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USA 1954

"There was theatre (Griffith), poetry (Murnau), painting (Rossellini), dance (Eisenstein), music (Renoir). Henceforward there is cinema. And the cinema is Nicholas Ray." Jean-Luc Godard

 

Somewhat unique for the western genre, this centers on two women conflicting in similar male-dominated gunslinger-type roles. Joan Crawford, is a saloon keeper fighting to keep her establishment alive against the wishes of the local land baron and chief manipulator (Emma Small) who remains her bitter enemy and who will seemingly stop at nothing to have Vienna (Crawford) condemned and forced out of town or better yet hanged for every unsolved misdemeanor in the books. In steps the old lover Johnny (Hayden) and the machismo sparks start to fly before the eventual catfight can ensue. Powerful genre and gender bending make for a pure classic of the screen.

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Theatrical Release: May 27th, 1954

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Comparison:

Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL vs. Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL vs. Universal - Region 2 - PAL vs. Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Olive Films (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Captures courtesy of our German 'sister' site for the Kinowelt screen captures!

1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL LEFT

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Paramount

Region 2  - PAL

Kinowelt

Region 2  - PAL

Universal
Region 2 - PAL
Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray Olive Films (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:45:54  [4% PAL-SpeedUp] 1:45:21  [4% PAL-SpeedUp] 1:45:16  [4% PAL-SpeedUp] 1:50:24.618  1:49:58.008  
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

Average Bitrate: ? mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

Average Bitrate: 8.8 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.55 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,202,361,770 bytes

Feature: 19,904,550,912 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,870,738,023 bytes

Feature: 33,529,989,120 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

Audio Dolby Digital Mono: English, DUBs: Spanish, French English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: German (Dolby Digital 2.0)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 830 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 830 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1780 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1780 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1558 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1558 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, Danish, Spanish, Finnish, French, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, none German, and none English (HoH), and none None English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Paramount

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• none

DVD Release Date: November 13th, 2007
Keep Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio:
Kinowelt

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer

Biographies (text screens)

DVD Release Date: April 4th, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Martin Scorsese Introduction (3:25)

DVD Release Date: April 4th, 2005

Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,202,361,770 bytes

Feature: 19,904,550,912 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Scorsese Appreciation (3:27)

Blu-ray Release Date: July 31st, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 8

Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,870,738,023 bytes

Feature: 33,529,989,120 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Introduction by Martin Scorsese (3:29)
• Audio commentary with historian and critic Geoff Andrew
• Tell Us She Was One of You: The Blacklist History of Johnny Guitar - with historian Larry Ceplair and blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein (10:23)
• Is Johnny Guitar a Feminist Western?: Questioning the Canon - with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney and B. Ruby Rich (14:34)
• Free Republic: The Story of Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures - with archivist Marc Wanamaker (6:01)
• Johnny Guitar - A Western Like No Other A critical appreciation of Nicholas Ray with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney and B. Ruby Rich (17:29)
• My Friend, the American Friend - Nicholas Ray biographical piece with Tom Farrell and Chris Sievernich (11:07)
• Johnny Guitar: The First Existential Western"" - an original essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum (10:02)

• Theatrical Trailer (2:50)

Blu-ray Release Date: September 20th, 2016
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 8

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Olive Films (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - September 16': Olive's 4K restoration looks stunning. This is such an improvement - far more than I was anticipating. The film is finally in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio and the overall image is beautiful - richer, darker colors accent the 'Trucolor'. We lose information from the top and bottom but gain some on the side edges. This is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate and I couldn't be more pleased with the results - finally a 1080P transfer worthy of the film!

Olive improve the audio as well with a more robust DTS-HD Master at 24-bit (as opposed to 16). Effects carry depth. Victor Young's (The Big Clock, The File on Thelma Jordan, Three Faces West, The Sun Shines Bright, Johnny Guitar, China Gate etc.) score has never sounded better to me. Olive include optional English subtitles (see sample) and the Blu-ray disc is region 'A'-locked this time (not region FREE!).

Supplements are another area the package has greatly improved. We get the same introduction by Martin Scorsese, but now there is also an audio commentary with historian and critic Geoff Andrew and five video pieces; Tell Us She Was One of You: The Blacklist History of Johnny Guitar has historian Larry Ceplair and blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein discussing the topic for over 10-minutes. Is Johnny Guitar a Feminist Western?: Questioning the Canon runs just shy of 1/4 hour with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney and B. Ruby Rich. Free Republic: The Story of Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures -has archivist Marc Wanamaker discussing the studio for a brief 6-minutes. Johnny Guitar - A Western Like No Other is an 18-minute critical appreciation of Nicholas Ray with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney and B. Ruby Rich. It is fabulous! My Friend, the American Friend is a Nicholas Ray biographical piece with Tom Farrell and Chris Sievernich - running just over 11-minutes. Johnny Guitar: The First Existential Western is an, excellent, original essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum showing text on the screen and is also in a liner notes leaflet in the package. Lastly there is also a theatrical trailer.

Absolute must-own - this is way beyond my expectations. Olive's signature Blu-ray of High Noon is of similar stupendous quality. What a treat to see Johnny Guitar as beautiful as represented in this 4K restoration. It will be on my top ten of the year! Our highest recommendation!

NOTE: Olive have stated not to take heed of the delay at Amazon - will be in stock very soon!

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ADDITION: Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - July 12':  The new Olive Blu-ray is superior to all the SD-DVDs and, remarkably, is the only digital edition in accurate theatrical running time. Colors gain vibrancy, detail and contrast advance and there are far fewer artefacts although there are still some light scratches and speckles on the 1080P source. Certainly this is the edition to own with modest lossless sound (no subtitle options) and a cool 3.5-minute appreciation by Martin Scorsese. This is iconic cinema and we give a full endorsement to the Olive Films Blu-ray package. This is great news!

NOTE: The film was originally composed for 1.66:1 and the Olive Films Blu-ray is, like the DVDs, approximately 1.33:1. (Thanks Bob!)

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ON THE DVDs:

ADDITION: Paramount - Feb 2008. Our information is somewhat sketchy as I don't own the Paramount edition (yet) myself but from the captures sent - it is far superior to the other two releases.

 

Pablo says: 'Paramount has released a DVD edition of Johnny Guitar here in Spain (probably in other European countries as well), and the colors it shows look absolutely right to me, the image is crisp '. Thanks Pablo!

Gary Tooze

 

 

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REGARDING KINOWELT VS. UNIVERSAL: NOTE: The color on both is wrong, as the film was a three-strip TruColor film. Truffaut wanted to use the format for his 1966 FAHRENHEIT 451, but Universal was locked into a contract with Technicolor, so he settled for that. I bet this film was one of the reasons why. The new Universal edition may have messed up the color into the Crayola-Zone with all of its bleeding and inaccuracy, but Kinowelt's clarity and refinement are undermined by its color-poorness. I have seen the film on film and can tell you the TruColor is so good, it can rival the best 3-strip Technicolor you can imagine and it is too bad the format did not last. In the U.S., the Republic catalog is handled by Lion's Gate. Let's hope they get a pristine TruColor-looking transfer (preferably in progressive-scan HD at 4K), sound clean-up and a bunch of extras this classic deserves. I bet Mr. Scorsese has more than 3.5 minutes to share with us about the film.

Nicholas Sheffo from FulvueDrive-In.com

 

It is quite shocking how poor the Universal transfer is next to the Kinowelt. The color balance on the Universal is quite heavily manipulated and hence skin tones look totally irregular and ridiculous (see below). This is highly relevant as color is so important in the film for the male characters:  Turkey is in bright yellow, the Dancing Kid in green, while Johnny Guitar is in pink (NOTE: The women, by contrast, are almost totally devoid of color').

 

The Universal image is far hazier as well as being cropped. The Kinowelt is from a dual layered DVD (7.26) where the Universal is single layered (3.75 Gig) and this is the probable root of the image discrepancy. Unfortunately, the short Scorsese introduction in no way balances the poor DVD package of the Universal. Kinowelt all the way! The film is a true classic and highly recommended.

 - Gary Tooze


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Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

 

Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

 


 

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Subtitle Samples

 

1) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT

2) Universal - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT

3) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 



1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Paramount (Spain) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Universal- Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

More Blu-ray Captures

1) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

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Image:

Signature Blu-ray

Sound:

Signature Blu-ray

Extras:

Signature Blu-ray

 

Box Covers

 

 

  

Distribution

Paramount

Region 2  - PAL

Kinowelt

Region 2  - PAL

Universal
Region 2 - PAL
Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray Olive Films (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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