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Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Huston are at their fierce finest in master Hollywood craftsman Anthony Mann’s crackling western melodrama The Furies. In 1870s New Mexico Territory, megalomaniacal widowed ranch owner T. C. Jeffords (Huston, in his final role) butts heads with his daughter, Vance (Stanwyck), a firebrand with serious daddy issues, over her dowry, choice of husband, and, finally, ownership of the land itself. Both sophisticated in its view of frontier settlement and ablaze with searing domestic drama, The Furies is a hidden treasure of American filmmaking, boasting Oscar™–nominated cinematography and vivid supporting turns from Judith Anderson, Wendell Corey, and Gilbert Roland.

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A fraught, violent Freudianism stampedes through Charles Schnee's script (adapted from Niven Busch's novel) for Anthony Mann's intense Western - only his second stab at the genre which would bring out his very best qualities: his gritty treatment of physical and mental conflict, his classical intelligence and expressive use of landscape. In comparison, The Furies smacks of primitivism, its central feud between Stanwyck and her cattle baron father Walter Huston being both overwritten and underdeveloped. That said, these two performers are so compelling in their own right that Mann could get away with murder with them on the screen together.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: August 16th, 1950

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Distribution Criterion Spine # 435 - Region 1 - NTSC Criterion Spine # 435 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:49:00        1:49:12.921 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,664,685,272 bytes

Feature: 33,065,318,400 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English, None English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary featuring film historian Jim Kitses (Horizons West)
• The Movies: "Action Speaks Louder than Words," a 1967 television interview with director Anthony Mann (17:12)
• A rare, 1931 on-camera interview with Walter Huston, made for the movie theater series Intimate Interviews (8:56)
• New video interview with Nina Mann, daughter of Anthony Mann (17:28)
• Stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes photos
• Theatrical trailer
• Booklet featuring a new essay by renowned critic Robin Wood and a 1957 Cahiers du cinéma interview with Mann, as well as a new printing of Niven Busch's original novel

DVD Release Date: June 24th, 200
8
Custom Case (see below)
Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio:
Criterion

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,664,685,272 bytes

Feature: 33,065,318,400 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary featuring film historian Jim Kitses (Horizons West)
• The Movies: "Action Speaks Louder than Words," a 1967 television interview with director Anthony Mann (17:13)
• Radical Classicism - Imogene Sara Smith (29:23)
• A rare, 1931 on-camera interview with Walter Huston, made for the movie theater series Intimate Interviews (8:57)
• Video interview with Nina Mann, daughter of Anthony Mann (17:29)
• Stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes photos
• Theatrical trailer (2:17)
• Booklet featuring a new essay by renowned critic Robin Wood and a 1957 Cahiers du cinéma interview with Mann, as well as a new printing of Niven Busch's original novel


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 20th, 2021
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 23

 

 

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

ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray (March 2021): Criterion have transferred Anthony Mann's The Furies to Blu-ray. It appears to be from the same master as the 2008 DVD but this is far away from picture-boxing taking advantage of the 1080P resolution and looking like a substantial improvement. The grain textures are beautiful making the HD presentation look very film-like. It's a beautiful film shot by Victor Milner (It's a Wonderful Life) and Lee Garmes (Shanghai Express). This is quite an upgrade.

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On their Blu-ray, Criterion use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English language (and some Spanish - intentionally unsubtitled.) It is another advancement in the film's western-related effects (horses) and strong score by Franz Waxman (Untamed, Rebecca, Dark Passage, Bride of Frankenstein, Rear Window, Sunset Boulevard) sounding deeper, clean and consistent. Criterion offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Criterion Blu-ray has all the same extras as their 2008 DVD  - It has the same excellent commentary with Jim Kitses author of Horizons West: Directing the Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood and other extras (see below)- but adds a new video piece. It is an interview with Imogene Sara Smith entitled Radical Classicism. She discusses the film's cleverly crafted details, resemblance of the story to Greek tragedy, Freudianism, mythology of western heroes and Shakespearian overtones (King Lear) that make it worthy of multiple viewings. She discusses Anthony Mann turning away from the 'B' Noirs and moving his career towards the classic westerns with James Stewart. It's excellent in exposing some of the depth of The Furies

An Anthony Mann western with Barbara Stanwyck on Criterion Blu-ray. It's a substantial upgrade over the picture-boxed DVD - that was suitable fro cathode ray tube viewing - but we have new larger TVs and this looks film-like and brilliantly thick and rich in 1080P. I loved the new Imogene Sara Smith piece and revisiting the Kitses commentary. Our highest recommendation!  

Gary Tooze

ON THE DVD: Although Criterion's The Thief of Bagdad, released prior to this one, does not have pictureboxing, The Furies indeed is transferred in a pictureboxed frame. Fans thought they had seen the last of this from Criterion, but it has returned (see our description of 'pictureboxing' in our Kind Hearts and Coronets review). Obviously, Criterion have not yet completely abandoned their policy of including a thick black border around the edge of the frame to counter overscan on production television sets. It elicits speculation that the process may have more to do with the accessible print quality utilized in the digitization than in the concern over cropping for CRT viewing.

The image transfer of The Furies is very good but I wouldn't say spectacular. Perhaps have been spoiled by Criterion's stellar work, but this doesn't look as good comparatively as Ace in the Hole, a film made only a year later. It's fairly clean and has moments of notable sharpness. Contrast is strong but there is some minor noise - looking akin to good grain. Outdoor sequences are bright and clear. The screen captures below should give you a decent idea of how this DVD looks. On my system, it honestly looked pretty impressive.

Audio is a consistent and unremarkable mono track. As with all Criterion transfers of the past few years it offers optional English subtitles (font size and color sample below).

Supplements are extensive with an audio commentary by film historian Jim Kitses (Horizons West). It's informative, but a bit slow and dry. It's evident he is reading from a prepared script rarely referencing the onscreen action simultaneous to his words. He focuses on the psychological aspects of the narrative, Mann's spatial style, deep focus and other interesting tidbits. He determines The Furies to be atypical Mann - a hybrid western and melodrama. There are very few gaps and overall it's good and I think he loosened up a bit as it progresses. Fans of Mann, or the western genre will definitely want to give it a spin.

There is 17 minute 1967 British television interview with Mann - a segment from the series The Movies entitled "Action Speaks Louder than Words". Next is a 9 minute rare, 1931 on-camera interview with Walter Huston, made for the movie theater series Intimate Interviews. Interview topics were determined by mail-in requests from audience members. Dorothy West was the interviewer. There is a 17 minute new video interview with Nina Mann, daughter of Anthony Mann. She says she gained an interest in her fathers films in 1998 when the American Cinemateque did a retrospective of his work - four weekends of his films back-to-back. She then saw him as an artist and not just her father. Rounding out the digital extras there is a stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes photos (14) and a theatrical trailer. There are two liner books to the package - one featuring a new essay by renowned critic Robin Wood and a 1957 Cahiers du cinéma interview with Mann. There is also a new printing of Niven Busch's 265-page original novel which I look forward to indulging in soon.

Well, no one could keep me from a Criterion DVD of an Anthony Mann western with Barbara Stanwyck - especially with these supplements. It's quite a package and the film's unique qualities will intrigue most who view it. The psychological aspects may be heavy-handed at times but the instances when they are more subtly nuanced reflect its masterful status. Criterion maintain their high standards with this extensive boxset which I can't see disappointing anyone who decides to purchase it. No existing DVD production company would have done this better. Recommended! 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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