CTHE Press Release: The Man from Colorado

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Academy Award®-Winner William Holden and
    Golden Globe-Winner Glenn Ford Star in the Gritty Western Drama
    from Prolific Director Henry Levin

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    THE MAN FROM COLORADO
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    New to DVD on June 8

    * * * * Culver City, CA (April 2, 2004) – One of the first films to develop the "psychological
    Western" genre due to its dark and brooding central characters and themes, THE MAN FROM
    COLORADO (1948) from acclaimed filmmaker Henry Levin (The Desperado's, Murderer's
    Row) starred Academy Award®-winner William Holden (Stalag 17, Sunset Blvd) and Golden
    Globe-winner Glenn Ford (Pocketful of Miracles, Blackboard Jungle), will now debut on DVD
    June 8 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

    * * * * A Union colonel experiences the bloodshed of the U.S. Civil War and is forever a
    changed man, for the worse. *Owen Devereaux (Ford) bears deep-rooted mental scars from the
    War between the States and develops an eager trigger finger. *In battle, he orders the slaughter of
    a band of holed-up Confederates -- after he has seen them raise a white flag. *Later, he lands a
    Federal judgeship post in Colorado and tries to settle down. *But to no avail, for he abuses his
    gavel in the same, unhinged manner as he did his pistol. *Eventually, his friend, Captain Del
    Stewart (Holden), realizes how crazed Devereaux's behavior has become. *When he withholds a
    cache of gold from its rightful owners, Devereaux gives Stewart no choice but to put a stop to his
    court of terror in a final deadly showdown between the two friends.

    With unrelenting performances and powerful social issues that are still relevant today,
    THE MAN FROM COLORADO is truly a tense and compelling drama about faultering
    friendships and the physical anguish and emotional traumas brought on by war.


    DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
    * * * * Digitally Mastered Audio & Anamorphic Video
    * * * * Remastered in High Definition
    * * * * Full Screen Presentation
    * * * * Audio: *English (Mono)
    * * * * Subtitles: *English
    * * * * Bonus Trailers
    * * * * Scene Selections

    Not Rated
    Color
    Closed Captioned
    Year of Original Release: 1948
    Running Time: 99 Minutes
    DVD Catalog # 04274
    UPC Code: 0-43396-04274-2
    Order Date: 05/06/04
    SLP: $19.95 DVD
     
  2. Robert Harris

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    Somehow I believe whomever wrote the release was being a bit wishful.
     
  3. Ken_McAlinden

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    I have never seen Henry Levin decribed as "acclaimed", but I have frequently seen him described as "prolific".

    No one is likely to view this film as a western version of "The Best Years of Our Lives" or "Coming Home" except possibly the people who came up with the press release. [​IMG]

    A more honest approcah would have been something like: "One of Henry Levin's best five films!" or "One of the top two dozen westerns ever produced by Columbia!", although maybe that would be considered damning with faint praise rather than promoting. [​IMG]

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    Actually, I was referring more to the anamorphic transfer.
     
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    Ahh.. anamorphic 4:3 full screen. I had a couple of DVDs about 5-6 years ago that used the same process according to the language on their back covers. [​IMG]

    I suppose I was being unreasonable in criticizing a studio marketing department for overstating a film's importance since that is generally their job.

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    I'm hopeful Columbia's release of this Western may represent
    a 'crack in the door' for many of the other so-called 'noir'
    Westerns in Columbia's library, particularly the films
    directed by Budd Boetticher (starring Randolph Scott),
    as well as a series of films starring Guy Madison
    (e.g. 'Reprisal').

    Roughly two years ago, many of Columbia's 'noir' Westerns
    were programmed for a revival festival in the L.A. area.
    One of the L.A. Times' film critics (Manohla Dargis)
    wrote an article about the films, noting none of
    the films were available on DVD. Dargis also
    noted Columbia executives said there were no
    plans (at the time) for the films to
    eventually be released on DVD.

    Thus, again, I'm hopeful sales for 'The Man From Colorado'
    will help justify the release of other 'noir' Westerns
    in Columbia's library.
     
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    I see Columbia has reduced the MSRP for this title, but it's still not in the same ballpark of Fox, Warner and Paramount which is why I'm not buying many Columbia catelogue titles unless it's a title that I have to have in my collection.






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    Even though I was critical of the film's characterization above, I will probably purchase it in hopes that positive sales may unshake other titles from the catalog such as "Texas" (which also starred Holden and Ford), "The Tall T", and some of the ones to which Dave was referring such as "Buchanan Rides Alone", "The Lost Frontier", and "The Command".

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    I have lost all faith in Columbia, period.
     
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    The hopes for additional 'noir' westerns from Columbia have
    been bolstered, I think, by an item in today's entry at DVDFILE.COM, stating Columbia will also be releasing
    "Hangman's Knot", starring Donna Reed and Randolph
    Scott.

    Can Scott's other westerns for Columbia, particularly his collaborations with Budd Boetticher, be on the way?

    I sure hope so.
     

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