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Old 11-01-2005, 16:20   #841
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A couple of nice links for y'all;

30 Great Westerns - a really fine list, click on the titles on the left for a 'thumbnail' view. Linking to...
In Focus: The Western - some good stuff there too.

Enjoy!

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I know it's a bit obvious but the special edition of the 'good the bad and the ugly' is great and if you buy the japanese version you get the italian soundtrack (not available on the UK disk) and english subs if you so desire.
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I know it's a bit obvious but the special edition of the 'good the bad and the ugly' is great and if you buy the japanese version you get the italian soundtrack (not available on the UK disk) and english subs if you so desire.
Also on the R1 set

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Also on the R1 set
Why did they not out it on the uk disk? I haven't seen the US disk.
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You'll find some discussion on it in this great thread (click on the link in the first post and scout around from there)

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They're all due March 14. As has been asked before, will the eagerly anticpated Man of The West be anamorphic (my gut feeling says yes).
According to German website DVDInside the MGM release will be 2:35:1 anamorphic .
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Fantastisch!
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A couple of classic westerns that have been announced for April 6 in France by Fox (courtesy DVDClassik ):

The Bravados (1958, Henry King)
Buffalo Bill (1944, William Wellman)
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Breakheart Pass thumbnail review

Tom Mix meets Agatha Christie just about sums up Tom Gries' 1975 western Breakheart Pass. Based on the Alistair MacLean novel of the same name, this is not so much a 'whodunnit' as a 'whatthehellisgoingon?' But it's decent, undemanding fun that's enlivened by a good cast, beautiful Lucien Ballard cinematography, a hummable Jerry Goldsmith main theme, and some excellent Yakima Canutt directed stuntwork.

A train is speeding through the snowy mountain passes of Nevada (actually it's Idaho), taking much needed medical supplies and troop replacements for the stricken men of an Army outpost. Stopping for water, they also pick up a Deputy U.S. Marshal (the excellent Ben Johnson) who has just apprehended a low down skunk killer and, gasp, card sharp (we're not told which crime is worse) John Deacon (old Stone Face himself, Charles Bronson).

But something nasty is waiting at the end of the line and no-one on the train is quite what they seem...

SPOILERS AHOY!

MacLean who also scripted this, IMHO, couldn't write a damn. But, in a rather thick-eared way, he could plot up a storm even if he couldn't do dialogue (example; Bronson to the only man on board wearing cooks whites: "You must be Carlos; the chef." Duh!)

Most of the time we don't know what on earth's happening as MacLean drip feeds us little bits of plot - men disappear, men die, the train ploughs on. Gov. Fairchild (Richard Crenna) is clearly up to no good, the Rev., he's played by Bill McKinney, so he's got to be a bad 'un (or is he?), and Charles Durning's there, so he could go either way, as could Ed Lauter and David Huddleston. As for Deacon the neon light flashes early on that his is no killer and soon we, and Maria (Bronson's real life wife Jill Ireland) are rooting for him to, well, do whatever the hell he's doing.

The gorgeous scenery and veteran locomotive make for striking imagery for Ballard to play with. The veteran Canutt, second unit directing a stunt team that includes his own son, does so with great verve and we get the obligatory fight atop the train scene; we even get an indian attack - hurrah! If anything, in style and plotting, Breakheart Pass resembles a silent western. The dialogue, thankfully, is pared down to a minimum and there's a decent amount of action to keep us on the edge of our seats. What do you mean those aren't medical supplies? The men in the Fort aren't sick - they've been taken prisoner by Red Beard (a badly dubbed John Mitchum, brother of Robert and clearly not on the same acting planet) and a band of renegade injuns? Hang on, who just decoupled the troop carriage...Heavens to Betsy, who will save the day (as if you haven't guessed).

The denoument is a tad disappointing, as both the train and MacLean seem to run out of steam. The men in the white hats win hands down, of course, there's a gunfight for Deacon to win, and then he carries off the girl. As I said, undemanding stuff, but it's a good western and Breakheart Pass remains one of my many guilty pleasures. I love the stylised main titles BTW, which for some reason I can't explain, remind me of TV's The Virginian; but then again it is a great Goldsmith theme.

This R1 disc is from the MGM/UA range, and as such I always approach them with fear and trepidation such has been MGM's treatment of the UA catalogue generally. It's not bad; a decent 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer (and full screen on the flip side), with a few nicks and marks and a little dirt, but nothing too intrusive. Colours, in the main, are pretty good. The mono soundtrack is quite good. The only subtitles are French and Spanish.

I picked it up for a paltry $7.98 CAD (less 25% discount!) from dvdsoon.com, but, during their current sale, it's gone up to a still reasonable $12.98 here.

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www.zetaminor.com has news of two R2 western releases:

Momentum Pictures is adding....new titles to their Take One collection on March the 21st. They are Ralph Nelson's controversial Western Soldier Blue, John Sturges' soppy Western Valdez Horses.....No technical specifications were released, but previous discs have generally been in their original theatrical format. RRP for each disc is Ł12.99. Incidentally, there's nothing on the BBFC's website to say whether or not Soldier Blue has been resubmitted recently (the last time it was looked at was when Universal released it on VHS in 2000).

Box shots on their site here.
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Review discs arrived this morning for 'Man of the West' and 'Invitation for a Gunfighter'. I can confirm that 'Man...' is given an anamorohic 2.35:1 presentation and 'Invitation...' a 1.66:1 non-anamorphic one (which seems to by MGM policy for such a ratio). No extras on either, and at a glance - I've only had a quick skip through a couple of scenes - both look reasonable if unimpressive.

Incidentally, I notice that 'Invitation...' was written by Richard Wilson (best known for the Steiger 'Al Capone') with his wife Elizabeth, and was wondering whether female screenwriters regularly turned their hand to genre. I know of Leigh Brackett ('Rio Bravo', Hawks' 'El Dorardo'), but any others?
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The Professionals SE from Columbia

Columbia are on the double dip trail again, but this one may just be worth it. From DVD Answers:

Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment has kindly sent over the official artwork for a new special edition release of The Professionals which stars Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode and Jack Palance. This Richard Brooks directed film, will be available to own from the 5th April, and should retail at around $19.94. I'm afraid we have no further details on this one at the moment, but we hope to bring you some more news soon.

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If I remember rightly, the late, great (est) Conrad Hall was cinematographer on The Professionals.
 
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More from Columbia / Tri-Star in R1 on April 5 and it's a Glenn Ford bonanza; look out for the 1966 Audie Murphy western The Texican, Fred Sears Bonanza Town (1951), Charles Vidor's 1943 film The Desperadoes with Randolph Scott and Glenn Ford (Columbia's first Technicolor feature), Fred MacMurray in A Good Day For A Hanging (1959), the brilliant Delmar Davies western Jubal (1956) with Glenn Ford, Rod Steiger and Ernest Borgnine, Ford again in Lust for Gold (1949) and again in George Marshall's 1941 film Texas alongside Bill Holden and Claire Trevor. Lastly the unbiquitous Ford stars with Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson in 1955's The Violent Men.

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From the HTF, extras for the aforementioned The Professionals SE:

Full Screen Presentation
Languages: English (5.1, 3.0 / LCR)
Subtitles: English, French
Featurette: "Professionals" - A Classic
Featurette: Burt Lancaster: A Portrait
Featurette: Memories from "The Professionals"
Bonus Previews
MSRP: $19.94


Now I sincerely hope Columbia isn't offering us a full screen presentation...
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DVD Answers has updated the spec on The Professionals SE to read: "The film itself will be presented in anamorphic widescreen along with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Extras will include The Professionals: A Classic featurette, Burt Lancaster: A Portrait featurette and lastly a featurette entitled Memories From The Professionals. English and French subtitles will also be provided."

Phew - now up at DVD Soon for $16.98 CAD here, pretty good for a Columbia 2-discer.
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DVD Times has this marvellous news:

MGM Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of 7 classic westerns for 17th May 2005 priced at $14.95 SRP each...

17th May 2005: Westerns

Escort West (1959) - With the Civil War over, Rebel soldier Ben (Victor Mature) heads west to start a new life but soon finds himself protecting a Union woman – and her fiancé's cavalry unit – from hostile Indians.

2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & Full Screen transfers, English Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

Hour of the Gun (1967) - Find out what happened after the gunfight at the OK Corral when James Garner and Jason Robards saddle up as legendary lawmen Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in this film.

2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & Full Screen transfers, English Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

Invitation To A Gunfighter (1964) - In a New Mexico town, a smooth gunslinger is hired to kill the last honest man. Yul Brynner stars in this gripping western loaded with surprise twists, blistering shootouts and colorful villainy.

1.66:1 Letterbox, English and Spanish Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

More Dead Than Alive (1968) - When a reformed gunfighter tries to forge an honest future, his enemies refuse to let him forget his violent past. Screen legend Vincent Price stars alongside Clint Walker.

1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & Full Screen transfers, English and Spanish Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

Sam Whiskey (1969) - When a con artist (Burt Reynolds) helps a sexy widow (Angie Dickinson) return stolen gold, he finds that honesty has ample rewards in this tongue-in-cheek western.

1.85:1 Letterbox & Full Screen transfers, English and Spanish Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

The Hunting Party (1971) - Brandt Ruger (Gene Hackman) is a ruthless cattle baron who'll stop at nothing to recover his stolen property: a kidnapped wife (Candice Bergen) who has fallen in love with her outlaw captor (Oliver Reed).

1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & Full Screen transfers, English Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

The Scalphunters (1968) - Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas and Ossie Davis lead the all-star cast of this Sydney Pollack-directed satirical western about a trapper and a runaway slave who must join forces to retrieve stolen furs.

2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & Full Screen transfers, English and Spanish Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

All titles include English, French and Spanish subtitles.


Full details and cover art here - some cracking titles there.
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THE HUNTING PARTY!

Predictably enough, I'm excited by the purulent one...
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I guess we have to expect The Hunting Party to be cut and toned down for American audiences on the R1 MGM disc in the same way that they treated Chato's Land over there.
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Sam Whiskey! Bloody marvellous, i'm very pleased indeed! I rarely buy R1 DVD's but I will in this case. One of my favourite films, I was only thinking last week that I'd love this on DVD, maybe I have THE POWER. Wonder if Lift To The Scaffold will get a release? I'll use THE POWER
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