RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY REVIEWED
“Ride the High Country” is a pretty standard Western about a couple of guys supporting a gold transport. The action is pretty standard and Mariette Hartley is spunky. However, this feels like such a burner film to get Sam Peckinpah ready for better things. L.Q. Jones and others show up in small roles, but they would go on to become Peckinpah’s stable of actors. So, what happened here that didn’t happen on later films?
Well, Peckinpah was coming off TV shows and he wanted to mimic an acceptable studio style. Even with that, he nails something about interpersonal relationships that you wouldn’t see in similar films. These were older men doing a job and trying to be right by a society aging past them. The loss of independence in the face of a shrinking frontier would come back later in Peckinpah’s work on “The Wild Bunch”. Still, this is worth checking out and I recommend a purchase.
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 MONO
RELEASE DATE: 4/4/17
- Video - 95%95%
- Audio - 93%93%
- Supplemental Material - 92%92%
- Film Score - 90%90%
The Plot Thus Far
Before he was the saint of stylized cinematic mayhem, a young(ish) Sam Peckinpah wowed the critics with this gripping and graceful elegy to the classic movie Western. In so doing, he provided a perfect A-list send off for his two stars, a pair of true-blue Tinseltown cowboys who did has much as anyone to advance the genre, Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott. McCrea plays longtooth lawman legend Steve Judd, begrudgingly agreeing to guide a shipment of gold from a mining camp in the High Sierras to a small bank. The normally ramrod Scott is cast deliciously against type as Judd’s somewhat unsavory pal Gil Westrum. Neither unexpected newcomers (Mariette Hartley), religious zealots, the unforgiving wilderness nor Gil’s plans can account for Judd’s unwavering will to raise all that’s wrong to the right. Long a celebrated classic of the genre, and a justly hailed capstone to two legendary Hollywood legacies, Ride The High Country’s subtle hues glisten as never before on this stunning 1080pHD transfer. 16×9 Widescreen
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