NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLY, THE: OLIVE SIGNATURE

NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLY REVIEWED “Night of the Grizzly” is a Paramount Western of its time. While the traditional gunmen were going away, natural threats were starting to emerge....
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NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLY REVIEWED

“Night of the Grizzly” is a Paramount Western of its time. While the traditional gunmen were going away, natural threats were starting to emerge. Sure, there were still bandits and local swine trying to steal Clint Walker’s land, but that GRIZZLY! The bear’s name is Satan and he’s eating Walker’s livestock for fun. While the local land baron is seeking to foreclose on his land, Walker has to find a plan that can save the day. Jack Elam turns up as a weird local slob that forms a friendship with Walker’s daughter.

The film is an oddity that is packed with a ton of character actors. Many casual viewers mistake it for the Family Wilderness movies of the time due to the way it was shot. Everything is up close and ill-defined, which is odd for a scope movie. Still, the characters are vibrant and that scene of little Gypsy eating alone after the skunk attack makes the movie. If you’re looking for hot animal carnage, you get some choice mid 60s appropriate kills. This is an odd film for Olive to revisit, but I enjoy their second glances with the Olive Signature series.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Commentary
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Archival Interview
  • Archival Footage

A/V STATS

  • 2.35:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD Mono

RELEASE DATE: 10/25/16

  • 93%
    Video - 93%
  • 90%
    Audio - 90%
  • 90%
    Supplemental Material - 90%
  • 94%
    Film Score - 94%
92%

The Plot Thus Far

Adventure is the name of the game in the action-packed, western-tinged The Night of the Grizzly. Clint Walker (The Dirty Dozen) stars as “Big Jim” Cole, a former lawman who trades his badge for rancher duds when he inherits land in Wyoming. But no sooner has the Cole family begun settling into their new life when nature — in the form of a blood-thirsty grizzly bear — rears its ugly head. Adding to the terror and tension are a group of envious neighbors who want the Cole property for themselves, and the unwelcome return of an outlaw from Big Jim’s past who’s out for revenge. Directed by Joseph Pevney (Man of a Thousand Faces), The Night of the Grizzly features a who’s-who of great character actors including Keenan Wynn (Once Upon a Time in the West), Jack Elam (Hannie Caulder), Leo Gordon (Hondo) and Ron Ely (TV’s Tarzan).

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