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Old 15-07-2005, 05:37   #81
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Is there another terminal western?
Now I think of it, every OK Corral/Earp western is pretty terminal, with Doc Holliday hacking up blood all the time. And in the latest and vey underrated Alamo Jim Bowie is consumed with consumption. And I reckon Pike Bishop probably had found a lump somewhere and thought, let's go.
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Old 15-07-2005, 07:33   #82
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I recently saw the remake of The Alamo and was quite impressed with it: Thornton's Crockett couldn't have been much more self-aware and iconoclastic, but consigning Bowie to his death bed quite early on was interesting.

Thoroughly decent film.

I thought when you said "terminal" you were implying a real-life finality to the film, not just diagetic...

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Anephric; did you get the R2 The Alamo and does it have the commentary?
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Nope - I got the R1 when it was cheap at Soon...
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I've now seen the new Alamo thrice - once in the cinema, twice on the R1 DVD - and like it better each time. Of course it's anxious not to be regarded as a remake (there's a debate here about films based on historical fact ever being remakes - Gladiator anyone?) and the three leads are in stark contrast to the characters portrayed by Wayne, Widmark and Harvey. On a sheer charismatic level the Wayne version wins hands down but this new one has the smack of authenticity and I love the way that Thornton plays Crockett as an ordinary bloke who can't quite believe his own legend. A pity that the deleted scenes on the disc don't really add that much to the Mexican context, even though the director seems to think they might.
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I thought it made a reasonable stab at showing a "Mexican" experience... in fact if the film has any faults it's that it gropes around trying to make sure that it's covered all the bases politically.

I v. much agree about Thornton, btw - I was expecting a ballsy redneck barnstormer of a turn from him but he's amazingly meek and, well, excellent. He's a just a normal guy with a fiddle with this enormous reputation (I *loved* the scene where he plays back to the Mexican soldiers, and they're in awe of him).
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Well I've caved on two fronts; I've ordered the R1...from DVD Soon (but I still demand that Sony gets it's finger out and give us the full Roadshow version of Wayne's charismatic epic )
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Robert Harris on The High and The Mighty at the HTF:

The High and the Mighty was photographed on one of the earliest production emulsions of the new Eastman Color negative stock, and hence has stood the test of time as well as expected.

The original sections of the film look as they should, and those not original have been faithfully re-composited from the early (5216) separation masters by the chosen laboratory.

The stereo tracks have been faithfully reproduced and sound terrific.

I've noted in some comments above that the film is being looked upon by some as a bit of an "antique." But while it takes a more leasurely time in introducing its characters' back-stories, the production itself, has also beautifully stood that same test of time, and comes away as a quality production, and the grand-daddy of all fliers / cruisers / people in skyscrapers / fire / flying cows in tornado / etc.

While much of the film holds up well for the modern audience, if one can position oneself with a mindset of 1952, The HIgh and the Mighty still packs the whallop that it did over half a century ago.

This is quintessential Wayne.

As such, The High and the Mighty comes very highly recommended from these quarters. Special kudos go out to Paramount for retaining the original Warner Brothers Logo and end credits. Doing so speaks volumes and properly represents them as a class act.


And DVD Beaver has some scumptious screen shots:

The High and The Mighty.
Island in The Sky

Last week, both these titles were one and two in the Amazon US sales list - the Duke's still got it...
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Having been out of circulation for so long The High & the Mighty has achieved cult status and although the new DVD looks ands sounds magnificent, it really is a terrible movie!

I love '50s films because I grew up in that decade and of course you cannot judge films of that era by modern styles and concepts but even if I had seen the film back in 1954 I'm pretty sure I would have thought it tedious hokum.

There are numerous comments on Amazon from people saying what a great classic film this is and that John Wayne's performance is his best ever. Are these people living on another planet? Wayne's best performance? Have they never seen The Searchers or She Wore a Yellow Ribbon? The script gives him next to nothing to do in this film and the only action is when he slaps Robert Stack!

Most of the performances are hopelessly over the top - and what about the ridiculous way each passenger waits before the prceeding one has talked to reporters before stepping off the plane themselves - as if they are all giving individual curtain calls.

The only thing I like about the film is Dimitri Tiomkin's powerful score and the only reason I would ever play the DVD again is to listen to that music.
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Specs for the next two Wayne SEs, from the HTF:

Hondo:

Commentary by Leonard Maltin, western historian Frank Thompson & Lee Aaker
Special Introduction by Leonard Maltin
The Making of Hondo
Profile: James Edward Grant
The Apache
The John Wayne Stock Company: Ward Bond
From the Batjac Vaults
Original Trailer
Batjac Teaser
Photo Gallery.

McLintock!:

Commentaries by Leonard Maltin, Frank Thompson, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers, Michael Pate, Michael Wayne, and director Andrew V. McLaglen
Special Intro by Leonard Maltin
The Batjac Story: The Legacy of Michael Wayne
Maureen O'Hara and Stefanie Powers remember McLintock!
A Good Ol' Fashion Fight
2 Minute Flight School
Wrap-Up With Leonard Maltin
Corsets: Don't Leave Home Without It
Original Theatrical Trailer
Batjac Teaser.


And DVD Talk's take on The High and The Mighty is here and Island in The Sky is here.
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great news indeed John
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Specs for the next two Wayne SEs, from the HTF:

Hondo:

Commentary by Leonard Maltin, western historian Frank Thompson & Lee Aaker
Special Introduction by Leonard Maltin
The Making of Hondo
Profile: James Edward Grant
The Apache
The John Wayne Stock Company: Ward Bond
From the Batjac Vaults
Original Trailer
Batjac Teaser
Photo Gallery.

McLintock!:

Commentaries by Leonard Maltin, Frank Thompson, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers, Michael Pate, Michael Wayne, and director Andrew V. McLaglen
Special Intro by Leonard Maltin
The Batjac Story: The Legacy of Michael Wayne
Maureen O'Hara and Stefanie Powers remember McLintock!
A Good Ol' Fashion Fight
2 Minute Flight School
Wrap-Up With Leonard Maltin
Corsets: Don't Leave Home Without It
Original Theatrical Trailer
Batjac Teaser.


And DVD Talk's take on The High and The Mighty is here and Island in The Sky is here.
Haven't seen McLintock but the Duke is on top form in Hondo; a truly great western.
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I've reviewed the SCE of "The High and the Mighty" for DVD Times. Essential for John Wayne fans.

You can read my thoughts on the film and disc here
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I picked up the Fox Studio Classics John Wayne big westerns on Thursday (as part of my birthday treat) and I was quite pleased with the quality of them. Zero extras (bar three of the films have trailers) but A/V was OK. A word of note, I had a small glimmer of hope that each DVD would contain a pamphlet so I could collect the tokens for the free book but alas, too clever and there was no single token in the set.
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DVD Times confirms both McLintock! and Hondo with full specs and art. Love the 'Authentic Collectors Edition' tag on the former

BTW, as posted in the Bargain thread, both discs Ł5.07 each plus p&p at www.dvdpacific.com.

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Forgive me, but I just had to share this snippet I found at IMDB about Spielberg's sadly unappreciated 1941:

Both John Wayne and Charlton Heston were offered the role of General Stilwell. Wayne phoned director Steven Spielberg, who had given him the script, and not only turned it down due to ill health but tried to get Spielberg to drop the project. Wayne felt it was unpatriotic and a slap in the face to WWII vets. Heston is thought to have turned it down for the same reasons.

All together now; pum, pum, pum pum, pum, pum, biddle-iddle, um pum, pum, pum...
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Some of you may remember this post detailing the Batjac/Paramount deal. So far, four Wayne films have either been released or have been announced and now it's the turn of the non-Wayne titles. The Bits reports the following for December; Ring of Fear, Plunder of the Sun: Special Collector's Edition, Seven Men from Now: Special Collector's Edition, Track of the Cat: Special Collector's Edition and Man in the Vault.

Excellent! (Ta hitch_fan for the tip )

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That press release in full:

John Wayne: Hondo and McLintock!

On 10/11, The Duke Rides Again, in Two of His Most Timeless Western Classics, Newly Remastered from Original Film Elements: Hondo & McLintock! THE DUKE RIDES AGAIN!

ON OCTOBER 11, SADDLE UP WITH AMERICA'S BEST LOVED HERO AS PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND BATJAC PRODUCTIONS, INC. PRESENT TWO OF JOHN WAYNE'S MOST TIMELESS WESTERNS

"Hondo" Special Collector's Edition & "McLintock!" Authentic Widescreen Collector's Edition


These Remastered Film Classics, Direct from the Vaults and Loaded with Exclusive Features,

Are Perfect "Movie Night" Treats the Entire Family Can Enjoy!

HOLLYWOOD, CA - Everyone can use a hero. On October 11, Paramount Home Entertainment and Batjac Productions, Inc. the production company founded by John Wayne, will proudly present one of America's best loved heroes as they unveil "The Duke" in two American movie treasures, Hondo and "McLintock!". Lovingly restored and remastered from the original and authentic film elements, both of these indisputable classics of the Western genre -- two of Wayne's most requested -- have been transformed into the ultimate, never-before-available Special Collector's Editions. Full of exclusive features, the Hondo and "McLintock!" DVD releases showcase star commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and rare, archival material sure to thrill everyone from the most ardent cinemaphiles to families looking to enjoy some timeless entertainment together. Circle the wagons for these unforgettable and long-awaited cinematic gems, both available to become a part of every home entertainment library for only $14.99 each.

Based on the Louis L'Amour story, "The Gift of the Cochise," Hondo is a Western in the best tradition of the frontier genre. In it, Wayne, who also produced the film, stars as the title character, a hardbitten half-Indian cavalry scout whose only companion is an ill-tempered dog. At least, that is, until he falls into an uneasy friendship with Angie Lowe, a lonely New Mexico farmwoman (Geraldine Page) and her son (Lee Aaker). Can Hondo convince the family to leave their homestead before a local Indian uprising threatens them all? With a poetic and exciting script by James Edward Grant, outstanding performances from a great ensemble cast, also featuring Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness and Leo Gordon, and breathtaking locales, Hondo earned two 1954 Oscar® nominations - a Best Supporting Actress nod for Page in her theatrical debut and one for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story. Long a perennial favorite of Wayne fans and Western aficionados, it's ready to be savored by a new generation, on DVD for the very first time.

In "McLintock!" -- being released for the first time ever in WIDESCREEN format -- Wayne shows off his deft comic timing in this 1963 comedy inspired by Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew." Starring as wealthy cattle baron G.W. McLintock, Wayne copes with encroaching homesteaders, discontented Indians, a marriageable daughter and an estranged rebellious wife in this broad Western comedy, filled with moments of pure slapstick. After his wife (Maureen O'Hara) and daughter (Stefanie Powers) leave him for the East, McLintock attempts to win them back. But can the rough and tumble man who tamed the West, tame his strong-willed wife and daughter? Featuring dynamic performances by Wayne and O'Hara (who'd previously teamed for The Quiet Man), and a cinematically notorious spanking scene (which ostensibly settled a marital dispute), "McLintock!" is a must-see for audiences eager to see Wayne's versatility -- on full display here -- as part of a wonderful cast, also featuring Patrick Wayne, Jerry Van Dyke, Yvonne De Carlo and more. This version of "McLintock!" is also the ultimate, authentic collector's edition, restored by Batjac from the original elements and presented in a never-before-released widescreen version.

DVD FEATURES:

The Hondo Special Collector's Edition DVD arrives in full screen format, featuring Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround. The DVD is priced at $14.99. Over an hour of exceptional bonus materials includes:

Introduction by Leonard Maltin
Commentary by Maltin, Western historian Frank Thompson and Lee Aaker
Featurette: "The Making of Hondo"
Featurette: "The Apache"
Featurette: "The John Wayne Stock Company: Ward Bond"
"Profile: James Edward Grant"
From the Batjac Vaults
Original Theatrical Trailer
Batjac Teaser
Rare Archival Photo Gallery

The "McLintock!" Authentic Collector's Edition DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced format (for 16:9 TV's) for the very first time, and is also enhanced by Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround. The DVD is priced at $14.99, and bonus materials sure to thrill any cowpoke or genre fan, include:

Commentary by Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers, Michael Pate, Michael Wayne, director Andrew McLaglen, Maltin and Western historian Frank Thompson
Interview: Maureen O'Hara and Stefanie Powers Remember
Featurette: "The Batjac Story, Part 2: The Legacy of Michael Wayne"
Featurette: "A Good Ole' Fashioned Fight"
Featurette: "The Corset: Don't Leave Home Without It"
Original Theatrical Trailer
Batjac Teaser
Rare Archival Photo Gallery

Hondo and "McLintock!" follow the highly successful DVD releases of The High and The Mighty and Island in the Sky, the initial home entertainment releases launched under a distribution pact with Paramount Home Entertainment and Batjac Productions, Inc.

Visit www.paramount.com/homeentertainment to learn more about Paramount Home Entertainment's new releases, as well as other classic Hollywood films, television programs, animated titles and family and special interest programming. Paramount Home Entertainment is part of the operations of Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc.

Log on to www.johnwayneondvd.com for more information about Paramount Home Entertainment's John Wayne collection


Box art here; both these titles are ready to ship at www.dvdpacific.com right now (my order is being held up by Save The Tiger which doesn't come out until the end of October. Grrrrr.)
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both these titles are ready to ship at www.dvdpacific.com right now (my order is being held up by Save The Tiger which doesn't come out until the end of October. Grrrrr.)
Good old DVDPacific - they shipped mine yesterday, also bundled with My Darling Clementine, so it looks to be a western weekend for me.

On the subject of Duke/batjac, it's been weeks since I watched The High and the Mighty and I still find myself whistling that damn theme tune ...

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On the subject of Duke/batjac, it's been weeks since I watched The High and the Mighty and I still find myself whistling that damn theme tune ...
You can't beat a bit of Tiomkin can you?

First look at the lastest duo comes from Robert Harris at the HTF:

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With Paramount Home Entertainment's release of two more of the John Wayne - Batjac titles, Mr. Wayne's devout followers (and I consider myself one) can begin to breath easy, as most of his major films of the 1950s and 1960s have now made it to DVD.

Hondo was originally released in the waning days of the 3-D craze in 1953, and is seen here on DVD in its 2-D ( probably the left eye) form.

Mr. Wayne, who appeared in some 175 feature films, 80 of which preceeded his rise to stardom in John Ford's Stagecoach in 1939, makes his first appearence in an Eastman Color production in Hondo, his only in 3-D, and his final film in the classic 1.37 aspect ratio.

Hondo has been held in the Batjac vaults for years, and its release on DVD is cause for celebration.

Likewise, the first authorized release of "McLintock!" is great news for fans. Finally this film can be viewed in proper quality, produced from original film elements, as opposed to the several garbage purported public domain releases which have cluttered the DVD landscape heretofore.

Those who have purchased the earlier versions can now replace them with this beautiful new release.

Both of these films were penned by screenwriter James Edward Grant, who was responsible for numerous other Wayne productions.

The other extremely positive news here, is that Paramount has priced these releases at "mass market" prices -- each is available on line at just over $9, with release set for October 11.

This also leaves just a couple of non-Batjac holes in the Wayne chronology, most notoriously The Wings of Eagles and The Quiet Man, for which there is no DVD worth viewing at this time.

Paramount has been giving these films a royal treatment at a price which makes them almost a gift. Both films are preceeded by introductions by Leonard Maltin, which set the stage for proper viewing.

Hondo is inclusive of a commentary by Mr. Maltin, historian Frank Thompson, and actor Lee Aaker, who has a role in the film.

"McLintock!" is replete with commentaries by Mr. Maltin, Mr. Thompson, Ms. O'Hara, Stephanie Powers, Michael Pate, Michael Wayne and director Andrew McLaglen, son of veteran actor Victor McLaglen.

Each DVD also includes more documentary and research material. As I noted, at $9, these are a steal.

Did I mention that both look and sound terrific?
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