A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Law and Jake Wade -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

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    John Sturges' The Law and Jake Wade is a decent 1958, M-G-M western, that at it's base, is a western programmer, with typical good guys v bad guys ethics.

    What raises it a step above, are Robert Taylor and Richard Widmark in the leads.

    And then there's the sumptuous CinemaScope cinematography by the great Robert Surtees (Oklahoma!, Ben-Hur), shot on location.

    Quality is typical of the Warner Archive, which means that it looks and sounds terrific.

    Image - 5

    Audio - 5

    4k Up-rez - 5

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    RAH
     
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    Excellent, I'm looking forward to seeing this in HD. I have a few years worth of the old English film magazine, Films & Filming, & I was looking through the 58/59 issues to find a review of this, but nothing, & no UK release date on the IMDB, so this is one of those American films that never got a UK release, & no UK DVD release (& come to think of it, no Blu-ray release either!). It's the same with another Robert Taylor 'scope fifties western, The Last Hunt (hint to Warner). I'm buying this & Brigadoon, a couple of fifties 'scope films in most batches & it'll be no more complaints from me :)
     
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    It certainly did get a general release on the ABC circuit because, as I said on the other thread https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/the-law-and-jake-wade-1958-coming-from-wac.353789/#post-4516088 I saw it when first released. it was on the second half of a double-bill but I don't remember the title of the other film, which would have been the one I or my parents wanted to see. IMDB is useless for noting UK release dates.
     
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    Widmark at his best playing slimy characters and Taylor solid in his role. I have so many of Robert Taylor films in my collection. A very solid western that doesn't take long in its storytelling. Henry Silva was excellent in this film too.
     
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    Well okay, I'll give the mags another peruse, they list the general releases, see if I can see what the main feature was...& I see 'Bones' was in the cast.
     
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    I've done a bit of research and see that TARZAN AND THE LOST SAFARI was shown with THE LAW AND JAKE WADE. That makes sense because I was keen on seeing that film (and the subsequent Gordon Scott TARZAN films). LOST SAFARI was shown in CinemaScope as well - although few posters for the film gave it a CinemaScope credit.
     
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    Ah, the main thing is another fifties western is getting the deluxe treatment, there's some great westerns on Blu-ray & hopefully more to follow.
     
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    I'm delighted - and slightly relieved - that RAH has confirmed that The Law And Jake Wade looks superb on this new disc. The DVD is a bit feeble so I'll upgrade with relish. With haste too!
     
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    Yup, spot on Douglas, I've found it, June 30th 1958, just as well I don't work anymore, with my dodgy research.

    Sorry, back to The Law And Jake Wade.
     
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    Just watched my copy, it's been a while since I saw this one. Very enjoyable, superb transfer. More Westerns please WAC.
     
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    I got my copy today so I'll be watching it sometime today.
     

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