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Big Trail [DVD] [1930] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, El Brendel, Tully Marshall, Tyrone Power Sr.
  • Directors: John Cork, Lisa Van Eyssen, Louis R. Loeffler, Raoul Walsh
  • Writers: John Cork, Florence Postal, Hal G. Evarts, Jack Peabody
  • Format: Black & White, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 13 May 2008
  • Run Time: 212 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014BJ1A4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,375 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ciaran moore on 16 April 2009
Format: DVD
the actual dvd graphics shown are of the 2 disc edition released last year.the dvd consists of 2 versions of the movie,the academy aspect ratio version and the original 70mm grandeur version which is 14mins longer and has a commentary track by richard shickel.It also has 4 featurettes ,making of(12:42),creation of john wayne(13:53),director raoul walsh(12:34) and the grandeur process(12:17).The grandeur one is probably the most interesting.The movie itself is surprisingly enjoyable and seeing such a young john wayne acting his socks off is great to behold.overall a very good package.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb 2010
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"The Big Trail" has often been seen by film historians as a rather weak film, but that is a bit unfair. The film is more a victim of the time that it was made. The film came out during that awkward transitional period from talkies to sound. It should be remembered that "The Jazz Singer", generally considered to be the first talking picture, was only made three years before in 1927.Sound films were still trying to find their feet at this time. Sound quality was a bit sketchy and the acting was very exaggerated in the silent tradition. The film also used the popular and necessary device of captions to help the narrative flow of the story. The film flopped badly at the box office failing to recoup the huge costs it had incurred in filming. Much of the blame was laid at the door of the new young star John Wayne, which was very unfair. Wayne actually gives a refreshingly natural performance, eschewing the elocution lessons he had been given. As an inexperienced actor he actually acquits himself very well. He also shows competence in the saddle that not all stars could boast. The film was made in both conventional 35mm film and in a 70mm wide-screen presentation process known as Grandeur. Unfortunately many exhibitors were unwilling to spend the money required on equipment to play the grandeur process. They had already gone through the costs of equipping their theatres with the wiring for sound, and this was the depression after all! The films failure may well have owed more to this.

Viewed today, the film stands up rather well against those western epics "The Covered Wagon"(23) and "The Iron Horse"(24). Spectacle certainly takes precedent over the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Jun 2011
Format: DVD
NB: As is their wont, Amazon have unhelpfully bundled the reviews for different issues and formats of this title together. This review refers to the US NTSC two-disc DVD version, which includes both widescreen and fullscreen versions plus extras. The European PAL releases are all extras-free fullframe versions.

The Big Trail, an awkward young John Wayne's first shot at the big time, didn't do much for him in 1930, and it didn't do much for Fox's 70mm Grandeur widescreen system either, becoming the Heaven's Gate of its day. But seen today, Raoul Walsh's wagon train epic astonishes with its genuinely colossal spectacle: even in ordinary dialogue scenes there are hundreds of extras gratuitously placed in the background, often supplemented by a screen full of covered wagons and/or towns, riverboats or huge mountain ranges to show off the wide open spaces in the widest of screens. But Wayne would have to wait another nine years for the stagecoach to Lordsburg to make his name and widescreen would need another 30 years and the threat of television to take off. Too close to the hugely expensive changeover to sound to persuade exhibitors to expensively upgrade their theatres yet again and with the simultaneously shot `flat' version lacking the starpower to pull in big enough audiences, its failure sent Walsh and Wayne back down to the minor leagues.

It's still primitive in some ways, particularly the plotting and its villains, played by Tyrone Power's father and Geronimo's grandson. Power in particular is a sight to see - more like Bluto from the Popeye cartoons than his son, by all accounts not much acting was required or involved. Legend has it that Walsh even had him beaten up for trying to force himself on leading lady Marguerite Churchill.
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An amazing film and all the more suprising that it was considered a 'flop' at the time (1931). A few reviews here have commented on poor acting, particularly the villian ,but I find his performance quite eerie and threatening. I like the old style villians in these old movies, they are much more disturbing than the bad guys in later films. Little is also said about the atmosphere of the film, the snow scenes in particicular are excellent, the sky and landscape shots are breath taking too. Again why this failed at the box office is beyond me, why the audience and critics couldn't tell they were watching a superb piece of film-making? Baffling..
John Wayne is good, even better than some of his later roles. all the actors have such a strong air of belief and naturalism about them that you feel you are watching a genuine historical film rather than a movie chasing awards..!
Another interesting point; and modern film makers take note -is that there is very little music, and what there is is used very effectively.
In fact for the first half hour or so of the movie there is no music whatsoever; just talking and chatter and wagon wheels turning, and horses grunting and sounds of wind and rain etc....

So....Not your standard western with shoot-outs and saloons and sheriffs, but a wild, rolling adventure featuring the american pioneers of the 19th century.
Get it, buy it, watch it .Marvel at it.
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