Blu-ray, DVD Release: Jubal

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Criterion

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Emotions run high for Valerie French and Ernest Borgnine in Jubal.

A trio of exceptional performances from Glenn Ford (3:10 to Yuma), Ernest Borgnine (Johnny Guitar), and Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront) form the center of 1956’s Jubal, an overlooked Hollywood gem from western genre master Delmer Daves, whose 1957 3:10 to Yuma is also being issued by Criterion this month.

Ford is an honorable itinerant cattleman, befriended and hired by Borgnine’s bighearted ranch owner (Borgnine) despite his unwillingness to talk about his past. When the new hand becomes the target of the flirtatious attentions of the owner’s bored wife (Valerie French) and is entrusted by the boss with a foreman’s responsibilities, his presence at the ranch starts to rankle his shifty fellow cowhand (Steiger). The result is a quite-remarkable showdown of both actions and emotions.

A western tale of jealousy and betrayal, Jubal is shot in luscious Technicolor and in the gloriously widescreen CinemaScope format.

The Blu-ray and DVD contain the following:

• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones

Check out the decidedly NON-widescreen trailer:

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.