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Rock Hudson Collection [ 3 Blu-rays ]

 

Seminole (1953)                     The Golden Blade (1953)

Bengal Brigade (1954)

 

This collection includes three 1950s Technicolor adventure films starring screen legend Rock Hudson. SEMINOLE (1953) – From Budd Boetticher, the legendary director of Red Ball Express, Horizons West, Wings of the Hawk, The Killer Is Loose and 7 Men from Now, comes this action-packed western adventure starring Rock Hudson (Taza, Son of Cochise), Anthony Quinn (The World in His Arms), Barbara Hale (The Window), Lee Marvin (Monte Walsh), Richard Carlson (The Magnetic Monster), Hugh O’Brian (Ambush Bay) and James Best (Hooper). Seminole is a sweeping epic that reveals the Seminole Indians’ desperate fight for their homeland. Army officer Lance Caldwell (Hudson) is a Florida native with deep ties to the Everglades including a childhood friendship with a Seminole chief. As tensions rise between the military and the Native Americans, Caldwell turns to his old ally for help. However, when the chief is killed in cold blood, Caldwell finds himself accused of the crime. Desperate to prove his innocence, he risks everything in order to defend a rapidly disappearing way of life. Beautifully shot in Technicolor by the great Russell Metty (Touch of Evil, Spartacus, Midnight Lace.) THE GOLDEN BLADE (1953) – Rock Hudson (The Tarnished Angels) stars with Piper Laurie (Son of Ali Baba) in this swashbuckling adventure yarn directed by Nathan Juran (Jack the Giant Killer). After vowing to his dying father to help establish peace in his homeland, Harun (Hudson) travels to Baghdad where he meets gorgeous Princess Khairuzan (Laurie) and uncovers a gold sword that only he can wield. When the Caliph’s scheming advisor, Jafar (George Macready, Gilda), concocts a plot for Khairuzan to marry his son, Hadi (Gene Evans, The Steel Helmet), it is up to humble Harun to prove his worth and save his royal love from a terrible marital fate. Filled with sword-fighting, romance and mystery, The Golden Blade is an unforgettable epic story of passion and loyalty, featuring future stars Anita Ekberg (La Dolce Vita) and Dennis Weaver (Duel) in minor roles. BENGAL BRIGADE (1954) – Screen great Rock Hudson stars in Bengal Brigade, a gripping adventure about restoring honor and self-redemption, directed by Laslo Benedek (The Wild One). Set in 1857 British India, Captain Claybourne (Hudson) is harshly disciplined for disobeying orders. Deeming himself unworthy of service and the love of his fiancée (Arlene Dahl, Sangaree), he announces his resignation from service. During his isolation, he discovers that his fellow servicemen are under attack by an anti-colonialist and rushes to their aid. Will he finally be given the redemption that he has longed for so long? The stellar cast includes Ursula Thiess (Bandido!), Torin Thatcher (Jack the Giant Killer), Dan O’Herlihy (100 Rifles), Arnold Moss (Border Incident) and Michael Ansara (The Pink Jungle).  

Posters

Theatrical Release: March 1953 - October 27th, 1954

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Runtime

Seminole (1953): 1:20:42.838

The Golden Blade (1953): 1:27:05.219

Bengal Brigade (1954): 1:27:24.238

Video

Seminole (1953)

1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,277,715,483 bytes

Feature: 21,031,016,448 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.72 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

The Golden Blade (1953)

1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,059,828,272 bytes

Feature: 20,559,396,864 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.42 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Video

Bengal Brigade (1954)

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,474,204,842 bytes

Feature: 20,812,566,528 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.53 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Seminole (1953) Blu-ray:

Bitrate The Golden Blade (1953) Blu-ray:

Bitrate Bengal Brigade (1954) Blu-ray:

Audio

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)
Commentaries:

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

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

Edition Details:

Seminole
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Critic Nick Pinkerton (SEMINOLE)
Seminole Trailer (01:45)

The Golden Blade
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Phillipa Berry (THE GOLDEN BLADE)
Golden Blade Trailer (02:17)
Son of Ali Baba Trailer (02:03)
Jack the Giant Killer Trailer (03:20)

Bengal Brigade
Bengal Brigade Trailer (02:18)
Taza, Son of Cochise Trailer (02:07)
A Farewell to Arms Trailer (02:38)
The Tarnished Angels Trailer (02:41)


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 8th, 2020
Standard Blu-rays inside slipcase

Chapters 9 / 9 / 10

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (December 2020): Kino Lorber present three 1950s Technicolor adventure films starring screen legend Rock Hudson in their new "Rock Hudson Collection''. The three single-layer Blu-rays contain the films "Seminole", "The Golden Blade'' and "Bengal Brigade". Each 1080p film features a noticeable bump in quality over any previous SD release from the past, showing much more color. Each film also gets a moderately high bitrate (either in the high 20s or low 30s). Detail is certainly also improved over previous DVD's, though the Technicolor 3-strip process does lend itself toward some hazy moments, with borders lacking definitive edges. But those colors don't just jump out now, they magically appear from what were once shadows (on the previous DVDs). A fine set from Kino, and certainly a worthy image upgrade for fans.

Each film in this set receives a 16-bit DTS-HD dual-mono soundtrack. While the film's sound does show its age, these tracks get the job done, without any muddled dialogue or excessive hisses and pops. Henry Mancini (Days of Wine and Roses,
Oklahoma Crude, Wait Until Dark, Operation Petticoat, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Experiment in Terror, Charade) is uncredited for his work on the score for Budd Boetticher's "Seminole" and "The Golden Blade", while Hans J. Salter (The Female Animal, Naked Alibi, Pittsburgh, Man Without a Star, The Killer that Stalked New York, The Strange Door, Cover Up, Man Without a Star, Scarlet Street, The Land Unknown, The War Lord, The Mole People, The Strange Case of Doctor Rx) provides the music for "Bengal Brigade". There are optional English SDH subtitles on these Region 'A' Blu-rays from Kino.

Aside from the films' trailers (as well as a few other trailers) the only two extras here are brand new audio commentary by film historian Phillipa Berry on "The Golden Blade" and a new audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton on "Seminole". Berry gives an expansive and well researched commentary, covering many aspects of the film and the people involved. Film history buffs will certainly get a kick out of Berry's track and I look forward to more commentaries from them. Pinkerton's track on "Seminole" is also worth diving into, with the critic covering the film's production with his usual wit and knowledge. It is only a shame that there is no commentary for "Bengal Brigade".

This is quite a collection of 3 1950s Technicolor adventure films starring screen legend Rock Hudson from Kino. These new
Blu-rays really put the 'color' back into Technicolor. The 2 commentaries are well-worth a visit for fans of Hudson or this golden age of classic Hollywood cinema, in general. Recommended.

Colin Zavitz

 


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Seminole (1953)

 

 

 

1) Optimum (UK) - Region 2 - PAL (REVIEWED HERE) TOP

2) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Optimum (UK) - Region 2 - PAL (REVIEWED HERE) TOP

2) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Optimum (UK) - Region 2 - PAL (REVIEWED HERE) TOP

2) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


       The Golden Blade (1953)

 

 

 

1) Universal (Screen Legend Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC (REVIEWED HERE) TOP

2) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Universal (Screen Legend Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC (REVIEWED HERE) TOP

2) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Universal (Screen Legend Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC (REVIEWED HERE) TOP

2) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


Bengal Brigade (1954)

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


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