I have loved this film since I first viewed it on local TV in about 1970. Now, having seen it restored and in wide screen format, I'm nearly fulfilled, except for it being in black and white.
Some films are completely suited for B&W, but I can't help thinking that LATB might be enhanced by an excellent colorization. The Southwest is, of course, "colorful" in its own right, and LATB's location shooting, so much of it in broad daylight with mountains, desert, forest, trickling streams, a beautiful horse, dappled trails, and of course the wonderful dawn shot of the mountains in the background when Jack and Gerry part ways ... all could be enhanced by careful, detailed, respectful colorization.
I am not one to run around calling for mass colorization. I feel that only a very _few_ films should be colorized.
But, let's face it. For being a "small" film, LATB is a kind of epic. Its masterful photography, big screen glory, location shooting, wide open spaces, even its pine trees CRY OUT for colorizing. I don't know what time of year it was filmed, but how much more might colorizing enhance the film had it been filmed in the Fall - think of how lovely some just-turning aspens would look in contrast with the solemnity of those dark pines ...
Be that as it may, I really do think that this movie is one of the very few that would be boosted by a competent colorization.