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Ulzana's Raid
     

Ulzana's Raid

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Director: Robert Aldrich,

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Jorge Luke

 

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Ulzana's Raid is a fairly substandard disc from Goodtimes Video, which is very unfortunate considering it is a good movie. The movie, which was shown theatrically at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, is only given a full-frame transfer on disc. The picture quality varies; at times it's very sharp, but often there's an annoying fluctuation, especially in dark areas of the

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Ulzana's Raid is a fairly substandard disc from Goodtimes Video, which is very unfortunate considering it is a good movie. The movie, which was shown theatrically at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, is only given a full-frame transfer on disc. The picture quality varies; at times it's very sharp, but often there's an annoying fluctuation, especially in dark areas of the frame. The sound is a mono track, split over two channels. For a film made in 1972 and not likely to see any upgrading, this is as good as it will get. While the sound isn't centered, it still comes across pretty well through the side speakers. As with all Goodtimes discs, this one includes an English soundtrack and subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. It's hard to complain about extras, or the lack of extras, when a title is reasonably priced. As with most of their discs, this one has nothing additional. For the most part, this is a fine motion picture. It's sad to see that a better disc was not produced.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
One of Burt Lancaster's last great Westerns, Robert Aldrich's Ulzana's Raid (1972) is a tough, searing entrant in the Vietnam cycle of revisionist oaters. With Alan Sharp's script eschewing most of the '60s-'70s sentimentality about the beleaguered Native American, Aldrich austerely and forcefully reveals the potential brutality, as well as honorable intentions, lurking on both sides, as the oft-unseen Ulzana goes on his terrifying rampage. Bruce Davison's pious officer, DeBuin, is a potent index of white naïveté regarding Native American resistance and guerilla tactics, but it is Lancaster's pragmatic, aging scout McIntosh who most powerfully evokes the utter futility and tragedy of the unending conflict between white colonizers and non-white Others. Inspired by the film's Vietnam War resonance and a world view articulated by McIntosh akin to his own, Lancaster's performance was hailed as one of the greatest of his career; critics praised the film's thematic timeliness and rigorous craft. Its unsparing view of the archetypal Western struggle, however, consigned Ulzana's Raid to box-office oblivion.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/1999
UPC:
0018713810359
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:43:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster McIntosh
Bruce Davison Lt. Garnett DeBuin
Jorge Luke Ke-Ni-Tay
Richard Jaeckel Sergeant
Joaquin Martinez Ulzana
Lloyd Bochner Capt. Gates
Frank Gonzales Actor
Dick Miller Actor
Karl Swenson Rukeyser
Douglas Watson Maj. Cartwright
Dran Hamilton Mrs. Riordan
John Pearce Corporal
Gladys Holland Mrs. Rukeyser
Margaret Fairchild Mrs. Ginsford
Aimee Eccles McIntosh's Indian Woman
Richard Bull Ginsford
Otto Reichow Steegmeyer
Dean Smith Horowitz
Larry Randles Mulkearn
Ted Markland Trooper
R.L. Armstrong Trooper
Tony Epper Trooper
Nick Cravat Trooper
Billy Burton Trooper
Jerry Gatlin Trooper
Walter Scott Trooper
George Aguilar Indian Brave
Richard Farnsworth Trooper
John R. McKee Trooper
Chase Winton Ms. Cleveland

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director,Producer
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Frank deVol Score Composer
Carter DeHaven Producer
Malcolm R. Harding Asst. Director
Michael Luciano Editor
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Alan Sharp Screenwriter
James D. Vance Art Director
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Glenn Wright Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Scene Index
0. Scene Index
1. Fort Lowell [4:55]
2. Garrison Regulations [6:21]
3. True Apaches [5:46]
4. Unprotected [6:45]
5. A Good Man [4:19]
6. All the Glory [4:24]
7. Power [6:20]
8. Close the Gap [6:42]
9. The Other Cheek [5:37]
10. On Foot [5:47]
11. Hunting Party [6:17]
12. The Homestead [2:49]
13. I Want Him [6:50]
14. Long Glass [6:28]
15. Aphache vs. Aphache [4:21]
16. Wednesday [7:04]
17. Live With It [6:30]
18. Mount Up [5:49]

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Ulzana's Raid 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jameswormold More than 1 year ago
Easily the best Hollywood movie about the Apache Wars. It is in fact the only truly good film of its kind. Burt Lancaster, Jorge Luke, Bruce Davison and the rest of the cast are excellent. Compellingly written, acted and directed. Much of it filmed near Nogales, Arizona--lending it scenic authenticity lacking in so many westerns. Not everything west of St. Louis looks like Monument Valley!