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Directed by James Neilson
USA 1957

 

Former railroad worker Grant McLaine (James Stewart) is hired by boss Ben Kimball (Jay C. Flippen) to help transport the railroad's payroll. The train carrying the payroll has been robbed multiple times in the past, and Kimball hopes that McLaine can successfully guard the money from the robbers. But matters are complicated for McLaine when he finds out that one of the robbers is his brother, who is now going by the name of the Utica Kid (Audie Murphy)

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This minor (and obscurely titled) Stewart Western was to have been directed by Anthony Mann, who pulled out at the last minute because he felt Borden (Winchester '73) Chase's script wasn't up to scratch. Stewart plays a railroad worker who discovers that the robbers bent on stealing the payroll with which he has been entrusted are being led by his brother (Murphy). Neilson wades through the good brother/bad brother plot like an ox through mud, Stewart whiling away the time by playing accordion.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: July 24th, 1957

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Distribution Universal Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC Elephant Films
Region FREE -
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Runtime 1:30:03  1:30:09.237
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.34 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

2.35:1 Disc Size: 22,147,121,816 bytes

Feature Size: 17,461,819,584 bytes

Total Bitrate: 20.05 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 1577 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1577 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1566 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1566 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 887 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 887 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None French, and none
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Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Theatrical  trailer - 2;32

set contains - Destry Rides Again / Winchester 73 / Bend of the River / The Far Country / Night Passage / The Rare Breed

DVD Release Date: May 20th, 2008

Slim transparent Case (6 inside box)

Chapters: 18

Release Information:
Studio:
Elephant Films

 

2.35:1 Disc Size: 22,147,121,816 bytes

Feature Size: 17,461,819,584 bytes

Total Bitrate: 20.05 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• 
Le Film Par Jean-Pierre Dionnet (10:21)

 Stills Gallery (3:54)
• Credits / trailer
• Second disc DVD included!
 

Blu-ray Release Date: March 15th, 2017

Transparent Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

Chapters 13

 

 

 

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

ADDITION: Elephant Films - Region FREE- Blu-ray - March 17': This comparison is a prime example of what we used to accept as a 'good image'. The DVD, beside the new Elephant Films Blu-ray, is green, hazy, dark and cropped on the top and side edges. Wow, this single-layered transfer looks excellent. There are beautiful colors, tight lines and plenty of depth - the 2.35:1 scope looks tremendous.

The audio is likewise upgraded with a more robust DTS-HD Master at a higher 1577 kbps and in 16-bit with the option of a French DUB. Advancing the film's western themes is the score by the iconic Dimitri Tiomkin (High Noon Angel Face, Strangers on a  Train, The Men, Dial M For Murder, The Thing From Another World etc. etc.) with Follow the River and You Can't Get Far Without a Railroad performed by James Stewart on the accordion.  There are fully optional French subtitles - and the Elephant Films Blu-ray disc is  'Region FREE'.

Only a pittance of extras and only in French but the film presentation has improved dramatically in HD making this very desirable for fans of Stewart and the genre. Strongly recommended!

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ON THE DVD: I don't own the original DVD (still available HERE) that was released in 2003, but I can tell you that this edition, in the James Stewart - The Western Collection which containing Destry Rides Again / Winchester 73 / Bend of the River / The Far Country / Night Passage and The Rare Breed is an exact duplicate. It has the same dated VOB files. So the only difference would be the slim transparent keep case and black/white art.

This DVD looks remarkably strong considering it is single-layered. Colors are a little washed but detail is there and the transfer is very consistent. It looks pretty darn good 'pardner'.

I'm VERY high on this James Stewart - The Western Collection - we've reviewed/compared all titles now (links in paragraph above). For these six western gems the price amounts to $5 a piece which is really a ridiculous deal. Strongly recommended!  

Gary W. Tooze

 

 


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