Jun 222021

Last Train from Gun Hill isn’t a great western but well worth watching for Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn and there are a couple solid scenes, though can’t say it’s all that memorable.



Last Train from Gun Hill
— Paramount Presents #18 —

Genre(s): Western
Paramount| NR – 94 min. – $24.99 | June 22, 2021

Date Published: 06/22/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: John Sturges
Writer(s): Les Crutchfield (story), James Poe (screenplay)
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones, Earl Holliman

Features: Featurette, Trailers
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (Dolby TrueHD 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French
Disc Size: 32.02 GB
Total Bitrate: 40.33 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

Paramount provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 3½/5

Plot Synopsis: As the wealthiest and most powerful man in the Wild West town of Gun Hill, cattle rancher Craig Belden (ANTHONY QUINN) has come to believe he’s above the law. When his son, Rick (EARL HOLLIMAN), rapes and murders a Native American woman (ZIVA RODANN) married to Sheriff Matt Morgan (KIRK DOUGLAS), Belden arrogantly declines to allow his son’s arrest. The marshal, once a friend of Belden’s, takes on the rancher’s henchmen and Rick’s accomplice (BRIAN HUTTON) to bring the killer to justice.

Quick Hit Review: Last Train from Gun Hill is a film that features some great performances from Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn, with special mention for Carolyn Jones, though as Westerns go, the plot isn’t as suspense-filled as I’d imagine, though conceptually was interesting having a third act taking place pretty much inside a small hotel room. It’s nothing special and compared with some of the greats like your Unforgiven, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly or The Magnificent Seven, it’s not terrible memorable, though worth checking out and I’m sure fans of the genre will probably get more out of it.



This is #18 in the “Paramount Presents” line and comes with a slip cover with a fold-out front with the movie’s poster artwork. Inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy. Features include a Filmmaker Focus with Leonard Maltin and the Original Theatrical Trailer.


VIDEO – 4½/5

Paramount boards Last Train from Gun Hill onto Blu-ray presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio. The 1080p high-definition transfer was taken from a new 6K scan of the original VistaVision negative. The picture here looks excellent, detail is sharp and very well defined while colors are vibrant with the natural film grain and noise thankfully has been retained. For the most part the transfer is clean with only minor specs or blemishes but really the blink or miss it kind.

AUDIO – 4½/5

The movie is accompanied by a DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track. The audio here sounds great, dialogue comes across with good clarity and although there’s not a whole to judge in terms of depth outside of a couple gunshots as one would expect from a western, but I didn’t detect any popping or hissing or other signs of damage to the track.


OVERALL – 3½/5

Overall, Last Train from Gun Hill isn’t a great western but well worth watching for Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn and there are a couple solid scenes, though can’t say it’s all that memorable. However, the Blu-ray from Paramount as part of their “Paramount Presents” line is well done with great video and audio transfers though limited on the features.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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