“THE FAR COUNTRY”— 2-Disc Limited Edition

“THE FAR COUNTRY”

2-Disc Limited Edition

Amos Lassen

“The Far Country” is one of five superb westerns the screen legend James Stewart (made with acclaimed Hollywood auteur Anthony Mann. It is the story of Jeff Webster (Stewart) and his sidekick Ben Tatum (Walter Brennen): two adventurers driving cattle to market from Wyoming to Canada who meet a corrupt judge (John McIntire) and his henchmen.

This is an epic saga set during the Klondike Gold Rush and it totally captures scenic grandeur in vivid Technicolor. Mann’s direction expertly guides the film into an unorthodox all guns-blazing finale against a gorgeous landscape. In  1896, Webster sees the Klondike gold rush as a chance to make a fortune through beef, so he drives his cattle herd from Wyoming to Seattle, by ship to Skagway, and through the mountains to Dawson City, pursued by villainous Ives (Steve Brodie). On the trail, there’s a bit of a ruckus and delay caused by locking horns with crooked town boss Judge Gannon. Once settled in Dawson, he and his partner Ben Tatum join the gold business too. Webster may be a miserable person, but he’s soon got two lovely women falling for him, bad girl Ronda Castle (Ruth Roman) and good girl Renée Vallon (Corinne Calvet). 

This is a psychological revenge Western from the story and script by Borden Chase. Mann uses themes of the conflict between the individual and society, between free will and anarchy, and the coming to terms of the man with a painful past with his renewed life spirit. The good versus evil theme of most Westerns at that time is thankfully given a more realistic and nuanced look.

TWO-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  Two presentations of The Far Country in both original aspect ratios of 1.85:1 and 2.00:1

  Brand new 4K restoration from the original film elements by Arrow Films

  Original 1.0 stereo audio

  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

  Limited edition booklet with new writing on the film by Philip Kemp and original reviews

  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

DISC ONE 

  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1

  New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin

  American Frontiers: Anthony Mann at Universal, an all-new, feature-length documentary with Mann biographer Alan K. Rode, western author C. Courtney Joyner, script supervisor Michael Preece, and critics Michael Schlesinger and Rob Word

  Mann of the West, a newly filmed appraisal of Far Country and the westerns of Anthony Mann by the critic Kim Newman

  Image gallery

  Original trailer DISC TWO 

  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film in the alternate original aspect ratio of 2.00:1

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