Three Violent People Studio: Paramount Year: 1957 Rated: NR Length: 99 Minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1, Anamorphic Audio: Dolby Digital English Mono English Subtitles Closed Captioned Special Features: None S.R.P..: $14.99, USD Release Date: April 19, 2005 Charleton Heston is Colt Saunders, a Civil War vet returning to his Texas ranch after years spent on the battlefield. He is welcomed by a group of ruthless carpetbaggers who have created a corrupt provisional government and find great pleasure in tormenting anyone with an allegiance to The South. Anne Baxter, fresh off her appearance with Heston in The Ten Commandments, appears as his love interest, Lorna. She has a wild past, which she tries to hide from her new husband. This film is a bit of a soapy western. While I’m fascinated by the political overtones in the film, the relationship between Colt and Lorna is a distraction. The idea that Colt wouldn’t suspect that Lorna had a shady past is ludicrous, given how the two met. The whole situation around their relationship serves as dramatic, romantic filler in a film which could have been much more interesting if filled out with more action surrounding the dispute between the corrupt carpetbaggers and the people trying to live an honest life in post Civil War Texas. I like the film, but feel the focus was in the wrong place. The film was directed by Rudolph Maté, written by James Edward Grant (based on a story by Leonard Praskins and Barney Slater). Costarring in the film are Tom Tryon, Gilbert Roland, Forrest Tucker, Bruce Bennett, Elaine Stritch and Robert Blake. Video The picture is presented in an anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Dust and scratches are issues of note on the source print, ranging from mild to moderate over time. Colors are well saturated, sometimes seem to be skewed slightly to magenta, though at other times the color seems more neutral. Contrast is good, with solid black and white levels. Detail is preserved at the extremes. The image is presented with average detail, with mild ringing around high contrast borders. This is an average transfer, overall - not poor, but not excelling in any single area. Audio The audio is mono only. The track has good fidelity, delivering a full range of frequencies for music, effects and voice. There are no defects of note. It is a good sounding track, considering its age. Special Features None. Final Thoughts An average Western with an average transfer. Look for this in your local bargain bin.