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Directed by Henry King
USA 1950

 

Henry King's The Gunfighter (1950) is the crown jewel--the film that deserves the credit (often awarded to High Noon) for ushering in the "adult Western," the '50s subgenre that emphasized psychological intensity over action and spectacle. Gregory Peck (topping his acclaimed performance in King's WWII drama Twelve O'Clock High) is excellent as Jimmy Ringo, a notorious shootist grown middle-aged and mortally weary of having to defend his legend. His trail takes him to a frontier town where an old comrade (the great Millard Mitchell) now serves as marshal, and where Ringo's estranged wife and the son he has never seen also reside, under an assumed name. Over one night and one day, Ringo dares to dream of a normal life. But there are avengers not far behind, and other threats yet to be counted. Although hailed by critics, The Gunfighter lost money for Fox; studio head Darryl F. Zanuck blamed the soup-strainer mustache--a stroke of period realism--director King ordered Peck to grow for the role. Well, a little red ink is a small price to pay for a masterpiece. Incidentally, the impeccable black-and-white cinematography is by three-time Oscar-winner Arthur Miller, capping a career that reached back to The Perils of Pauline.

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In this classic noir-influenced Western, Gregory Peck stars as an aging gunslinger, sick of killing but haunted by punks wanting to make a name for themselves by slaying a legend. After being warned by his old friend the Sheriff, Peck decides to return East to see his estranged wife and the child he left behind. Knowing his death is an inevitability if he stays, Peck leaves but before he can reach his destination his past catches up with him in the form of a young outlaw. A showdown-cum-Greek tragedy follows and the film ends on a haunting, bleak note. Nominated for an Academy Award in Best Motion Picture Story, The Gunfighter was often imitated by other Westerns, most notably by High Noon, and its minimalist, morally difficult, and compelling tale made it one of the most important films produced in the 1950s.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 26th, 1950

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20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC vs. 20th Century Fox (UK) - Region 2, 4 - PAL vs. Koch Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC Twentieth Century Fox - Region 2, 4 - PAL Koch Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:24:27       1:21:03 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:24:33.526  
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.31 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 1080P Sing.-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,053,149,605 bytes

Feature: 22,801,231,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.84 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate NTSC:

Bitrate PAL:

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (mono and Stereo), Spanish and French mono DUB English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUBS: Italian, German, Spanish, French  (Dolby Digital 2.0)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 584 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 584 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps / 16-bit)

DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio German 678 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 678 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English, Spanish, None English (hoh), Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish Danish, None English, German, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
All Original Aspect Ratios - 1:33

Edition Details:

Featurette - Arthur Miller: Painting with Light
Featurette - The Western Grows Up
Restoration Comparison
Trailer
Advertising Gallery
Stills Gallery

 
DVD Release Date: May 13th, 2008

3 Slim Keep cases cases inside a cardboard box
Chapters:
16

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• none

DVD Release Date: January 16th, 2006

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio:
Koch Media

 

1.33:1 1080P Sing.-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,053,149,605 bytes

Feature: 22,801,231,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.84 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Kino Trailer (1:27)
Gene Tierney Trailer (2:18)
Gallery (2:50)


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 22nd, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 11

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Koch Media Blu-ray (September 2019): Firstly, Signal One Entertainment in the UK were set to deliver this pure classic western to Blu-ray, HERE, in November 2018, but it never materialized. Koch Media have transferred Henry King's The Gunfighter to 1080P Blu-ray. To many western genre fans this is top-shelf, one of the very best, and it was great to finally see this 1080P package arrive in the post. It is a notch or two above the SDs, especially the PAL, and it looks fine on my system. As the film runs the image seems to improve - more layered contrast, better detail in the close-ups and some very pleasing grain texture. I even noticed some depth. It is on a single-layered disc with a high bitrate. I'd love to be able to compare it to another Blu-ray, but it took so long to get this one - I am content. I've already watched it 3 times.

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On their Blu-ray, Koch Media offer DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono tracks (16-bit) in both the original English language and a German DUB. It is another advancement in the film's audio and sparsely utilized score by Alfred Newman (Yellow Sky, The Diary of Anne Frank, Bus Stop, Blood and Sand, The Bravados, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Panic in the Streets, The Song of Bernadette etc. etc.)  sounding a bit deeper and impacting. It has a wonderfully energetic opening theme. Koch Media offer optional English or German subtitles, in a bold white font, on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Koch Media Blu-ray only offer two trailers (one introduced by Gene Tierney) and an impressive stills gallery with posters and glossies of Peck, the other actors and the labeled sets. Nice inclusion.

One of the most re-watchable of all westerns. The Gunfighter is perfection and to finally have it in 1080P is a dream come true. We all want an upper-tier Blu-ray, a Criterion, Indicator with commentary or how about Wild Side out of France with one of those massive books with color photos (but no imposed French subtitles) but we have this Blu-ray from Koch and I'm not too disappointed, No Sir. If you haven't seen this - you should and in 1080P resolution. 

Gary Tooze

 


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