They Came to Cordura

They Came to Cordura

Director: Robert Rossen Cast: Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Van Heflin

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Overview

They Came to Cordura

Columbia TriStar's DVD of Robert Rossen's They Came to Cordura (1959) never made it to laserdisc, so this release is the first chance that almost anybody born after 1948 or so will have had to see it properly. A Cinemascope film shot almost entirely out-of-doors, the movie makes extensive use of the extra-wide image in framing all but a relative handful of scenes. Certainly, the letterboxed (2.35:1) image allows one to fully appreciate (and, at last, make full sense of) the foolhardy yet successful mounted cavalry charge that becomes the movie's dramatic jumping-off point, and the opening sequences introducing Gary Cooper's character take on a somewhat different character from the pan-and-scan presentations on television, depicting his sense of isolation from his fellow soldiers. Additionally, although there are individual conflicts between Cooper's Major Thomas Thorn and each of the others in his party (with his fellow officer, played very well by Tab Hunter, proving the most untrustworthy of all), the visual and dramatic emphasis at the end is on the cavalry detail as a unit, and that is lost when the sides of the image are cropped to fit a standard television screen. Columbia Pictures appears to have taken excellent care of the movie, in terms of having fine preservation materials; there are no flaws in the new transfer and, in fact, the richness of the Southwestern locales will also delight those who have only known this movie from television showings in decades past. The movie has been issued as a two-sided disc, with the letterboxed transfer on one side and the other in full-screen (1.33:1); both look very good, though the latter is virtually worthless for serious viewing. The transfer has been done in high-definition, and the quality extends to the audio, which is mastered at a healthy volume with excellent detail, bringing out the full, subtle impact of Elie Siegmeister's score. The 12 chapters provide an adequate if limited breakdown of the 123-minute film.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2004
UPC: 0043396078765
Original Release: 1959
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:03:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Maj. Thomas Thorn
Rita Hayworth Adelaide Geary
Van Heflin Sgt. John Chawk
Tab Hunter Lt. William Fowler
Richard Conte Cpl. Milo Trubee
Michael Callan Pvt. Andrew Hetherington
Dick York Pvt. Renziehausen
Robert Keith Col. Rogers
Carlos Romero Arreaga
James Bannon Capt. Paltz
Edward Platt Col. DeRose
Maurice Jara Mexican Federate
Sam Buffington Correspondent
Arthur Hanson Correspondent
Wendell Hoyt Cavalry Soldier

Technical Credits
Robert Rossen Director,Screenwriter
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Clay Campbell Makeup
Thomas Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Carter DeHaven Asst. Director
Milton Feldman Asst. Director
William Goetz Producer
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
John P. Livadary Sound/Sound Designer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Lyon Editor
Ivan Moffat Screenwriter
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank A. Tuttle Set Decoration/Design
James VanHeusen Songwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Start [1:12]
2. Calvary Charge [9:26]
3. Aid and Comfort [13:02]
4. Questions of Courage [7:03]
5. Difficult Prisoner [13:34]
6. Firefight [5:26]
7. Calvary Without Horses [7:57]
8. Columbus Story [3:35]
9. Sharing Histories [8:29]
10. Spitball Express [11:07]
11. The Bravest Man [11:19]
12. The Black Book [10:02]
Side #2 -- Standard Version
1. Start [1:12]
2. Calvary Charge [9:26]
3. Aid and Comfort [13:02]
4. Questions of Courage [7:03]
5. Difficult Prisoner [13:34]
6. Firefight [5:26]
7. Calvary Without Horses [7:57]
8. Columbus Story [3:35]
9. Sharing Histories [8:29]
10. Spitball Express [11:07]
11. The Bravest Man [11:19]
12. The Black Book [10:02]

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