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Directed by Stanley Kramer
USA 1973

 

Director-producer Stanley Kramer’s hugely entertaining action-drama, Oklahoma Crude (1973), stars Faye Dunaway as an independent wildcatter during the pre-World War I oil boom, and George C. Scott as a rough-and-tumble oil field drifter who signs on to help her fight the depredations of a big conglomerate (represented, fiendishly, by Jack Palance) bent on taking her well away. John Mills is also on hand as Dunaway’s n’er-do-well dad, and the great Henry Mancini provides the music, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.

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Taciturn Faye Dunaway insists upon drilling for oil in her small, unpromising patch of Oklahoma land. Drifter George C. Scott signs on to work the derrick, but only after Dunaway, who for unspecified reasons hates all men, warns him to stay at arm's length. Jack Palance, the strong-arm representative for a huge oil firm, dearly covets Dunaway's land, and when she refuses to sell he sends his hooligans to beat both her and Scott to bloody pulps. Driven from her land, Dunaway can't expect help from the "bought" courtrooms, so she fights fire with fire: together with Scott and her ne'er do well father John Mills, she takes back the land by force of arms. As they sit guarding the derrick, Dunaway and Scott draw closer, and when Mills is killed by a fall, Dunaway turns to Scott as her one last pillar of strength. Just as Palance and his goons are about to rush the land, the long-awaited gusher comes in. The oil surge lasts just long enough for every oil company within two hundred miles to bid for pumping rights. Once the well runs dry, however, Dunaway and Scott are left standing alone in their grimy field.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: July 3rd, 1973

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Distribution Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:52:14.769        
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,181,418,629 bytes

Feature: 32,146,784,256 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2088 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2088 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1699 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1699 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2015 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2015 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
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Twilight Time

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,181,418,629 bytes

Feature: 32,146,784,256 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio Commentary with Film Historians Lee Pfeiffer and Paul Scrabo
Isolated Music Track
• Liner notes / Julie Kirgo


Blu-ray Release Date:
December, 2018
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 24

 

 

Comments:

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

Twilight Time have put Stanley Kramer's Oklahoma Crude to a new Blu-ray edition. It's on a dual-layered Blu-ray in 1080P with, their usual, a high bitrate. It is in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio and looks clean with true colors and impressive open vistas - shot by Robert Surtees (Ben-Hur, The Graduate, Doctor Dolittle etc.) in California. 

The film is presented in DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel (24-bit) track in the original English language. There are plenty of aggressive effects from gunfire to high-functioning oil derricks.  The film features a buoyant score from
Henry Mancini (Wait Until Dark, Operation Petticoat, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Experiment in Terror, Charade) that is also available in an isolated option. It adds a supportive atmosphere sounding crisp in the lossless. The audio quality is fairly strong and dialogue is clear and audible. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on this Region FREE Blu-ray.

Twilight Time add a very informative audio commentary with film historians Lee Pfeiffer (author of Cinema Sex Sirens) and Paul Scrabo who share plenty of production data with a lot of Kramer and Scott plus much more (including the DUBBEd line in our subtitle captures below where Dunaway actually says " I could fuck myself". There is the aforementioned isolated music track and the package has liner notes by Julie Kirgo.

Oklahoma Crude is a good film blending elements of adventure, comedy and drama - many will appreciate Dunaway, Scott, John Mills and Jack Palance - as well as the impressive scenery in 1080P. The
Blu-ray presentation including the valuable commentary make this an endorsable package - another great one from Twilight Time!

Gary Tooze

 


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