Olive is going to begin taking my commentaries personally.
What does one say about a McLintock! from Olive?
I'm not even certain where to begin.
The new Blu-ray is kind of adequate, until you realize that it could, and should be beautiful.
Follow me on this.
Batjac signed a deal with Paramount for a number of the Batjac productions, of which McLintock! is one.
Whether McLintock! was included in the package, I have no idea, but it is Batjac.
It was originally released via United Artists, but for whatever reason, fell into the public domain, and has been released by every hick home video entity here and abroad, with varying results.
Olive Films' release of McLintock! appears to be just another one of the PD things, albeit with a decent print -- not great -- but decent, and with all the requisite problems that come from using a print as a source.
Using a dye transfer print as a source, isn't a necessarily easy thing. Very high contrast is only the beginning. No real resolution. Just a pleasant softish image, which would have look great in projection.
And then the wear on tear on the print, which in this case is minimal.
But checking out this disc, for which I had high hopes, I kept asking myself "why?"
Why go to a PD source, when you have a studio contract, and the studio has a contract with the production company holding the elements?
With that relationship in place, why bother even putting the film out, if the source must come from PD?
Sorry. Not a happy camper. Don't get it.
What we have here is a decent looking image, which could have been both original and spectacular. Occasional ticks, scratches, some of them cut-through into the dye layers.
High contrast. Whites blooming a bit. Limited shadow detail.
What can I say.
A high quality public domain disc.
Image - 2
Audio - 3.5