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Directed by Budd Boetticher
USA 1952

 

From Budd Boetticher, the outstanding director of Red Ball Express, Wings of the Hawk, 7 Men from Now, The Tall T and Ride Lonesome, comes this classic western starring screen legends Robert Ryan (Day of the Outlaw) and Rock Hudson (Showdown). Post-Civil War Texas hosts a classic tale of brother against brother. After returning from the war, Dan Hammond (Ryan) sees his high hopes fall apart under the pressure of gambling debts. He turns to a life of crime, pitting him against his younger brother Neil (Hudson), the new local marshal. The stupendous cast also includes Julie Adams (Bend of the River), Raymond Burr (Pitfall), John McIntire (Rough Night in Jericho), James Arness (TVs Gunsmoke), Dennis Weaver (Duel) and Judith Braun (Red Ball Express.)

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Brothers Dan and Neil Hammond return to Texas after the Civil War. Ambitious Dan turns to rustling and then shady land deals to build an empire. Being held for a murder, he is rescued from a lynch mob by Neil, who is now the Marshal, but there is eventually a falling out between the brothers, good triumphing over evil.

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Theatrical Release: October 11th, 1952

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:21:11.867        
Video

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,977,343,341 bytes

Feature: 21,001,334,784 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.92 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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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1553 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1553 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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1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,977,343,341 bytes

Feature: 21,001,334,784 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Western Expert Toby Roan

Trailer (2:22)


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 11th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (May 2021): Kino have transferred Budd Boetticher's Horizons West to Blu-ray. This was a Technicolor western and the source seems not without a couple of issues. There is some misalignment and bleeding of the colors (see samples below - generally around the 1-hour 6-minute mark) but the overall image is reasonably pleasing with the depth and richness of the colors looking impressive for most of the film. It is not overly tight but there is depth and, frankly, it looked fine on my system in-motion shot by western-genre director of photography Charles P. Boyle (The Cimarron Kid.)

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It handles the typical western effects (guns and horses) easily and sports an uncredited score by Henry Mancini (Days of Wine and Roses, Oklahoma Crude, Wait Until Dark, Operation Petticoat, Me, Natalie, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Experiment in Terror, Charade) and Herman Stein (Six Bridges to Cross, Son of Ali Baba, Man in the Shadow, Female on the Beach, This Island Earth, It Came From Outer Space, War Arrow, Tarantula, There's Always Tomorrow, The Incredible Shrinking Man) augmenting the tension. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Toby Roan (author of A Million Feet Of Film: The Making Of One-Eyed Jacks.) He covers plenty to do with the production, the major and minor players, and a lot of fascinating details on Oscar 'Budd' Boetticher. It's at a relaxing pace and he fills the space with knowledge, anecdotes and reading some reviews. We know what to expect from Toby and he doesn't disappoint. There is also a trailer for the film and other western trailers.  

Well, I'm a big fan of these older westerns and, essentially; "you had me at Robert Ryan". Interesting to see a young Rock Hudson, baddie Raymond Burr, James Arness, Dennis Weaver (in his first feature) and always beautiful Julie Adams. Horizons West has the keen story-telling of Budd Boetticher and desirable Ryan as the 'bad brother' cursed with too much ambition. There may be a Shakespearian angle in there somewhere. The Kino Blu-ray is a notable step up from SD, has the valuable commentary and is an easy recommendation to those who appreciate this genre. This is another of many westerns that I could throw on at any time.

Gary Tooze

 


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