Plunder Road Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release
On a dark rainy night, five men stage a well-planned U.S. Mint train robbery and walk away with ten million in gold bullion. To throw the cops off the track, the gang split up the massive haul into three concealed truckloads and go off to three different directions hoping for a perfect getaway.
For more about Plunder Road and the Plunder Road Blu-ray release, see Plunder Road Blu-ray Review published by Jeffrey Kauffman on October 17, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.
As a born and bred (really shouldn't that be bred and born?) Utahn, I must confess to laughing out loud when the quasi-
noir Plunder Road supposedly plied the back roads of my typically squeaky clean and not exactly noirish home state
in its depiction of a daring railroad hold up
and its aftermath, as a quintet of bad guys makes off with a huge fortune in gold bullion but finds out once they get
outside of the sylvan climes of the Wasatch Range, things can get ugly—fast. With no real A-listers in the cast (trivia
hounds may recognize Jeanne Cooper as the formidable star of The Young and the Restless and mother of L.A.
Law's Corbin Bernsen), and a director whose name (Hubert Cornfield) may be his most memorable achievement,
Plunder Road might seem on its surface not to have much to recommend it, but that's actually not the case.
The gang (which includes great character actors like Gene Raymond, Stafford Repp and Elisha Cook Jr.) split up into
separate traveling parties, each in a disguised truck carrying part of the loot, but things almost immediately go awry for all
of them. Plunder Road is a surprisingly tense affair, building to a great climax on the frantic freeway system of Los
Angeles. Beautiful location photography (in Regalscope, Fox's second string name for CinemaScope) by the legendary
Ernest Haller helps to lift this entry far above
its more typical B-movie drive-in fare kin. Plunder Road is one road noir fans are going to want to travel.
Plunder Road is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Olive Films with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.35:1. Aside
from some relatively minor and completely expected age related damage, this is one of the more lustrous black and white
offerings we've seen from Olive. Contrast is very strong and consistent, blacks are impressively deep, and gray scale is
nicely modulated. The image is very well defined, with fine detail offering nice accountings of weathered faces and the
admittedly low key costumes. Haller's gorgeous cinematography really captures a sense of time and place, from the lesser
traveled roads of the American southwest to the crowded urban cityscape of Los Angeles.
Plunder Road features a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio Mono mix which has no damage to report, and which offers
dialogue, sound effects and a nicely propulsive score (by Irving Gertz) with excellent fidelity and prioritization. This is not a
big, bombastic assault on the senses by any stretch, but it gets the job done without any problems whatsoever.
There's no mistaking Plunder Road's "second feature on a double bill" status, but it's a surprisingly well made film
that offers great location photography and some nice performances from a game cast of notable character actors. Anyone
who's ever gotten stuck in Los Angeles traffic is going to love the denouement of this film. Recommended.