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Old 08-09-2006, 18:38   #21
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Hope it's alright to ask this question here (I didn't fancy trawling through the rather large Ford/Wayne/Classic Westerns threads) but does anyone know if this release of "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" is the same disc/transfer as the original release but with different artwork?

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

It states it's on the Paramount label so I imagine it will be the same, I just don't want to order it only to find it's a fullscreen version.

The original Paramount R2 seems to be OOP, but I can't find the above version anywhere else but HMV - is it an exclusive I wonder?

Also, before I order, is there a SE on the horizon and should I wait for that?

Any help appreciated.
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Old 08-09-2006, 19:01   #22
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Don't worry - it's just the same DVD repackaged. Paramount have done the same with all their Wayne titles, releasing them in matching packaging as part of the 'John Wayne Collection' or something. And with Paramount's disheartening approach to classic titles recently, I wouldn't think a SE is that likely. I'd go for it.

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Old 08-09-2006, 19:13   #23
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Thanks jackal

A simple repackaging then as I suspected, but it seems odd that I couldn't find this version listed elsewhere.

Off to place my order.
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Watched Shenadoah a little while ago. An incredible film. James Stewart was a superb actor and although not physically imposing like John Wayne had a formidable presence. A quiet man who it would be advised not to push too far. The Man from Laramie is another superb western starring James Stewart.
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It's probably the best thing Andrew V. McLaglan ever did (which is not saying an awful lot - though North Sea Hijack might vie for top spot); nurtured by Ford, McLaglan tries hard to apply a Fordian style (the graveyard scene is a straight lift), but he has none of the old man's deftness.

It's a decent film, and Stewart is wonderful in it, I agree, if only Ford had directed it himself...

The Man from Laramie is just wonderful; hard to pick a favourite of those Anthony Mann / James Stewart collaberations isn't it, but it's terrific stuff with a magnificent cast.

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Old 11-09-2006, 15:39   #26
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I didn't much likeShenadoah. There just didn't seem to be any real conflict in the film and despite James Stewart going on a quest to find his son there was no tension; I didn't think at any point that he wouldn't find his son alive and well. It also didn't feel like a feature film to me, more like a TV movie, which is no bad thing if the film's good. Sadly I thought Shenadoah was dull.
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I see that the Delmer Daves/Gary Cooper western The Hanging Tree, which was originally touted as part of the Warners Coop Box Set before being dropped, has shown up on the Warners site in France as released and available. Check here .

However, the site gives the aspect ratio as 1:33:1.
Now, I have only ever seen this movie on T.V. and that was a good many years ago - but surely a movie (especially a western) made in 1959 by a major studio wouldn't have been shot in academy ratio, would it?
Is it possible that Warners are now going to dump non-OAR titles on us?

If anyone has knowledge of the correct aspect ratio of this film I'd be grateful.
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I think it is 1.85:1.

What is absolutely 100% certain is that it is not meant to be seen in 1.33:1.
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Old 13-09-2006, 09:54   #29
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Cheers, Mike.
I suppose it's possible that it's just a typo on the site. I find it hard to believe that Warners would try something as crass as palming off a pan & scan print these days .
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They have been known; The Nun's Story in R2?
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They have been known; The Nun's Story in R2?
True, I forgot about that. I quite badly want this title but I'm going to hold off until I hear something definite about the transfer and/or find some reviews.
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True, I forgot about that. I quite badly want this title but I'm going to hold off until I hear something definite about the transfer and/or find some reviews.
A little scouting brings up this page, some screencaps for The Hanging Tree; aka La Colline des Potences and the horrible truth...see also Jeremy's comment at the bottom of the page.
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Thanks for the link, John.
Would just like to offer up a big for the transfer based on those screencaps.
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Considering picking The Revengers up as a complete blind buy. Any opinions?
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It's that long since I've seen it, I couldn't give you an opinion worth a damn - is this the Australian release I wonder, or the Dutch one?
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Since they're listing it as R2 I suppose it must be Dutch.
Anyhow, for that money I don't figure I have much to lose - will give it a go.
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The last western I saw, was Terror in a Texas Town.
Nice little movie starring Sterling Hayden as a big tough Swedish guy with an overloud voice, it reminds me of John Wayne in a way.
The villain in this movie had a great, mysterious look. Some people compare him to Humprey Bogart.
Overall worth watching, and containing a nice music tune.
MGM did a good job with this 16:9 transfer looking above average.

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The last western I saw, was Terror in a Texas Town.
Nice little movie starring Sterling Hayden as a big tough Swedish guy with an overloud voice, it reminds me of John Wayne in a way.
The villain in this movie had a great, mysterious look. Some people compare him to Humprey Bogart.
Overall worth watching, and containing a nice music tune.
MGM did a good job with this 16:9 transfer looking above average.
Good to hear. I had ordered this the other day from DVDPacific and it is currently somewhere over the Atlantic. Looking forward to it even more now.
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Next step is Lawman, the R1 western legends version. Crappy audio, pretty bad transfer, but I reckon the R2UK has the same problems.
Without subs pretty hard to understand. I'll retry it soon, but the only reason for buying this dvd, was for the uncut status.
The cast is great, directed by Michael Winner, from the bloody, tough Death Wish movies.

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Lawman is a fine western, not a classic by any means but enjoyable for all that. Burt Lancaster always seemed at home in the West and the support cast here is all you could ask for.
The R2 transfer is nothing to write home about but is watchable - much the same could be said for a good many MGM releases. All in all, one of Michael Winner's better efforts.
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