11 items from 2013
As much as society and morality tales love to insist that "honesty is the best policy", sometimes being the most honest, upright citizen you can be puts you in harm's way. Delmer Daves's Jubal represents one such story where this holds true, with the titular hero coming under fire for things he never did and being too noble to head off trouble before it got too far. Honesty does win the day, but not without a fair amount of bloodshed and misunderstanding putting people's lives at unnecessary risk. Jubal is a Greek tragedy (or just a straight up adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello) masquerading as a Western, using the best elements of both genres to deliver a riveting tale of consequences characteristic of the former genre set against the latter's sweeping visuals and rough lifestyle. With solid performances by Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger, Charles Bronson, and Valerie French, »
- Lex Walker
By Lee Pfeiffer
In a worthy attempt to focus attention on the work of writer/producer/director/actor Delmer Daves, Criterion as released a Blu-ray edition of his 1956 Western Jubal. It's a rather odd choice for the label, which specializes in gold-standard editions of established classics and revered cult films. On the surface, Jubal may sound like a standard horse opera, especially with the title role played by reliable-but-unexciting Glenn Ford. However, the reason why Criterion sought to have the movie re-evaluated is immediately apparent. This is an unusually mature Western with a very intense story line that builds in intensity under Daves' assured direction. Ford plays Jubal Troop, a troubled loner and drifter, who is saved from certain death in the mountains by Shep Horgan (Ernest Borgnine), a boisterous but kind prominent rancher who nurses Jubal back to health and rewards him with a job on his ranch. It »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Following the release of over a dozen films and just a year before the release of his pinnacle endeavor, Delmar Daves utilized his love of the Native American heritage and the never ending translation finesse of Shakespeare to come up with a new twist on the old west. Criterion is bringing his 1956 Jubal to Blu-ray this month as another of it’s Criterion classic collection. The film marks an approximate mid-point in a career that spanned three decades and saw the auteur move from actor to writer and producer/director. The film sets precedent for the more critically acclaimed films to come that would eventually earn the director his own star on the famed Hollywood Walk.
While riding through the mountains, wealthy rancher Shep Horgan (Ernest Borgnine) encounters Jubal Troop (Glenn Ford), a wandering cowhand who can barely stand on his feet. Shep takes him back to his ranch where »
- Larry Peel
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films
Gary Cooper (High Noon) portrays a controversial American general in the 1955 biographical war drama about one of the most sensational military trials in U.S. history in The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell.
It’s the end of Wwi and the birth of aerial warfare. Though airplanes had only been used for reconnaissance, Brigadier General Billy Mitchell (Cooper) has foreseen their deadly power and importance in future combat as bombers and fighter planes. But his superiors in the Army Air Service are blind to what Mitchell senses and when he begins to campaign to build an armed Air Force against their will, they brand him a traitor and summon him for court-martial. Although the Army attempts to cover up the trial, it becomes an explosive media event »
Cloud Atlas The Wachowskis and co-director Tom Tykwer tackled some interesting things with Cloud Atlas and it had one of the best scores of last year, but I can't deny the fact I really have no interest in returning to it. The Blu-ray does have a large number of features to explore and perhaps a little more discussion could improve my impression, but after seeing it in Toronto last year, and discussing it there, I'm not sure there is much that could be revealed to change my opinion that much.
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Written and directed by Roman Coppola, this one arrived shortly after he and Wes Anderson were nominated for an Oscar for their Moonrise Kingdom screenplay, but the reviews and comments I've seen don't suggest this is a film worth searching out and, in all honesty, the involvement of Charlie Sheen turns »
- Brad Brevet
If you're a cinephile then you don't mark the coming and going of months by birthdays, holidays, or any of that nonsense, you go by the monthly slate of new releases from the Criterion Collection as they push on in their mission to preserve classic and modern films deemed artistically and culturally deserving of preservation for future generations. For May 2013, Criterion unleashes upon Blu-ray two westerns by Delmer Daves (3:10 to Yuma, Jubal), Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool, Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet, and Jean-Luc Godard's Band of Outsiders. For the full details on each of these Blu-ray releases, just keep reading.
- Lex Walker
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
A trio of exceptional performances from Glenn Ford (3:10 to Yuma), Ernest Borgnine (Johnny Guitar), and Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront) form the center of 1956’s Jubal, an overlooked Hollywood gem from western genre master Delmer Daves, whose 1957 3:10 to Yuma is also being issued by Criterion this month.
Ford is an honorable itinerant cattleman, befriended and hired by Borgnine’s bighearted ranch owner (Borgnine) despite his unwillingness to talk about his past. When the new hand becomes the target of the flirtatious attentions of the owner’s bored wife (Valerie French) and is entrusted by the boss with a foreman’s responsibilities, his presence at the ranch starts to rankle his shifty fellow cowhand (Steiger). The result is a quite-remarkable showdown of both actions and emotions.
A western tale of jealousy and betrayal, »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Van Heflin (My Son John) stars as a mild-mannered cattle rancher who takes on the task of shepherding a captured outlaw, played with cucumber-cool charisma by Glenn Ford (Gilda), to the train that will take him to prison. What begins as an apparently simple plan turns into a nerve-racking cat-and-mouse game that will test each man’s particular brand of honor.
Based on a story by Elmore Leonard (Freaky Deaky), the classic 3:10 to Yuma is considered to be one of the most psychologically complex and humane Westerns of its time—and certainly some than the 2007 remake starring Russell Crowe (Robin Hood) and Christian Bale (The Fighter), which is still available on DVD and Blu-ray. »
2013 is shaping up to be a promising year for those who like their classic and arthouse films loaded with extras and emblazoned with a sterling "C." Titles like Terrence Malick's "Badlands" (March 19th) and Robert Bresson's "A Man Escaped" (March 26th) are among the notable highlights in the crop. Now, right after consuming your holiday plans with their limited free Hulu deal, Criterion has dropped the titles of their May slate. First up, on May 7th, Godard's "Band of Outsiders" gets the Blu-ray treatment, giving you the opportunity to swoon at Anna Karina in higher definition than ever before. May 14th is Delmer Daves week, with two of the prolific director's Westerns getting the DVD and Blu-ray treatment: "3:10 to Yuma" (1957) and "Jubal" (1956). Both films feature Glenn Ford and probably range more towards the overlooked side of Hollywood westerns, the former less so due to it's 2007 remake by. »
- Mark Lukenbill
Saddle up, because Criterion has dropped the veil on the May releases and they've got a couple of gunslinging classics to share, along with some works from a couple auteurs and much more. So let's dive in. First off, Delmar Davies gets a nice hat tip as both "3:10 To Yuma" and "Jubal" are getting stamped with the C. The former is probably the best known of the pair (partially due to remake by James Mangold in 2007 starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale) about a mild mannered rancher who brings a wanted outlaw to the train station. This disc will carry a high-def transfer, but not much else in the way of extras. Same goes for "Jubal," about a cattleman who becomes the centerpiece in a roiling drama on a ranch. But hell, two movies with Glenn Ford shoud be enough to please anyway. Meanwhile, cinematographer Haskell Wexler's directorial »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The “adult” Western – as it would come to be called – was a long time coming. A Hollywood staple since the days of The Great Train Robbery (1903), the Western offered spectacle and action set against the uniquely American milieu of the Old West – a historical period which, at the dawn of the motion picture industry, was still fresh in the nation’s memory. What the genre rarely offered was dramatic substance.
Early Westerns often adopted the same traditions of the popular Wild West literature and dime novels of the 19th and early 20th centuries producing, as a consequence, highly romantic, almost purely mythic portraits the Old West. Through the early decades of the motion picture industry, the genre went through several creative cycles, alternately tilting from fanciful to realistic and back again. By the early sound era, and despite such serious efforts as The Big Trail (1930) and The Virginian (1929), Hollywood Westerns were, »
- Bill Mesce
11 items from 2013
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