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Junior Bonner

Genre: Western

Reviewed In Issue 96 (May 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson, Joe Don Baker

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
While the previously released DVD was bare bones, this DVD at least offers an audio commentary track by director Sam Peckinpah and authors Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons, and David Weddle, with moderator Nick Redman.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1006376
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $14.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1972
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/24/2005
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sam Peckinpah
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Steve McQueen is Junior Bonner, a bull rider on the rodeo circuit. He decides to visit his family in Prescott, Arizona while recovering from injuries he received when he was thrown by a big ole

DVD Picture:
Unfortunately, MGM opted against releasing Junior Bonner with a new anamorphic transfer...keeping the previously released non-anamorphic picture that looks a bit dated. Images are generally sharp and detailed, with mediocre contrast and shadow delineation. The picture is well lit and often is quite pleasing in appearance. Minor edge enhancement, artifacts and film grain are apparent. Aliasing problems are only occasional, for a picture that is generally pleasing. Some scenes are presented with a sepia-tone appearance. (Suzanne Hodges)

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