A great Western is coming to Blu-Ray here in the States. Let’s hope it’s a great transfer.
E1 Entertainment has announced a Blu-Ray disc of One Eyed Jacks (1961), with a November 8 street date. It appeared on ClassicFlix yesterday and it’s now got a listing on Amazon.
If you troll the forums (which I do every once in a while), you may have seen a lot of stuff about recent French and German releases of this public domain picture. There seems to be some of the usual debate about how good they look. Judging from the cover art, this E1 release has some relation to the German one. I’ve lost count of how many DVDs of this film I’ve tried out — the old letterboxed laserdisc is far and away the best it’s ever looked on video. This new release will give me a chance to start blowing money on a new format. Can’t wait.
The merits (of lack of same) of One Eyed Jacks, Marlon Brando’s only picture as director, are a matter of personal taste. (I love it.) The story of its production could fill books (and should) — I covered it briefly a while back. To make a long story short, it could have easily been a 50s Western.