Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

Directed by Burt Kennedy
USA
1971

 

The wild west gets wilder when Raquel Welch (Fantastic Voyage) saddles up in HANNIE CAULDER, a sagebrush saga that combines hard-hitting action with the rowdiness of three of the most wicked villains ever to ride the lone prairie, played by Ernest Borgnine (The Wild Bunch), Jack Elam (Support Your Local Sheriff) Strother Martin (Cool Hand Luke). Welch is Hannie, a woman sworn to vengeance after she’s raped and widowed. At first, she has more heart than know-how, but once a bounty hunter (Robert Culp) arrives in town, he teaches her how to use a gun. Hannie straps on her .45 and sets out to put a few notches in its handle. Legendary villain Christopher Lee (Dracula) plays a sympathetic gunsmith who befriends Hannie. This one-of-a-kind western was directed by Burt Kennedy (The Train Robbers).

Posters

Theatrical Release: November 8th, 1971

Reviews                                                                   More Reviews                                                                       DVD Reviews

 

Comparison:

Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Olive Films (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

1) Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT
2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT
 
Box Covers

    

   

Also available in Germany on Blu-ray:

Distribution Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC Olive Films (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:25:36  1:25:14.776
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.45 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,022,277,862 bytes

Feature: 26,096,805,888 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1887 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1887 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1650 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1650 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles None English (SDH), None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• none 

DVD Release Date: July 27th, 2010

Keep Case
Chapters: 8

Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1
1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,022,277,862 bytes

Feature: 26,096,805,888 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

 Audio commentary by Western expert and director Alex Cox (Walker, Repo Man)
 Exploitation or Redemption?"" - an examination of rape-revenge movies with film scholar Ben Sher (12:13)
 A Very British Horror Studio"" - interview with Sir Christopher Frayling on the history of Tigon Studios (21:17)
 Sympathy For lady vengeance - Essay by film critic Kim Morgan (digital and in liner notes form)

Blu-ray Release Date: November 15th, 2016
Standard Blu-ray Case Inside cardboard slipcase

Chapters: 9

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Olive (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - November 2016': As with their Blu-ray releases of Johnny Guitar, High Noon, The Quiet Man and The Night of the Grizzly Orson Welles' Macbeth, - Olive Films have raised-the-bar from their initial packages to create a, much-improved, 'Signature' edition of the rape-revenge western Hannie Caulder. This is the first of that group (I think) that does not contain a second Blu-ray, although it also has a max'ed out bitrate.

The SD looks quite a bit thinner (fragile) beside the 1080P and one of the most glaring differences is that the SD has longer (thinner) faces and the HD has fatter, thicker ones. I don't know which is more accurate. So the BD visuals are much thicker - show some natural softness - has removed the occasional damage-anomaly (see last capture) but still has some artifacts visible in the sky vistas. Overall, it looks quite pleasing in-motion.

Lossless audio - DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel (24-bit) and it supports the gunshots with extra depth as compared to the lossy DVD. The score is by Ken Thorne (Wolf Lake, The Bed Sitting Room, The Outsider) and helps maintain the western motif. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is region 'A'-locked.

Where the DVD was totally bare-bones the Signature Blu-rays has added a new audio commentary by Western expert and director Alex Cox who gives some valuable insight into the production and genre. Exploitation or Redemption? is a 12-minute examination of rape-revenge movies with film scholar Ben Sher. A Very British Horror Studio is a 21-minute interview with Sir Christopher Frayling on the history of Tigon Studios and we also get Sympathy For Lady Vengeance - a 10-page essay by film critic Kim Morgan (both in digital and in liner notes form.)

I warmed up even more to the film with thanks to the Cox commentary and Morgan essay. There remain some definite positives - Culp, but Raquel Welch probably has her abundant sex appeal/femininity stifle some of Hannie Caulder's major themes. Still a fascinating approach to a very nasty, and unusually presented, topic and there is plenty to enjoy. It probably should have been done like this the first time! The Signature Blu-ray is recommended!

***

ON THE DVD: Firstly, this is listed at IMDb as 'comedy' being one of the genres but aside from the three unsavory rapist-bandits behavior towards each other - there isn't much humor at all in this western 'revenge' flic. Another thing - perhaps obvious - the posters exposing a sexy, vixenish, Raquel Welch have little relationship to the behavior of the actual character in the film. I guess it should be stated that, for much of the first half of her appearance in the movie she wears a poncho with nothing on underneath. This is evident when, from behind, the wind blows it up to her waist area. If you were anticipating more - you'll be disappointed.

Olive Films is handling another older Paramount release ala these other simultaneously released DVDs - Crack in the World, Appointment With Danger, Dark City and Union Station. Paramount may be packing it in as far as DVDs go and it's fabulous that someone is covering all the titles that will never reach Blu-ray.  

Dual-layered again - and bare-bones with a high bitrate. The transfer is progressive and anamorphic in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. It's very grainy - and this is a positive, IMO. But its is fairly think with some edge-enhancement - there is some frame specific damage (see sample at the bottom of the page) but colors aren't overly washed and contrast seems adept.

Standard, consistent, audio and no optional subtitles. This is a bare-bones disc with no extras at all - not even a trailer. This isn't really a film that you could say too much about anyway. Perhaps something on Burt Kennedy would have been appropriate.

This could have been a more acknowledged film, I think - if the tone was more serious throughout (we are talking gang rape and murder here) and perhaps even a different, less beautiful, actress. It's a good plotline and Culp, as the mercenary bounty hunter, is excellent. Actually, it is not a bad western at all - filled with brutality and... loners. They could have expanded on this unexplained mysterious stranger that appears near the climax but anyway....  It's, obviously not the top of my list, but offers an entertaining presentation in many respects. 

Gary W. Tooze

 


DVD Menus


 

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

 


CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

Screen Captures

 

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

 

 

1) Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

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

 


1) Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 

1) Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 

1) Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


Yes...that is Diana Dors!
1) Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 

1) Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 


Damage on the DVD
1) Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Olive Film (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 

 


Box Covers

    

   

Also available in Germany on Blu-ray:

Distribution Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC Olive Films (Signature) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray



Search DVDBeaver
S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

 

Hit Counter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

 CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

Thank You!