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Directed by Clint Eastwood
USA 1973

 

THEY’D NEVER FORGET THE DAY HE DRIFTED INTO TOWN! From Clint Eastwood, the acclaimed director/star of The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino and The Mule, comes this western masterpiece and homage to his “The Man with No Name” legend. Eastwood portrays a mysterious stranger who emerges out of the heat waves of the desert and rides into the guilt-ridden town of Lago. After committing three murders in the first 20 minutes, The Stranger is hired by the town’s citizens to protect them from the three vengeful gunmen about to be released from jail. Eastwood’s second film as a director is a tribute to his three spaghetti western classics with the great Sergio Leone, and features a strong supporting cast that includes Verna Bloom (Medium Cool), Marianna Hill (The Baby), Mitchell Ryan (The Hunting Party), Jack Ging (Play Misty for Me), Geoffrey Lewis (Every Which Way but Loose), Anthony James (In the Heat of the Night), John Hillerman (Blazing Saddles), John Quade (Breakheart Pass) and Billy Curtis (The Terror of Tiny Town). Beautifully shot in CinemaScope by Bruce Surtees (Dirty Harry) with a great screenplay by Ernest Tidyman (The French Connection) and a memorable score by Dee Barton (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot).

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A mysterious stranger rides into a town besieged by three escaped convicts. While the outlaws have a score to settle, the stranger forces the cowardly citizens to take back their home and expose the corruption amongst them.

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Theatrical Release: April 6th, 1973

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Review: Kino (Special Edition) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:45:18.312        
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,710,017,400 bytes

Feature: 32,660,520,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.47 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 1819 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1819 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
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Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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Kino

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,710,017,400 bytes

Feature: 32,660,520,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.47 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox
• NEW Interview with Actress Marianna Hill (14:12)
• NEW Interview with Actor Mitchell Ryan (8:14)
• NEW Interview with Actor William O'Connell (16:12)
• A Man Named Eastwood: Vintage HPD Promo (7:08)
• TRAILERS FROM HELL with Josh Olson (2:33)
• TRAILERS FROM HELL with Edgar Wright (2:32)
• Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase
• Reversible Art
• Poster and Image Gallery (4:02)
• Two Theatrical Trailers (New HD Transfers - 2:31, 1:25)
• TV Spot (1:01)
• Radio Spot (0:54)


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 27th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (October 2020): Kino, in a new Special Edition package, have transferred Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter to Blu-ray. It looks stunning on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. Lines are tight, contrast and colors excellent. It looks flawless and exquisite on my system. Absolute top marks for the 1080P appearance, which supports the cinematography of Bruce Surtees (Dirty Harry, Play Misty for Me, The Beguiled) and the locational shooting on the shores of Mono Lake, California. This looks well above-average and a highly pleasant surprise.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino give the option of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround bump or a lossless 2.0 channel - both 16-bit and both in the original English language. The surround has some potent moments with the echoey rifle and Colt gunfire. The score is by Dee Barton, the jazz trombonist, big band drummer, (who also composed on a couple of other Clint Eastwood films; Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, and Play Misty for Me.) It's not Morricone but it suits the films well with its own unique stylized expression. did the score which  sounding a bit deeper with more consistent dialogue. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox - and he is excellent being able to provide such a deep perspective on this western, it's relationship to Leone's films, how much Eastwood had learned from that master, the 'difficult-to-discuss' rape scene, Kurosawa and many fascinating details of the production, filmmaking and beyond including how he thought High Plains Drifter ran a little long. He's always great to listen to. There are new interviews with a philosophical Marianna Hill, actors Mitchell Ryan (Zoom'ed thanks to the lockdown) and William O'Connell, a video promo piece from A Man Named Eastwood, two 'Trailers From Hell' by Josh Olson and the second by Edgar Wright. There is a Poster and Image Gallery, two theatrical trailers, TV spots, and radios spots. The handsome package sports a limited edition O-Card slipcase and reversible art (see bottom of review.)

Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter is a huge fan favorite. It's a frequently harsh 'revenge western' and I thoroughly enjoyed the Kino Special Edition Blu-ray presentation, Alex Cox commentary and other extras. Strongly recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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