The Film (3.5/5)
About being grazed in the head by a bullet, Noon(Richard Crenna) becomes and amnesiac; he can’t remember just who he is. Who is “The Man Called Noon”? He is a gunslinger with a gold fortune hidden somewhere, and of course people are interested in finding it. And will stop at nothing to get it.
Disoriented, coupled with the loss of memory after being shot in the head, Noon rides a train where he joins up with Rimes (Stephen Boyd, Ben-Hur) who is a dangerous outlaw. Rimes is curious about Noon and wants to know who this man is. Once they hop off the train, their adventure begins. On the way to find the truth, he is introduced to Fan Davidge (Rosanna Schiaffino, Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete) who takes an ‘interest’ to him.
Noon slowly regains his memory, recalling not just his fortune, but the death of his wife and child. There are few persons who are scheming to get the hidden fortune, such as Judge Niland(Farley Granger, Strangers on a Train) Peg Cullane (Patty Shepard, Slugs) and his gang of outlaws. They ride with Noon to find the gold, and when he’s led them to it, Niland and his gang betrays him, shooting him down. But they didn’t kill him, as Noon rises and with the help of Rimes and Fan Davidge, they get even with the thugs.
The Man Called Noon is a fun enjoyable Spanish/Italian production, and captured that vibe when watching a Spaghetti Western. The cast does a fine, credible job in the acting department, even though seeing Richard Crenna as a tough hombre was a bit of a stretch, after sitting through many of his films. He was kind of miscast but he made it work so we can forgive. It has some great cinematography, beautiful sets and scenery some great “shoot ‘em up”action
The Man Called Noon is given a Blu-ray release courtesy of Kino Lorber. The movie is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1:85:1, in 1080p with an MPEG 4 - AVC encode and the results are just outstanding. The daylight scenes are just gorgeous including beautiful blue skies and scenery. Skin tones look good as well. The colors to me look really vibrant; to me it looks just magnificent and is quite visually pleasing.
The audio used for The Man Called Noon is English DTS- HD Master Audio 2.0 The dialog, and gunshots all come in loud and clear. It’s more than serviceable. There are English subtitles available for this release
Supplements for The Man Called Noon are just trailers for Barquero, Billy Two Hats, Duel at Diablo, More Dead than Alive, Navajo Joe, and The Spikes Gang. Not every release will be filled with extras, and at least the film has gotten a Blu-ray release if nothing else.
I really liked The Man Called Noon; it’s a good movie, with superb audio and video quality thanks to Kino Lorber. This should please fans of the film, who hopefully won’t take too unkindly to the lack of extras.