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Three Violent People


Picture: B-     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Film: C+



Three Violent People (1956) marks one of the last films Charlton Heston would star in where he had minimal control of the proceedings.  After this film (actually The Ten Commandments) his name would become recognized all over, which would enable him to pick just about any project with any one he wanted.  So, perhaps if this film were a bit later and beyond his contract with Paramount it would have never been made, or at least not with Heston.  The real shame then would have been that Heston is quite possibly the only reason to see this film anyway.  Well, enough of the “what ifs” because the film was made and over the years has fallen to the wayside as another typical dramatic Western that is as formulaic as they come. 


To make a long story short the plot is quite thin and really only requires a few sentences, so here they are.  Heston plays a man back from the Civil War and owns a lot of land, which ends up being part of his dilemma because a few people have their eyes on his property.  Enter into the equation is his new bride (Anne Baxter) who is keeping her wild days far behind her, but is their love strong enough to overcome the obstacles before them?  Let’s face it this is the part where everyone except real die-hards zone out. 


Despite the film being average, Paramount has certainly done justice in terms of bringing the film to DVD, at least in the quality department.  First we have another of their beautiful VistaVision films reproduced here with awesome levels of detail and depth.  Shot in color with a 1.85 X 1 aspect ratio and anamorphically enhanced for this DVD release, the film has a very liquid appearance with colors that are vibrantly recreated, which in some ways set the film apart from a lot of Westerns that have a more drab or dirty feel and look.  Sound is a very basic Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono that works fine with some minor hiss and crackling, which could distract some viewers. 


No extras to be found, but it is doubtful that this will upset anyone.  Given that it looks quite good this could be one reason to seek out the film, but don’t expect this sucker to make it to the top of your all time list anytime soon.



-   Nate Goss


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