Warlock (1959 Fox Cinema Archives)
Fox Cinema Archives // Unrated // $19.98 // March 1, 2013
Review by Paul Mavis | posted March 11, 2013
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This is getting worse....

20th Century-Fox's Cinema Archives vault of hard-to-find cult and library titles has released Warlock, the 1959 Western from director Edward Dmytryk, beautifully shot in CinemaScope by pro cinematographer Joseph MacDonald, and featuring a sensational cast: Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Malone, and Dolores Michaels. As I wrote in my review for 23 Paces for Baker Street, I didn't watch Warlock for longer than a minute past the properly-ratioed credits (I've seen it a million times―an interesting, underrated, Western) because Fox has released this in a grainy, blown-out, softly-focused 1.33:1 pan-and-scan botch that completely undermines the whole point of their Cinema Archives concept. Whether or not they did this deliberately, or because this is the only print that was available (it's clearly not), is beside the point: the era of asking collectors to go along with a pan-and-scan version of a widescreen movie is long over (the only people buying a title like this―it's an on-demand disc, for god's sake). So no need to review the movie itself. I'm getting a bad feeling about this, Fox.... Skip this release of Warlock.



Paul Mavis is an internationally published film and television historian, a member of the Online Film Critics Society, and the author of The Espionage Filmography.



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