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Day of the Outlaw [Blu-ray]
(André De Toth, 1959)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Security Pictures
Video: Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Spine #124 / Kino Lorber
Region: 'B'-locked / 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 1:32:09.482 / 1:32:22.870
Disc Size: 38,341,869,910 bytes / 22,804,040,326 bytes
Feature Size: 29,578,845,888 bytes / 20,283,156,480 bytes
Video Bitrate: 36.20 Mbps / 25.93 Mbps
Chapters: 9 / 9
Case: Standard Blu-ray case (both)
Release date: December 7th, 2015 / August 27th, 2019
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps /
DTS-HD Master Audio English
1554 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1554 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 /
48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
English (SDH), none
•A video appreciation by filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier
• Isolated music and effects track
• Double-sided sleeve featuring alternate artwork
• 32-PAGE BOOKLET featuring a new essay by critic Glenn Kenny, a 1994 interview with De Toth, the films original press book, illustrated with archival imagery
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Jeremy Arnold
Revered by the likes of Martin Scorsese and Quentin
Tarantino, the great director Andre de Toth made some of the
most gripping and unusual American films of the 1950s, and
Day of the Outlaw stands as one of his finest.
Set in an isolated, snow-covered town in the far West, this story has a renegade army officer named Jack Bruhn (Burl Ives) and his henchmen riding into the town threatening their worst to the men and women there. Blaise Starrett (Robert Ryan) decides to agree to Bruhn's demands for someone knowledgeable to lead them away from the law and the town, to safety. Mortally wounded himself, Bruhn opts to take Starrett up on his offer in one last act of generosity toward the townspeople, sparing them the mayhem threatened by his men.
Day of the Outlaw carries further (and further inward) the viciousness of The Indian Fighter, with its claustrophobic tensions coiled tight in a snowbound township when the arrival of a murderous renegade cavalry unit interrupts Ryan's attempt to reclaim his woman and his land. The incisive bleakness of Philip Yordan's script finds its perfect complement in the absurdist violence of De Toth's direction.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Day of the Outlaw is extremely thick and film-like on Blu-ray from The Masters of Cinema group in the UK. Along with the narrative, Russell Harlan's cinematography (Run Silent Run Deep, Witness for the Prosecution, Lust for Life) keeps you off balance with uneven confrontations and awkwardly filled frames. The 1080P image balances between a sweet layer of texture and the demonstrative film-like heaviness. This is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate. It is neither glossy nor pristinely sharp but shows plenty of depth and contrast is impressive. The 1.85:1 aspect ratio looks marvelous in-motion. This Blu-ray offers a rich, mesmerizing 1080P presentation. I was very pleased.
I can't see much of a difference at all in the image quality between the two Blu-rays. In-motion we give the more technically robust Masters of Cinema (dual-layered as opposed to single - and with the higher bitrate) a slight edge, but you would have to have a very discerning system (or eye) to notice.
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The audio is transferred via a linear PCM 2.0 channel mono track at 2304 kbps. It's a western so there is aggression and the track exports it with surprising depth. The film's music is by Alexander Courage - notable for the Star Trek (TOS) theme music and it sounds very strong, and appealing, via the uncompressed transfer. It is also available in the isolated score track - worth a listen. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Kino got DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono (16-bit) and this gives another edge to the Masters of Cinema modestly notable in the Courage score. Kino also ad optional English subtitles 9see sample above) and their disc is coded region 'A'.
MoC include a 'Wild Side' produced video appreciation by filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier - in French with English subtitles as he, passionately, describes his love for Toth's film. We get the, previously mentioned, isolated music and effects track and, like many Arrow packages, a double-sided sleeve featuring alternate artwork. There is a liner notes 32-page booklet featuring a new essay by critic Glenn Kenny, a 1994 interview with De Toth, the films original press book, and illustrated with archival imagery. Being Dual-format a DVD of the feature, with extras, is included.
Kino, aside from a trailer (and other trailers) provide one significant supplement; a commentary by Jeremy Arnold, author of The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter (Turner Classic Movies). He initially focuses on Robert Ryan and his career. He gives pertinent information on De Toth etc. and makes a reference to Shane with the cleansing of homesteaders and fencing, but I don't recall him mentioning the similarities of the name 'Starrett' (for both Ryan and Van Heflin). Still - an excellent discussion especially when he astutely dissects certain shots, close-ups, and why they were blocked a certain way.
MoC - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
I love this film more each time I see it. Ryan and Burl Ives are so imposing... the Arnold commentary touches on a lot that only enhances appreciation. Fans of the genre or vintage films should definitely make this a part of their digital library. It's briliant.
December 3rd, 2015
August 9th, 2019
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 3500 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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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