The Far Horizons Studio: Paramount Year: 1955 Rated: NR Length: 107 Minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Audio: Dolby Digital English Mono Special Features: None SRP: $14.99 USD Release Date: June 7, 2005 The Far Horizons stars Charlton Heston and Fred MacMurray as Lewis and Clark, the men who led the expedition, ordered by President Jefferson, to explore the Louisiana Purchase Territory, and the unexplored west to the Pacific Ocean. An unlikely Donna Reed is along for the ride, as Sacajawea. The Far Horizons portrays a version of the historic journey of Lewis and Clark that seems to go out of its way to be as inaccurate as possible. While there are one or two minor occurrences in the film that are ripped from the mission logs, the bulk of the film is pure fiction. A completely fictitious love affair between Sacajawea and Clark develops in, and dominates this film. Sacajawea’s French-Canadian husband, Charbonneau, is done double disservice in this fictionalized account by not only losing his wife to Clark, but by becoming a traitor to the mission. In reality, Charbonneau was a crucial part of the Lewis and Clark expedition. For the sake of drama, the Lewis and Clark expedition in the film cost the lives of several American military men in battle with native Americans. In reality, the only deaths in the expedition were due to accident or natural causes. The historic expedition of Lewis and Clark would have been well served if the script for this film focused on the real drama of the expedition - an event fraught with real drama and danger. Instead, we are given a poorly scripted love story against the beautiful backdrop of the untamed American West. Even A-List actors were unable to save this film, which has as its only redeeming feature some wonderful, lush photography by Daniel Fapp. Video / Audio The film is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is anamorphically enhanced. The DVD presentation features a sharp, detailed image. There is some noticeable ringing around high contrast transitions, but it isn’t too bad. There is good, natural color with strong saturation and good contrast. Black levels are strong, and there is detail in both shadow and highlight. The transfer seems to have come from a clean source print. Only occasional flecks mar the print. Audio: The audio is monaural, and features pretty good frequency response. Some hiss and other minor background noise is present, but often goes unnoticed among outdoor background noise. The Bottom Line Nice cinematography and a good transfer are the positive points of The Far Horizons on DVD. I can’t say much for the film, but the transfer is adequate.