Bad Day at Black Rock

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  1. RickardL

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    "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1955) by John Sturges with

    Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine.

    2.35:1 Cinemascope in Eastmancolor and 4-Track Stereo...

    I have only seen it on TV but would love to have it

    in anamorphic widescreen on DVD.

    Any information if/when that gem appears on DVD??

    Apparently it does not even exist on Laserdisc.
     
  2. Jimmy Nugent

    Jimmy Nugent Stunt Coordinator

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    Criterion released this underrated classic on Laser Disc a number of years ago. Its a rare find on e-bay and usually goes for a fair amount. I got lucky a few months ago and nabbed a copy in great condition for $50. I would love to see this movie make its debut on dvd. Til then I'll take comfort in my LD copy.

    Jimmy
     
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  4. Henry Gale

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    Gee, another rare disc in my collection. The LD also includes the trailer.

     
  5. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

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    There is also an MGM version that is said to look better, although it lacks the commentary. It's also a lot cheaper and a bit easier to find.
     
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    The Criterion disc was one of the infamous Sony pressings, which meant laser rot, which was the case here. I picked up two copies and never got one that worked. The MGM was a better pressing, although the same transfer, I think.

    Either way, this one on the top of my DVD wish list.
     
  7. Mark Cappelletty

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    Matthew,

    You're right! As soon as I saw "Sony Pressing," I ran from my office into the living room and threw my copy of it on-- fortunately, unlike my Criterion "Se7en" or "Switchblade Sisters," this one isn't a rotter.

    The commentary is one of the best ever recorded and makes this disc worth its weight in gold.
     
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    I thought the aspect ratio was around 2.55:1???
     
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    Another great title that needs a home in my dvd collection... [​IMG]
     
  10. Jon Hertzberg

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    Excellent film with Spence giving one of the best of his trademark "doesn't even look like he's acting" performances. He was truly one of the masters and is deserving of far more DVD representation than he has gotten thus far. And the great and underrated Robert Ryan offers his usual stellar performance (would love to see THE SET-UP and THE OUTFIT on DVD). I will definitely pick this up if released on DVD

    Jon
     
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    Fantastic film!
    Unfortunately its in the catalog Hell over in Warner Brother's vaults.[​IMG]
     
  12. RickardL

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    Regarding the aspect ratio of 2.55:1, I don't know.

    IMDB says 2.35:1 which I simply quoted.

    Anybody know what it is on the laserdisc(s)?
     
  13. Mark Cappelletty

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    It's 2.35:1.
     
  14. MarcoBiscotti

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    Hey guys, I just caught the last 25 minutes this afternoon on Turner Classic Movies and was wondering why this isn't available on DVD yet?

    Would anyone else love to see this excellent Spencer Tracy film get a DVD release date and has there been any further discussion or updates since this thread was started?
     
  15. Gordon McMurphy

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    Shot in CinemaScope in 1955, the ratio is 2.55:1 with L-C-R stereo with mono rear.

    Warner has already made an anamorphic transfer and we really should have seen the DVD by now. Early 2005?
     
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    I'm hearing some time in the first half of 2005.

    Crawdaddy
     
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    This was supposedly going to be out in 2004 [​IMG]. Here's hoping that 2005 fares better for this film.
     

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