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(aka "Einer gibt nicht auf")

directed by Budd Boetticher
USA 19
60

The last of the marvellous Westerns partnering Boetticher and Scott, beautifully scripted by Burt Kennedy and performed by a solid cast. Scott's the obsessive man, hunting these last ten years for a wife kidnapped by Comanches, who rescues instead another woman, only to find himself up against Akins and his reward-hungry sidekicks as he ferries her back to civilisation. With characters doomed from the start, it's a bleakly pessimistic film that gains warmth from gently ironic humour and a discreetly elegiac tone.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

The conclusion of Budd Boetticher's Randolph Scott western cycle (1960), and a worthy culmination, combining summary elements (it's the last word on Boetticher's revenge plot) and hints of further developments (in the ultimate purification and loneliness of Scott's revenge-seeking hero). The film is essentially a series of horseback and campfire conversations, in which the morally ambiguous characters size each other up and try to decide what best to do with the white woman (Nancy Gates) Scott has inadvertently rescued from the Indians.

Excerpt from Dave Kehr at the Chicago Reader located HERE  

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Theatrical Release: February 15th, 1960

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Distribution Sony Pictures (The Films of Budd Boetticher - The Collector's Choice) - Region 1 - NTSC Explosive-Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray Indicator (Powerhouse) - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:13:00 1:13:05.255 1:13:11.929
Video 2.32:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.43 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

2.35:1 1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,749,089,012 bytes

Feature: 19,280,338,944 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.06 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Disc Size: 24,843,095,208 bytes

Feature Size: 20,071,253,568 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate German Blu-ray:

Bitrate Indicator (UK) Blu-ray:

Audio English (original mono), DUB: French

LPCM Audio German 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio English1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
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LPCM Audio Undetermined 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, French, None English, German, None English (SDH), None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures Collection

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.32:1

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary: Taylor Hackford on Comanche Station

• Clint Eastwood on Comanche Station (6:28)

Trailer (1:56)

DVD Release Date: November 4th, 2008
Custom three - tiered foldout case (see image below)
Chapters: various

Release Information:
Studio: Explosive-Media AG

 

2.35:1 1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,749,089,012 bytes

Feature: 19,280,338,944 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.06 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video


Edition Details:

• Interview with Budd Boetticher (32:50)
Trailer (1:54)

Gallery slideshow (2:30)

Blu-ray Release Date:
July 22nd, 2016
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator 

Edition Details:

• The John Player Lecture with Budd Boetticher (1969): archival audio interview conducted by Horizons West author Jim Kitses at the National Film Theatre, London (on buchanan disc)
• The Guardian Interview with Budd Boetticher (1994): an extensive filmed interview conducted by film historian David Meeker at the National Film Theatre, London
• Budd Boetticher on the Ranown Cycle (1999): excerpts from Eckhart Schmidt's unpublished documentary Visiting... Budd Boetticher (37:20, on decision disc)
• The Guardian Interview with Elmore Leonard (1997): the celebrated author, and writer of the short story upon which The Tall T is based, in conversation at London's National Film Theatre (1:34:23 on ride lonesome disc)
• The Tall T audio commentary with Jeanine Basinger (2008)
• Ride Lonesome audio commentary with Jeremy Arnold (2008)
• Comanche Station audio commentary with Taylor Hackford (2008)
• Martin Scorsese on ‘The Tall T’ and ‘Ride Lonesome’ (2008)
• Taylor Hackford on ‘Decision at Sundown’ and ‘Buchanan Rides Alone’ (2008) (09:25, buchanan and 5:44 on decision)
• Clint Eastwood on ‘Comanche Station’ (2008) (06:25)
• Playing in the Open (2018): an analysis of Ride Lonesome by Cristina Álvarez López (14:04)
• Christopher Frayling on Budd Boetticher (2018): the writer and cultural historian discusses the work of the great director (19:24, on Buchanan)
• Kim Newman on the Ranown Cycle (2018): an analysis by the critic and author of Wild West Movies (28:27, on Buchanan Disc)
• A Man Alone (2018): a portrait of Randolph Scott by film historian Edward Buscombe (16:47, on Decision)
• Super 8 version of ‘Comanche Station’: original cut-down home cinema presentation (19:37)
• Original theatrical trailers (Comanche Station 01:55, Buchanan Rides Alone 01:28, Decision at Sundown 02:02))
• Ride Lonesome trailer commentary (2013): a short critical appreciation by filmmaker John Sayles
• Comanche Station trailer commentary (2014): a short critical appreciation by screenwriter Sam Hamm (02:27)
• Image galleries: publicity stills and promotional material
• Limited Edition exclusive 80-page book containing newly commissioned essays by Pamela Hutchinson, Glenn Kenny, James Oliver, Neil Sinyard and Farran Smith Nehme, archival interviews with director Budd Boetticher and screenwriter Burt Kennedy, a critical anthology, and full film credits
• World Blu-ray premieres of The Tall T, Decision at Sundown, Buchanan Rides Alone and Ride Lonesome
• UK Blu-ray premiere of Comanche Station
• Limited Edition Box Set of 6,000 numbered copies

Blu-ray Release Date: Mary 29th, 2018
Custom Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 10 X 5

 

 

 

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

ADDITION: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray - May 2018: The Indicator is part of the Five Tall Tales: Budd Boetticher & Randolph Scott At Columbia, 1957-1960, Region FREE, Blu-ray set reviewed HERE.

In short, the video is about the same - maybe a notch higher than the German 1080P. Audio in the UK package is superior (still linear PCM mono but 24-bit as opposed to 16-bit) but the big advancement is in the extras - commentaries, interviews, documentaries and much more...

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ADDITION: Explosive-Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray - September 2016: The Sony DVD is from their The Films of Budd Boetticher - The Collector's Choice reviewed HERE. You can see how the 1080P resolution improves the video presentation. It is a single-layered Blu-ray - but the film is short and the bitrate is high. It is sharper, colors are brighter and there is frequent depth - no present on the heavier, low bitrate, SD appearance. We all appreciated the Sony boxset when it was released but this is a significant step forward.

Audio goes lossless - linear PCM (16-bit) in both original English and a German DUB - and sounds quite good if not overly dynamic. The score by versatile and prolific Mischa Bakaleinikoff (It Came from Beneath the Sea, The Crooked Web, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, The 27th Day, 20 Million Miles to Earth, Lady for a Day) sounds subtle and supportive. There are optional English and German subtitle options and the Blu-ray disc is region FREE.

We get a 1/2 hour public interview with Budd Boetticher entitled Budd Boetticher Hollywood Stories and it has some revealing moments regarding the enigmatic director. There is also an HD trailer and a gallery slideshow. Unfortunately the commentary on the DVD is not included.

I am pleased with this presentation and loved seeing the film again - absolute class production and a masterwork of the genre. I give this Blu-ray a recommendation!

Gary W. Tooze

 

The Films of Budd Boetticher - The Collector's Choice package

 



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