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Fox's follow-up to Jesse James was Lang's first Western and his first film in colour; if it's more conventional than the later Rancho Notorious, it nevertheless displays the director's interest in the psychology (and indeed the pitfalls) of revenge. At the start of the film, Frank (Fonda) is happy to let the law pronounce sentence on the Ford brothers, who killed Jesse; but when they are pardoned, he begins a deadly hunt that alienates him from society, imperils not only his own life but those of his friends, and threatens to destroy his long-held ideas of justice. For all its fine photography and sturdy performances, the film is finally little more than efficient and routine, with Lang rarely probing beyond the ironic if superficial twists of the narrative. Though it bears some slight thematic resemblance to the earlier Fury and You Only Live Once, he's clearly not as comfortable with dusty townships and baked landscapes as with the noir-like ambience of his contemporary crime movies.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: August 10th, 1940

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20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC Koch Media
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:36  1:32:42.557 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.2 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 17,951,882,212 bytes

Feature: 16,955,258,880 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 20.00 Mbps

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

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Bitrate: Koch Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUBs: French (Dolby Digital mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 993 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 993 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)

DUBs:

1972: DTS-HD Master Audio German 932 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 932 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
1980: DTS-HD Master Audio German 912 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 912 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English, Spanish, None English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Fox Flix trailers

• 6 page liner notes

DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2007

Keep Case inside a cardboard box
Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Lorber

 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 17,951,882,212 bytes

Feature: 16,955,258,880 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 20.00 Mbps


Edition Details:
• Poster Gallery

 

Standard Blu-ray case

Blu-ray Release Date: March 24th, 2016

Chapters: 12

 

 

 

Comments:

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

 

ADDITION: Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray April 16': There are scenes that are impressive but overall I was a shade under-whelmed. Perhaps I was expecting too much. Colors aren't as vibrant as I would have expected but it does seems to advance upon the SD although I did see some noticeable contrast flickering in one spot. It doesn't have the tightness of the Blu-ray of Western Union but it looked acceptable in-motion. It may be marginally horizontally stretched. To be honest though, I enjoyed the presentation.

 

Audio goes DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono in original English or two German DUBs (72' and 80'). The score by David Buttolph (Pete Kelly's Blues, Rope, Three Secrets, Kiss of Death, Blood and Sand and many more) works well in the western genre - and it benefits from this lossless rendering. There are optional English subtitles (see sample) and is coded for region 'B', although many Koch Media's Blu-rays (Western Union, Yellow Sky, The Ox-Bo Incident, Lonely Are the Brave, Two Flags West, An Angel at My Table) are region FREE.

 

The only extra is a gallery. I've always been a fan of this particular western. Fonda is great and it's nice to see Tierney in her first role. Genre fans may wish to indulge. It's a film I can re-watch repeatedly.

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NOTE: I had some hesitation issue with the playback of this DVD. I will attempt to verify on other machines although it may be just mine. If you also experience these please inform us here.

Colors tend to look a shade 'irrational' at times but I have no idea how this film looked theatrically over 65 years ago. Regardless, the transfer from Fox is single-layered but holds up quite well with only minor speckles showing through in the damage department. Progressive in the original 1.33 ratio - the image has acceptable detail. It does shows some artifacts but basically is quite strong all things considered. The mono audio seemed clear with no dropouts, hisses or pops - I didn't check the 2.0 channel stereo. There are optional English or Spanish subtitles.

No real extras - 2 Fox Flix trailers and there is a short, but competent, essay by Tom Weaver in the liner notes.

It would seem impossible for me not to embrace this film - a western from Fritz Lang with Henry Fond and Gene Tierney... cone on! I love the older films of this genre and nothing about it disappoints on any front. Bottom line is that the price is right giving this high value - I considered it a must-purchase DVD so we obviously recommend! 

Gary W. Tooze

 

 



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