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Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
USA 1939

 

Terrific western from Hollywood's greatest showman. Plot concerns the bitter competition to build America's first transcontinental railroad in the country's post-Civil War expansion. McCrea plays the chief of the Union Pacific line who has to deal with injuns, rival company Central Pacific's dirty tricks campaign (headed by gambler Donlevy) and the distracting attraction of hardy postmistress Stanwyck. DeMille accelerates the drama throughout the film so that come the spectacular cavalry charge finale it's hurtling at full steam. Most actresses would be swamped by the scale and machismo of the action, but the formidable Stanwyck takes it all in her stride.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

 

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Theatrical Releases: April 27th, 1939

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  2:15:13 2:15:14.481
  1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,758,158,320 bytes

Feature: 35,481,409,536 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio English (Dolby Digital Mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1144 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1144 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

DUBS:

DTS-HD Master Audio German 930 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 930 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio German 894 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 894 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English (hearing impaired), Spanish, French, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratios:  1.33  

Edition Details:

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DVD Release Date: May 23rd, 2006

Tiered Digipak inside VHS sized bookstyle case
Chapters: 18 

Release Information:
Studio: Koch Media
 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,758,158,320 bytes

Feature: 35,481,409,536 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• German version - Vorkriegssynchronfassung "Die Frau gehört mir" (1:47:04.167 in 1080P - bitrate 13.99 Mbps)
• Image Gallery (9:40)

• Trailer (1:40)

Blu-ray Release Date: January 12th, 2017
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

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

 

ADDITION: Koch Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray - August 2017': The image quality is just gorgeous on this Koch Blu-ray out of Germany! Wow - rich, consistent grain, impressive layered contrast result in a beautiful image. It looks to be from the same source as the DVD with the same light scratches.  

 

Audio offers some German DUBs options as well as the original English - via a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1144 kbps (24-bit). The gunshots and brawl aggression export some surprising depth.  The score seems a group effort with uncredited Victor Young (The Accused, Strategic Air Command, The Sun Shines Bright, Johnny Guitar, China Gate etc.) contributing and it sounds clean and authentically flat. This is just as adept as the video. The Blu-ray disc (starting with the Universal logo) is, indeed, region FREE.

 

Extras consiste of the 1 3/4 hour German-ized version of Union Pacific - Vorkriegssynchronfassung "Die Frau gehört mir", complete with German titles, in 1080P with a low bitrate of 13.99 Mbps - not looking anywhere near the main feature's quality. There is also an extensive image gallery and a trailer

 

This is an excellent Blu-ray presentation of a wonderful late 30's De Mille epic that spared no expense - Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy - keep your eyes peeled for Anthony Quinn, Evelyn Keyes, Lon Chaney Jr. , Don Beddoe, Ward Bond, John Merton and 100's more! They, truly, don't make them like this anymore. We give this a very strong recommendation!

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ON THE DVD: Another reminder as to why I'm in love with Barbra Stanwyck. This image is the best of the Cecil B. DeMille Collection. It still has the same deficiencies - compression, slight damage etc. but it is to the least degree on this DVD. Contrast and separation are very good. The film reminds me of why I love Hollywood's Golden Age so much - and this was the HUGE year - 1939! McCrea is grand and the supporting cast are superb - Stanwyck still steals my heart and this is a film that I highly recommend!   

Gary W. Tooze

 


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