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Silent Tongue (Pan & Scan/Full Screen)


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



Sam Shepherd is a very smart man and a good writer, but in 1994, he may have hit his nadir with the Western Silent Tongue.  This came out a year after star River Phoenix’s death and is he is not in the film enough to begin with.  Alan Bates, Richard Harris, and Dermot Mulroney cannot save the film from repeating the same old tired territory about race, genocide and morality.  It is not that the film is politically incorrect, but that it is tired and bored.  I never bought any of the Native American characters either.


The 1.33 X 1 image is a cut and butchered down version of the original 2.35 X 1 Panavision shooting and it looks awful.  It looks soft, has color and detail issues, and even sometimes leaves squeezed scope images in the print!  Worst of all, the end credits are letterboxed properly.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has little in the way of surround information.  Though the film is listed in the end credits as a Dolby A-type analog theatrical release, some records show it was actually Dolby SR analog.  Either way, it does not sound it and was likely butchered down for the panning and scanning.  The sound is a generations down, though Patrick O’Hearn’s score is flat.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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