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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)

Runtime: 1:39:12.029 

Disc Size: 27,935,331,579 bytes

Feature Size: 26,747,222,016 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Chapters: 24

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)
Isolated Score:

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
Original Theatrical Trailer (2:02)

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.



The Film:

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 West.

Charles Bronson plays a desperado who, despite an eerie premonition, sends his gang off to a bank robbery as he wiles away an afternoon wooing a rich widow, played by Bronson's then-wife, the late
Jill Ireland. Bronson rides off, Ireland believes, to rescue his men. But he has actually gone in the opposite direction and switched identities with another man who is killed in his place. Thinking he has died a heroic death, Ireland decides to turn their brief affair (the three hours bracketed in the film's title) into fodder for popular legend, making the memories of their romantic tryst into a flourishing tourist industry of sorts. Bronson eventually returns, but he is so different from the idealized image she has built, she doesn't recognize him at first. (Interestingly, this is also the basic plot device of the 1934 Douglas Fairbanks film The Private Life of Don Juan.) And when the truth is discovered, it ends badly for both of them.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE


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.



















Audio :

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.


Extras :

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.



From Noon to Three is a bit of an odd-duck for Bronson - a romance, western , comedy. I though Jill Ireland's performances was one of her best. She's pretty foxy and they have a 'chemistry' together - I can see why they hooked up. For its genre - it's above-average.  The Twilight Time Blu-ray provides as good an a/v transfer for the film as you're likely to ever find. It's not Bronson's 'typical' and that kind of adds some nice flavor to his body of work. To each his own. 

Gary Tooze

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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