The Far Country

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Overview

Anthony Mann's The Far Country (1955) was one of the last westerns of its scope and budget to be shot in the old, pre-widescreen aspect ratio (i.e., 1.33-to-1), and for that reason it has always translated very well to the small screen. It's also shot in Technicolor, but in contrast to the DVD of Mann's Bend Of The River, released the same day as this, the color composition on The Far Country is much more naturalistic. The disc represents the sprawling Pacific Northwest outdoor adventure tale in fine form, the ...
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Overview

Anthony Mann's The Far Country (1955) was one of the last westerns of its scope and budget to be shot in the old, pre-widescreen aspect ratio (i.e., 1.33-to-1), and for that reason it has always translated very well to the small screen. It's also shot in Technicolor, but in contrast to the DVD of Mann's Bend Of The River, released the same day as this, the color composition on The Far Country is much more naturalistic. The disc represents the sprawling Pacific Northwest outdoor adventure tale in fine form, the muted color tones captured in the transfer giving the movie an intensely realistic feel -- the source print is also in very good shape, apart from some apparent frame damage at just over 16 minutes in. The 20 chapters cover the plot well and, where possible, land on dissolves to black. The movie comes with a somewhat overheated trailer that doesn't dwell on the characterizations or portrayals, accessible through a two-layer menu that opens automatically on start-up. There are also French, Spanish, and English subtitles and captions, for those who need them.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The third collaboration of star James Stewart, writer Borden Chase, and director Anthony Mann, The Far Country (1955) features Stewart as a hard-edged cattleman turned miner who gets enmeshed in the corrupt forces threatening to take over a pioneer mining town. As far west as the Western can get, the Yukon environs of Dawson match the extremity of Stewart's loner Jeff; his close relationship with his partner Ben is the only sign of Jeff's humanity. Jeff may rethink his ways after a tragedy, but he joins the community via the disreputable avenue of revenge. Even though the community is worth saving, Chase neatly sums up the potential for venality with the observation that gold "drives a man crazy." More self-consciously stylized than Mann's other color westerns with Stewart, the film intersperses backdrops and rear projection with location shots, emphasizing the disjunction between Stewart and his surroundings, as he lives by his constant urge to move on rather than integrate himself. Although Stewart's moral redemption and relationship with a "good woman" may be schematic, the ironic, occasionally opaque dialogue injects The Far Country's action with a darkly humorous self-awareness that matches the striking yet slightly off-kilter visuals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • UPC: 025192262524
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,225

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Jeff Webster
Ruth Roman Ronda Castle
Corinne Calvet Renee Vallon
Walter Brennan Ben Tatem
John McIntire Mr. Gannon
Jay C. Flippen Rube
Steve Brodie Ives
Connie Gilchrist Hominy
Robert J. Wilke Madden
Chubby Johnson Dusty
Royal Dano Luke
Jack Elam Newberry
Kathleen Freeman Grits
Connie Van Molasses
Robert Bice
Dick Dickinson Miner
John Halloran Bartender
Carl Harbaugh Sourdough
Don C. Harvey Tom Kane
Gene Holland Girl
John Mackin
Ted Mapes
Damian O'Flynn 2nd Mate
Stuart Randall Capt. Benson
Chuck Roberson Latigo
Paul Savage
Marjorie Stapp
Charles Sweetlove Porcupine Smith
J. Williams Shep
William Williams Gant
Andy Brennan Man
James W. Horan
Gregg Barton Rounds
Eugene Borden Doc Vallon
Paul Bryar Sheriff
John Doucette Miner
Robert Foulk Kingman
Henry Morgan Ketchum
Eddie Parker Carson
Allan Ray Bosun
Eddy Waller Yukon Sam
Guy Wilkerson Tanana Pete
Technical Credits
Anthony Mann Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Borden Chase Screenwriter
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Joseph E. Gershenson Score Composer
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Terry Nelson Asst. Director
Ronnie R. Rondell Asst. Director
Aaron Rosenberg Producer
Hans Salter Score Composer
Russell Schoengarth Editor
John Sherwood Asst. Director
Herman Stein Score Composer
Bud Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:26]
2. Bound for Alaska [7:34]
3. Skagway [6:25]
4. The Law in Skagway [4:25]
5. Gannon's Rule [4:27]
6. The Sawdust Concession [2:06]
7. To the Far Country [4:38]
8. The Cattle Thieves [11:28]
9. Webster's Way [4:00]
10. Avalanche [4:10]
11. Robbers [2:24]
12. Dawson [4:37]
13. The New Claim [2:06]
14. A Way Out [5:08]
15. The Need for Law [5:57]
16. Trouble in Town [5:40]
17. Death on the River [8:17]
18. Gannon's Claims [4:31]
19. Showdown in Dawson [7:09]
20. End Titles [:18]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Languages
      English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
      Spanish/Español Subtitles
      French/Français Subtitles
      No Subtitles
   Trailer
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Far country

    Mr. stewart gives a terrific performance in this movie based in the alaskan great outdoors, a movie that will remind you of how movies should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great film for any Stewart-Mann Fan!

    Jimmy Stewart isn't well known to be a great cowboy hero, but in the Stewart-Mann westerns of the 1950's, he definitely deserves that title. Although not the greatest of the westerns, it still has a good story, with good casting (including Walter Brennan, Jay C. Flippen, Ruth Roman, Corrine Calvet, and John McIntire). Great addition to any Jimmy Stewart and or western lover's collection.

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