A few words about…™ Man Without a Star – in Blu-ray

From the appearance of the Universal production, there may have been problems with the original negative, as what I'm seeing looks to be from sep masters. 4 Stars

As ’50s westerns go, Man Without a Star, from King Vidor, still works nicely. It’s not one of the great westerns of the era, but it’s a good one, and with a sense of humor.

It’s a late 1954 production, released in March of 1955, which makes it questionable Eastman Color. From the appearance of the Universal production, there may have been problems with the original negative, as what I’m seeing looks to be from sep masters.

That can be good or bad.

In this case, it’s somewhere in between. Close-ups and medium shots look fine, but go to fine detail, and the image begins to fall apart, with registration issues. One might presume that the elements went to a lab, which recombined without really taking a close look.

But generally, the image is okay.

Track likewise.

MWaS is probably a purchase for Douglas and Vidor completists. Jeanne Crain and Claire Trevor go along for the ride.

For others, it’s a safe rental.

Image – 3.25

Audio – 4.5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Why not?

RAH

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Robert Harris

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8 Comments

  1. RICK BOND

    I have the German Bluray release. But will be getting this Kino release also. I like this Western very much. Thanks Robert ! : ) Review is now on DVD Beaver !

    Same here, I have the German BD, but pre-ordered the Kino release. I like this western more than RAH too.

  2. I saw this film in a very good 35mm print at MoMA during the King Vidor retrospective. Being the first and only time I've ever seen this film, I think I'd recall color fading, as had occurred in the Henry King 'Scope films of the '50s shown during his retrospective.

  3. bujaki

    I saw this film in a very good 35mm print at MoMA during the King Vidor retrospective. Being the first and only time I've ever seen this film, I think I'd recall color fading, as had occurred in the Henry King 'Scope films of the '50s shown during his retrospective.

    Prints were Technicolor.

  4. Robert Crawford

    Same here, I have the German BD, but pre-ordered the Kino release. I like this western more than RAH too.

    Yesterday, I watched my German BD in its entirety. I hope to have my Kino Blu-ray today so I can compare the two discs.

  5. Robert Crawford

    Yesterday, I watched my German BD in its entirety. I hope to have my Kino Blu-ray today so I can compare the two discs.

    Okay, I watched the Kino Blu-ray and I think the video presentations between it and the German BD are similar. However, I prefer the audio on the Kino disc with its DTS-HD MA 2.0 track.

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