The film begins with the gunfight at the OK corral, making this something of a sequel to director John Sturges’ earlier film that ended with that famous battle. Here we see the aftermath, as the vengeful Ike Clanton (Robert Ryan, doing the Robert Ryan Villain thing) arranges for the shooting of the brothers of Wyatt Earp (James Garner). When legal means of redress prove fruitless, Earp progressively becomes more and more of a vigilante in his quest for vengeance, just as his best friend and …oted gunslinger Doc Holliday (Jason Robards) becomes more concerned with the law.
Despite the central idea of a lawman becoming dirty through murder and revenge, this isn’t a completely black western. It is plenty exciting, however, with the shootouts staged for maximum suspense. Robards steals the show, but all the leads acquit themselves honourably, and this is a reminder of just how well Hollywood once executed the western.
Nothing fancy here: just the original mono. There is a tiny bit of distortion on the dialogue, and some hiss that is audible with headphones, but for the most part the track is clean enough, and gets the job done.
In terms of colour, print condition and grain, there are no complaints. The only real problem with the picture (presented in both fullscreen and 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen formats) is that it is quite soft.
The theatrical trailer, and nothing else. The menu is basic.
A fine, intelligent, exciting western. Perfect for a popcorn evening.
Special Features List
- Theatrical Trailer