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Directed by Gilberto Gazcón
USA / Mexico 1966

 

Bitten by a rabid dog in a small Mexican town, Dr. Reuben (Glenn Ford) only has 48 hours to make it to a hospital in Buenavista. Joined by a working girl (Stella Stevens) and a construction worker (David Reynoso), Reuben makes an urgent journey across a barren desert while also coming to grips with the overwhelming guilt he feels over the deaths of his wife and newborn baby during childbirth. Offbeat thriller also stars Armando Silvestre, Ariadne Welter.

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Dr. Reuben is an angry loner living in a tiny Mexican border town. Soon after a man dying of rabies staggers into town, Dr. Reuben himself is bitten by the same rabid dog. He must now get others to help him reach a city hospital within 72 hours, before the disease becomes incurable. This cult classic is finally making its physical media debut.

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Rage is a 1966 Mexican-American drama neo noir thriller film and written and directed by Gilberto Gazcón and starring Glenn Ford, Stella Stevens and David Reynoso. The opening credits indicate the title of the film is 48 Ore Per Non Morire, which translated from Italian to English is "48 Hours Not To Die." Filming took place in Sierra de Órganos National Park in the town of Sombrerete, Mexico.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

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Theatrical Release: December 1966

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Review: Imprint - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:43:25.198         
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1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

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Feature: 32,440,399,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

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1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,541,277,797 bytes

Feature: 32,440,399,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.92 Mbps

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Audio Commentary by Toby Roan
Visual Essay by Kat Ellinger (23:59)
Theatrical Trailer (2:33)


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 25th, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase (see below)

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ADDITION: Imprint Blu-ray (January 2021): Imprint, out of Australia (title #27 in their relatively new catalogue), have transferred Gilberto Gazcón's Rage to Blu-ray. It is on a dual-layered disc with a very high bitrate. The opening credits were fraught with marks as was one other scenes much later in the film. But the rest of the 1080P presentation is quite fetching looking clean with the print exporting strong density, impressive detail in the many close-ups and pleasing contrast and colors. There are nice grain textures. Hopefully the screen captures below can give you and idea of the adept video quality.

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On their Blu-ray, Imprint use a linear PCM dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. It has western effects as well as trucks, a bus and jeeps sounding authentically flat and clean. The score is by Gustavo César Carrión (a prolific composer - of majority Mexican features), sounding supportive to the film's more suspenseful moments. Imprint offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Imprint Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Toby Roan. He talks about films that obviously influenced some of the scenes in Rage like Henri-Georges Clouzot's Wages of Fear and the Mexican film Black Wind (Viento negro) from 1965. He highlights some of the Mexican girls in the film - following their career highlights including Maura Monti (The Batwoman - that we just reviewed, co-incidentally it has Armando Silvestre - who is also in Rage), Ariadne Welter (The Panther Women - also just reviewed), Isela Vega (in Playboy magazine and Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia) and others. Toby has a measured pace and discusses details of the production (Ford received $240,000 while Stevens got $50K), the disease of Rabies - central to the film - and much more. There are pauses as certain scenes run. I found it informative especially with my recent passion for Luchador films that are briefly mentioned. We also get a 24-minute visual essay by Kat Ellinger on the career of Stella Stevens. She discusses her stint as a Playmate of the Month (only receiving 1/2 of the $5000 contacted because she refused to be a 'host' in the Playboy Mansion), many of her roles and famous co-stars, her preference for comedy and Kat references various interviews the actress gave over the years. No question Stella Stevens was underrated - advancing, probably because of her beauty, but unfortunately pigeon-holed because of that as well. Lastly, is a trailer and the package has a 'limited edition slipcase with unique artwork on the first 1500 copies'.     

Rage allows both Ford and Stevens to exercise their acting chops. It's an interesting and lesser utilized plot involving Rabies. While Rage was set in western and desert locations, it really isn't a western genre film - more of a thriller. I'll watch just about anything with the subtle performances of Glenn Ford (one of the major film stars in the Film Noir cycle) and you can put underrated Stella Stevens (The Ballad of Cable Hogue) in that category as well - bright, expressive and one of the most feminine of all Hollywood stars. So this is an interesting and gripping film, great performances - small unsubstantial warts on the image but a commentary and visual essay that both are worthwhile. The Imprint Blu-ray has a lot of value for Rage's debut in 1080P. Recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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