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Young Billy Young [Blu-ray]


(Burt Kennedy, 1969)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Talbot-Youngstein

Video: Kino Lorber



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:29:04.339

Disc Size: 21,240,257,482 bytes

Feature Size: 20,139,368,448 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.94 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: September 29th, 2015



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1564 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1564 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)



English, None



• Trailers for Young Billy Young (2:16), The Wonderful Country (2:57), Support Your Local Sheriff (2:02), Support Your Local Gunfighter (2:45)





Description: Mastered in HD! A dynamic round-up of stars including Robert Mitchum (The Wonderful Country), Angie Dickinson (Sam Whiskey) and David Carradine (The Long Riders) provides enormous talent in this hard-riding, rugged gun-slinging adventure that's one of the boldest and most fascinating tales of outcasts, outlaws and lawmen ever filmed. Mitchum is an aging but tough-as-nails lawman that meets up with Young Billy Young (Robert Walker, Beware! The Blob), a fast-draw outlaw on the run after a deadly robbery. Discovering that they have a common enemy, the two men join forces. But it's a partnership that explodes like a keg of TNT when the lawmen discover a secret that initiates a barroom brawl... and ends in a six-gun shoot-out that practically rips two towns apart! Western legend Burt Kennedy (Support Your Local Sheriff!) directs this top-notch cast that includes Jack Kelly (TV s Maverick), John Anderson (Ride the High Country), Paul Fix (El Dorado), Willis Bouchey (Support Your Local Gunfighter).



The Film:

Veteran western director Burt Kennedy wrote the screenplay for this tale, based on the novel Who Rides with Wyatt? and also released under the title Who Rides with Kane? Robert Mitchum, who sings the title song, stars as Ben Kane, an ex-sheriff hunting for Frank Boone (John Anderson), the man who killed his son. He enlists the aid of Billy Young (Robert Walker), a hired gun who was abandoned by his fleeing partner Jesse Boone (David Carradine) after they killed a Mexican general. Kane becomes marshal of Lordsburg and falls in love with Lily Beloit (Angie Dickinson), a dance hall girl. John Behan (Jack Kelly) and Jesse Boone try to kill Kane, but Lily warns him of the plot in time. Kane arrests Jesse Boone, and when Kane learns that his captive is the son of his son's killer, he uses him as bait in a plan to catch Frank Boone.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE


Front and center, we have Robert Mitchum, as a roving deputy marshal. Add Robert Walker, as a stubborn, trigger-happy youth who crosses his path. Add Angie Dickinson, a spangled gal with a golden heart, and Jack Kelly and John Anderson, as the bad guys. Toss in young David Carradine for some pungent sideline mockery.

Probably nobody was more aware of the picture's mild television aptness than the scenarist-director, Burt Kennedy. An able man, he has simply set up his color camera in the center of a prairie town, a Western complex constructed near Tucson frequently used for movies and television. Mr. Kennedy revolves his camera, affording some winningly old-fashioned scannings of the dusty little hamlet, and closes in on his characters on schedule.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

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

The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Young Billy Young looks quite strong in 1080P.  The visuals have some decent tightness and the transfer experts some appealing depth. Colors are bright and authentic and close-ups show some impressive detail. Contrast is adept and it looks like the source was in very good shape without any speckles or damage. This Blu-ray gave me a watchable, surprisingly strong, viewing in regards to the picture quality.



















Audio :

Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1564 kbps (16-bit) in the original English language. There are the usual western-related effects in the film (guns, horses) and some musical numbers in the saloon - as well as the theme sung by Mitchum. The score is by Shelly Manne notable for Jazz sequences in The Man with the Golden Arm, The Wild One and Touch of Evil. It all sounds fine with clear consistent dialogue. There are English subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


Extras :

Trailers for Young Billy Young, The Wonderful Country, Support Your Local Sheriff, Support Your Local Gunfighter.



Young Billy Young is a decent, but not stellar, western. It has all the elements - with adventure, conflict, a bit of humor, romance - a decent effort in the genre although it is essentially hollow with no real substance. The Kino Lorber Blu-ray
looks and sounds pretty sweet and I guess there was no cause for viable extras. I enjoyed it well enough but it may not be a film I revisit for years. 

Gary Tooze

September 16th, 2015


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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