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Title: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: Leone Admirer on May 21, 2006, 10:43:18 AM
Warner Home Video have announced the R1 DVD release of Anthony Mann's excellent Naked Spur. It is available seperatly or as part of their Jimmy Stewart Collection.

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The Naked Spur (1953)
“Plain arithmetic: Money splits better two ways instead of three,” smooth-talking outlaw Ben Vandergroat reasons to his captors, three bounty hunters thrown together by chance. They’re taking Ben to justice in Abilene, but he has other ideas. If he can set the men against each other – play on their greed, their fears, their vanities – he may be able to make his break to freedom.

In the third of his five landmark Anthony Mann-directed westerns, James Stewart stars as the relentless leader of bounty hunters caught in the snare of the hunted (Robert Ryan). Tough, tense, and towering as tall as its breathtaking Colorado Rockies setting, The Naked Spur is simply “one of the best Westerns ever made” (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide).

Features include:
Vintage short Things We Can Do Without
Classic cartoon Little Johnny Jet
Theatrical trailer
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

More Info here http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=61517 (http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=61517)
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: Tim on August 19, 2006, 10:12:18 AM
  Anyone pick this up this week?  I'm debating just buying the Jimmy Stewart Collection instead of the indidivual films.

  And how about The Cheyenne Social Club?  It's got Stewart and Henry Fonda, but has anyone seen it?  Positive or negative reviews?
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: Leone Admirer on August 19, 2006, 11:03:06 AM
My set should arrive within the week, I'll let you know what it's like if you want?
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: Tim on August 19, 2006, 02:32:02 PM
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I'll let you know what it's like if you want?

  That would be great.  I love the chemistry between Stewart and Robert Ryan.  And how about a boxed set of all the Stewart/Mann westerns?  Wishful thinking, I guess, but just think about all those good movies. :D
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: Leone Admirer on August 19, 2006, 02:37:13 PM
Universal should do that, if they did SE's I think I'd double dip on them.
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: Sackett on August 19, 2006, 04:40:24 PM
The Cheyenne Social Club is funny.  I still enjoy watching it when it comes on.   I like watching Stewart's cowpoke persona morph into a good Republican businessman. 
Fonda's "Harley"  character is a rib tickler too and if I remember correctly, he wishes to remain a Democrat.
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: Tim on August 20, 2006, 10:11:35 AM
  Thanks, Sackett, for the review of CSC.  Now I'm not as worried about picking up that double feature with Firecreek. :D
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: Leone Admirer on August 30, 2006, 05:17:48 PM
My boxset arrived just before I went on holiday and have had only a small amount of time to flip through it. Naked Spur PQ is a disapointment but I'm glad that I own it on DVD, the quality of all the other releases in the set are stirling though.
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: The Firecracker on January 06, 2009, 07:17:38 PM
Is on encore westerns right now.

Isn't there a Stewart/Mann box set?
If there isn't... there should be.
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: Groggy on January 06, 2009, 07:23:27 PM
I saw this a few years ago. I remember liking it but don't remember a whole lot of specifics except for Robert Ryan and the gorgeous cinematography. I'm not a huge fan of Mann though, this was probably the best of his films that I've seen.
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: stanton on January 07, 2009, 02:46:18 AM
For me the best, too.

The acting is fantastic.
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: moviesceleton on January 07, 2009, 05:49:39 AM
Once kinda watched it sitting in front of a computer at the same time. Looked like it would deserve an appropriate viewing.

PS. Is it true that there's no previous thread for this movie?
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: O'Cangaceiro on January 07, 2009, 06:06:58 AM
Once kinda watched it sitting in front of a computer at the same time. Looked like it would deserve an appropriate viewing.

PS. Is it true that there's no previous thread for this movie?

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=3470.0
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: dave jenkins on January 07, 2009, 06:32:34 AM
It's a shame there isn't a better transfer of this film, although it is not a favorite of mine (Mann best Western is Winchester '73). I can't help feeling, though, that I'd like this film more if I saw it restored and on the big screen.
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: Groggy on May 21, 2010, 11:24:43 AM
The Naked Spur - 7/10 - 2nd viewing. Upon a rewatch, this is definitely my least favorite Stewart-Mann collaboration (granted, I haven't seen Bend of the River). The two main reasons to watch this are the gorgeous Rocky Mountain photography, and James Stewart's brilliant performance: he plays tough, morally-ambiguous guys in Mann's other Westerns, but here he's a borderline psychopath, and this is definitely his most negative character outside of Vertigo. So, nice work Jimmy. The rest of the film is a mixed bag: the basic plot isn't bad, but there are a lot of digressions (the Indian shootout? Please), the characters aside from Stewart's are very broadly drawn, and the sappy ending kind of undercuts the rest of the film. Robert Ryan is good if a bit hammy, the rest of the cast is one-note playing stock characters. Definitely worth a look, but not one of Mann's better films.
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: Groggy on May 21, 2010, 11:59:56 AM
Yeah, the picture quality on the DVD was pretty bad. I think the TCM print I saw previously was better, to be honest.

Man, reading my earlier post on this thread... what was I saying about not being a big fan of Mann? :D
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: dave jenkins on August 17, 2021, 01:38:59 PM
September 21. Hopefully, remastered or re-somethinged: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09CV8MBDG/ref=sr_1_6?
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: T.H. on August 23, 2021, 01:59:46 PM
As the only person here that loves this movie (maybe Stanton likes it too?), great news.
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: stanton on August 23, 2021, 02:54:14 PM
Of course I do, and I doubt that we are the only ones. It's a classic 50s western and deservedly so.
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: dave jenkins on September 22, 2021, 06:21:24 AM
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Video: 4.5/5

The Naked Spur appears on Blu-ray (at long last!) in its original 1:37.1 screen aspect ratio. This transfer is a revelation since every earlier rendition on home video has suffered from poor contrasts and color as well as registration errors baked in from the original three-strip technicolor. The clarity of the screen images is sublime, with nice fine detail perceptible as well as gradations of depth in shadows and blacks. Colors appear faithful and true to a three-strip technicolor feature produced in 1952.  The visual splendor of this feature is certainly enhanced by the location filming in Durango, Colorado and the beautiful San Juan Mountains.
https://www.hometheaterforum.com/the-naked-spur-blu-ray-review/

I hope this is true. My copy is supposed to arrive tomorrow, and I'll check it then.
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: T.H. on September 22, 2021, 04:17:41 PM
https://www.hometheaterforum.com/the-naked-spur-blu-ray-review/

I hope this is true. My copy is supposed to arrive tomorrow, and I'll check it then.

Without having any real knowledge of how this movie was shot, it does look like one of those 50's technicolor movies where the quality could take a huge jump on bluray. You can tell from the DVD or watching it on TCM that it has more of a 3-Strip feel, though it wasn't shot in that format.

Edit: The movie was shot in 3-strip, my fault.
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: dave jenkins on September 23, 2021, 08:50:33 AM
In da house, and spinning! Looks fabulous.
Title: Re: The Naked Spur (1953)
Post by: dave jenkins on September 26, 2021, 10:38:01 AM
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Warner Archive once again works their restorative magic with The Naked Spur, a three-strip Technicolor beauty that fizzled on DVD with an extremely poor picture that wasn't far above VHS quality. Fans will rejoice upon first sight of this stunning new 1080p transfer, which pushes format limits to the extreme with a gorgeous, purist-friendly appearance that highlights the stunning Colorado and California location footage in great detail. Shot in the waning days of 1.37:1 (the first Cinemascope film, 20th Century Fox's The Robe, premiered just seven months later) The Naked Spur features tight and beautifully-framed compositions that regularly take full advantage of height-impacted locations -- such as the early cliff climb -- while, of course, sacrificing the natural width of its picturesque landscapes. No matter: the carefully-controlled color and contrast do most of the driving here, and they're represented perfectly from start to finish with bold primaries, accurate skin tones, and soft but rich black levels that run deep with no perceivable crush. Dirt and debris are virtually absent from start to finish, thanks to the boutique label's careful application of manual cleanup that preserves an ideal theatrical appearance without compromising The Naked Spur's natural texture.

Film grain, as expected, appears very tight since excessive noise reduction has not been applied here, while the Blu-ray itself runs at an extremely high bit rate on this dual-layered disc. Overall, it's top-tier work as usual for the boutique label, which has a long and extremely consistent history of producing some of the best-looking catalog titles on Blu-ray. If that doesn't convince you, this review's accompanying screenshots should speak for themselves.
https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Naked-Spur-Blu-ray/79913/#Review