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This review is from: Hud (DVD)"Hud" is the story of an embittered, ruthless son (Paul Newman) of cow rancher Homer Bannon (Melvyn Douglas). Determined to take over his father?s prosperous farm, Hud bides his time with sexual conquests and playing big brother to Lonnie (Brandon DeWilde). Lonnie worships Hud as a god, a rabid fascination that will be irreversible shattered when Hud attempts to rape the ranch?s cook and housemaid, Alma Brown (Patricia Neal). However, before the disillusionment comes the spoils. The family partake in a county fair in which Hud wins the ?greased pig? contest. He and Lonnie start a victory fight inside a barroom. Hud takes Alma to the movies. There?s really nothing extraordinary about the film, and yet it captures, perhaps better than most, the raw emotion of a powerful slice of Americana in the mid-west. However, as the story drags on the tide begins to turn away from Hud?s favor. Homer becomes ill and unable to tend the far. The cattle contract an infection, forcing the farm hands to exterminate the entire herd. Alma, realizing that Hud is incapable of any sort of compassion or tenderness, abandons him and the farm in search of a new life somewhere else.
The transfer is a bit disappointing. Though the picture is free of many age related artifacts and digital artifacts, the overall presentation is somewhat soft, with blooming around the edges that renders parts of the B&W picture in various rainbow hues - even with the color on one's television set turned to zero. Also edge enhancement is sometimes obvious. Finally, the overall presentation tends to be just a little too soft for the vintage of the camera negative. Close ups and medium shots look fairly sharp but long shots become a blurry mess. The gray scale is reasonably balanced, though during scenes shot at night, fine detail tends to get lost in the shadows. The audio is remastered and well balanced. There are NO extras.
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Initial post: Mar 1, 2009 7:46:18 AM PST
Renaissance Lady says:
Nix, did you actually WATCH this movie? Lonnie and Homer go to the movies, not Hud and Alma. It's a rodeo, not a country fair. It's a cattle ranch not a far(sic). Lonnie's timid hero-worship is not "rabid"; he's also trying to find out a little about the father he never knew (Hud racked up a car; his brother Norman, Lon's fathe, died in the wreck). The "infection" is the horribly contagious hoof-in-mouth disease. Alma leaves because Hud tries to RAPE her. The story doesn't "drag on", its taut, economical, without a wasted scene or word...oh, nevermind.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2010 8:35:57 AM PDT
Kathleen Lewis says:
I'm with you, Renaissance Lady. Lonnie is trying to figure out how to be a man. He thinks Hud can teach him, but then he comes to realize that Hud is not the kind of man he wants to be. And yes, Alma leaves because despite being attracted to Hud and having led a rough life, she still has her principles and her self-respect. With the attempted rape, Hud crossed the line. If she stays, she's "asking for it." A fabulous movie.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2011 8:15:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 14, 2011 8:16:37 PM PDT
Renaissance Lady: I think we should report Nix Pix for stupidity. This is my favorite Newman film. You love to hate him but you love him anyway. I saw this film when it was released to the theaters and Newman's performance blew me away. The entire film is so well done, I can't imagine what Nix Pix would call a good film. But, I don't really want to know because then I might have to kill him. I'd make him watch "Hud" for 48 hours non-stop. I suspect he still wouldn't know what he was looking at.
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