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How The West Was Won [VHS]

James Stewart , John Wayne , George Marshall , Henry Hathaway    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Carroll Baker
  • Directors: George Marshall, Henry Hathaway, John Ford, Richard Thorpe
  • Writers: James R. Webb, John Gay
  • Producers: Bernard Smith
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJ8M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,853 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A sprawling epic tracing the fortunes of several generations of an American pioneer family as they move West and cope with the Civil War. The film's several sections were made by different directors, including Henry Hathaway and John Ford. Spencer Tracy narrates, while Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, James Stewart and John Wayne top the all-star bill. Not to be confused with the 1970s television series.

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Great VHS Video, BRAND NEW FACTORY SEALED!!!! 157 minutes running time approx, fast dispatch, UK SELLER

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Print Quality 30 May 2009
This is 5 stars just for the print of this blu-ray edition- you cannot believe you are watching a 50 year old movie here-the scenery is obviously stunning and you will think you are actually there looking thru a window. Who cares that you're not getting the book that they're getting with the US edition- this is less than ten quid- you cannot complain about what you get for it!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars revelation 13 Feb 2009
I saw this film first fully about a year ago, prior to that on and off when i was young boy, on and off because its a long film and when you are young you lose interest. Anyway i got the blu ray version yesterday evening and sat down and watched the lot. The version i saw last year was grainy drab and suffered the cinarama effects of vertical lines dividing the picture in 3 portions. The new version in widescreen ( very wide , 2.86:1 i think ) is fantastic!! The picture is truly beautiful, some of the landscapes are breathtaking, the picture is sharper, brighter. Because the film is shot in such a wide format the picture is sometimes strange to watch, especially when an actor gets close to the camera, which is why i guess there are no close ups. My only slight reservation is that if you have a smaller hd ready set, because of the wide aspect ratio of the film it may be too small an image to truly appreciate the spectacle that is ... HOW THE WEST WAS WON .....
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Restored at Last Without the Annoying Lines 3 Oct 2008
What a fantastic print we now have of this film since the original cinerama has now been restored and the three joins of the original can no longer be seen. Finally the film can be seen in glorious depth and colour with both images in the foreground and background in crystal clarity.

A fantastic commentary is also added by filmmaker David Strohmaier, Director of Cinerama, Inc. John Sitting, Film Historian Rudy Behlemer, Music Historian Jon Burlingame and Stuntman Loren James which throws so much new light on the making of the movie.

For those who have never seen the film; sit back and enjoy.

For those who have seen the film many times on TV or video, and longed for the day.....welcome for the first time to "HOW THE WEST WAS WON" as it should be seen.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Won Over 4 Feb 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you have never seen this film or have only seen on TV or in standard format in the cinema, you are in for a treat.

I bought it initially to try out my new Blueray player but boy did I get a surprise. The restoration is outstanding. State of the art digital technology has been used to remove the annoying vertical lines cause by the Cinerama process. The colour has been tweaked to a standard as good probably as the original print. The sound also has been worked over with both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby HD 7.1. One disc also has a thing called, 'Smilebox' which simulates the Cinerama effect. It works!!!

The film features three interlinked narratives and directed by three of Hollywood's greatest directors including John Ford. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll be uplifted in this moving piece of cinema history. It deserves to be up there along with Gone With the Wind and Citizen Kane.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How the West was Won (1963) 25 Dec 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
From the mass of acting talent including Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, James Stewart, John Wayne, Richard Widmark and many more; through the magnificent scenic locations, to a script covering the greatest epoch in modern history, this is an epic film in every sense! Broadly covering three generations of the Prescott family as they move across the continent, How the West was Won covers all the characters of American legend; indians, mountain men, pioneers, river pirates, wagonmasters, gamblers, railwaymen, bandits, cowboys, goldminers, lawmen, soldiers and many many more; are skilfully combined by three great Directors into a tale of human courage and heroism second to none. Wagon trains, indian attacks, a buffalo stampede and civil war battles add to the drama; with first class music contributing to the enduring status of this Classic film. Strangely, the only thing that let it down was the early 3D format in which it was filmed; a system which rapidly failed away into history, leaving one of the best films ever made, to be viewed only as a three panel picture. With modern technology these join lines have now been erased and How the West was Won can be seen as it was meant to be seen. I wholeheartedly recommend this film. How The West Was Won [DVD] [1963]
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Film an Epic 23 Mar 2009
It is hugely ambitious to try and make a film that covers the epoch changing era of the opening of the West. That this film manages to do so to a large extent is quite an achievement, and most deserving of this excellent restoration from cinerama. Few films can boast such a glittering array of mega stars and wonderful support actors. Even the narration was by the venerable Spencer Tracy.

"How the West Was Won"(63) covers four generations of the Prescott family from 1839-1889. The family starts out from New York and head West to the Pacific Ocean. The film is composed of five segments. Three are directed by Henry Hathaway. "The Rivers", "The Plains" and "The Outlaws". John Ford directed "The Civil War" and George Marshall directed "The Railroad".

The film starts with the Prescott family heading West down the rivers led by Karl Malden. They face many dangers from bandits and the treacherous waters of the rivers. They also meet a tough mountain man Linus Rawlings played by Jimmy Stewart. After a terrible accident that kills some of the family, Linus marries Eve Prescott leaving her independently minded sister Lillith, played by Debbie Reynolds to head West on her own.

We head West to the plains where Lillith joins a wagon train and braves the dangers of Indian attacks and the rigours of the journey. She also has to fight off the attentions of Robert Preston the wagon train leader and a raffish gambler Cleve Van Valen played with panache by Gregory Peck. Being high spirited she opts for Peck.

We move to the Civil War at the time of the bloody battle of Shiloh where a shocked young Zebulon Rawlings played by George Peppard has just begun to understand the true horrors of war.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best films ever made. Great cast.
Published 12 days ago by Peter Snowdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Hi Def Blu-ray!
Loved the smile-vision effect. Gives some glimpse of Cinerama.
Published 29 days ago by John Kane
1.0 out of 5 stars in order towatch on tv
this was filmed in ultra widescreen across a football pitch. in order to watch on tv, they have cut it down to 3 sections and joined them together with sellotape. Read more
Published 1 month ago by deano
4.0 out of 5 stars It was the wrong one we wanted still a good film but the other one has...
It was the wrong one we wanted still a good film but the other one has Henry Fonda in it and its an earlier film than this one X
Published 2 months ago by Sharon Mullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loves it his a good film
Published 3 months ago by DAVID DIXON
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Western
The greatest actors of the time all together in one film, John Wayne, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck etc . This is one of the classic great westerns. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Azrael
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW THE WEST WAS WON
Published 7 months ago by Mr. W. ROGERS
1.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
This Blu-ray DVD is superb! I had seen the film at the cinema when it came out and watched it on TV since. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Johnwill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic
Beautiful remastering of an old classic. Stunning picture quality with clean removal of the old triple screen original.great viewing.great price
Published 8 months ago by Graham Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Stiil a great film.
Looks a bit dated and some of the scenes are a bit stilted due to the large unmovable cameras. The story and acting is good. May be better on bluray with the curved screen version. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul Norton
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