I've been looking for this film for ten years; it finally popped up on Amazon Prime. Meh. It's fine, but there was no way it could have met my inflated expectations.
Much better the second time around; this is an excellent film - strong performances, really cool story with some big surprises, but the star, of course, is the spectacular cinematography from Alton. Despite being the public domain, maybe some day this will come out on Blu-ray.