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Directed by Michael Gordon
USA 1966

 

From Michael Gordon, the outstanding director of An Act of Murder, The Lady Gambles, Woman in Hiding, Cyrano de Bergerac, Pillow Talk and Portrait in Black, comes this wonderful comedy-western starring screen icons Dean Martin (Rio Bravo, Rough Night in Jericho) and Alain Delon (The Sicilian Clan, Un Flic). The Louisiana wedding of debutante Phoebe Ann Naylor (Rosemary Forsyth, What Ever Happened to Alice, The War Lord) to Don Andrea de Baldasar, El Duce de la Casala (Delon) is stopped by the cavalry over a matter of honor. Don Andrea flees across the river to Texas, where he meets up with Sam Hollis (Martin) and his Indian sidekick, Kronk (Joey Bishop, Ocean’s 11), who are carrying rifles to the town of Moccasin Flats. Don Andrea rescues an Indian maiden, Lonetta (Tina Aumont, Man, Pride & Vengeance), tames some longhorns, competes with Sam for Phoebe’s affections, eludes a Comanche war party and the cavalry (who have come to Moccasin Flats to celebrate Texas statehood) and ultimately saves the town and gets his girl. Co-starring Peter Graves (Robbers’ Roost), Michael Ansara (The Comancheros) and Andrew Prine (Crypt of the Living Dead).

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The Louisiana wedding of debutante Phoebe Ann Naylor to Don Andrea de Baldasar, El Duce de la Casala is stopped by the Cavalry over a matter of honor. Don Andrea flees across the river to Texas, where he meets up with Sam Hollis and his Indian sidekick, Kronk, who are carrying rifles to the town of Moccasin Flats. Don Andrea rescues an Indian maiden, Lonetta, tames some longhorns, competes with Sam for Phoebe's affections, eludes a Comanche war party and the cavalry and ultimately saves the town and gets his girl.

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Theatrical Release: October 26th, 1966

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:41:05.017        
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,953,254,822 bytes

Feature: 31,681,357,824 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.92 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 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 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 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,953,254,822 bytes

Feature: 31,681,357,824 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan
Theatrical Trailer (02:43)


Blu-ray Release Date:
January 5th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (January 2021): Kino Lorber brings Michael Gordon's "Texas Across the River'' to Blu-ray on an all new dual-layered disc. The film was shot in 2.35:1'Techniscope' or 2-perf 35mm film, saving money by having half the film stock used in 4-perforation frame cinematography. Spherical lenses were used and it would be blown up to full 35 (as if it were typical 4-perf) (more info HERE.) While some Techniscope films suffered due to the image being blown up, showing a more thick grain structure, this film seems to be mostly immune. This transfer from Kino is admirable, with only a handful of scenes looking like they came from a rougher film stock. With the 1080p HD bump, certain effects shots look almost too comical now (if only they had a green screen to avoid the 'obi-wan's-ghost-haloing' effect). That said, these shots are few and far between (see sample below) and only serve to amp up the already comedic film. Detail is sharp in most sequences, and colors look natural.

Kino's Blu-ray of Michael Gordon's "Texas Across the River" presents the film with an accompanying DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono track. There is very little distortion or hiss to my ears, with the audio nicely situating the dialogue within the campy and comedic action sequences. Frank De Vol is responsible for the music, while the title track is performed by The Kingston Trio. There are optional English SDH subtitles on this Region 'A' Blu-ray from Kino.

Kino Lorber's main bonus feature is yet another scholarly yet entertaining audio commentary from Samm Deighan. One of the neat things that I learned from Deighan's track is that director Michael Gordon is actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt's grandfather. Also interesting is that during the height of the Hollywood blacklist, Gordon was out of work, returning in the later half of the 50's as McCarthyism (and the House Un-American Activities Committee) died down. Deighan is wise to not turn a blind eye to the typical Native American / indigenous representation in Oaters from the 30s-60s (and beyond). And while this is no transgressive revisionist western, the casting of Joey Bishop in the role of 'Cronk' is apparently meant to ridicule the old Hollywood casting tropes. Deighan also shares the love of the old celebrity roasts, where she was introduced to Dean Martin in the 80s (re-runs). I don't want to spoil the rest of the track but Deighan covers everything from the various portrayals of masculinity to the varied history of the 'Rat Pack'. The only other extras on the disc are the film's trailer, and trailers for other Kino Lorber
Blu-ray titles.

"Texas Across the River" is a rather silly take on the Western genre. Kino Lorber's
Blu-ray is surely the best that the film has looked to date. This isn't my cup of tea, though surely Dean Martin and Joey Bishop fans will want to pick this one up. The cast is absolutely stacked (Alain Delon, Rosemary Forsyth, Peter Graves etc.).

Colin Zavitz

 


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