Blu-ray Review: FROM NOON TILL THREE

FROM NOON TILL THREE was written and directed by Frank D. Gilroy (based on his novel) and stars Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Douglas Fowley, Stan Haze, Damon Douglas and Anne Ramsey. The score is by Elmer Bernstein.

Writer-director Frank D. Gilroy (The Subject Was Roses) gives us, in From Noon Till Three (1976), an atypical Charles Bronson Western that’s also a clever meditation on myth versus reality. Bronson plays a reluctant desperado whose three-hour tryst with a lovely widow (Jill Ireland) is turned into the stuff of legend when he is mistakenly reported dead. Gorgeously shot by Lucien Ballard (The Wild Bunch), and highlighted by a superb Elmer Bernstein score, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.

This 1976 western romantic comedy follows Graham Dorsey (Charles Bronson), a bank robber who meets Amanda Starbuck (Jill Ireland), a beautiful widow when his gang makes a pit stop on their way to a robbery in the nearby town. Graham charms his way into Amanda’s life and the two have a short-lived romance but his gang’s robbery doesn’t go as plan and turns into a disaster so he decides to go into hiding. This leaves Amanda thinking that she’s lost Graham but he’s actually on a strange new adventure where he finds out that their romance has become legendary and Amanda has cashed in on it.

Amanda wrote a successful book about her time with the outlaw and now his name and their relationship has become an exaggerated legend. What happens is, a disguised Graham takes one of the tours that visits Amanda’s home and decides to stay behind to see if he can reveal himself to his former lover but things don’t go as planned. What he finds is a confused Amanda who doesn’t believe him when he tells her who he is at first. He eventually convinces her that he’s the real deal but Amanda has worked so hard on building this legendary status that if anyone discovers that Graham is actually still alive that it could ruin everything. This is when Amanda pulls out her gun and just when Graham thinks he’s done for, his former lover shoots herself instead, leaving Graham heartbroken and eventually back in prison.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image, a few quotes, and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inside is a booklet from Twilight Time that includes more images from the movie, some nice words about From Noon Till Three by Julie Kirgo and more original artwork on the front and back. You can see the front cover of the booklet down below. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, From Noon Till Three was another first time watch for me and it’s a movie that’s quite different from the other Charles Bronson action classics I’ve seen. This western is more of a romantic comedy so it’s a big departure for the legendary tough guy actor and he does a great job with this charismatic charmer / master of disguise he portrays. The movie still has a fair share of action but focuses more of its time with the relationship that builds between the two main characters that lose each other and ultimately find one another again but the second go round is much different. Jill Ireland (Bronson’s real life wife) does a great job as this feisty and independent love interest that Bronson’s character falls for plus it’s a lot of fun watching these two characters go back and forth in this quirky relationship. Needless to say, the chemistry is evident. Frank D. Gilroy came up with the story and I thought he did a really good job directing the movie because it’s an interesting departure for Charles Bronson and a really fun watch. From Noon Till Three is available on Blu-ray and has a limited edition run of 3,000 units.

Distributor: Twilight Time

Run Time: 99 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 (2.0 on some players)

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include an isolated score track and original theatrical trailer.

  • Isolated Score Track (with some effects)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (02:01)
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