Saturday, October 29, 2016

HIGH NOON (Olive Signature Blu-ray)

High Noon is a classic, and you surely don't need me to tell you all about it. It's not our usual fare, but it is a movie of which I am quite fond. I love Westerns especially ones from the 50's and 60's. They remind me of John Carpenter movies or I should say that John Carpenter takes so much from them that I learned to appreciate the genre through him. With this release we welcome in Olive Signature, a high end division releasing well known titles with maximum effort on extras, restoration and transfer.

Being very familiar with Olive's run of the mill releases, I can tell you that this is clearly a step up in all facets. The film looks great with strong black levels, uncrushed and rich. The package itself isn't the standard Blu-ray case. It is closer to a Criterion release though to compare the two distro companies would be unfair to Olive Signature. Criterion is the gold standard. The extra package is solid and is a stark contrast from Olive's usual extra offering ie they rarely includes extras. Check out the full list below.

To tie High Noon into the Doc Terror world, if you dig John Carpenter movies, you know that they borrow heavily from classic siege pictures. High Noon isn't quite that, but it focuses on the big bad guys coming to town and a lone hero ready reluctantly ready to take them on. I'd most closely compare it to Halloween if you took out the babysitter and her friends. Myers vs. Loomis. The Killer Gang vs. Kane. It's something to think about even if it truly isn't a direct influence of the JC picture.

From Olive:

Mastered from new 4K restoration
“A Ticking Clock” – Academy Award-nominee Mark Goldblatt on the editing of High Noon
“A Stanley Kramer Production” – Michael Schlessinger on the eminent producer of High Noon
“Imitation of Life: The Blacklist History of High Noon” – with historian Larry Ceplair and blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein
“Ulcers and Oscars: The Production History of High Noon” – a visual essay with rarely seen archival elements, narrated by Anton Yelchin
“Uncitizened Kane” – an original essay by Sight and Sound editor Nick James
Theatrical trailer

The myth and poetry of the old west come alive in Fred Zinnemann’s (Julia) classic western, High Noon (1952). One of the great treasures of the American cinema, the film stars the legendary Gary Cooper as lawman Will Kane, a marshal who stands alone to defend a town of cowardly citizens against a gang of killers out for revenge. Engaged in the fight of his lifetime, Kane stands to lose everything when the clock strikes noon – his friends, his honor, and his Quaker bride, played by Grace Kelly in one of her first screen roles. Unfolding in real time, the tension builds as we race ever closer to the climactic duel from which the film takes its name. For his career-defining role, Cooper would go on to win the Oscar® for Best Actor. High Noon’s stellar cast also includes Lloyd Bridges (Try and Get Me), Thomas Mitchell (It’s a Wonderful Life), Katy Jurado (Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid), Otto Kruger (Saboteur), Lon Chaney (The Wolf Man), Henry Morgan (Strategic Air Command), Jack Elam (Hannie Caulder) and Lee Van Clef (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). High Noon won a total four Academy Awards including Best Editing, Best Score (Dimitri Tiomkin, The Old Man and the Sea) and Best Song, “Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’,” written by Tiomkin and Ned Washington and sung by Tex Ritter. High Noon also received Oscar® nominations for Best Picture (Stanley Kramer, producer), Best Director (Fred Zinnemann) and Best Screenplay (Carl Foreman).

YEAR: 1952
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
ASPECT RATIO:  1.37:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W

Coming to DVD and Blu-ray September 20th.

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