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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Noach Kowalski, Mar 20, 2017 at 12:06 PM.
THAT is the even better news!
WAC just announced The Wheeler Dealers on Blu-ray as well
Incredibly eclectic group of new releases. WB Archives -- you are heroes!
RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY was shown on TCM HD a few weeks back in what appeared to be a new HD transfer. Such a great film. McCrea and Scott are absolutely incredible .
I Agree! In my opinion Junior Bonner is a much better movie. When I watched Ride The High Country for the first time many years ago I was very disappointed. After all the hype about it being so great I was really let down. The Mariette Hartley part really messed the movie up in my opinion. I didn't like it at all. Junior Bonner however is a great movie that is one of my favorites!
That's six titles including 36 Hours, Spencer's Mountain, Ride the High Country, The Rounders and From Hell it Came. I have to wonder if all six titles are coming out the same month?
Per their Twitter feed, all are April releases.
Wow, six titles in one month!
My feelings on Ride the High Country too. Its a movie I want to love but just can't because of the middle section. I love the first 20 minutes and last 25 minutes when Scott and McCrea are actually the stars of the movie but the middle 50 minute soap opera with Mariette Hartley where Scott and McCrea take a back seat always ruin it for me.
I saw this movie just once when I bought the DVD and I don't recall that this middle section was this long.
I may revisit the film before considering buying the Blu-ray.
I love everything about this movie, start to finish. The middle section is necessary for the movie to work. It is, in fact, my favorite Peckinpah movie.
Well... five titles and From Hell It Came...
Came here to share in the excitement over "Ride the High Country" only to find out "Junior Bonner" and "The Rounders" are coming too! "Junior Bonner" is one of my favourite Peckinpahs and the letterboxed DVD transfer is awful so the Blu can't come quickly enough. And I probably like "The Rounders" a lot more than I should - just a fun film, and the easy interplay between Ford and Fonda is incredible. Can't wait!
I could not agree more. I'm bewildered by these posts saying the sequences centring on Mariette Hartley's character spoil the movie. My favorite Peckinpah film too.
While pursuing graduate work in medieval literature, one of my professors turned me on to Ride the High Country. His thesis was that this was a medieval romance (think Lancelot) about two aging knight-errants who are engaged in one last quest or adventure. On their way they meet a damsel in distress, and it is their duty to rescue her before continuing on their quest. One of the knights turns to the dark side (sounds familiar?), while the other continues on the right path, never doubting that the knight who was tempted for a moment, would fail to recognize his true nature. For a true knight, a real knight, may stray, but he can never be false to his true nature (think Lancelot).
Most Westerns and the Star Wars saga can be explained following this archetype.
Ride the High Country is a great Western, and the Hartley subplot is central to the story.
You may not recall it that way because it wasn't, nor do Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea disappear from the screen during that time.
Certainly one of my favorite Peckinpah movies and soon the only one that will be available as a really good Blu-ray. The cinematography and the soundtrack alone would be worth it for me!
Thanks, Bruce and Oliver. I keep that in mind when I revisit the movie.
They don't disappear but they certainly take the backseat in the Mariette Hartley section for that 45-50 minutes after starting the movie as the central focus and then suddenly becoming the focus again for the final 25 minutes. Definitely feels like some padding to me. I just watched this again last year on TCM and it is definitely that long. It reminded me why I never really loved this movie on previous viewings despite its reputation and 2 stars I love.
The movie is only 90 something minutes long as I doubt it's 45-50 minutes.
94 minute movie. That is my point it shouldn't be that long but it is. I wanted to see a story about Scott and McCrae which is how the movie starts and ends before this big side plot. Her part is necessary for the ending but it doesn't need to be that long. It could be trimmed by 20 minutes easily but then they wouldn't have had a feature length film.