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The picture quality is almost the worst I've seen on Blu, and certainly the most inconsistent. At times, it is sharp, colorful, detailed--typical of a Blu of a neglected print from the 60s. At other times, it is muddied, drained, blurry. The quality varies greatly, even transitioning from shot-to-shot within a single scene--which is very jarring for the viewer, pulling one completely out of the movie experience.
The audio is flat and unremarkable. It all seems a very slapdash affair, prepared with no respect or affection for the film. Perhaps it is the best that could be done given the state of the original print; dirt, scratches, even what appears to be a burn-flash mar the master.
I own some 90 Westerns on Blu-Ray, and every one of them, even the worst, has to some degree been a marked improvement over the DVD version. I'm sorry to report that this is the first one I regret buying.
Duel at Diablo has many plot lines, from the common Calvary vs. Indians to James Garner seeking vengeance for his Indian wife. But the film is really about how people survived in the west. Nobody in the film is a "bad guy," although some are more morally reprehensible than others. Everyone just wants to get by with their life, to live with the freedom that was the dream of the American West. Unfortunately, as history taught us, everybody's dream conflicted. The film does not pull punches when it comes to showing how both sides felt they had a legitimate claim to the land but also that members of each side understood the other's claim.
Finally, to address another reviewer who pointed out what he considered major and blatant flaws in the movie. The first is the soundtrack, which I enjoyed and I wish I could find a recording. It is a bit bouncy at times, but not in happy-go-lucky way. It seemed to me to more exemplify that through all the sorrow and hardship, people did find joy in their lives, that they believed all the work was worth it to live as free men.Read more ›
James Garner stars as Jess Remsberg, the army scout who is also trying to track down the killer of his Indian wife. His role is very good and also different from what his fans might be expecting of him. Sidney Poitier plays Toller, the ex-sergeant who now accompanies the wagon train to break in their new horses for him. I hadn't seen Poitier in a western, but he is very good in this role alongside Garner. Dennis Weaver and Bibi Anderson star as the Granges. Anderson's character was abducted by Apaches and escapes but now wants to go back and live among them. Weaver's Will Grange is a rascist and very dislikable. Bill Travers plays Lt. Scotty McCallister, the leader of the wagon train who is desperately trying to get a promotion. The DVD offers widescreen presentation that looks very good and also a theatrical trailer. This is not your typical western but it is still very enjoyable. Check it out if you haven't seen it before!
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I saw this movie years ago and I like it then. It is as good as I remember.Published 12 days ago by Barbara A Wolfe
A good old fashion Western starring 'James Garner' as 'Jess Remsberg' (of course there are those of us that remember him in
the role of 'Bret Maverick' a T. Read more
I'm giving this movie 3.5 stars but if I were just judging it on realism and plausibility, I would have to drop it a notch or two. Read morePublished 22 days ago by book lover
One of my best all time favorite cowboy movies .It also has music that you will never forget .Published 1 month ago by Streak