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An epic western tricked out in the garb of a mere oater, Anthony Mann’s The Furies is one terrific movie.



The Furies (1950)



Released: 14 Aug 1950
Rated: Passed
Runtime: 109 min




Director: Anthony Mann
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western



Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Walter Huston, Judith Anderson
Writer(s): Charles Schnee (screenplay), Niven Busch (from a novel by)



Plot: A firebrand heiress clashes with her tyrannical father, a cattle rancher who fancies himself a Napoleon, but their relationship turns ugly only when he finds himself a new woman.



IMDB rating: 7.3
MetaScore: N/A





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Studio: Criterion
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 1080P/AVC



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Thank you for your fine review. I would've preferred somebody like Eddie Muller who probably would have loved to do an audio commentary on a western with some noir vibes to it. Hell, even Smith doing double duty might have been a better choice. Anyhow, I guess I'm destined to listen to another boring audio commentary even with that additional film knowledge.:)
 

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Why on earth in this day and age would it be window boxed? Especially from Criterion. Makes no sense. I've never heard Jim Kitses speak, but he knows his stuff on westerns much more than Muller ever could. He wrote a great book on westerns that's a must have for any serious western fan, called Horizon's West. Amazon product
 

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Why on earth in this day and age would it be window boxed? Especially from Criterion. Makes no sense. I've never heard Jim Kitses speak, but he knows his stuff on westerns much more than Muller ever could. He wrote a great book on westerns that's a must have for any serious western fan, called Horizon's West. Amazon product
Knowledge is one thing, but if your presentation is boring as hell, some of that knowledge doesn't get communicated properly to your audience. Anyhow, I seriously doubt he's any worse than some other audio commentaries I have heard beforehand. As to Eddie Muller, his film knowledge goes beyond film noir as I've heard him talk about westerns beforehand. You don't have to be an expert on westerns to talk about that genre and give some interesting facts about this movie.
 

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Thanks for the review, Matt. I ;ook forward to picking this up at the next Criterion Flash Sale or B&N 50% off sale.
 

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Why on earth in this day and age would it be window boxed? Especially from Criterion. Makes no sense. I've never heard Jim Kitses speak, but he knows his stuff on westerns much more than Muller ever could. He wrote a great book on westerns that's a must have for any serious western fan, called Horizon's West. Amazon product

Since Criterion didn't say it's a new transfer, this is probably the same HD transfer they used in 2008.
 

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Since Criterion didn't say it's a new transfer, this is probably the same HD transfer they used in 2008.
If true then I'm in no hurry to buy this disc because I purchased the iTunes HD digital a couple of years ago for $4.99. I'll wait until there is a Criterion or B&N sale this summer.
 

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Yes, apart from the higher resolution, it looked the same as the DVD I reviewed years ago. Same good but not great black levels, etc. I think the Smith critique is the only new bonus material. They are, of course, including that full-size original novel as part of the package, just as before.
 

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Yes, apart from the higher resolution, it looked the same as the DVD I reviewed years ago. Same good but not great black levels, etc.
Oh dear. One of Criterion's lesser products? A pity. I'll hold fire for the time being.
 

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Oh dear. One of Criterion's lesser products? A pity. I'll hold fire for the time being.
I don't know, it probably should've been released on BD back in 2008, when the DVD came out because it was derived from a new digital transfer. I watched the iTunes HD digital a couple of years ago and thought it looked good. I was going to listen to the same audio commentary used on the DVD as this upcoming BD release, but never got around to it back in 2019.
 

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