S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'The Last Man')
James B. Clark
TV producer Aaron Spelling penned this standard western set in a small town just after the American Civil War. Mitch (Alan Ladd) has tragically lost his wife during a problem in her pregnancy because he could not come up with $1.87 for the medicine she needed. A little twisted right from the beginning, he vows revenge. In the first step toward his goal, he gets the post of deputy sheriff from the repentant townspeople. In the second step, he murders the sheriff and then recruits a gang of disreputable toughs to steal $100,000 and bankrupt the town. In the last and fatal part of his plan for vengeance, he turns on his own gang of thieves.
Theatrical Release: September 11th, 1960
DVD Review: Fox Cinema Archives - Region 0 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Fox Cinema Archives - Region 0 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.91 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.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Although Ladd is naturally older in One Foot in Hell - he can still carry a film and this darker edge western works well. The single-layered Fox Cinema Archives image is certainly watchable and looks fine for SD viewing. There are some minor artefacts but the visuals are consistent in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Skin tones are warm - overall it gave me an acceptable presentation.
Audio is likewise fine with no real depth, but clean and clear. There are no subtitles nor extras on the made-on-demand disc.
Pricey, but for fans of Ladd and westerns it is very enticing. It's no masterpiece but I enjoyed it none-the-less.