WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Hour Of The Gun

Reviewed In Issue 14 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
James Garner, Jason Robards, Robert Ryan, Albert Salmi, Charles Aidman, Steve Ihnat, Michael Tolan, William Windom, Lonny Chapman & Larry Gates

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML105139
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$69.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1967
(LD Release Date): 3/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Sturges
(Screenplay/Written By): Edward Anhalt
(Story): NA
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Alfred C. Ybarra
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Ferris Webster
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Harold, Marvin & Walter Mirisch
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): John Sturges

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
MGM/UA Home Video has released a double feature of the United Artists produced westerns Duel At Diablo and Hour Of The Gun, but unfortunately Duel At Diablo was not issued in its original widescreen theatrical aspect ratio and is not reviewed as a result. There have been many films made about the Gunfight at the OK Corral including John Sturges’ original. Hour Of The Gun is a little more austere and probably somewhat more historically accurate than most, depicting the events that occurred after the famous shoot-out. It features an outstanding, all-star cast. James Garner plays Wyatt Earp. Jason Ro-bards is Doc Holliday at his consumptive best, and Robert Ryan plays Ike Clanton. Also featured is a young John Voight in his film debut.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Panavision® frame is presented at 2.35:1. While fleshtones are generally natural in appearance night scenes and interiors are not, due to overly bright set lighting. Outdoor scenes are naturally rendered. Some grain and noise is evident in the dark scenes and there are some apparent artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is the usual for the sixties, optical monaural.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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