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Audie Murphy Collection Blu-ray


The Duel at Silver Creek (1952)                     Ride a Crooked Trail (1958)

No Name on the Bullet (1959)



This collection includes three 1950s classic Westerns starring the great Audie Murphy. THE DUEL AT SILVER CREEK (1952) From Don Siegel, the legendary director of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Lineup, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Dirty Harry, Charley Varrick and The Shootist, comes this two-fisted, action-packed western, starring celebrated war hero turned movie star Audie Murphy (Night Passage). Stephen McNally (Woman in Hiding) is Lightning Tyrone, the quick-drawing marshal of Silver City who’s intent on capturing a ruthless gang of claim jumpers that have been terrorizing and murdering local miners—including his best friend. After losing the use of his famed trigger finger in a shootout, Lightning deputizes the sharp-shooting Silver Kid (Murphy), whose own father was killed by the gang, to help bring the outlaws to justice. But their plans are complicated when Lightning falls for the beautiful new lady in town (Faith Domergue, This Island Earth), whose interest in the marshal is a thin disguise for her own dangerous agenda. This unforgettable adventure, brimming with pulse-pounding thrills, danger-tinged romance and gun-blazing glory, co-stars Susan Cabot (Son of Ali Baba) and screen great Lee Marvin (Prime Cut) in one of his first screen appearances. RIDE A CROOKED TRAIL (1958) In a refreshing change-of-pace role, Audie Murphy (No Name on the Bullet) plays Joe Maybe, an outlaw who assumes a U.S. Marshal’s identity and is appointed sheriff of Webb City, a rough river town, after local lawmaker Judge Kyle (Walter Matthau, Charley Varrick) takes a shine to him. The only reason Maybe goes along with the ruse is to gain easy access to the town bank and plan a robbery. This scheme goes dangerously awry when Tessa (Gia Scala, The Price of Fear), a former flame from New Orleans, shows up in town and is persuaded to pose as his wife. The couple’s masquerade is further complicated by the arrival of Sam Teeler (Henry Silva, Code of Silence), Maybe’s rival in crime, who plans to rob the bank with his own gang of outlaws. A fast-paced action-adventure full of unexpected plot twists, Ride a Crooked Trail also displays a surprisingly light comic flair which is capped by Walter Matthau’s delightful, rambunctious performance as the wily Judge Kyle. Directed by Jesse Hibbs (To Hell and Back) and written by the great Borden Chase (Red River, Winchester ’73, Backlash). NO NAME ON THE BULLET (1959) From Jack Arnold, the acclaimed director of It Came from Outer Space, The Glass Web, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Incredible Shrinking Man and Man in the Shadow, comes this thrilling and suspenseful western starring World War II hero turned movie star Audie Murphy (The Duel at Silver Creek) as a “good” bad guy in a tense tale of retribution. When hired killer John Gant (Murphy) rides into town, no one is sure whose name is on his bullet. Several townsfolk, knowing they have enemies, each believe that the professional assassin is there to kill them. While they wait for him to make his move, paranoia starts taking over in this exciting story of payback on the wide-open plains. Beautifully shot in CinemaScope by Harold Lipstein (Ride a Crooked Trail, Pillars of the Sky) and featuring a stellar cast that includes Charles Drake (The Price of Fear), Joan Evans (A Strange Adventure), Virginia Grey (Strangers in the Night), Warren Stevens (40 Pounds of Trouble), R.G. Armstrong (White Lightning), Willis Bouchey (Panic in Year Zero), Whit Bissell (Not as a Stranger), Edgar Stehli (4D Man) and Jerry Paris (Marty).


Theatrical Release: October 21st, 1952

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The Duel at Silver Creek - 1:16:56.570

Ride a Crooked Trail - 1:28:00.275

No Name on the Bullet  - 1:17:15.630


The Duel at Silver Creek

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,442,990,439 bytes

Feature: 19,961,468,928 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.01 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Ride a Crooked Trail

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,009,205,810 bytes

Feature: 20,644,958,208 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.43 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

No Name on the Bullet

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,991,535,574 bytes

Feature: 20,221,777,920 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.31 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate The Duel at Silver Creek (1952) Blu-ray:

Bitrate Ride a Crooked Trail (1958) Blu-ray:

Bitrate No Name on the Bullet (1959) Blu-ray:


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)

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

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:


Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Toby Roan (The Duel at Silver Creek)
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Toby Roan (Ride a Crooked Trail)
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians/Filmmakers Steve Mitchell and Gary Gerani (No Name on the Bullet)
• Theatrical Trailer 'No Name on the Bullet' (2:05), Ride a Crooked Trail (2:09), The Duel at Silver Creek (2:11)

Blu-ray Release Date:
August 4th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 9 / 9 / 9




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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (July 2020): Kino have bought an 'Audie Murphy Collection' to Blu-ray. It represent three films; The Duel at Silver Creek (1952) Ride a Crooked Trail (1958) and No Name on the Bullet (1959) on three separate single-layered Blu-rays. The 1.37:1 The Duel at Silver Creek looks the weakest with some dolor bleeding but the two widescreen features Ride a Crooked Trail and No Name on the Bullet look superb with some Cinemascope mumps (the center of the image was expanded more than its original compression.) The features are fairly short (less than 1.5 hours) and have high bitrates. The 'youngest' film, No Name on the Bullet, looks the best with excellent black levels and tight lines. They were quite visually pleasing on my system.

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono tracks (16-bit) in the original English language. It supports the film's western audio effects (basically horses and guns). The scores are by Herman Stein (Six Bridges to Cross, Son of Ali Baba, Man in the Shadow, Female on the Beach, This Island Earth, It Came From Outer Space, War Arrow, Tarantula, There's Always Tomorrow, The Incredible Shrinking Man) on The Duel at Silver Creek and No Name on the Bullet. On Ride a Crooked Trail the score is by Stanley Wilson who composed for many 40's and 50's westerns like Woman They Almost Lynched and as well as Republic serials Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe, The Invisible Monster and Flying Disc Man from Mars. They all sounds strong in the lossless without egregious flaws.  Kino offer optional English subtitles (see sample below) on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-rays offer new commentaries for all three films. We get one of my favorites for westerns; Toby Roan (author of A Million Feet Of Film: The Making Of One-Eyed Jacks) on The Duel at Silver Creek and Ride a Crooked Trail. He shares his extensive knowledge of westerns and the tinniest of details regarding the background of the production, Audie and more. He is always impressive. On No Name on the Bullet the commentary is by Steve Mitchell and author Gary Gerani. I haven't listened but will enjoy doing so when I have some free time. I loved the film. There are also trailers for all three of the films.

I'm a huge Audie Murphy fan and urge you to read about him on Wikipedia HERE. He was was an American soldier, actor, songwriter, and rancher. He was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. I loved his film presence and would greatly appreciate more volumes to this collection - especially including To Hell and Back based on Murphy's 1949 book and starring Audie. These are films I can throw on at any time. The Kino Blu-ray package an included commentaries are absolutely recommended to western fans.

Gary Tooze


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