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New 2020 1080p HD master from 4K scan of original nitrate elements!
RACHEL AND THE STRANGER (1948)
Run Time 93:00
Subtitles English SDH
Audio Specs MONO – English, DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English
Aspect Ratio 1.37:1, 4 X 3 FULL FRAME
Product Color BLACK & WHITE
Disc Configuration BD 50
Extra Content: Theatrical Trailer (SD)

William Holden, Loretta Young and Robert Mitchum are the powerhouse performers in this great Western classic that The New York Times hailed as “excellent moviemaking.”

Splendidly depicting the untamed frontier of the 1820s, the film tells the impassioned story of Big Davey Harvey (Holden), a stoic backwoodsman who “buys” and marries a bondswoman, Rachel (Young), to care for and educate his motherless son. Neither the father nor son find much to appreciate in Rachel until Jim Fairways (Mitchum), a guitar-strumming hunter, shows a romantic interest in her. Violent jealousy erupts between the two men, settled only after a spectacular raid on the Harveys’ homestead by unmerciful Shawnee Indians. But which man will win Rachel’s heart?
This new presentation restores nearly 15 minutes of footage cut from the film over 65 years ago. Also restored is the screen credit for its blacklisted writer Waldo Salt, which was removed from the film by RKO for its 1954 theatrical re-release.

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This is fantastic news! one of my favorite films, and I never knew there was additional footage. Can't wait.
 
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A wonderful film, from the author of Spartacus.
 
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I'm intrigued by the fact that this is the uncut version of the film.
I'm so excited as one of my holy grails has finally made it to Blu-ray.
This is fantastic news! one of my favorite films, and I never knew there was additional footage. Can't wait.
At 93 minutes in all the cuts I've ever seen it in, I too was unaware that 15 minutes had been excised somewhere along the way! Does anyone have any info on just what was originally cut and now will be restored to this new WAC presentation?

Honestly, with all of these great announcements in one month, this is the best set of WAC films yet as far as my film loving heart is concerned...and the worst ever as far as my wallet is concerned, ha, ha...already ravaged by TT, Criterion, Film Movement and KL...
 
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Just posted on YouTube by Warner Archive.

Wow, just before Robert Mitchum stops singing, shadows open up, details sharpen and there's a beautiful full greyscale:

Same beautiful quality here with a fairly short, softer section in the middle:

And the lyrics for Mitchum's songs by Waldo Salt too!
 

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Essential viewing: a New 2020 1080p HD master from 4K scan of original nitrate elements! with restored footage too. Sounds like an absolutely perfect disc and with Robert Mitchum as well!
 
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Essential viewing: a New 2020 1080p HD master from 4K scan of original nitrate elements! with restored footage too. Sounds like an absolutely perfect disc and with Robert Mitchum as well!
Robert Mitchum kind of makes "Rachel and the Stranger" much more entertaining and enjoyable. I love his reaction when he first sees Rachel and his interaction with Holden.
 

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Robert Mitchum kind of makes "Rachel and the Stranger" much more entertaining and enjoyable. I love his reaction when he first sees Rachel and his interaction with Holden.
I once saw this film in a re-run house, and afterwards the girl I was with said she had never realised Robert Mitchum had bandy legs! I haven't seen this film for a long time so that's one thing I'm going to be looking for! :)
 

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I once saw this film in a re-run house, and afterwards the girl I was with said she had never realised Robert Mitchum had bandy legs! I haven't seen this film for a long time so that's one thing I'm going to be looking for! :)
What are bandy legs? Do you mean bowlegged?
 

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I'm intrigued by the fact that this is the uncut version of the film.
No wonder Warner Archive's Rachel and the Stranger excerpts on YouTube look so great:

From Warner's George Feltenstein:
"IT IS the lost long version! Complete and quite gorgeous. It is a combination of a 4K scan of the original nitrate camera negative (which was cut, and had the main titles re-filmed to remove writer Waldo Salt’s credit and contributions) and a 4K scan of an uncut British nitrate negative (which has the original full titles, and the fourteen minutes of missing footage)."
https://cinesavant.com/
 
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Never heard of it but it sounds interesting based on my tastes. This might be a blind buy or a 4 for 44 sale title if I can wait that long.
 

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No wonder Warner Archive's Rachel and the Stranger excerpts on YouTube look so great:

From Warner's George Feltenstein:
"IT IS the lost long version! Complete and quite gorgeous. It is a combination of a 4K scan of the original nitrate camera negative (which was cut, and had the main titles re-filmed to remove writer Waldo Salt’s credit and contributions) and a 4K scan of an uncut British nitrate negative (which has the original full titles, and the fourteen minutes of missing footage)."
https://cinesavant.com/
Perhaps there is a sliver of hope for "The Big Sky" another RKO movie that has missing footage of about 19 minutes. Hell, I'll take a good looking Blu-ray of the 122 minute version.
 

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Perhaps there is a sliver of hope for "The Big Sky" another RKO movie that has missing footage of about 19 minutes. Hell, I'll take a good looking Blu-ray of the 122 minute version.
Aeons ago, I was told that the fine grains shipped to the UK were generally the best surviving, longest versions, so you may have a shot.