While Fritz Lang’s 1940 Technicolor production, The Return of Frank James, may not fill the boots of its 1939 predecessor, those who take a shot a this new Twilight Time Blu-ray, will be pleasantly surprised that as a representation of the 3-strip era, it’s near the top of the pile of Fox’s films with no original elements.
Except for a bit of black crush, the color is essentially pleasant, and in fully lit scenes, there’s enough shadow detail to go around.
Audio is fine.
While not especially well reviewed at the time, my take is that it’s a better film now than it was almost eighty years ago, and well worth your attention. There were complaints of Henry Hull over-acting. I love it. And how can one own Jesse James, without The Return of Frank?
A nice quality addition to the Twilight Time library of classics.
And for Technicolor collectors, with only 17 productions released in 1940, a delightful rarity.
Image – 4
Audio – 4.5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Totally
Very Highly Recommended