Oct 062017
 

The Law and Jake Wade is a very well made western-crime-thriller with strong performances from its leads, Robert Taylor and Richard Widmark, as directed by veteran John Sturges (Gunfight at the O.K. Corral).

 

 

The Law and Jake Wade
(1958)

Genre(s): Western
Warner Archive | NR – 86 min. – $21.99 | September 12, 2017

Date Published: 10/06/2017 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: John Sturges
Writer(s): Marvin H. Albert (novel); William Bowers (screenplay)
Cast: Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark, Patricia Owens, Robert Middleton, Henry Silva
DISC INFO:
Features: Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 21.6 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


Robbing banks, holding up stagecoaches: That’s the life Jake Wade (ROBERT TAYLOR) tried to leave behind when he put on a badge, found himself a pretty fiancée (PATRICIA OWENS) and set his path on the straight and narrow. But not yet. Wade’s outlaw partner (RICHARD WIDMARK) resurfaces to take the lawman and his girl captive, forcing them into a trek to recover the loot Wade buried long ago – and plunging captors and captives into the violent heart of Comanche territory.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5


The only feature is the Theatrical Trailer (2:04; HD).

 


VIDEO – 3.75/5, AUDIO – 4.0/5


The Law and Jake Wade makes its debut on Blu-ray presented in its original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and a new 1080p high-definition transfer. Although I wasn’t especially wowed by the picture as it’s not particularly sharp in spots, the detail still isn’t half bad and colors are bright and vibrant throughout and I don’t recall seeing any obvious signs of dust, scratches, dirt or other flaws.

The disc comes with a nice-sounding DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track which does provide for clear dialogue through that center channel and there is even some modest depth during certain scenes, specifically the shoot-out in the finale.


OVERALL – 3.75/5


Overall, The Law and Jake Wade is a very well made western-crime-thriller with strong performances from its leads, Robert Taylor and Richard Widmark, as directed by veteran John Sturges (Gunfight at the O.K. Corral). The Blu-ray released through Warner’s Archive Collection does offer solid video/audio transfers, but only a trailer in the features department.

 

 

 

 

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