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Sabado Tragico (Violent Saturday) (DVD) (1955) (Spanish Import)

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  • Actors: Victor Mature, Richard Egan, Stephen McNally, Virginia Leith, Margaret Hayes
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 87.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OB3946
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,469 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A number of otherwise insignificant small-town stories erupt into drama when a gang of hoodlums decides to rob the local bank. A father looking for pride in his son's eyes, a timid clerk who is a peeping tom by night, a man striving to rewin his wife's love, an Amish farmer faced with viciousness, and a proper older woman turned thief, all find themselves entangled with the bank robbers as a peaceful weekend turns violent. ...Violent Saturday

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This is the good news I've been waiting for! The first ever release of one of the Fifties underrated movies Richard Fleischer's Violent Saturday, in sparkling blu-ray CinemaScope.
Eureka must be congratulated on their achievement for presenting this excellent film in all it's wide screen glory and 4.0 stereo sound, particularly as 20th Century Fox have had such bad press in the States issuing their archive CinemaScope classics in a dreadful pan and scan version. So please Eureka let us have more of these excellent presentations.
I don't intend to review the film as such (I will leave others to do the job) but to say it's an fast moving crime melodrama expertly played and directed. Put this version on your must have wish list.
Anthony Sherratt
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This is when you need a 3 and a half on the Amazonometer. A bizarre mixture of soap opera and heist movie. Far too many sub-plots for comfort, some resolved, others not quite and some pretty unconvincing. However, the central robbery is well-handled, dialogue crisp at times and it has some pretty strong performances - let's praise Richard Egan's drunk. The most striking elements are the De Luxe colour which sits perfectly in colouring small town USA in the 50s and some quite surprising flashes of violence for the time. But chucking in the peeping Tom, the hard-up librarian and the sexpot wife of the copper mine owner with a yen for golf pros are all dilutants it could do without even if they are a 'commentary' on social 'issues'.
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The Brandenville Broth.

Violent Saturday is directed by Richard Fleischer and adapted to screenplay by Sydney Boehm from the novel of the same name written by William L. Heath. It stars Victor Mature, Richard Egan, Lee Marvin, Stephen McNally, J. Carrol Naish, Tommy Noonan, Ernest Borgnine, Virginia Leith and Sylvia Sidney. Music is by Hugo Friedhoffer and cinematography by Charles G. Clarke.

Stand Pat and Resist Evil.

A simmering powder keg of criminality told in beautiful De Luxe and CinemaScope, Violent Saturday is one of the definitions of a slow burn movie that pays off with explosive aplomb.

The town of Brandenville is the scene of a planned bank robbery by a trio of baddies led by Harper (McNally). The narrative has the trio arrive in town and plan for the robbery, as they move about the populace, a whole bunch of sub-plots pop up to maintain maximum interest and to of course set up the drama involving the robbery and the subsequent attempts at a getaway.

I don't blame him - she moves like a Swiss watch.

The characters are prime noir dwellers, they range from thieving dames and tramp wives, to a peeping tom, a drunkard husband and also a guilt ridden father, and this before we even get to the villains! Who, with Marvin in prime Benzedrine sniffing scumbag mode (he thinks nothing of hurting children), are truly shifty operators personified.

The Arizona locale is beautifully utilised by Fleischer and Clarke, belying the harsh side of the human condition that comes roaring out the Brandenville traps as the pic enters the final third. There's some murky moralising in said last third that irritates, more so when it involves a badly miscast Borgnine as a Quaker! While one character strand is annoyingly left dangling.
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I ordered this film due to the cast, the director - having seen the superb Narrow Margin and Armored Car Robbery - and the year, as I love American crime films from that era having been spellbound since first seeing them as a child. Well, this one was certainly no disappointment being gripping from the first few frames. The cast, script, setting and direction are first rate. It was a pleasure to once again see two "beef-cake" actors in Victor Mature and Richard Egan show they were far more than their stereotyped image. The film contained scenes of the utmost tension and utmost tenderness and holds you from beginning to end. The dialogue and very clever weaving of plot and characters was a joy. Also, the DVD has wonderful picture (colour) and sound quality. So, cast aside all the modern dross and take a trip back to the golden age of crime films and prepare for a real treat. As you can deduce from my comments, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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It's well filmed, contrary to what another reviewer said. There's some heavy marital drama to fill it out, but there's a good thriller up front, Lee Marvin menacing as ever, and a slick leader. Ernet Borgnine as an Amish farmer, exuding piety, and Victor Mature as a non-war hero. The answer is violence.Great
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A long time since I saw this film which comes with bot a Blu Ray and DVD version. The film quality is excellent and the story is realistic, those who get shot are really hurt not leaping about being brave. Cannot recommend this film highly enough.
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"4 x 3 Letterbox" says the official description of this edition of Fleischer's mini-classic, along with some flannel about the best prints available. I don't know about you, but as far as I am concerned academy ratio is NOT a letterbox format, unless painfully cropped top and bottom to the wider 16:9 shape. This is a film which has been shown just as disgracefully on UK TV and which cries out to be seen in proper ratio; anything else completely destroys the rich mise-en-scene. My advice is to buy the Spanish edition also to be found on this site, as at least the all-important letterboxing appears present and correct there. After all, why would you want to compromise, especially at these prices?
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