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#1 masterofoneinchpunch

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

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3:10 TO YUMA
Delmer Daves

United States • 1957 • 92 minutes • Black and White • 1.85:1 • English
In this beautifully shot and acted, psychologically complex western, Van Heflin is a mild-mannered cattle rancher who takes on the task of shepherding a captured outlaw, played with cucumber-cool charisma by Glenn Ford, to the train that will take him to prison. This apparently simple plan turns into a nerve-racking cat-and-mouse game that will test each man's particular brand of honor. Based on a story by Elmore Leonard, 3:10 to Yuma is a thrilling, humane action movie, directed by the supremely talented studio filmmaker Delmer Daves with intense feeling and precision.

DISC FEATURES
  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interviews with author Elmore Leonard and Glenn Ford's son and biographer, Peter Ford
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:32 PM

As huge a fan as I am of westerns, and I do count myself among the Delmar Daves loyalists, this and Jubal (unseen by me) seems like wasted spine numbers. This has a pair of interviews, yeah, but nothing else? Really? It seems like at the bare minimum the original Elmore Leonard story would be a no-brainer, or how about an appreciation from James Mangold, who directed the remake and has done work with Criterion before (on Alexander Mackendrick for the Sweet Smell of Success release). Jubal fares even worse, with no features. Are we supposed to be so grateful to have these on Blu that we ignore the fact that either film can be had on DVD for about $5?

I'm whining, of course, but I really hope these films get at least some sort of update to the features.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:37 PM

As huge a fan as I am of westerns, and I do count myself among the Delmar Daves loyalists, this and Jubal (unseen by me) seems like wasted spine numbers. This has a pair of interviews, yeah, but nothing else? Really? It seems like at the bare minimum the original Elmore Leonard story would be a no-brainer, or how about an appreciation from James Mangold, who directed the remake and has done work with Criterion before (on Alexander Mackendrick for the Sweet Smell of Success release). Jubal fares even worse, with no features. Are we supposed to be so grateful to have these on Blu that we ignore the fact that either film can be had on DVD for about $5?

I'm whining, of course, but I really hope these films get at least some sort of update to the features.


So far no trailer either. I'm a fan of this one (Jubal is as well unseen by me and I still see copies of it floating around for cheap). I'm going to check my old copy of this to see what else is on it.

Surprisingly I actually liked the remake. The big difference I can remember between the two (besides the homosocial to homoerotic tendancies of the remake and of course the shown violence level) is the ending. Which ending is preferred to you?
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

I think the remake is about equal to the original, especially in the performances. As far as endings I'm afraid I haven't seen either film in a half-decade so I can't be too specific, though I don't recall having a problem with either. I do remember more ambiguity into the characters' intentions in the remake, which I liked, but I could easily be flipping that around.

I am a fan of Daves' film, but it's always seemed a bit too self-consciously important for me to consider it truly among the elite westerns. I have the same problem when I watch High Noon, another classic western I consider very good but not great.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:35 PM

People on another forum I frequent are. Falling over themselves bout Jubal
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:26 PM

While I do happen to bow down to Izo's tastes in westerns, it is still nice to see a few of them added to the CC, especially some that are American, aren't from Ford, and aren't a sort of Western/Noir hybrid. I do love those types of westerns, and I'm growing on Ford, but anything outside of that seems to have been avoided thus far. Was there any news on why that Boetticher box went OOP? I would love to see some of those get spined, or a Tourneur, or pretty much anything with Jimmy Stewart.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:19 PM

Canyon Passage is my dream release. That film is just begging for analysis.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:42 PM

I'll be checking this one out. Surprisingly enough I found after I watched the re make that there was an original. I'm not ordinarily a fan of Westerns but I'm starting to get more and more into it. The remake was damn awesome so I'm looking forward to this.

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 08:17 PM

Yeah, anyway...I'd never sat down with 3:10 to Yuma before this release so at the very least it gave me that spark. Great film. It works for several reasons. Perhaps most prominently, the simple yet tense central plot point of whether Heflin will get Ford to the train soaks it in suspense and keeps the viewer with the film until the very end. These two lead performances are tuned, for me, far better than what we got in the remake. Heflin shows desperation well and more than anything comes across as a very three dimensional character. Ford balances charisma, menace and the necessary hint of redemption. Daves takes time to make sure we recognize the strain in Heflin's marriage and understand the toll it's taken on him. Ford's fling with Felicia Farr has a weird but almost touching fatalistic bent to it that makes it feel less sordid than it might on paper.

The cinematography here really impressed me. I wasn't prepared for something as daring and moody. We don't typically get that from westerns of this era. Both the lighting and the framing were major revelations. The obvious stuff like the smoke from the train was great but earlier scenes that maybe called attention to themselves less got my attention very early on in the picture.

As for the special features that didn't seem to excite some of us, there are three very relevant and good supplements worth checking out. The Elmore Leonard interview is neat, if nothing else because I can't recall seeing him ever before on a DVD/BD extra. Glenn Ford's son talks both about this film and Jubal in his piece. He was interesting enough to make me want to check out the biography he wrote on his father if I ever get the chance. The Kent Jones essay in the booklet, a definite supplement almost unique to Criterion now in the U.S. marketplace, is one of his better ones. I only wish he had examined the film a little more on its own terms rather than bringing up Hawks' Rio Bravo, a comparison to which does neither movie any favors.

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 09:39 PM

I saw 3:10 to Yuma years ago in my youth but it did not stay with me. I enjoyed the remake well enough, but wasn't enamored by it or anything. When I saw this version last week, wow, just wow! It diminished my feelings for the remake greatly because the original is so vastly superior on all levels.
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Posted 04 June 2013 - 01:05 PM

The Delmer Daves Problem

“Many of Delmer Daves’s films are beloved, but to say that he remains a misunderstood and insufficiently appreciated figure in the history of American movies is a rank understatement.” This is how critic Kent Jones begins the second of his two essays accompanying the simultaneous Criterion releases on DVD and Blu-Ray of Jubal (1956) and 3:10 to Yuma (1957), the first two in a string of three Westerns that Daves made with Glenn Ford. (The third was Cowboy in 1958.)
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The issue, one might say, isn’t only that Daves has been seriously underrated for his best work, but also that his worst work has cast these achievements in an unjustly unfavorable light. Film artists should be judged by their best films, and Mann’s Serenade, Ray’s Flying Leathernecks, or Hawks’s Sergeant York certainly don’t undermine the strengths of The Naked Spur, Johnny Guitar, or Rio Bravo. The difference in Daves’s case is that there might actually be more Youngblood Hawkes in his oeuvre than 3:10 to Yumas.



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Posted 04 June 2013 - 06:11 PM

...Hawks’s Sergeant York certainly don’t undermine the strengths...


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Posted 04 June 2013 - 06:22 PM

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That one through me completely off. Sergeant York is a film I am a fan of and his quick dismissal of it is a bit strange and counter to the the majority of critics and public on the film. I have not seen Mann's Serenade so I cannot comment on that one.

Would you consider this Delves best directed film? I need to see Jubal to compare the two.

I will rewatch this film when I get the Criterion (heck I might even rewatch it sooner than that). I don't think I will rewatch the remake, though it is a film I enjoyed. I agree with your comments on the cinematography. I will have to think about that aspect with other westerns (use of chiaroscuro in B&W westerns).
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Posted 31 July 2013 - 06:22 PM

I'll very happily eat my words on this great film.

 

Returning to 3:10 to Yuma after, jeeze, at least half a decade and very likely longer, it's a masterpiece.  An absolute, unequivocal masterpiece.  The self-consciously beautiful and artful black and white photography that for whatever reason had turned me off of the film on my earlier viewing really shined for me, and there are dozens of absolutely gorgeous shots in this film, including a particularly haunting reveal late in the film that will send shivers down your spine.  The film is painted in shades of grey, with Van Heflin's selfish, almost cowardly rancher and Glenn Ford's slimey-charming outlaw having exchange after exchange of thoughtful dialogue without ever sounding preachy.  Immediately when the film was over I restarted it, despite the fact that it was nearly midnight, and I found myself soaking up scene after scene.  I loved this movie.

 

I still don't think this film has enough supplemental material to justify it's price, but as a B&N purchase it's a no-brainer.






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