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Criterion Press Release: Jubal (Blu-ray)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    JUBAL – Blu-Ray & DVD Editions
    A trio of exceptional performances from Glenn Ford (3:10 to Yuma), Ernest Borgnine (Marty), and Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront) form the center of Jubal, an overlooked Hollywood treasure from genre master Delmer Daves (3:10 to Yuma). In this Shakespearean tale of jealousy and betrayal, Ford is an honorable itinerant cattleman, befriended and hired by Borgnine’s bighearted ranch owner despite his unwillingness to talk about his past. When the new hand becomes the target of the flirtatious attentions of the owner’s bored wife (Valerie French) and is entrusted by the boss with a foreman’s responsibilities, his presence at the ranch starts to rankle his shifty fellow cowhand, played by Steiger. The resulting emotional showdown imparts unparalleled psychology intensity to this western, a vivid melodrama featuring expressive location photography in Technicolor and CinemaScope. 1956 • 100 minutes • Color • Stereo • 2.35:1 aspect ratio SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones TITLE: Jubal (BLU-RAY EDITION) CAT. NO: CC2262BD UPC: 7-15515-10611-5 ISBN: 978-1-60465-726-5 SRP: $29.95 PREBOOK: 4/16/13 STREET: 5/14/13 TITLE: Jubal (DVD EDITION) CAT. NO: CC2263D UPC: 7-15515-10601-6 ISBN: 978-1-60465-725-8 SRP: $19.95 PREBOOK: 4/16/13 STREET: 5/14/13
     
  2. Robert Crawford

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    The lack of bonus material will not deter me from buying this release once I can do so below the $20 price point. Crawdaddy
     
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    Me neither, however I'm wondering if Criterion is changing its emphasis from layered value/extras to a Twilight - Olive mostly barebones model. Give them credit, however, because the list prices have been coming down (Ministry of Fear was under $25 here in Canada, and if Jubal is around $20 (non-BR version), then that's pretty decent. It's guaranteed to have a better presentation than the same-priced archive releases.
     
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    An unexpected but very welcome release. I'm tickled to death Criterion is finally taking an interest in the American western. I'm going to reward them by spending my money. A Criterion western will always be a priority purchase for me. There's a lot to be said about how this western riffs on Richard 111 and Iago in Othello that could fill a commentary, but I'm not put-off by the lack of extras. A hi-def transfer of Charles Lawton Jr's moody skies and dark landscapes in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is worth paying for. The western was a pliable and versatile genre in the 1950s, and Delmer Daves takes the genre to a place it hadn't gone before in JUBAL. What a fine dramatist he was. There's also very good work by the supporting players including Charles Bronson, Felicia Farr, and Noah Beery Jr. I recommend this film very highly and I know the transfer will bring out the best in your widescreen monitor. There's a lot of detail to see in this film. Cover-art typo alert:
     
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    What a great and, as is noted above, overlooked film. Excited to have it on Bluray. A must for western fans.
     
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    Don't know the film, but when did that ever stop me from giving Criterion my money? I hope they don't go barebones on TOO many releases, but I very much appreciate the reduction in MSRP when they do.
     
  7. Ronald Epstein

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    Chas, I am with you. Never saw the film, but now with all the buzz about in this thread, I think I am going to buy it. Of course, will have to wait for a sale.
     
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    You won't be disappointed, Chas. Let's hope more people will get to know JUBAL now that Criterion has put their brand on it. Who says the western can't be an art film, too.
     
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    I'll definitely be buying this one.
     
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    Only someone who hasn't watched them. ;)
     
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    Criterion seems to be putting out one "value" Blu title every month with no extras for $30 list, and then the standard prices with extras are $40 or $50 for double disc sets, more for box sets.
     
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    I'm in on this one. I'm guessing there's not a lot of extra material for this one compared to 3:10. Thankfully the essays that Criterion include tend to be incredibly informative. I've been going through there Eclipse "Basil Deardon's London Underground" set and even without a proper booklet in it, the one sheet of essay printed on the inside cover f each films slimcase is more informative than 90% of what other releases get from the major studios.
     

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