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USA 1952

Producer/writer Philip Dunne adapted the screenplay of Way of a Gaucho from the novel by Herbert Childs. Largely filmed... on location in Argentina, this is the story of Martin (Rory Calhoun), a freewheeling gaucho of the 1870s. Resenting the incursions of civilization, Martin accidentally kills a man while asserting his independence. To avoid a prison sentence, he signs up with the army, but soon deserts to form an outlaw band. Salinas (Richard Boone), Martin's former commanding officer, makes it his mission in life to bring Martin to justice. Gene Tierney co-stars as socialite Teresa, who stands by Martin through thick and thin

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After inadvertently killing a man, an Argentinean gaucho signs on with the army in order to avoid a jail sentence, then soon after forms a band of outlaws.

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Story of an Argentinean Gaucho who, refusing to bow down to the arrival of law and order in his country, becomes an outlaw leader, is hounded by the army from which he has deserted and finally gives himself up when he realises the misery he has caused.

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Theatrical Release: October 16th, 1952

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DVD Review: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (Cinema Archives) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:30:30
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.92 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

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Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: June 20th, 2012
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Comments

So Fox has their own MoD (Made-on-Demand) DVD-R division now - under the 'Cinema Archives' banner. Hopefully this will expose some of their better, but less marketable to the masses, gems from their extensive vault. Nice to see Tourneur's Way of the Gaucho reach NTSC status (I believe there were a couple of PAL editions previously available).

It's single-layered but progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and colors look rich but the image is very thick. I suspect this is close to how it appeared theatrically some 60-years ago. The image is clean without damage or even speckles. Black levels are decent and detail a function of the heavy visuals. The disc supports the film with a consistent transfer with no noise in the darker scenes or artifacts anywhere. Overall this looks surprisingly good.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. Unfortunate, but predictable to have, no supplements at all.

I've wanted to see Way of the Gaucho for years. There are plenty of instances of the director's poetic style and it stands up as a solid adventure/western. Tierney is her usual hypotonic camera magnet. I enjoyed this very much. I wish I could see it again for the first time. As with most MoDs the price seems exorbitant but they are frequently the only game in town and fans of the genre, director or period will benefit from a viewing.   

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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