‘Hannie Caulder’ blasts her way on to American Region free Blu-ray with a generally good looking 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in the widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio. It’s not a bad transfer overall, although it could do with just a tad more bite in the sharpness and contrast areas to bring it up to the standard of a recently shot movie. However, considering its vintage, that’s an unfair comparison to make. It’s not fuzzy by any means, it’s just that our eyes are accustomed to the pin sharp images of modern blockbusters. Colours are strong with good, ruddy looking, weather beaten skin tones and deep blue skies. Don’t be put off by the opening title sequence which is crawling with grain due to the light coloured background and ‘matted’ colour titles which double the normal amount of visible grain. Once we get out of the main credits the picture quality improves vastly. There is some fine grain throughout which adds to the filmic impression of the piece and, although there are a few shots with a noticeable increase in grain, the picture looks good. I felt that the print could have done with a bit more of a clean up (either ultrasonically or digitally) to remove the visible specs of dirt and hair but I guess this was down to budget. All the same, not a bad looking transfer. I’ve seen much worse.
The audio on ‘Hannie Caulder’ comes in an LPCM mono offering which is surprisingly punchy at times. There’s no age related hiss, snap, crackle or pop but the levels seem to fluctuate widely. Dialogue is clear enough, but if you set your volume so that speech is at a comfortable listening level, Ken Thorne’s strident music comes in with such a bang that it makes you sit upright and also hurts your ears. Gunshots too seem to be recorded at a significantly higher level than the dialogue. This goes way beyond the realms of a ‘dynamic’ soundtrack and I’d be awfully surprised if it was originally mixed this way. During the end title song, Bobby Hanna fights manfully to be heard above the blasting brass section of the orchestra.
There are no extras on ‘Hannie Caulder’. Zip, nada, null, not a jot.
Still, at least you get the movie.
The Raquel Welch starring revenge Western ‘Hannie Caulder’ comes to American Region free Blu-ray with a fairly good looking 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in the widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Deep blue skies and convincingly weather beaten skin tones appear fine, although just a tad more contrast would have helped.
The LPCM mono audio suffers from widely fluctuating levels in the mix with music and gunshots coming in at a significantly higher level than dialogue – which is generally clear and crisp.
There are no bonus materials at all on the disc, so you only get the main feature.
Besides the lovely Raquel, we have a good cast including Robert Culp, Christopher Lee, Ernest Borgnine, Strother Martin and Jack Elam in this tale of a woman who sets out to hunt down the three villains who raped her after killing her husband. Raquel Welch proves she can act in this stylish movie, directed by Burt Kennedy.
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