I’ve posted on One-Eyed Jacks (1961) before. Jettisoned from the 50s by Brando’s self-indulgence, it would’ve been an interesting cap to the decade’s cinematic West. It’s still one of my favorite Westerns.
But while it’s easy to come at the picture as a curio — Brando’s only time directing, with a production history as convoluted as any you’ve ever heard — it’s a beautiful, fascinating film. (Of course, to some it’s a total mess.)
One of its many strengths is Hugo Friedhofer’s music, for years represented by a single soundtrack LP — only half the actual score. But that’s been rectified by the Kritzerland two-CD release. Disc One is the original album, with a couple alternate takes. Disc Two is where things really get interesting — the complete score in stunning stereo.
The amount of care that went into this project is obvious — and everyone who touched it should be proud. Limited to just 1,200 copies, it’s already getting hard to find.
Wouldn’t you love to see the film itself get the same attention on DVD?
UPDATE: A bit of One-Eyed Jacks news here.