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LUST FOR GOLD

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 90 minutes

STUDIO: Columbia/Sony

RELEASE DATE: 4-5-2005

ANALYSIS: Just like classic film noir, there are many gems among other genres including Westerns. LUST FOR GOLD is one of those gems I have never seen. Glenn Ford has starred in several Westerns for Columbia including THE DESPERADOS and JUBAL (which I will also review). In LUST FOR GOLD, he is the main character in the flashback tale told during the center part of the movie as we learn how Jacob "Dutch" Walsh found a lost treasure on Superstition Mountain and what happened after he claimed the treasure. Flash forward to the 1940s to a tale about his grandson looking for the lost Dutchman's Mine. Someone is willing to kill to keep people from finding the treasure. LUST FOR GOLD is a tale of love and greed. A married woman (Ida Lupino) schemes to get the location of the mine from Jacob. Will he learn about her deceptions? Will she fall in love with him? LUST FOR GOLD has solid writing and good acting from a Western that starts in the 1940s and ends in the 1940s with a story in the Old West in the middle.

VIDEO/AUDIO: LUST FOR GOLD is presented in it's original 1.33:1 format. The image detail is fine. Blacks and greys have good texture. Speckling and scratches show throughout the transfer. The transfer does have some very visible grain and video noise.

You can hear the movie in English 2.0 Mono Dolby Digital with the option of English or Japanese subtitles. Dialogue and sounds are clearly heard. The mono track doesn't sound too bad. No background hiss can be heard.

EXTRAS: The only extra is a two minute trailer for other Westerns from Columbia (and Desperado and Once Upon A Time In Mexico)

FINAL ANALYSIS: LUST FOR GOLD is a solid Western tale of greed and love that will appeal to Western fans and glenn Ford fans (who will probably buy the other Glenn Ford movies coming out on the same day).

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