Director: John Sturges
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones
Release Date: June 15, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7/10
Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn headline this suspenseful classic, making its Blu-ray debut—remastered by Paramount Pictures from a 6K film transfer of the original VistaVision negative. Directed by John Sturges (GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORAL), one of the greatest filmmakers of the Western genre, the film follows U.S. Marshal Matt Morgan (Douglas) on the trail of his wife’s killer. Adding a dark twist to the tale—the suspect’s father is Morgan’s longtime friend, cattle baron Craig Beldon (Quinn). Morgan is determined to capture the killer and take him away by the 9:00 train, against all odds.
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The classic western thriller ‘Last Train from Gun Hill’ follows U.S. Marshall Matt Morgan who heads to the dangerous town of Gun Hill on the trail of his wife’s killer only to discover that one of the men he’s tracking is the son of his longtime friend, a cattle farmer named Craig Beldon whose money and influence run the community and allow him special privileges. Unwilling to let the brutal rape and murder of his wife go, Morgan sets out on a one man quest to arrest the men responsible and take them back to his turf on the last train; unfortunately he’ll have to take on his old friend and the majority of the town in order to accomplish it. Now, the acclaimed 1959 film classic directed by John Sturges and starring Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn makes its debut on Blu-ray for the first time, almost surely looking and sounding better than ever before.
The 1959 classic makes its debut on Blu-ray for the first time ever as the eighteenth entry in Paramount Home Entertainment’s Limited Edition Paramount Presents Blu-ray line which features various classics from Paramount’s expansive library on Blu-ray, each featuring newly remastered high definition video presentations, collectible packaging and more. ‘Last Train from Gun Hill’ definitely makes for another welcome addition to the lineup and still serves up a tense, moving and gorgeous adventure so many decades after its initial release. As someone who hadn’t previously had the pleasure of this western classic, I can say with confidence that it’s still an engaging, beautiful and wonderfully acted tale of vengeance that aside from a few ideals that may not be as accepted today, still has all the makings of a true filmmaking gem. I would strongly encourage others who may have overlooked (or simply not been aware) of this one to try and check it out whenever possible. Fans of the film will probably want to consider picking up a copy of the release and should be blown away with the film’s Blu-ray debut which features remarkable high definition video and audio presentations that only exceed expectations in every way. For anyone already contemplating a purchase, this Blu-ray release is definitely highly recommended.
Overall, the Paramount Presents Blu-ray release of ‘Last Train from Gun Hill’ brings the powerful 1959 western classic home for the first time ever on Blu-ray with a truly phenomenal new high definition video presentation that’s fully remastered in 6K from the original VistaVision negative, paired with a notable Dolby TrueHD audio presentation, a couple extras and of course the nice collectible packaging featured on all of the limited edition Paramount Presents Blu-ray releases. Even while this may be my first time viewing the film, it still seems safe to say that it has never looked or sounded anywhere near this good and longtime fans of this classic western gem will likely be in awe thanks to the outstanding quality offered here. First time viewers such as me also couldn’t possible hope for a more perfect way to experience this wonderful film for the first time.
The ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Last Train from Gun Hill’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation remastered from a 6K film transfer of the Original VistaVision negative, with a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. This gorgeously remastered video presentation looks magnificent and provides a clean, richly detailed presentation sporting vibrant colors and clarity while still retaining plenty of grain and other welcome artifacts representative of its source material. It holds up flawlessly throughout and never allows anything occurring onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a remarkable high definition video presentation that only exceeds expectations every step of the way and should thoroughly thrill fans of this classic.
The Blu-ray release features a 2.0 channel dual-mono Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. This 2.0 soundtrack offers a crisp, smooth and nicely balanced audio presentation from start to finish. It does a great job of allowing all of the auditory content to shine, smoothly balancing the dialogue, music, action effects and everything else with a perfect balance that keeps every detail sounding crisp and sharp; never resulting in any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or to conflict with one another at any point. Overall, this is a solid 2.0 Dolby TrueHD dual mono soundtrack that delivers nicely throughout and should easily please.
The ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Last Train from Gun Hill’ comes home sporting the standard ‘Paramount Presents’ collectible packaging which features a slipcase that opens up to a larger version of the film’s original theatrical poster artwork and more photos on the interior of the actual Blu-ray case insert (a beauty shot of the artwork from the studio is included below for a better look inside). The actual Blu-ray disc itself also includes the new retrospective Featurette ‘Filmmaker Focus: Leonard Maltin on Last Train from Gun Hill’ (running approximately 7 minutes in length). Also included on the release is the ‘Original Theatrical Trailer’ for the film (running approximately 2 minutes) along with 3 other classic trailers for different films.
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Disc Rating: 7/10
‘Last Train From Gun Hill’ is Now Available to Own on Blu-ray for the First Time, Newly Remastered as part of the ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray line from Paramount Home Entertainment
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