BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK REVIEWED
“Bad Day at Black Rock” is a film that I didn’t discover until P.T. Anderson mentioned it on the Boogie Nights DVD commentary. I was a teenager, so my experience with John Sturges’ deep cuts was pretty limited. What followed was an exciting breakdown of Post World War II on the rural fringe of Western America. Spencer Tracy delivers possibly his best performance as the one armed Macreedy. Macreedy has arrived in town to give a war buddy’s dad some of his son’s medals. When Macreedy finds the family farm, he discovers that it has been destroyed.
Macreedy sulks his way into the nearby town of Black Rock to discover what happened to the farm. Along the way, he meets Robert Ryan and learns of the man’s control over the town. A healthy bit of racism and jealousy has led to the minority family’s farm being destroyed. Fearing that Macreedy knows too much, it’s now up to the one-armed veteran to find a way to escape the town before he’s killed. The commentary on the disc is pretty strong form a historical perspective. But, I kinda wished we got a few more special features.
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track