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There Was a Crooked Man debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection receiving a new video restoration and stars Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Hume Cronyn, Warren Oates and Burgess Meredith.



There Was a Crooked Man
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Western, Musical
Warner Archive | NR – 101 min. – $21.99 | December 22, 2020

Date Published: 12/17/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: George Sidney
Writer(s): Samuel Hopkins Adams (book); Eleandre Griffin and William Rankin (story), Edmund Beloin, Nathaniel Curtis, Harry Crane, James O’Hanlon and Samson Raphaelson (screenplay)
Cast: Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury, Preston Foster, Virginia O’Brien

Features: Commentary, Deleted Musical Numbers, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 43.22 GB
Total Bitrate: 40.96 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



After a botched heist, Wild West bandit Paris Pitman Jr. (KIRK DOUGLAS) hides his newly stolen money where no one will find it, then loses his entire gang in a blaze of bullets before being captured by the law and given a lengthy sentence in a desert jail. Paris believes that he can buy his way out of his predicament by offering some cash to the guards, but the upstanding Sheriff Lopeman (HENRY FONDA) makes sure his men remain honest. Running out of options, Paris begins plotting a jailbreak.



FFeatures include On Location with There Was a Crooked Man featurette and the Theatrical Trailer.


VIDEO – 4½/5, AUDIO – 4/5

Warner Bros. releases There Was a Crooked Man onto Blu-ray through their Archive Collection, presented here in its original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer. Like most other older films released by the Warner Archive Collection, this too looks great with sharp detail throughout and colors appear to well balanced.

The included DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track, also pretty standard for older movies, is fairly impressive. Dialogue comes across with good clarity and there is a bit of depth even with this being a singular track.




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

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