With a slew of Steve McQueen movies available on dvd, "THE REIVERS" is one of the few that truly deserves another chance to be seen! Based on William Faulkner's novel, "THE REIVERS" is a poignant, often funny, tale of three friends traveling and getting into all sorts of hair-raising trouble in 1905 Mississippi. The main characters have their lives entwined with a yellow Winton Flyer, with which they travel by. For a film that deals with important subject matter, racism and more, "THE REIVERS" approaches these themes with a subtle passion, and this is both its magic and its downfall. "THE REIVERS" tries to do too much in too little time. Still, even with its flaws, it's often a wonderful film, and in spite of a subplot taking place at a brothel, it's actually a film for the entire family! Seriously!
PARAMOUNT has preserved the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors are splendid throughout. There is a rich production design and Rydel's imagery is well complimented here. Darker scenes exhibit some minor grain, but there's still great clarity.
PARAMOUNT has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Surrounds are restrained, and separation is limited to the front soundspeakers. However, surrounds kick in to boost the wonderful score. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.