Road Rash Reviews

The Far Country Collectors Two Disk Blu-ray Review

Cert U | 97 mins | 1954

5 Star

Cattle, Guns and Gold

Director Athony Mann (Winchester ’73, Bend of the River, The Man from Laramie, The Heroes of Telemark) an expert in the dramatic and filming James Stewart (My Darling Clementine, Two Rode Together, The Flight of the Phoenix) this being the fourth time they have collaborated together in his gritty western roles and this is one of the best. This is ninety-seven minutes of beautiful cold scenery and colder characters.

Jeff Webster (Stewart) is a hard independent man who drives cattle for profit and now that he has heard about the Klondike gold rush he and his friend Ben Tatum (Walter Brennan, Red River, Rio Bravo) want to get their cattle to Dawson for the best price possible in the hills filled with gold. But first they must get to Skagway, the gateway to Canada. They get their cattle on board a steamer and as they embark Jeff is accused of murdering two people that he had hired to move the cattle. They bump into Rube (Jay C. Flippen, The Wild One, Winchester ’73) a drunk friend of Ben’s  and a mystery woman who helps him evade capture.

She turns out to be Ronda Castle (Ruth Roman, Strangers on a Train, The Shanghai Story) and she owns the main saloon in Skagway. When Jeff gets his cattle off the steamer, the cattle run through the street and disrupt a hanging which causes the self appointed law man to take a great dislike to Jeff and his cattle and has him arrested, for the murder charges and his flagrant disregard for public saftey.

In jail he meets Renee Vallon (Corinne Calvet, What Price Glory, Peking Express) who is funding her father to go to Vienna to become a stomach doctor. She does this by nudging miners when they weigh in their gold dust, she then spends after hours time sweeping up the sawdust and panning for the gold. Oh and she likes tall men such as Jeff.

The rest is for you to enjoy as Jeff and friends try to head to Dawson and earn the money for their retirement to Utah.

The Far Country is available on Blu-ray

TWO-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

Two presentations of The Far Country in both original aspect ratios of 1.85:1 and 2.00:1
Brand new 4K restoration from the original film elements by Arrow Films
Original 1.0 stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Limited edition booklet with new writing on the film by Philip Kemp and original reviews
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
DISC ONE
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1
New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin
American Frontiers: Anthony Mann at Universal, an all-new, feature-length documentary with Mann biographer Alan K. Rode, western author C. Courtney Joyner, script supervisor Michael Preece, and critics Michael Schlesinger and Rob Word
Mann of the West, a newly filmed appraisal of Far Country and the westerns of Anthony Mann by the critic Kim Newman
Image gallery
Original trailer
DISC TWO
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film in the alternate original aspect ratio of 2.00:1

 

DirectorAnthony Mann
GenreRomance, Western
StarringJames Stewart, Walter Brennan, Ruth Roman, John McIntire
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