As three-strip Technicolor productions go, Anthony Mann’s The Naked Spur was heading toward the barn.

As Eastmancolor was introduced, fewer Technicolor were made, the final being The Ladykillers, a 1954 production, released two years after The Naked Spur.




The final couple of years used acetate for the negatives, which strangely can be more problematic than nitrate. Naked Spur is one of them, but you’d never know it.


Naked Spur is yet another of those perfect Warner Archive releases, with a meticulously registered image, and magnificent color.

It’s also a very fine western.

No downsides here, and a must for Stewart completists.

Image – 5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Highly Recommended

RAH
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Marc Hampton

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Blind purchase for me. Have heard so many good things about this film over the years... excited to finally watch it.

Tho to be honest ....Technicolor Anything from Warner Archive ... I'll likely buy it no matter what the film is. (is Technicolor addiction a thing?)
 

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Makes my day to read Mr Harris review. I have it currently but...saving it. See we got Thanksgiving break coming up, in the blink of an eye really.
and on the day during the break when I have all my students 100 plus speeches graded(online of course, think of it, public speaking, online, what a world) but I digress.
I intend to have a Mann-Stewart Marathon since I know have them all in blu ray now at last. So Starting with Winchester and ending that particular week with Night Passage, ( I know that Mann didn't direct that one but it sure feels like a Mann-Stewart western that I always include it in my mind, and actually it really is a good one. Maybe not great, but def good. ) Spur was the one I thought might never appear so this so far has been a good year. And I know it won't be a disappointment! Old guy pleasures you know. We gotta make the most of em.
 

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Makes my day to read Mr Harris review. I have it currently but...saving it. See we got Thanksgiving break coming up, in the blink of an eye really.
and on the day during the break when I have all my students 100 plus speeches graded(online of course, think of it, public speaking, online, what a world) but I digress.
I intend to have a Mann-Stewart Marathon since I know have them all in blu ray now at last. So Starting with Winchester and ending that particular week with Night Passage, ( I know that Mann didn't direct that one but it sure feels like a Mann-Stewart western that I always include it in my mind, and actually it really is a good one. Maybe not great, but def good. ) Spur was the one I thought might never appear so this so far has been a good year. And I know it won't be a disappointment! Old guy pleasures you know. We gotta make the most of em.
To my knowledge Winchester is not out yet on Blu-ray. Hope I'm Wrong.
 

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To my knowledge Winchester is not out yet on Blu-ray. Hope I'm Wrong.
Not yet, but it's available to stream in HD on various services, including iTunes...

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OliverK

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Winchester 73 has been out for some time now in Germany and I think there is also a review on DVD Beaver:

Amazon product


Not the same quality of course as what Warner has provided for The Naked Spur but I am pretty sure it will be better than the streaming versions.
 

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It’s from the same master as the streaming versions. I bought the streaming version one of the times iTunes had it onsale for $4.99 and I’m very pleased with it.
 

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yes I paid the price for the German version- I need hard copies, here in Big Spring Texas we don't always have the best streaming, mucho buffering. And it do look good. I first saw the remake of Winchester, ( it also has Dan Duryea in it) and didn't like it at all. One night found the original on late night, the midnight movie and loved it. Though it was a snowy picture that was "in and out" . But I loved it. A truly great western. Later I had a poor vhs transfer and it was the film I first bought on laser disc as it had a sorta commentary by Jimmy Stewart. He didn't really say much, the "host" kept asking questions like "theres Tony Curtis, do you remember him?" "Yes. he showed up, knew his words, did his job. Yes he did." That was about it. Jimmy said the same about Rock Hudson and Mcintire. Not a great commentary the host guy really sucked and Jimmy was elderly but the picture for its time was great, but this blu ray is, comparitively amazing. Not as good as Warners if they did the job, I'm sure, but still the best I've seen so far.