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The Tall T

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4K UHD special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Sullivan, Arthur Hunnicut, Skip Homeier, Henry Silva, John Hubbard, Robert Burton.

Publication Information

[New York, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2023]

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (78 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (32 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm.)


Not rated.

Added Uniform Title

Tall T (Motion picture)


The five briskly entertaining, vividly performed westerns made by director Budd Boetticher and strapping star Randolph Scott in the second half of the 1950s transcend their B-movie origins to become rich, unexpectedly profound explorations of loyalty, greed, honor, and revenge. Often grouped under the name Ranown (after producer Harry Joe Brown and Scott's production company) and colorfully scripted by Burt Kennedy and Charles Lang, these films seem to unfold in a world unto themselves, staking a claim between traditional westerns and the subversive genre revisionism of the 1960s--and representing the crowning achievement of the underappreciated auteur Boetticher.

Based on the story by Elmore Leonard, this collaboration between director Budd Boetticher, actor Randolph Scott, and screenwriter Burt Kennedy is a model of elegantly economical storytelling charged with psychological tension. Here, Scott is the easygoing rancher who, along with the newlywed daughter of a wealthy mining baron, must use his wits to stay alive when he is taken hostage by a band of ruthless stagecoach robbers. He is memorably matched by Richard Boone's dangerously charming, nearly sympathetic villain in a performance that exemplifies the fine moral shading that distinguishes the Ranown westerns.


This is a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and requires a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player; it will not play in standard Blu-ray or DVD players. For full 4K UHD effects, a 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR and a high-speed HDMI (category 2) cable are required.

Based on a story by Elmore Leonard

Originally released as a motion picture in 1957.

Discs originally released as part of the six-disc Criterion Collection set The Ranown westerns: five films directed by Budd Boetticher and are labeled "4K UHD disc one" and "Blu-ray disc three."

Special features: New 4K digital restoration by Sony Pictures Entertainment, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack ; one 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with The Ranown westerns special features ; audio commentary featuring film scholar Jeanine Basinger ; new program featuring film critic Farran Smith Nehme on actor Randolph Scott ; archival programs featuring interviews with director Budd Boetticher ; audio conversation with Boetticher and film scholar Jim Kitses.


  • Tall T Ranown westerns supplements.

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