A family of three sons, headed by former cavalry officer William Ludlow (Hopkins), inhabits a ranch in the foothills of the Rockies
The anamorphically enhanced Superbit 1.85:1 DVD is slightly cleaner than the previously released DVDs, and offers subtle improvements in fine details. The same flecks of dirt and source element artifacts are apparent on each. There is some edge enhancement apparent but does not appear as severe as on previous versions. While some scenes are a bit soft, others are gorgeous, appearing very natural. Minor source element artifacts are apparent throughout. The picture is beautiful, with John Toll
The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack for this DVD is the same as that with the previous DVD release. The DTS Digital Surround version edges out in terms of low-end tonal character and spatial resolution. This is an excellent soundtrack presentation. The intense war battle scene in Chapter 8 offers the most aggressive usage of the soundstage, greatly heightening the sense of direction, envelopment and spaciousness. Other times, the distribution of sounds is considerably more subtle, but is nonetheless compelling, in particular the split surrounds. There is also prodigious low-end utilization, with prominent .1 LFE activity. The deep bass also provides a foundation to the music. The dialogue production is fair, with spatial integration that is adequate. The James Horner orchestral score is a wonderful recording that provides for a sweeping expansive frontal soundstage and effective atmosphere from the surrounds. (Perry Sun)
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