Men In War (1957, Anthony Mann) - how is the transfer?

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  1. Gordon McMurphy

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    The Master Tone Multimedia DVD has been OOP for some time, has it not? How is the transfer? There is a French edition that apparently has a great transfer. Was the OAR, 1.37:1 or was it matted to 1.66/1.85:1 ?

    It's a great film. It's Public Domain. It's OOP. It deserves a Criterion edition.
     
  2. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

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    Not many people seem to know about this title; it is rarely mentioned anywhere but it's one of my favorite war films; very gritty. I own it but haven't watched it for quite a while. I seem to recall that it looked pretty decent (the case was one of those hard plastic disasters). I have no knowledge of its OAR.

    Now I'll have to dig it out and rewatch it.

    P.S. Don't anybody confuse this with that Dolph Lundgren mediocrity, Men of War.
     
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    Another fan of Men in War, I always thought the OAR was 1.37:1






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    The transfer is above average and for a public domain title excellent. It is full frame but doesn't look cramped. I don't know what the film's OAR is.
     
  5. Gordon McMurphy

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    Thanks, guys!

    I ordered a bunch of Mann's films this week:

    T-Men (VCI edition)
    Raw Deal (VCI edition)
    Winchester '73
    Bend of the River
    The Man from Laramie
    Men in War (from Amazon marketplace)
    Tin Star

    Anthony Mann was a great filmmaker and a lot of his best films are on DVD, but a few gems remain unreleased:

    The Furies (Paramount)
    The Naked Spur (MGM, now Warner)
    Thunder Bay (Universal)
    The Last Frontier (Columbia, shot in 2.55:1 CinemaScope)
    Man of the West (United Artists/MGM)
    Fall of the Roman Empire (??? - 188-minute, 2.75:1 version, please!)

    Hopefully, we will see these in the near-future.
     
  6. alan halvorson

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    I understand that Man of the West is on a French dvd - quality unknown - but I'd prefer a domestic release. It was mentioned as coming at one time on a few sites but who knows what happened.
     

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