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    After years of cultivating his immortal on-screen persona as a handsome, brooding outsider, Marlon Brando expanded his creative ambitions when he both directed and starred in One-Eyed Jacks, his first and only time behind the camera. Boasting VistaVision cinematography that captures both the beauty of the film’s desert landscapes and the swaggering charisma of its lead, this landmark western showcases the complexity of Brando’s talents, which are miraculously evident despite the many complications that hampered its production. This week, we released our edition of the film in a new 4K digital restoration, which was undertaken by Universal Pictures in partnership with The Film Foundation and in consultation with Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.

    In the below excerpt from a new video essay featured on our release, critic and filmmaker David Cairns analyzes the film’s boldly revisionist take on western themes and Brando’s dynamism as a performer and director.

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  • By Albert B.
    February 06, 2017
    03:30 PM

    Thanks to Criterion for finally remastering this great work of art. I wrote many,many letters begging them to do it and giving them the reasons why. As soon as I received a notification online from my local Barnes and Noble about a sale on Criterion Collection movies I rushed there to purchase. The great Martin Scorsese conducted a workshop/presentation at the Cannes Movie Festival 2016 and spoke of how special it was and how it changed the western movies. It is a love story combined with buddy film, revenge, and exquisite cinematography. The California Monterrey area in the filming is spectacular and the film shot in VistaVision is truly a wonderful movie experience. All star cast to complement Brando - Karl Malden, Slim Pickens, and others. I was a kid of 5 back in 1961 and I saw it with my parents at the local movie house on a Saturday night. It was bigger than life for me and it stood in my memories for years until it came out on VHS. Many pitiful DVD companies have had bleached out poor sound and quality versions, but none come even close to this re-mastering. Thanks to Criterion again for doing this and also thanks to Mr. Scorsese and Mr. Stephen Spielberg for helping in the process. Well Done!!!!