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The streaming version exhibits good quality, except for being a relatively worthless pan-and-scan version: the deluxe color is accurate, as is the original 4-track, stereo mix.
Twilight Time Video will be releasing this title on DVD in 2011, in the original CinemaScope aspect ratio (2:40 to 1), as part of their new Fox Classics collection available exclusively by Screen Archives.
The plot is your typical 50's bank heist movie. The first half is a lengthy prelude to the final shoot down. This same territory has been better covered before by "The Killing" and "The Asphalt Jungle," except with more interesting characters than you get in this film. The folks that populate "Violent Saturday" are a pretty dreary lot forever spouting terribly banal dialogue while we wait for the inevitable and predictable shootout. A lot of you may find yourselves fast forwarding through these many boring parts.
It's a minor film noir, and I guess the Letterbox approach is better than Pan & Scan, still there's no excuse, particularly at these prices. The Film itself rates 3 stars, but the non-anamorphic DVD rates one. So I give this product two.
The print is pristine, with good color saturation, but there is no excuse for the "Letterbox" presentation in this day and age of flat panel screens. Try to get it second hand if the price is considerably low.
UPDATE: The Blu-Ray version of this Twilight Time release in Anamorphic.
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As a person who lived their teen years in Bisbee, AZ, where this movie was made, I enjoyed seeing the town as it used to be. The town is the star of this movie. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard D McEver
I had thought I was purchasing a movie but only ended up getting a stream of the moviePublished 12 months ago by don bishop
aw this was a great movie, fine writing, made the story special and will be remembered for a long time to come. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Nancy Caccioppo
Classic old crime drama with lots of sub plots and some unexpected turns. Filmed primarily in Bisbee AZ it is fun to see how Bisbee looked back in the day and how little it has... Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Enjoyable. Just like being in the theater when I was young. A little popcorn ans soda pop just made the evening.Published on March 27, 2013 by Roy Glasscock
The DVD version I rented was full cinemascope, not pan and scan. This was an unfortunate format choice for this material. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Michael Berry