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USA 1955

 

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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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1- NTSC Twilight Tome
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Runtime 1:42:12 1:42:17.172
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

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Bitrate:

Bitrate: 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)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai, Chinese (Traditional) , none English, none
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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

 

Comments:

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

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, 3:10 to Yuma, Jeanne Eagels, The Shadow on the Window, Tight Spot, 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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