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Jubal (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1956)

Glenn Ford , Ernest Borgnine , Delmer Daves  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger, Valerie French
  • Directors: Delmer Daves
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Restored, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BJB2H14
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,657 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jubal (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones

  • Editorial Reviews

    A trio of exceptional performances from Glenn Ford (3:10 to Yuma), Ernest Borgnine (Marty), and Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront) form the center of JUBAL, an overlooked Hollywood treasure from genre master Delmer Daves (3:10 to Yuma). In this Shakespearean tale of jealousy and betrayal, Ford is an honorable itinerant cattleman, befriended and hired by Borgnine’s bighearted ranch owner 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, played by Steiger. The resulting emotional showdown imparts unparalleled psychology intensity to this western, a vivid melodrama featuring expressive location photography in Technicolor and CinemaScope.

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    53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars One of Glenn Ford's Best Westerns February 23, 2005
    Format:DVD
    Jubal is the kind of adult western that was rare even in the heyday of Western production in Hollywood. A great cast, strong writing, and beautiful scenery makes it that much more enjoyable.

    Jubal is a luckless drifter, played by Ford who is rescued from exposure and starvation by wealthy rancher Ernest Borgnine. Borgnine soons put Jubal to work as a ranch hand. Borgnine has a very young and beautiful wife, played by Valerie French. She takes a strong liking to Jubal, which not only complicates his relationship with Borgnine, but further strains his dealings with a jealous fellow ranch hand Pinky, played by Rod Steiger. Things go downhill from there.

    Add Felicia Farr playing her normal stalwart Western beauty and Charles Bronson as a friend of Jubal's, and you have the making of a great film. It's way past time that this was on DVD.
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    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Showcase July 13, 2001
    Format:VHS Tape
    In the mid-1950's writer-director Delmer Daves made a series of superior westerns for Columbia studios. Too bad these films have not gotten their critical due from movie historians or critics. Perhaps it's because they lack the thematic continuity of a Buddy Boetticher or a John Ford to tie them together. Still each entry presents its own distinct virtues and all are greatly entertaining. If the compact, and tautly told "3:10 to Yuma" is the best of the lot, the scenic and sprawling "Jubal" runs a close second. This mid-series film features Glenn Ford's easy-going charm, a rowdy Earnest Borgnine, a luscious Valerie French, and the panoramic backdrop of Jackson Hole Wyoming. And in an odd piece of casting, which Daves seems fond of, method actor extrordinaire Rod Steiger appears as a treacherous ranch hand named of all things, Pinky! Following the dueling styles of Ford vs. Steiger is at least as interesting as the otherwise well-staged outbursts of gunplay.
    Judging from other entries, such as 1958's "Cowboy", Daves seems genuinely intrigued by the real life of cowhands. Thus the cowhands in Jubal are more vividly drawn and distinctively presented than their usual role as faceless stage props. The story itself features a fairly explicit (for its time) woman in heat (French), whose scheming shenanigans set off a plot-driving chain of events, while shifting alliances among ranch hands and settlers round out a sprawling and sometimes over-generous plot. And, oh yes, making a sudden appearance half way through, a lonesome Charles Bronson in a tacked on role that perhaps provided a needed payday, (Daves and Bronson had been together in the earlier, oddball essay "Drumbeat".) If none of this sounds good, then just sit back and take in the beautifully photographed alpine landscape that has salvaged many a western much less worthy than "Jubal".
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    33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mid-50s Adult Western with Glenn Ford October 16, 2005
    By Wuchak
    Format:DVD
    THE STORY: An injured drifter, Glenn Ford as Jubal Troop, is rescued by ranch-owner Earnest Borgnine, who ultimately promotes him to foreman of his ranch. This stirs up the envy of ranch-hand Rod Steiger ("Pinky") and the desire of Borgnine's young sexpot/discontent wife Valerie French. The latter leads to even more hostility on Steiger's part because he used to enjoy the adulterous attentions of French until Ford came along.

    Add to this mix a group of trespassing Mennonites (or perhaps Quakers) who have in their company Felicia Farr, a godly woman that attracts Ford's romantic interests, and Charles Bronson, another drifter who befriends Ford.

    WHAT WORKS: For the first hour and ten minutes or so "Jubal" is captivating cinema of the highest order. Borgnine is simpleminded & naive but likable and full of mirth. Valerie French is fully clothed at all times, yet somehow oozes sexuality with every simple glance or word (proving that sexiness involves way more than merely showing skin). Rod Steiger is perfect as the villainous Southerner-turned-Westerner "Pinky." Felicia Farr is an interesting addition to the story: her godly purity attracts Ford just as much as French's adulterous tactics turn him off.

    As for the young Charles Bronson, how can you go wrong? And, lastly, Glenn Ford is perfect as the tragedy-laden drifter.

    A big bonus is that the film was shot on location with the mighty Grand Tetons as a backdrop for the entire story. These magnificent Wyoming mountains are nothing short of breathtaking!

    WHAT DOESN'T WORK: A little after the hour mark a major character buys the farm, resulting in the last half-hour tying up loose ends and somehow losing the yarn's ultra-captivating charm.
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Glenn Ford masterpiece! March 2, 2000
    By Sara
    Format:VHS Tape
    Seems I agree with critic anne on just about anything where this actor is concerned! But in addition to his prowess as a fast gun, watch for the fleeting camera moments that distinguish his acting from others...after he is trapped into shooting his best friend, watch the body language as he bends over the friend, but particularly when he raises his head to look at Bronson and note the shock, pain and grief in his eyes. Also, compare the facial expressions when he is talking to the rancher's wife and when he is talking to his new-found girlfriend. In the former scenes, it appears that he is trying not to be rude, but can't stand her; and in the latter, there is a tenderness that is also seldom seen on the screen. Don't miss this film! It is an above ordinary western!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Jubal
    Used to watch Jubal with my dad and loved the movie. When I saw it on Amazon, had to have it for my video collection. I love Ernest Borgnine and Glenn Ford movies.
    Published 14 days ago by Helena's Grandma
    4.0 out of 5 stars fine classical western
    Old style western, good cast of actors.
    Early Jack Elam (non speaking), and Bronson.
    Classic Glenn Ford and Ernest Borgnine.
    Published 21 days ago by jag
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
    Good movie. It goes back to a simpler time when the plot ended with an happy ending. Great character actors.
    Published 28 days ago by Riley Whitsett
    4.0 out of 5 stars original good, bad and ugly
    Long before the 1960s spaghetti western The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Glenn Ford played the good, Rod Steiger the bad, and Ernest Borgnine the ugly in Jubal. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
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    Published 2 months ago by Ronald J. Moore
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
    The actors , especially Glenn Ford and Ernest Borgnine worked well together. The story and location of the story is basically in a remote area and the story achieved it's purpose
    Published 2 months ago by Art Larson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gen Ford
    This has to be one of his better movies. Also perfect casting for having Rod Steiger and Ernie Borgnine in the supporting cast. They were great. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by T
    2.0 out of 5 stars No, thank you
    Despite Delmer Daves and Glenn Ford, great artists in their field, the film is extremely poor after the first quarter of an hour. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Big N
    4.0 out of 5 stars Glenn Ford cements his place in the Western genre
    Excellent plot, suspense, acting. Convincing and believable. All characters well-drawn. Two hours of escapism - worth every cent. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by John Rush
    5.0 out of 5 stars JUBAL
    I LOVE ALL WESTERNS. NEW AND OLD ONES. I CAN NOT WAIT TO ADD THIS TO MY VAST MOVIE COLLECTION.
    Published 5 months ago by Tab
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