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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Kings Go Forth [Blu-ray]


(Delmer Daves, 1958)


Coming to Blu-ray from MGM in March 2023:


Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Frank Ross-Eton Productions

Video: Twilight Time



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

Runtime: 1:50:30.081 

Disc Size: 29,464,690,883 bytes

Feature Size: 28,061,952,000 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Chapters: 24

Case: Transparent Blu-ray case

Release date: January, 2016



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1028 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1028 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 /
48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1045 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1045 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 /
48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)



English (SDH), None



Isolated Score Track
Original Theatrical Trailer (3:00)

Liner notes by Julie Kirgo

Limited to 3,000 Copies!





Description: Frank Sinatra and Tony Curtis star in Kings Go Forth (1958) as a pair of American soldiers in World War II France, both falling in love with the same woman (Natalie Wood), an American-born expatriate with a difficult secret. Even as they are trying to help bring the war to an end, both are doing battle with the difficulties of their mutual relationship. Directed by Delmer Daves (3:10 to Yuma), with a score by Elmer Bernstein, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.



The Film:

Adapted by Merle Miller from the novel by Joe David Brown, Kings Go Forth stars Frank Sinatra and Tony Curtis as, respectively, a tough army lieutenant and a cocky radio operator. Serving in Southern France during World War II, Sinatra and Curtis vie for the affections of mademoiselle Natalie Wood. Upon learning that Wood's father was black, both men succumb to their inbred prejudices. Sinatra manages to overcome his latent bigotry, but Curtis does not. In fact, he's so vocal in his race hatred that audiences are virtually cheering for his inevitable demise. After the war, Sinatra, who has lost an arm in combat, relocates Wood. The film ends ambiguously, possibly because miscegenation was still a touchy topic amongst Hollywood censors. Kings Go Forth was universally popular - except, perhaps, with those ex-GIs who were still resentful that Frank Sinatra had in real life been spared wartime service due to a questionable physical ailment.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Well-crafted but unconvincing mixture of war movie and melodramatic problem picture, with Sinatra and Curtis as GIs in France in 1944, falling out over Wood, an expatriate American girl who is beautiful but proves to be not entirely white. Daves, as so often, does a careful salvage job on a soapy script, but the best sequence is a brief jazz interlude with Curtis (giving the best performance in the film) grabbing a trumpet in a dive and (ghosted by Pete Candoli) sitting in with Red Norvo and group.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE


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

Kings Go Forth comes to Twilight Time Blu-ray in a dual-layered, 1080P transfer with their usual very high bitrate. The visuals are reasonable but not overwhelming with some inherent softness. Contrast has some decent layering with detail, in close-ups, looking fairly tight in the HD transfer. It looks quite consistent in-motion with no damage or speckles.  I see no evidence of manipulation or noise. This Blu-ray gives a solid presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio - probably as good as it will get for this film.
















Audio :

The DTS-HD Master 1.0 channel mono at 1028 kbps does a competent job of exporting the original sound effect requirements - which are not overwhelming with little war/battle action. Prominently is the Elmer Bernstein (The Comancheros, The World of Henry Orient, Kings of the Sun, Hud, To Kill a Mockingbird, Summer and Smoke) score that is augmented by the lively jazz in the club and Pete Candoli's uncredited trumpet (in the guise of Curtis.) Twilight Time offer an isolated score in a slightly more robust 2.0 channel lossless track. There are optional English subtitles (sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.


Extras :

Only Twilight Time's usual isolated score track and an original theatrical trailer plus it has liner notes by Julie Kirgo and is limited to 3,000 copies.



Kings Go Forth has wonderful character interaction. The performances, notably Sinatra and Curtis - not so much so for Natalie Wood's Monique, and I found it quite gripping when the 2 GIs conflict.  The Twilight Time Blu-ray provides as good an a/v transfer for the film and modest value with the isolated score and liner notes. It's a film I may revisit - perhaps not soon - but one day - for fans of the performers it is certainly recommended! 

Gary Tooze

February 1st, 2016

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