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Bad Day at Black Rock [1955][Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] [DVD] [1954]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007TKNH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,448 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spencer Tracy plays one-armed officer in retirement who comes to a little town
Black Rock after the Second World war.Tracy is going to find out what happened
to the his friend's father - japanese emigrant who lived in Black Rock.
He soon understands that he is quite unwellcome and even in danger.
But of course nothing will stop him ... . The story takes your attention
from the first minutes till the final scene of the film. Spencer Tracy
is simple and GREATE, this is one of his best roles, and supporting actors are
also excellent. Kathrine Hepburn remembers in her book "ME" that she was deeply
impressed by Spencer Tracy's work in this film - how natural , simple and convincing
he is. "Bad Day at Black Rock" is one of the films that will never be outdated.
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Black Rock seems less a place than a mirage shimmering in the desert, conjured from sub-conscious guilt over a four-year-old crime that still holds its inhabitants in thrall. Until a stranger alights from the Streamliner express - that doesn't usually stop here - and asks the way to Adobe Flats. John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy) is more than a stranger. In this Western environment he's practically an alien in his dark business-suit and with a 'dead' left arm that adds a sinister touch. He's looking for Joe Kamoko, an old Japanese farmer resident in these parts. But Kamoko seems to have disappeared long since and no one wants to talk about it. Black Rock effectively closes up against Macreedy. He's refused a room at the hotel so simply picks one for himself. He's a man with a mission, as we gradually learn, and not to be discouraged. During World War II, recently ended, Kamoko's son had saved Mac's life at the cost of his own as one of the Nisei, the special unit of Japanese-Americans serving with the Allies. His action won him a posthumous medal and Mac wants to pass it on to the old man. He hires a jeep and drives to Adobe Flats where he finds a burnt-down house and an unmarked grave (wild flowers growing on it.) He's forced off the road by Coley Trimble (Ernest Borgnine), one of a faction led by Reno Smith (Robert Ryan), the local Mr. Big, who begin a campaign of harassment against the stranger. No one seems to get him mad which puzzles and frustrates them. But back in town a pivotal moment comes in the diner when Coley crosses the line and Mac unleashes a secret weapon that literally floors his opponent - karate. The gloves are off.Read more ›
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You either like Discworld stuff or you don't, the films will have been reviewed many times elsewhere and I don't intend to get into the 'not as good as the books' debate. All I will say is that it was really interesting to hear the music brought to life in 'Soul Music' and my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed both films!

I have been trying to get hold of these films for so long that when I saw this two-disc set at such a good price (£15.99), I bought it without checking the details and so didn't realise it was the German version. I checked it had the English audio on before I took the shrink-wrap off and was pleased to see that it was indeed present. Just select "Sprachen" from the main menu and then "Englisch" and sit back and enjoy.

Sep 2014 - I don't know why this review is now suddenly for 'Bad Day at Black Rock ' - it was originally for this DVD: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Pratchetts-Discworld-Sisters-language/dp/B007LQUCPE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1410294223&sr=8-2&keywords=Terry+Pratchett%27s+Soul+Music+%26+Wyrd+Sisters
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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 April 2009
Format: DVD
This film represents the finest hour for that Hollywood veteran director John Sturges. It is far superior to his "The Magnificent Seven" which relied heavily on uniquely skilled, one dimensional, stereo type characters. A film that had such an influence on that demented period of the Italian Western. This film is a fascinating contemporary western that has elements of the film noir. Made over fifty years ago it does not look contemporary now, but is still a very handsome film to look at, and has a wonderful fifties feel to it that would be hard to replicate now.

Spencer Tracy plays a one armed second world war veteran on a mission to find the Japanese/American Father of the war hero who died saving his life during the Italian campaign, and to hand him his sons medal. He stops at the small one horse town of Black Rock in the desert but finds that the Father has mysteriously disappeared. He is met with open hostility by most of the townsfolk especially in the form of Robert Ryan and his menacing henchman. But slowly due to dogged persistence he begins to uncover the grim truth. Tracy heads to an inevitable showdown with Ryan and his thugs.

The film boasts a very fine ensemble cast with possibly the best team of heavies to have ever graced the screen. Robert Ryan was always excellent as a villain. I recall him being especially good in "The Naked Spur". Ernest Borgnine provides another classic example of his pot bellied bully and Lee Marvin exudes menace with his mere presence. Sterling support is provided by Walter Brennan as a sympathetic Doctor and Dean Jagger as the drunken town marshall who turns a blind eye. All worth the admission fee alone.

The film has been compared with "High Noon" with its inherent liberal sentiments.
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