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directed by Michael Winner
USA 19
71

 

During a drunken spree in the small Wild West town of Bannock, one of a half-dozen workers from a nearby ranch accidentally shoots an innocent man. Bannock's marshal, a righteous man named Jered Maddox (Burt Lancaster), comes to the larger town of Sabbath bearing the dead body of one of the revelers and demands the surrender of the remaining five from sheriff Cotton Ryan (Robert Ryan) and ranch owner Vincent Bronson (Lee J. Cobb), starting a confrontation that threatens to engulf them all.

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Lawman (1971), a solid Western with an excellent cast, features Burt Lancaster as the by-the-books title character doggedly hunting down Lee J. Cobb and his six ranchhands after the group accidentally killed an old man during a drunken spree. Robert Ryan, in an impeccable performance, plays a local sheriff - weak and corrupt - who like the rest of the town thinks Lancaster is too inflexible and arrogant in his single-minded pursuit.

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For trivia collectors: Robert Duvall appeared in Lawman one year before The Godfather. Also look for Joseph Wiseman (he played James Bond's nemesis in Dr. No, 1962) in the supporting cast. Lawman is actually a remake of the 1955 Western, Man With the Gun which starred Robert Mitchum.

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Theatrical Release: March 11th, 1971

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Runtime 1:38:50.382   1:38:52.343 
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 17,930,793,342 bytes

Feature: 17,009,684,352 bytes

Video Bitrate: 19.22 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 27,279,807,855 bytes

Feature: 26,561,255,424 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 863 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 863 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)

DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio German 826 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 826 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1969 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1969 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1786 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1786 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles None English (SDH), None
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Release Information:
Studio: WVG Medien


Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 17,930,793,342 bytes

Feature: 17,009,684,352 bytes

Video Bitrate: 19.22 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Blu-ray Release Date: January 27th, 2017
Standard Blu-ray case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Twilight Time

 

Aspect Ratio: 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 27,279,807,855 bytes

Feature: 26,561,255,424 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:40)

• Isolated Score Track option

• Julie Kirgo liner notes

• Limited Edition of 3,000 Units
 

Blu-ray Release Date: September, 2017
Transparent
Blu-ray case

Chapters 24

 

 

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ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region FREE Blu-ray September 2017': Twilight Time's new Blu-ray has some superiority in comparison to the German 1080P. It has a 50% higher bitrate and it doesn't have the same frame-jitter that is noticeable on the German Blu-ray. They both export some nice grain textures and colors are generally supported well. They are both in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio but the Twilight Time nudges ahead in-motion looking more stable. I don't think the Medien Blu-ray is poor - the Twilight Time is just superior.

DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel (24-bit) is also a more robust transfer than the Medien Blu-ray which is only 16-bit. There are plenty of western genre-related effect sounds from horses to gunshots. Jerry Fielding's (Scorpio - also with Lancaster and also directed by Winner, The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, The Killer Elite, The Mechanic, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and The Getaway) score sounds excellent on the Twilight Time which is available in an isolated track option. The Region 'B'-locked Medien has an optional German DUB and no subtitle options while the Twilight Time has optional English (SDH) subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is Region FREE.

The Medien Blu-ray opens with three, unrelated, German-language  trailers and beyond that it has no extras. The Twilight Time has a trailer along with the isolated score option and the package has liner notes with essay by Julie Kirgo. It is limited to 3,000 units.

The Medien is certainly decent and very watchable, the Twilight Time nudges ahead. This is a violent western with a great cast - Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Duvall, Sheree North, Ralph Waite, J.D. Cannon, John Hillerman, Joseph Wiseman, Wilford Brimley and many more. Fans of the genre will love this retelling of 1955's Man With the Gun starring Robert Mitchum. Both films deserve a place in our Top 100 Westerns on Blu-ray list. Absolutely recommended!

Gary W. Tooze

 


 

 

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