Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "La Rivičre de nos amours" )

 

directed by André De Toth
USA 1955

 

Only one man has the power to stop the war! Screen Legends Kirk Douglas (The Devil's Disciple) and Walter Matthau (The Laughing Policeman) co-star in this exciting account about a man who made his name fighting Indians, but now must use his peacekeeping skills to keep wronged Sioux warriors from massacring a wagon train and a nearby fort. After the Civil War, Johnny Hawks (Douglas), the Indian Fighter, returns to the West and establishes a treaty with the Sioux Indians. But when renegade frontiersmen seeking a legendary Indian gold mine murder the brother of the Sioux chief, tensions escalate, endangering every man in the territory. The great Andre De Toth (Pitfall) directed this action-packed western featuring a stellar cast that includes Lon Chaney Jr. (Big House, U.S.A.), Elsa Martinelli (The Oldest Profession), Alan Hale Jr. (A Man Alone) and Elisha Cook Jr. (I Wake Up Screaming).

***

A revisionist western before the term was struck, this 1955 film by Andre de Toth begins with a Sioux chief warning that gold prospectors will pollute streams and cause other ecological ruin. Kirk Douglas plays a scout with similar views, but his plan to rendezvous with an Indian girl (Elsa Martinelli) causes him to lead the wagon train he's escorting into a shoot-out. The film's multiple betrayals are typical of de Toth, and his 'Scope imagery, which minimizes close-ups in favor of relatively dark long shots with faces obscured, favors fate over individual will.

Excerpt of Fred Camper's review at the Chicago Reader located HERE

Posters

Theatrical Release: 21 December 1955, USA

Reviews                                                                   More Reviews                                                                  DVD Reviews

Comparison:

MGM (Western Legends Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. MGM - Region 2,4 - PAL vs. Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Vincent L. for all the DVD Screen Caps!

 

1) MGM (Western Legends Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) MGM - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  RIGHT

 

 Box Covers

   

   

  

Distribution

MGM

Region 1 - NTSC

MGM
Region 2,4 - PAL
Kino Lorber
Region 'A' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:28:20 1:24:47 (4% PAL speedup) 1:28:24.299
Video

2.34 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.23 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.23 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,356,271,799 bytes

Feature: 18,051,090,432 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 23.92 Mbps

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

Bitrate:

 

MGM (Western Legends Collection)

 

Bitrate:

 

MGM

 

Bitrate:

 

Kino Blu-ray

 

Audio English 2.0 Mono

English 2.0 Mono, French 2.0 Mono, Italian 2.0 Mono, Spanish 2.0 Mono, German 2.0 Mono

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1554 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1554 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, none English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, none English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.34

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35

Edition Details:
none

 

DVD Release Date: March 14, 2005
Keep Case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Lorber

 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,356,271,799 bytes

Feature: 18,051,090,432 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 23.92 Mbps


Edition Details:
Audio Commentary by Western Historian Toby Roan
Original Theatrical Trailer (2:25) and other trailers
 

Standard Blu-ray case

Blu-ray Release Date: May 9th, 2017

Chapters: 8

 

 

Comments

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

 

ADDITION: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray June 17': The new Kino 1080P of The Indian Fighter looks in advance of the modest SD visuals. It still has a tendency to look dull and greenish - especially in weakly lit outdoor sequences which dominate the film, but I suppose we can presume it is the best existing source. The transfer has a supportive bitrate but seems to do the job - and probably will never look crisp, glossy or exceptionally tight. It seems a function of the original production and this Blu-ray presentation is superior to SD - notably towering above the poor 'Western Legends Collection' DVD from 2003.

 

Kino use their standard DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1554 kbps (16-bit) which supports the films effects, horses, hooting Sioux and the Franz Waxman (Dark Passage, Rebecca, Bride of Frankenstein, Rear Window, Sunset Boulevard) score that adds further to this adventurous western. There are optional English subtitles on their region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

 

Kino add an excellent audio commentary by historian Toby Roan who runs the 50 Westerns From the 50's blog. His comments are informative and run deep into the minutia of the production, Douglas - his wife Diana, André De Toth and more. He appropriately pauses when we first see Italian model Elsa Martinelli as her character of Onahti (hubba, hubba) disrobes to go swimming. I think the commentary adds significant value - an appreciated addition. There is also an original theatrical trailer and 4 other trailers.

 

Not a perfect western but a good one - I especially enjoyed revisiting it in such an improved Blu-ray presentation. Fans of the genre, Kirk Douglas and 50's films should certainly consider owning it. The commentary adds value and the price seems another encouragement.

***

ON the DVDs: MGM in NTSC continue to present limited quality releases. One can only imagine the ridiculous excuse why their own PAL release is so much better, in every area that counts, over the sloppy NTSC edition that they have released less than 2 years prior. Probably the most telling capture comparison is the very last where sharpness, color detail, brightness and contrast go to the PAL release, and the NTSC offers bleeding colors as one of many distinguishing factors of its sloppiness. With abundant space left on their DVD (with the PAL filling in with the usual subtitles and DUBs) MGM have added a trailer in their NTSC edition. The PAL edition is by no means perfect - skin tones look a little red but overall there is a BIG image differences between these editions. Yeah, 'Western Legends Collection' my ass...

- Gary Tooze


DVD Menus
(MGM (Western Legends Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. MGM - Region 2,4 - PAL - RIGHT)


 

 
 

 

Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 


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

 

Screen Captures

 

 

1) MGM (Western Legends Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

Subtitle sample


 

1) MGM (Western Legends Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) MGM (Western Legends Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) MGM (Western Legends Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) MGM (Western Legends Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) MGM (Western Legends Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 2,4 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

NOTE: Not exact cap match with PAL

More Blu-ray captures


Recommended Reading for Western Genre Fans (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

Check out more in "The Library"


Hit Counter


Report Card:

 

Image:

Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray

 

 Box Covers

 

   

 

   

 

 

  

 

Distribution

MGM

Region 1 - NTSC

MGM
Region 2,4 - PAL
Kino Lorber
Region 'A' -
Blu-ray




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

Thank You!