CTHV Press Release: "COWBOY"

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Oscar Winner Jack Lemmon and

    Screen Legend Glenn Ford Star in

    COWBOY,

    Premiering May 14 on DVD

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    Culver City, Calif. - Tempers flare and fists fly in the Old West

    in "Cowboy," the 1958 sagebrush saga starring Glenn Ford and double

    Oscar(r) winner Jack Lemmon ("Save the Tiger," "Mister Roberts"), coming

    to DVD for the first time on May 14 from Columbia TriStar Home

    Entertainment.

    The Technicolor production comes vividly to life on DVD with the

    story of

    Tom Reece (Ford), a range-hardened trail boss who loses all of his money

    in a

    high-stakes poker game. Hotel desk clerk Frank Harris (Lemmon) offers

    Reece a

    $3,800 loan in exchange for a piece of Reece's cattle business. What

    follows

    offers classic Western adventure and excitement.

    "Cowboy" is based on Harris's own memoirs and features a colorful

    supporting cast, including an appearance by Dick York (Darrin Stephens

    on TV's

    "Bewitched").

    Also starring Anna Kashfi, Brian Donlevy, Richard Jaeckel. Written

    by

    Edmund M. North. Directed by Delmer Daves. Produced by Julian Blaustein.

    ADDED-VALUE ELEMENTS

    * Digitally Mastered Audio and Video

    * Reastered in High Definition

    * Full-Screen Presentation

    * Audio: English (Mono)

    * Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese

    * Theatrical Trailers

    * Interactive Menus

    * Scene Selections

    Not Rated / Price: $19.95

    Color / Closed Captioned / 92 minutes

    DVD #07874 / UPC Code: 0-43396-07874-1

    Order Date: April 16, 2002
     
  2. Garrett Adams

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    I saw it in a theater when it came out. It was a great western. If I recall correctly it's not monumental like a Red River, The Searchers, or The Outlaw Jesey Wales, etc. It's more of a frolicking good yarn in the mold of the movie with Stewart and Fonda and their inherited Cat House. Loved the scene where Ford shot a fly on the wall while soaking in a bathtub.
     
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    A good western flick, you might want to review this one.

    Crawdaddy
     
  4. Doug Bull

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    It is being released as a full screen, Mono DVD, does anyone know the correct original release aspect ratio?

    It dates around 1958, a time when nearly all films ( especially Color Westerns) from Columbia and most other studios were being filmed in Cinemascope.

    Of those few that were not shot with Anamorphic lenses, most were released or projected in matted form, as the audiences expected most films to be shown in some form of Widescreen.

    Magnetic 4 track Stereophonic sound was also all the rage at that time. ( Stereo was later phased out for several years after Cinemascope was replaced by Panavision)

    It just seems strange that a big budget Technicolor Western like "Cowboy" was standard ratio, mono.

    Any clues?
     
  5. Ronald Epstein

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    Columbia has read this thread and wanted

    me to respond on their behalf by telling

    you that they checked their sourcebooks and

    "Cowboy" was released in "flat" ratio.
     
  6. TedD

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    "Flat" would be 1.85:1 and the DVD needs to be anamorphic widescreen at 1.85:1 (or have both versions) or it's a NO-SALE for me.

    Ted
     
  7. Larry Schneider

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    The film was recently shown on TCM, I think, at 1.85 - I recorded it. This one should be in anamorphic widescreen.
     
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    Thanks Ron, Thanks Columbia.

    It is really gratifying to see that a Studio like Columbia takes time to read and respond to the comments and questions of contributors on this forum.

    If the last few postings are correct, then it may prove my point, that around 1958, a majority, of the small number of Non Anamorphic Films released, were matted in some form or another and 1.85:1 or slightly less, would be just about right.

    Of course in Columbia's defense, it's highly possible also, that the Director or Cinematographer may have allowed space above and below the standard size frame bars to allow the Cinema Projectionists to do the matting or masking themselves.

    Either way it's still disapointing that with a new HI DEF Transfer, they didn't take this into consideration.

    If they went to the expense of a new Hi Def transfer, why did they not redo the soundtrack in Stereo.

    I'm pretty sure that at the time, all Music Scoring Sessions were recorded in Stereo.

    Why didn't they go back to the original tapes or stems and do a complete music remix in Stereo.

    George Duning wrote one of his most memorable Scores for "Cowboy", it would have been nice to hear it in Stereo.

    At least Columbia are to be applauded for giving us the opportunity of hearing Duning's "The Man from Laramie" and "Picnic" in glorious Stereo.
     
  9. Larry Schneider

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    I'll buy it, of course. It's a fine movie, but it really would be nice to have anamorphic enhancement. Does Columbia believe that "flat" is an aspect ratio?
     
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    Seeing how full frame releases are now becoming part of Columbia's new strategy, I wonder if Cowboy is indeed being presented in it's OAR. I'm holding off on pre-ordering this title until I know for sure.
     
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    Well I just found out that Cowboy is being released widescreen in the UK, so it will not be OAR here in the US. Everyone who cares about OAR, please cancel your pre-orders for this title.
     
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    Has anyone come forth and found out the definitive aspect ratio for this movie? In other words, my copy may "soon be seen on eBay" if this is a MAR'ed release.

    Thanks in advance.
     

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