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Man Without A Star [DVD] [1955]

Kirk Douglas , Claire Trevor , King Vidor    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Claire Trevor, Jeanne Crain
  • Directors: King Vidor
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Pegasus Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007F9V2N8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,048 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas (The Last Sunset) stars as roving cowboy Dempsey Rae, who arrives at the extensive spread of hard-as-nails ranch owner Reed Bowman (Jeanne Crain), fresh from riding the rails. Along with greenhorn sidekick Jeff Jimson (William Campbell), he signs on at Bowman s, attracted as much by his tart-tongued boss as by the job. At her behest, the cowboys begin work on a fence, but the truth dawns on Rae that they ve been hired to fence off land that smaller ranchers need to graze their herds. Rae decides to stop digging postholes and join the other side, but Bowman s new foreman who enjoys wrapping defiant enemies in barbed wire aims to give Douglas all the trouble he can handle!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film and disc 28 Mar 2012
Another in the range of westerns released by Pegasus continues their growing reputation for releasing top quality prints. As previously, the film looks great. Lovely strong colours, original aspect ratio and from comparison screen grabs with the Australian PAL disc, this one isn't interlaced so is an improvement. A bargain price for an excellent film, although once again there are no extras. But at this price it doesn't really matter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superior western! 23 Nov 2011
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 500 REVIEWER
A drifter (Kirk Douglas) hooks up with a young cowpoke (William Campbell, THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY) while riding the rails. When they both get hired as cattle ranch hands, trouble brews when the new and ruthless ranch owner (Jeanne Crain) decides to usurp the grazing lands for herself. This nifty western directed by King Vidor (DUEL IN THE SUN) is a superior effort that needs a wider audience to solidify its reputation. This was Vidor's first wide screen film and he was lucky to have that wizard Russell Metty (WRITTEN ON THE WIND) behind the camera. The film foreshadows the westerns that were to come (particularly in the 1960s) dealing with the transition of the Old West and how emerging civilization would change it forever. The casting of Crain, usually the sweet natured ingenue, as the hard and calculating ranch owner was inspired. With Claire Trevor, Richard Boone as the villain, Jay C. Flippen, Mara Corday, Sheb Wooley, Myrna Hansen, Jack Elam and Malcolm Atterbury.

The Umbrella DVD courtesy of Australia is a vivid, strong transfer in a wide screen aspect ratio of 1.85 when 2 to 1 would have been more appropriate.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To fence or not to fence, that is the question. 28 Nov 2010
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Man Without A Star is directed by King Vidor and adapted by Borden Chase & D. D. Beauchamp from the Dee Linford novel. It stars Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Claire Trevor, William Campbell & Richard Boone. Photographed by Russell Metty in Technicolor around the Thousand Oaks area in California, with the title song warbled by Frankie Laine.

Dempsey Rae (Douglas) is easy going and a lover of life, so much so he has no qualms about befriending young hot head Jeff Jimson (Campbell). The pair, after a scare with the law, amble into town and find work at a ranch owned by the mysterious Reed Bowman. Who after finally showing up turns out to be a lady (Crain), with very ambitious plans. As sexual tensions start to run high, so do tempers, as the boys find themselves in the middle of a range war.

It's all very conventional stuff in the grand scheme of range war Western things, but none the less it manages to stay well above average in spite of a tricky first quarter. For the fist part Vidor and Douglas seem to be playing the film for laughs, with the actor mugging for all he is worth. Add in the wet behind the ears performance of Campbell and one wonders if this is going to be a spoof. But once the lads land in town and the girls show up (Trevor classy, Crain smouldering), the film shifts in gear and starts to get edgy with Vidor proving to have paced it wisely. The thematics of era and lifestyle changes, here signified by barbed wire, are well written into the plot. While interesting camera angles and biting photography keep the mood sexually skew whiff. Boone lifts proceedings with another fine villain performance, and Jay C. Flippen in support is as solid as he almost always was. 7/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pegasus Ent. make the old new again!! 22 Jun 2012
Man Without a Star is an excellent 50's western with Kirk Douglas in one of his most memorable roles. Other reviewers have went over the storyline and by now, you should know it is a wonderful movie, and I highly recommend it to everyone. The rest of this review will be over quality and other releases.
Previously I bought a region free Chinese import just so I owned a copy of this great movie. Too bad the Chinese import wasn't great! It was 4:3 pan and scan, and the colors were awful. So naturally when my wife bought me a region free dvd player, this was on my short list of PAL dvds that arn't availible here in the states (along with Backlash, Two Rode Together, The Last Sunset, and Western Union) I was more than estatic when I recieved my movies. The copy of Man Without a Star was wonderful. Presented in its original aspect ratio (a major plus for any movie buff) The print was spectacular. The technicolor print is sharp and vibrant (just what you expect out of a 50's western) The dark scenes (most notably the train scene, early in the movie) are very nice, it is realistically dark with enough light to see what is happening. In contrast, while watching the Chinese import the night scenes are way too dark, almost unwatchable. But the technicolor process really shine in the great outdoors. Whether in the middle or town, or on the wide open trail, the vivid technicolor produces a very retro americana feel to the movie. Its hard to describe, but it's what us western buffs really enjoy in these old 50's westerns. My hats are off to the boys and girls at Pegasus Entertainment for putting out some really great westerns and not skimping out on the quality. The disk does not have any special features included. No trailer, no bios, nothing. This didn't bother me at all, but it may for others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A star status western 29 Jan 2012
This is without doubt Douglas at his best. This little gem has everything that a good movie should have. Action, drama, comedy, singing, good performances throughout and a lively music score sung by Frankie Laine.
Douglas excells as a wandering cowboy who befriends a young inexperienced drifter and teaches him the ways of adulthood.
Definitely one of Douglas's best westerns.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Man Without a Star still shines brightly
Kirk Douglas is in his prime in this excellent, subversive epic, directed by King Vidor. Douglas plays a drifter who hooks up with a young traveler (William Campbell) and then... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Richard Bowden
5.0 out of 5 stars man without a star
this movie was an excellent western made during the golden years of hollywood i also have this in my
collection and it has good actors who were at there best during this... Read more
Published 11 months ago by malcolm evans
2.0 out of 5 stars man without a star dvd from hongkong
very good film I have seen it a few times on tv but the dvd from hongkong is in very bad colour not like the original
Published 12 months ago by R.W.LEWER
4.0 out of 5 stars Kirk Douglas.A good western pleaser.
Frankie Laine sings the title song(Always a good start!)I think the westerns of the mid-fifties were the best and this is up there as one of them. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Malcolm McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I saw this film when it was first released. and i enjoyed this time just as much. Glad i bought it.
Published 14 months ago by Anthony Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars kirk at his best.
Arrived on time .Im a big Kirk Douglas fan and think this film shows what a fine actor he is .Picture quality very good considerate its over 50 years old.
Published 17 months ago by Chris G
3.0 out of 5 stars How the west was won
This 1955 movie is a fairly routine western about the range wars that developed as people surged west in establishing land to live off in America. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dr. H. A. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars man without a star
saw this western many years ago dated a little
but westerns like this were made by UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
on regular basis with top stars of the time . Read more
Published on 8 July 2012 by D. C. Newby
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Treat
This western may seem familiar to some as it was later filmed with Tony Franciosa and the same story also appeared as an episode of The Virginian with Brian Keith but this is the... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by Jim Kames
5.0 out of 5 stars Man Without a Star
Great western i was pleased when this was released on dvd,and a favourite film of mind
which has been long over due coming out.
Published on 24 April 2012 by Mr. G. E. L. Fuge
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