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Directed by William Witney
USA 1950

 

Roy Rogers (Sunset in the West) and his Fabulous Western Show ride smackdab into a treacherous dispute between a group of ranchers and an evil Range Patrol. When Trigger (Son of Paleface) is blinded by a killer stallion controlled by the Patrol, Roy is forced to rely on an unlikely duo a ten-year-old boy terrified of horses and the frisky Trigger, Jr. William Witney (Daredevils of the Red Circle) directed this singing-cowboy classic featuring Dale Evans (Apache Rose), Gordon Jones (The Green Hornet) and Grant Withers (My Darling Clementine).

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Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers) and his traveling Western show decide to rest at the ranch of Col. Harkrider (George Cleveland), who once co-owned the carnival with Roy's father. The colonel's daughter, Kay (Dale Evans), hopes that the visiting performers will reinvigorate her father, and that he will again go out with the circus. But Roy and friends are suddenly called into action when bad guy Manson (Grant Withers) releases a killer horse into the herds of area ranchers.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 30th, 1950

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:07:00.349   
Video

Disc Size: 19,241,441,400 bytes

Feature Size: 17,829,279,744 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.91 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1556 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 kbpst 

Subtitles None
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Release Information:
Studio: Kino

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Disc Size: 19,241,441,400 bytes

Feature Size: 17,829,279,744 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.91 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary by Film Historian Toby Roan and Jay Dee Witney 
• Four Trailers of other westerns

Blu-ray Release Date: April 17th, 2018
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Chapters: 8

 

 

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Like Singing Guns, this new Kino 1080P is advertised as "Brand New HD Master from a 4K Scan of the Original 35mm Trucolor Nitrate Negatives by Paramount Pictures Archives! " and the Blu-ray image is also very impressive. Trucolor was a two-strip (red and blue - although cited as green on Wikipedia - see Robert Furmanek article HERE) process and Republic used it mostly for its westerns, through the 1940s and early 1950s. Colors on the single-layered 1080P transfer has a blue-teal leaning but they look rich with depth and contrast is very strong with minor grain texture support. There are also a few light scratches in the opening title sequence. It's in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio and, generally, the Blu-ray video is highly pleasing.      

Kino offer a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono (16-bit) with the typical western genre effects - plenty of horses etc. The score is by R. Dale Butts ( Panther Girl of the Kongo, Too Late For Tears, No Man's Woman, The Shanghai Story, Stranger at My Door, Hell's Half Acre, City That Never Sleeps) and adds some modest western charm - and, of course, songs performed by Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and The Riders of the Purple Sage; May The Good Lord Take A Likin' To You, Stampede and The Big Rodeo. There are no subtitles on Kino's Region 'A' Blu-ray.

Aside from four trailers of other westerns, we are treated to an audio commentary by film historian Toby Roan and Jay Dee Witney - son of the director William Witney (who also penned a paperback entitled Trigger Remembered). It is divided between the two participants but has value in anecdotes and Roan is good with information about the production and performers.

I didn't like Trigger, Jr. as much as Singing Guns... but the image is so strong and I have never seen a Roy Rogers western before.  It's better than I thought - although typically 'B' simple; short and one-dimensional. Kino's 4K-restored Blu-ray package has a great presentation and a unique commentary. Recommended!

Gary W. Tooze


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