WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Brave One, The

Reviewed In Issue 13 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Michael Ray, Rodolio Hoyos, George Trevino.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): LUM
(Catalog Number): LVD9419
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1956
(LD Release Date): 12/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Irving Rapper
(Screenplay/Written By): Harry Franklin & Merril G. White
(Story): Robert Rich (Dalton Trumbo)
(Music): Victor Young
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ramon Rodriguez
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Merrill G. White, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Maurice King & Frank King

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Stereo
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Brave One is a poetic drama of a young boy and his pet bull based on the original screenplay “Eminio And His Pet Bull” by Dalton Trumbo. The film won an Academy Award® for best original story in 1956. The author for the original story was credited to one Robert Rich, who to the Academy’s embarrassment turned out not to exist. Dalton Trumbo—one of the infamous Hollywood 10, and blacklisted by the industry in 1947—revealed in 1959 that he was the original writer. Soon after the Academy revoked its amendment against prohibiting any blacklisted writer from accepting an Oscar®. Trumbo, while blacklisted, wrote 18 screenplays under various pseudonyms until 1960.

LaserDisc Picture:
The scope 2.40:1 picture is quite natural in appearance with beautiful cinematography by Oscar®-winner Jack Cardiff.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The stereo soundtrack has a great orchestral score (his last) from one of the greatest composers in American cinema, Victor Young.
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