A few words about…™ The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean — in Blu-ray

For Newman collectors, this is essential. 4 Stars

No doubt about it.

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, director John Huston’s 1972 paean to the old west, will not be to everyone’s liking.

But for those willing to take a shot, there’s a bit of gold therein.

Terrific cast – Paul Newman, Victoria Principal, Anthony Perkins, Tab Hunter, John Huston, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty, Jacqueline Bisset, and Ava Gardner.

Music by Maurice Jarre

Screenplay by John Milius

It’s a Warner Archive release, so you know its superb.

For those unaware, you’ll note a First Artists logo, attached to the National General release.

Formed in 1969, and with a terrific logo that turned into profiles of the four talents involved – Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Barbra Streisand and Steve McQueen – the group was a production subsidiary of WB, and from 1972 to 1980 was the force behind 19 films, each featuring one of the owners.

Life and Times was the second, following Pocket Money (1972) and followed by Up the Sandbox.

For Newman collectors, this is essential.

Image – 5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Major

Recommended

RAH

Published by

Robert Harris

editor,contributor

7 Comments

  1. Yes, I remember when First Artists was initially formed, and I thought the 1970s had their own band of "united artists" just like Pickford, Fairbanks, Griffith, and Chaplin did in the 1920s. Seems like Dustin Hoffman joined the fold sometime later, or did I dream that?

  2. Billy Batson

    Excellent. And it totally works for me, one of the best westerns of the seventies, & even a tired old cynic like me gets a bit misty-eyed at the end.

    Marmalade, molasses & honey…

    Sung by the great Andy Williams.

  3. Cool. The DVD was only okay. A rather shaggy dog of a movie, but I really like it. There's a great deal of switching in tone (I don't know what Milius' original screenplay was like, but I imagine Huston made it his own.) Paul Newman is great in this, as is the supporting cast. For the record, I totally dislike the song "Marmalade, Molasses, and Honey" – it is only there because of the success of "Raindrops . . . " in "Butch Cassidy" – but visuals are okay.

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