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From Noon to Three [Blu-ray]
(Frank D. Gilroy, 1976)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Frankovich Productions
Video: Twilight Time
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 27,935,331,579 bytes
Feature Size: 26,747,222,016 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: September, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2099 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2099 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1776 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1776 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• English (SDH), None
• Isolated Score
Track with some effects
• Liner notes by Julie Kirgo
Limited to 3,000 Copies!
Description: Writer-director Frank D. Gilroy (The Subject Was Roses) gives us, in From Noon Till Three (1976), an atypical Charles Bronson Western that’s also a clever meditation on myth versus reality. Bronson plays a reluctant desperado whose three-hour tryst with a lovely widow (Jill Ireland) is turned into the stuff of legend when he is mistakenly reported dead. Gorgeously shot by Lucien Ballard (The Wild Bunch), and highlighted by a superb Elmer Bernstein score, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.
Bronson plays Graham Dorsey, a drifter outlaw who has a brief liaison with Amanda Starbuck (Ireland), and whom she later transforms after his "death" into an outlaw legend. Amanda builds a giant commercial empire based on her fictional stories about the now-infamous "Graham Dorsey," and his name is forever emblazoned on the history of the Old West. When Bronson turns up very much alive, however, no one, not even Amanda, recognizes him or will believe his protestations that he is Dorsey. He ends up in an insane asylum, where the doctors just nod and smile at his delusions of having been a great gunfighter.Excerpt from TVGuide located HERE
One of the strangest and most overlooked film westerns, From Noon
Till Three (1976) begins with a nightmare, ends with madness and in
between unreels as both a light romantic comedy, a send-up of heroic
period pieces and a revisionist look at the making of myths of the Old
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
From Noon to Three comes to Twilight Time Blu-ray in a dual-layered, 1080P transfer with their usual high bitrate. The visuals are reasonable with some inherent softness and a heavy film-like presence. Contrast has some decent layering and colors look true with a dash of richness in the HD transfer. The image quality is consisten with no damage or speckles. I see no evidence of manipulation or noise. This Blu-ray gives a good presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio - probably as good as it will get for this film.
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The DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 2099 kbps (24-bit) sounds clean with a few richer moments in pushing the film's western related requirements - horses and guns (lots of pointing - less shooting.) The score by Elmer Bernstein (The Comancheros, The World of Henry Orient, Kings of the Sun, Hud, To Kill a Mockingbird, Summer and Smoke) sounds decent in lossless, if a less-remarkable work for the composer. There are optional English subtitles (sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.
Twilight Time add there usual Isolated Score Track, and there is an original theatrical trailer. The package has some liner notes by Julie Kirgo and is limited to 3,000 copies.
October 29th, 2016
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 5000 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.
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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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