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directed by Michael Curtiz

USA 1939

 

The western is a genre that has been very much overlooked for the past few decades. Unlike today, the western was once a staple of cinema and received more releases than most other genres such as comedies and romance. Kids used to play cowboys and Indians and want to be a Cowboy when they grow up. Now it's much more likely that a youngin' wants to be an FBI agent when they grow up. It's not really for the worse, it's just a different attitude for a different time.

Dodge City is a 1939 western that was filmed in Glorious Technicolor starring Errol Flynn. Errol stars at Wade Hatton, the well rounded, slightly mysterious cowboy. Since the end of the Civil War, Hatton has traveled around the world and back to find himself in his current role, becoming the modern equivalent of a contractor for the US Army. He hunts buffalo for to feed the Army in it's westward movement. In his travels he has watched the evil, dark hat wearing Jeff Surrett kill Buffalo on Indian grounds and turns him over to the local Sheriff. Thus the final confrontation is set.

Excerpt of Matt Fuerst's review at JackassCritics.com located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release:  April 1st, 1939

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Comparison:

 Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC vs. Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray

1) Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

Cover and Individual purchase link

 

  

  Warner
Region
1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Warner
Region FREE  -
Blu-ray
  The Blu-ray is part of the Golden Year - 1939 Collection  that includes; The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dark Victory, Ninotchka, Dodge City, and Gone With the Wind.

                   

Runtime 1:43:48 1:44:01.276
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.60 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

Chapters : 28

Disc Size: 23,449,397,044 bytes

Feature Size: 20,582,006,784 bytes

Total Bitrate: 23.21 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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

Bitrate:

 

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 882 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 882 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DUBs:

Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles English (CC), Spanish, French, None English (CC), Spanish, French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

 Dodge City: God West, Errol Flynn (8:36)
• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: MGM - September 30th, 1997 - Remastered and reissued Warner - June 14th, 2005

Both offered in Keep cases
Chapters: 28

Release Information:
Studio:
Warner

 

Disc Size: 23,449,397,044 bytes

Feature Size: 20,582,006,784 bytes

Total Bitrate: 23.21 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
 "Warner Night at the Movies" - Intro by Maltin, Oklahoma Kid trailer, Newsreel, Sons of Liberty, Dangerous Dan McFoo cartoon etc. (36:48)

 Dodge City: God West, Errol Flynn (8:36)

• Theatrical Trailer (3:17)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: June 9th, 2015
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 28

Menus

 

Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray October 15': Apologies it took me so long to get to this comparison. The captures speak for themselves and the colors are significantly improved looking rich, deep and lustrous (show-gal costumes notable!). Skin tones warm-up. This is mostly about the 1080P ability to reproduce the Technicolor (Dodge City being one of the pioneering westerns to use it!) The Blu-ray  is a far more accurate representation of the film. Grain textures are also prevalent - the single-layered transfer with a reasonable bitrate (almost 4X that of the SD) looks sweet in-motion. There are no speckles to speak of and a wonderfully clean and film-like presentation.

Warner remain authentic with a DTS-HD Master 1.0 channel mono track at 882 kbps. It sounds predictably flat but clean showing a smattering of depth in the western effects (horses, gunfire etc.) and the score sounds appropriately dramatic in lossless and is by the great Max Steiner (Casablanca, The Caine Mutiny, Bird of Paradise, Beyond the Forest, Pursued etc. etc.) The audio is impressively exported by the lossless. There are some foreign-langauge DUBs. The Warner Blu-ray disc offers subtitles and is region FREE.

Supplements include the usual "Warner Night at the Movies" with an introduction by Leonard Maltin, Oklahoma Kid trailer, Newsreel, Sons of Liberty, Dangerous Dan McFoo cartoon etc. all running about 35-minutes. There is a brief, 8-minute, piece on the star; Dodge City: God West, Errol Flynn and a theatrical trailer.

This is such a great classic of the genre and large-scale Hollywood of the era. The Blu-ray significantly advances in the a/v over the 1997 DVD. It's a beauty and another reason to indulge in the Golden Year - 1939 Collection  that includes; The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dark Victory, Ninotchka, Dodge City, and Gone With the Wind.   

Gary W. Tooze


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Subtitle Sample

1) Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


Screen Captures

1) Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

1) Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

More Blu-ray Captures

Cover and Individual purchase link

 

  

  Warner
Region
1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Warner
Region FREE  -
Blu-ray
  The Blu-ray is part of the Golden Year - 1939 Collection  that includes; The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dark Victory, Ninotchka, Dodge City, and Gone With the Wind.

                   

 




 

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