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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Crawford, Dec 17, 2019.
Should be 4.0 not 2.0. But if it's 2.0 stereo might be OK.
I agree that the 1930 version is better. But i like this film also. I guess that would make me 7?
I tweeted Warner Archive that they were releasing the wrong Cimarron. Maybe other could tell that that’s we’d like the original on Blu as well?
I think the pluses outweigh the minuses with this remake. The success of BEN HUR encouraged MGM to remake some old period hits to varying degrees of artistic and commercial success.
The main minus to me is the choppy re-editing in the latter portion of the film, which caused Anthony Mann to disown it. (It makes me think of THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, though not as badly mutilated and that film is far superior, in my opinion.) Maria Schell had talent but was no Irene Dunne and seemed to have a frozen smile on her pretty face. Ford fared better in this than in 4 HORSEMEN, made one year later, where he looked to be TWICE the age of the character (and this time his European co-star had to have her dialogue dubbed by Angela Lansbury). Going by his son's biography, Ford & Schell became very involved and considered marriage at this time.
The pluses for me are the outstanding supporting cast (especially Anne Baxter, Russ Tamblyn and Aline MacMahon, whose character unbelievably survives until the final scene!), the terrific Franz Waxman score and the beautiful CinemaScope cinematography, which could give DANCES WITH WOLVES a run for its money. The land rush scene is truly and thrillingly cinematic. The good 1931 version is bested by thst sequence, partly due to advances in technology.
A must get for me.
I like this movie, but I think Maria Schell was miscast.
Added trivia note: The 1978 Richard Donner SUPERMAN was an unofficial reunion movie for Glenn Ford (Pa Kent) and Maria Schell (Krypton counsel member). They had no scenes together.
Two others who had an on - screen reunion in this movie were Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard. The salary must have been good as Trevor Howard reportedly came to loathe Brando during the troubled shooting of MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY.
Not the best Mann but sill a Mann of the west. Next time, let's hope for THE NAKED SPUR.
What sort of materials would WB have to work with? @Robert Harris
That James Stewart movie referenced in that review is "Night Passage" that's finally coming out on Blu-ray in Region A this March. If Mann didn't want Audie Murphy cast in that movie then he was wrong as Murphy was very good in that entertaining western.
Agreed. My favorite of the Stewart/Mann westerns
Perhaps the best (or second-to-best) looking Anthony Mann film on blu-ray. BUY IT!!!!!
You mean "El Cid" isn't the best looking?
Not right now it isn't...but it could be.
I might buy this one as a gift, as my parents had their first date watching this film when it was first released.
On TCM 2/4 5:15am EST