I’d not seen this film in years, and had minimal memories of it.
Paramount has gone back to original Vista film elements and created a beautiful looking new Blu-ray.
Virtually everything about the presentation is superb, although I’m seeing very, very minor indications of what appears to be fade in a small number of shots. No big deal.
Other than that, and I defy anyone to pick it up, color, densities, grain structure all appears normal and within proper parameters.
Before viewing this disc, I was trying to figure out precisely why my memories of this film lag behind some of Mr. Sturges other work.
The film looks terrific, and it should, as it was shot by Charles Lang in VistaVision.
Performances are typical of the actors involved, with Mr. Douglas and Mr. Quinn growling at each other a times.
The score is not one of Dimitri Tiomkin’s best, but is more than serviceable.
No fault of the film, it appears to be a generic studio production c. 1959, and looks the part.
I guess what I’m feeling about this film, is that while it may have been a fine entertainment back in July of 1959, to my mind, it’s not one of those films that we might consider a true classic, and falls short of standing that test of time.
In short, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, it ain’t.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Yes
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