May 252015
 

Hombre is a great Western drama with a fantastic performance by Paul Newman to go along with a beautiful cinematography by James Wong Howe and direction by Martin Ritt (The Spy Who Came in Out of the Cold). The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time offers limited features but the video and audio transfers are both great.

 

 

Hombre
(1967)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Western, Drama
Screen Archives | NR – 111 min. – $29.95 | May 12, 2015

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Martin Ritt
Writer(s): Elmore Leonard (novel); Martin Ritt and Irving Ravetch (screenplay)
Cast: Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone, Diane Cilento, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Rush, Martin Balsam
DISC INFO:
Features:
Audio Commentary, Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 29.3 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C


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PLOT SYNOPSIS

The filmmaking team of director Martin Ritt and screenwriters Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. brings us this adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Hambre, a revisionist Western that offers a variation on the theme of “Stagecoach”. Paul Newman stars as an Apache-raised white man, initially despised by his fellow stagecoach passengers, who is then appealed for help when a savage robbery/kidnapping leaves them in peril.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5

Not much is here, but we do get an Audio Commentary with Film Historians Lee Pfeiffer and Paul Scarbo and the Original Theatrical Trailer (2:21; HD).

Also included is the usual 6-page essay booklet.

 


VIDEO – 5.0/5

Screen Archives releases Hombre onto Blu-ray presented in its original 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture quality is rather brilliant with excellent detail throughout and colors appear to be well balanced. There were no signs of artifacts, aliasing, dust marks or scratches making for one of the better releases under the Twilight Time line.

 

AUDIO – 4.25/5

The movie comes with a good DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 track which provides for clear dialogue levels and the more action-oriented scenes, such as gunplay, comes through well enough even if only the one channel. There’s still decent depth and it’s a fairly impressive lossless track.

 



OVERALL – 4.5/5

Overall, Hombre is a great Western drama with a fantastic performance by Paul Newman to go along with a beautiful cinematography by James Wong Howe and direction by Martin Ritt (The Spy Who Came in Out of the Cold). The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time offers limited features but the video and audio transfers are both great.

 

Published: 05/25/2015

 

 

 

 

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