The Ride Back

The Ride Back

Director: Allen Miner Cast: Anthony Quinn, William Conrad, George Trevino

DVD (Black & White / Pan & Scan)


Most viewers are probably not familiar with Allen H. Miner's The Ride Back (1957), which is a pity -- from its opening scene, a shootout seen from the low-angle point-of-view of a young boy, it's filled with offbeat images and unusual touches, not the least of which is the title ballad sung over the credits and at various points in the story by Eddie Albert (who isn't otherwise in the movie). The film, shot in a gritty, realistic black-and-white and very tightly edited, is an engrossing outdoor chase film about a U.S. lawman (William Conrad), who also produced it through Robert Aldrich's company) on the trail of a criminal (Anthony Quinn) in Mexico, is told with a strange mix of lyrical visual nuances and harshly realistic settings and images. The DVD is transferred from a source that, despite a few uneven moments (such as the opening shot, of a western town and a boy playing, which looks slightly soft), is superior to any television print that this reviewer has ever seen. It doesn't lose the enveloping realism that the director and producer sought, despite the quality of the transfer -- what is enhanced are details like the sweat of fear on the marshal's face as he faces the outlaw for the first time, and the impact of certain moments, such as the cut to a deep focus shot through the window of the outlaw's cabin from inside at 14 and a half minutes in, and the accompanying beautiful camera pan to the right as the marshal enters the cabin; and the low-angle shots of the confrontation in the cabin. The movie is filled with moments like that, and is well worth watching and owning, as one of the more interesting psychological westerns of its period. The film has been mastered full-frame (1.33-to-1), which works well enough, though the trailer is presented 1.66-to-1, which seems to be how the movie was intended to be shown. The Ride Back has been given 16 chapters, which is more than adequate for an 80 minute movie. The only other bonus feature is a selection of English captions and French and Spanish subtitles, all accessible on a two-layer menu that opens automatically on start-up.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2003
UPC: 0027616885845
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:20:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Killing/Main Title
2. Hamish Heads South
3. The Brave, Unhappy Padre
4. Kallen in Custody
5. "Man, You're So Nervous"
6. Elena Tracks the Men
7. Recrossing the Border
8. "It Was Self-Defense"
9. Burial Out Back
10. The Big Fight
11. Twins?
12. Buckboard Escape
13. Hamish Confesses
14. "Kid, Drop the Gun"
15. Hamish Wounded
16. The End of the Ride

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