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Hud
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Hud

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Director: Martin Ritt, Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal

Cast: Martin Ritt, Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal

 

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Paul Newman was nominated for an Academy Award and his co-stars Patricia Neal and Melvyn Douglas took home Oscars for their work in this revisionist Western, which has been given a strong, but simple, presentation for its DVD release. Hud has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has been enhanced for

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Paul Newman was nominated for an Academy Award and his co-stars Patricia Neal and Melvyn Douglas took home Oscars for their work in this revisionist Western, which has been given a strong, but simple, presentation for its DVD release. Hud has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English soundtrack has been remixed for playback in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while original Mono soundtracks are included in English and French. Optional English subtitles have also been included. No bonus materials appear on this edition.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Hud is a "modern" Western, with few admirable characters and a decidedly unsympathetic anti-hero, played with licentious and unscrupulous arrogance by Paul Newman. Hud's lack of a discernible moral system makes him far more unlikeable than his judgmental but ethical father, Homer (Melvyn Douglas). The unconventionally attractive Patricia Neal delivers a subtle and sensual Oscar-winning performance as Homer's housekeeper Alma. Like the audience, she is both attracted to and repulsed by Hud, yet she has the intelligence to see that his cynicism and opportunism are best kept at arm's length. Hud is a warning shot for the Sixties, for which its focus on generational conflict would prove prescient. However, this is not a young man's film, as the wizened Homer (Douglas won an Oscar for this performance) provides the film's greatest pearls of wisdom, and Hud is, in the end, left bitter, cynical, and alone. James Wong Howe's dusty Oscar-winning cinematography is a key to giving Hud an authentic Western feel.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/2003
UPC:
0097360663044
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital English 5.1 surround; Restored English mono; French mono; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Hud Bannon
Melvyn Douglas Homer Bannon
Patricia Neal Alma Brown
Brandon DeWilde Lon Bannon
John Ashley Hermy
Whit Bissell Burris
Graham Denton Jesse
Val Avery Jose
Sheldon Allman Thompson
Pitt Herbert Larker
Peter Brooks George
Curt Conway Truman Peters
Yvette Vickers Lily Peters
George Petrie Joe Scanton
David Kent Donald
Frank Killmond Dumb Billy
Sharyn Hillyer Myra
Robert Hinkle Announcer
John Indrisano Cowboy
Don Kennedy Charlie Tucker
Carl Low Kirby
Montie Montana Cowboy
John Michael Quijada Cowboy
Carl Saxe Proprietor

Technical Credits
Martin Ritt Director,Producer
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Frank Bracht Editor
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Harriet Frank Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Tambi Larsen Art Director
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Hal Pereira Art Director
Irving Ravetch Producer,Screenwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup
Larry McMurtry Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [2:24]
2. Looking for Hud [8:43]
3. The Law According to Hud [5:54]
4. After-Dinner Plans [11:01]
5. An Unprincipled Man [6:15]
6. Texas Longhorn Legacy [3:16]
7. It Happens to Everybody [4:22]
8. What Else You Good At? [3:55]
9. Quarantined [10:08]
10. I Don't Like Pigs! [5:01]
11. Family Feelings [11:17]
12. Going Bad, In the Face of Good [5:34]
13. He Was Just So Drunk [3:27]
14. The Only Cure Is Death [9:12]
15. End of a Legacy [5:31]
16. Two Separate Goodbyes [3:55]
17. Having Lost the Will to Live [6:44]
18. I Won't Be Back This Way [4:47]

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Hud 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always liked this movie, but raising a few cattle made me really appreciate the story line.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Newman as Hud is absolutely perfect acting. And only Newman could make us like Hud. Please see this movie, way too long delayed on DVD. It is our greatest actors greatest film.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautiful film of Americana in the American Southwest as a film depicts the collapsing of a ranch family. As the world is changing around them, Hud cocoons himself with women, drink, and and freewhellin antics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Hud' is the story of an embittered, ruthless son (Paul Newman) of cow rancher Homer Bannon (Melvyn Douglas). Determined to take over his father¿s prosperous farm, Hud bides his time with sexual conquests and playing big brother to Lonnie (Brandon DeWilde). Lonnie worships Hud as a god, a rabid fascination that will be irreversible shattered when Hud attempts to rape the ranch¿s cook and housemaid, Alma Brown (Patricia Neal). However, before the disillusionment comes the spoils. The family partake in a county fair in which Hud wins the `greased pig¿ contest. He and Lonnie start a victory fight inside a barroom. Hud takes Alma to the movies. There¿s really nothing extraordinary about the film, and yet it captures, perhaps better than most, the raw emotion of a powerful slice of Americana in the mid-west. However, as the story drags on the tide begins to turn away from Hud¿s favor. Homer becomes ill and unable to tend the far. The cattle contract an infection, forcing the farm hands to exterminate the entire herd. Alma, realizing that Hud is incapable of any sort of compassion or tenderness, abandons him and the farm in search of a new life somewhere else. The transfer is a bit disappointing. Though the picture is free of many age related artifacts and digital artifacts, the overall presentation is somewhat soft, with blooming around the edges that renders parts of the B&W picture in various rainbow hues - even with the color on one's television set turned to zero. Also edge enhancement is sometimes obvious. Finally, the overall presentation tends to be just a little too soft for the vintage of the camera negative. Close ups and medium shots look fairly sharp but long shots become a blurry mess. The gray scale is reasonably balanced, though during scenes shot at night, fine detail tends to get lost in the shadows. The audio is remastered and well balanced. There are NO extras.
Nighthawk More than 1 year ago
Stark and powerful. Like being socked in the jaw by Walker Evans.