommend this disc. It is proceed well and the film and image are reproduced extremely well. out of   

Gary W. Tooze

 


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