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Blood On The Moon Blu-ray Review

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Robert Mitchum shines in “Blood On The Moon.”

Based on a novel by Luke Short, 1948’s western film “Blood On The Moon” revolves around a loner (Jim Garry) who drifts into town for a job only to find himself smack dab in the middle of a land and cattle dispute involving cattle ranchers (led by John Lufton) and homesteaders. Jim is hired by an old friend (Tate), but he soon learns that Tate is manipulating conflicts for his own personal gain. What will Jim do? That is the question.

Admittedly, I had never heard of “Blood On The Moon” before, but once I learned that Robert Wise (best known for “The Sound of Music,” “West Side Story,” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”) directed this film starring Robert Mitchum, Walter Brennan, Barbara Bel Geddes and Robert Preston, I was instantly intrigued. The script penned by Lillie Hayward and Harold Shumate is nothing to ride home about from a story perspective as it’s basically one big ruse orchestrated by Tate. The film does start strong though with the stampede that ruins Jim’s camp really setting the tone of things to come. Unfortunately, that intensity doesn’t hold as the movie’s sluggish last half hour stalls it. What does make ‘Blood’ appealing, however, is the character of Jim Garry (Robert Mitchum).

To say Mitchum is fantastic here is an understatement. He really makes this layered character come to life. And what a character it is! If I had to describe Jim Garry I would say he’s a bit of a wiseacre who is tough, brave, and conscientious. The character’s mindset and moral dilemma is really what drives the story. You are essentially seeing a character who finds himself on the wrong side and he has to figure out what to do next. Mitchum isn’t the only standout here though as Robert Preston (Tate) superbly plays the selfish villain while Barbara Bel Geddes impresses as the sassy Amy who develops a romance with Jim.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How does it look? The wonderful B&W cinematography Nicholas Musuraca is given a near pristine print with this Blu-ray release. 

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A nice clean 2.0 track.

The lone extra is a “Blood On The Moon” trailer.

May 9, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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