Saturday, October 29, 2016

1953 - SHANE, on Blu Ray

George Steven's extremely well made western looks great on this Blu Ray presentation.  The film was shot in standard format.  However Paramount wanted it printed in the Vista Vision format so they hacked the top and the bottom of the frames when they printed it to get it that widescreen look.

However this Blu Ray release is in the original standard format and it looks great.  The scenic values shooting with the Grand Tetons in the background are very impressive.

Stevens was known as a meticulous director who would shot take after take after take in order to get what he wanted.  He would drive the production costs of a film up and at the same time drive a budget conscious studio crazy.

However the end results can't be denied this is an impressive film.

118 minutes.

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