Jun 282017
 

The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a wonderful western-drama that not only features an underrated performances from the great Jason Robards, who he failed to get an Oscar nomination is beyond me, but also a story about the change of times.

 

 

The Ballad of Cable Hogue
— Warner Archive Collection —
(1970)

Genre(s): Western, Drama
Warner Archive | R – 121 min. – $21.99 | June 7, 2017

Date Published: 06/28/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Writer(s): John Crawford & Edmund Penney (written by)
Cast: Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner, Strother Martin, Slim Pickens
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Featurette, Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 39.0 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


After he is abandoned in the desert without water, Cable Hogue (JASON ROBARDS) wanders for days until he finds a supply of water in a muddy ditch. Determining that the spot is the only spring in the area, Cable decides to start a business offering water to passing stagecoaches. Aided by his new friend, Joshua (DAVID WARNER), and a prostitute named Hildy (STELLA STEVENS), Cable builds a successful business. However, when motorcars start to pass, Cable realizes his trade is down to its last days.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5


This release comes with an Audio Commentary with Film Historian Nick Redman and Peckinpah biographers Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle; The Ladiest Damn’d Lady: An Afternoon with Actress Stella Stevens (27:00; SD) featurette; and the Theatrical Trailer (2:58; HD).

 


VIDEO – 4.5/5, AUDIO – 4.0/5


The Ballad of Cable Hogue walks through the desert and finds itself on Blu-ray presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and sporting a 1080p high-definition transfer, remastered for this release. In a word, this looks incredible in HD, colors are generally vibrant even with the natural western/desert settings, skin tones appear well balanced and there is still some find film grain throughout.

The disc includes a basic but efficient enough DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track which actually shows off a bit of depth with Jerry Goldsmith’s amazing score while dialogue levels are crisp, clean and clear.


OVERALL – 4.0/5


Overall, The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a wonderful western-drama that not only features an underrated performances from the great Jason Robards, who he failed to get an Oscar nomination is beyond me, but also a story about the change of times. This Blu-ray released through Warner’s Archive Collection has very good video/audio transfers and some so-so bonus material highlighted by an academic commentary track.

 

 

 

 

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