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4.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Version Is Good, When It Could Have Been..., May 8, 2009
This review is from: Rio Bravo [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
***THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE BLU-RAY VERSION of "RIO BRAVO"***

Apart from the fact that Ricky Nelson couldn't act to save his life (he plays the fast gun Colorado), the big revelation in Howard Hawks' High Noon rerun is Dean Martin who is just superb as the drink-obsessed Dutch - sidekick to sheriff John Wayne and his trusty buddy Walter Brennnan.

The Blu Ray version is disappointing print wise for the opening credits - there's blocking, speckles on the print etc, but thankfully it doesn't stay that way for long. Although there are other weak points in the transfer later on in the movie, for about 90 % of the time I'd say it looks really good - not great - but certainly better than any other version of it that I've ever seen.

There's a nighttime sequence where one of the bad guys hiding out in a barn near the prison tries to shoot John Wayne - it cuts to Dutch outside worried about his friend inside - the clarity of sweat and dirt on Dean Martin is wonderful to see - and startling. When Angie Dickenson is stopped by John Wayne at her bedroom door suspected of card shark tricks in the saloon she's just left below, her face and clothing look sensational too (what a beauiful woman she was). But then in other places there's a disappointing feeling of the focus being slightly off or the print's vibrancy being washed out.

It might just be that in 1959 the colour process was not quite there yet, but you can't help but feel that if this negative had been given real care and effort - the print would have been a genuine joy to look at - rather than being something that just ellicits the word 'good' out of you every now and then.

"Rio Bravo" is a very good transfer to Blu Ray, but like so many oldies that aren't treated to proper restoration, you can't help but feel that an opportunity was missed here - because it's a Western that's stood the test of time.
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Initial post: Feb 28, 2010 5:20:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 28, 2010 5:20:36 PM PST
spacraig says:
Dutch? Who's Dutch?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2010 7:47:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2010 7:47:58 AM PST
bluebonnets says:
Think you meant "Dude"..."Call me Dutch" was AG in The Lavender Hill Mob.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 4:50:35 AM PDT
Pete says:
A Blu-ray review, thank you!! Now if I can only find it for under $30

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2014 11:13:39 AM PST
Bear 87 says:
Looks like you can get it for $26 from a German seller, region free.

Posted on May 31, 2015 4:23:35 AM PDT
BOB SZVETICS says:
hello would you know if this new bluray disc is a new master or the same old disc thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2015 4:24:43 AM PDT
BOB SZVETICS says:
just dont call me shirley pilligram
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