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(aka "Hell's Highway" )

 

directed by Howard W. Koch
USA 1958

 

Brian Keith, with his patented wry and cynical wit, is perfectly cast to lead the heavy truck convoy of desperate men hauling explosive cargo in a race against time. This is a plot similar to "The Wages Of Fear (1954) and "Sorcerer" (1975), so it couldn't help but be a nailbiter if done well...and it is. But the script resists the temptation to lay down wall-to-wall action in favor of good character development through flashbacks, a well-used device but an effective one. Leith Stevens provides a good music score, even accompanying a trucker as he drives along singing "Breezin' Along With The Breeze" (before the inevitable problems begin, naturally).

Excerpt of review from Lou Rugani for imdb.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 10 May 1958 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:25:45
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.66 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: May 20th, 2014
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Comments

The plot of this 1958 thriller from Warner Bros is similar to Henri-Georges Clouzot's Wages of Fear and William Friedkin's Sorcerer, but the ending of films based on Georges Arnaud novel are far more bleaker in comparison. Brian Keith and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. lead the pack of 6 truck drivers crossing a mountain road with dangerous cargo. Would they get in time without any losses?

The made-on-demand single-layered disc from Warner Archive presents the film close to its original aspect ratio in 1.78:1, anamorphically enhanced with very good contrast and minimal damage on the print. The film has been available previously in beat-up unauthorized copies that make this release a real eye-opener - see the comparison of the first capture on how the film looked before this release. The mono soundtrack is decent, with no damage. Per usual standard, there are no subtitles and there are no extras provided on this disc.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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(previous available print (first 10 minutes available on YouTube - TOP vs. Warner DVD BOTTOM)

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 


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