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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CDYDQC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,835 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Collection of westerns starring Hollywood icon James Stewart. In 'The Rare Breed' (1966) Martha Price (Maureen O'Hara) and her daughter Hilary (Juliet Mills) enlist the help of Sam 'Bulldog' Burnett (Stewart), a wandering ranch hand, to carry out the dream of Martha's late husband who died en route to America. His dream was to introduce Hereford cattle by transporting a lone bull, Vindicator, to Texas to breed it with longhorn cattle. Martha, Hilary and Sam set out on the road to Texas with the bull, but the trail is fraught with dangers and Sam has to rescue the women from a series of Western-style ambushes and abductions. In 'Shenandoah' (1965) Stewart stars as Charlie Anderson, a wealthy farmer in Virginia who has hitherto steadfastly refused to take any part in the civil war that is raging around him. But the war inevitably ensnares him through a series of family tragedies that includes his youngest son (Philip Alford) being taken prisoner by the Unionists and charged with spying, his son James (Patrick Wayne) and daughter-in-law Ann (Katharine Ross) being murdered by a gang of looters, and the death of his eldest son Jacob (Glenn Corbett). In 'Night Passage' (1957) Stewart stars as Grant McLaine, a former railroad employee now scraping a living as a travelling musician entertaining workers in the construction camps along the frontier. Fired from his job on the railroads after helping his gun-slinging outlaw brother - known as the Utica Kid (Audie Murphy) - escape the law, he is given one last chance to prove his worth by being asked to deliver $10,000 for the railroad workers' wages. In 'Bend of the River' (1952) Glyn McLyntock (Stewart) is a man with a past. As he attempts to help a group of Missouri settlers cross the Oregon Trail to the Columbia River Basin, he is double-crossed by Emerson Cole (Arthur Kennedy), the man he thought of as a friend. However, he finds assistance in the form of farmer's daughter Laura Baile (Julie Adams) and San Franciscan gambler Trey Wilson (Rock Hudson). 'The Far Country' (1954) is set in the wild gold rush days of the Yukon Territory, and stars Stewart and Walter Brennan as loner Jeff Webster and his sidekick Ben Tatum. When the pair attempt to get rich quick by selling a herd of cattle at a conflated price, they soon find themselves caught up in a conflict with a self-appointed and corrupt local sheriff and his henchmen. In 'Destry Rides Again' (1939) the son of a famous lawman, young Tom Destry (Stewart), is considered something of a joke when he takes up the position of deputy in the lawless town of Bottle Neck. Destry refuses to carry a gun, and prefers a glass of milk to alcohol, which hardly makes him a match for gunslinging saloon owner Kent (Brian Donlevy), the real power behind the town. However, with the aid of drunken sheriff 'Wash' Dimmsdale (Charles Winninger), the soft-spoken Destry sets about cleaning up Bottle Neck in his own inimitable manner, winning the admiration of Kent's blowsy, bar-room singer girlfriend, Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich), along the way. Finally, in 'Winchester 73' (1950) cowboy Lin McAdam (Stewart) wins a Winchester rifle in a shooting competition, only for it to be stolen by his opponent, his arch-enemy Dutch Henry Mann (Stephen McNally). McAdam sets off in pursuit of his adversary, determined to settle a feud that dates back many years.

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117 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Martian on 10 Sept. 2010
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This collection contains the following:

* THE RARE BREED (1966; directed by Andrew V. McLaglen)
* SHENANDOAH (1965; dir. Andrew V. McLaglen)
* NIGHT PASSAGE (1957; dir. James Neilson)
* THE FAR COUNTRY (1954; dir. Anthony Mann)
* BEND OF THE RIVER (1952; dir. Anthony Mann)
* WINCHESTER '73 (1950; dir. Anthony Mann)
* DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (1939; dir. George Marshall)

I bought this boxset recently and am very pleased with all the films. It is a fine collection of seven Jimmy Stewart Westerns, all well made and fascinating films, gorgeously packaged and at a price there's no arguing with. Any negative reviews here on Amazon UK so far are for the description of the product, not the product itself.

First off, if you are a Stewart fan but have not yet ventured into his Westerns be warned that they can be darker than his other films as he plays complex characters who often have mean, bitter and vengeful streaks. Yet despite this they are not purely evil and while Stewart never flinches from showing you their inner souls, motivations and psychologies he also makes them oddly likeable, as only he can. If you want whimsy, wholesome American values and a sweet-natured "Gosh, golly, gee!" main character then HARVEY, MR SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE would be more suitable choices.

N.B. If you are an admirer of Anthony Mann's films then this would be a great purchase as it contains three of his 'oaters', but don't make the mistake of thinking that this is purely an Anthony Mann + Jimmy Stewart collection, as it also contains works by other directors too. The Mann films are: THE FAR COUNTRY, BEND OF THE RIVER and WINCHESTER '73.
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115 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Troy Tempest on 14 April 2008
Format: DVD
Set includes

1) The Rare Breed
2) Shenandoah
3) Night Passage
4) The Far Country
5) Bend of the River
6) Winchester '73
7) Destry Rides Again

Any Jimmy Stewart fans will be glad they bought this
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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
The films on this box set are are as below:-

1) The Rare Breed(66)Dir Andrew V McLaglen
2) Shenandoah(65)Dir Andrew V McLaglen
3) Night Passage(57)Dir James Neilson
4) The Far Country(55)Dir Anthony Mann
5) Bend of the River(52)Dir Anthony Mann
6) Winchester '73(50)Dir Anthony Mann
7) Destry Rides Again(39)Dir George Marshall

As with most box sets, there is some good inclusions, and some bad ones. In this case the good far outweighs the bad. I have already submitted positive in depth Amazon reviews of numbers 3,4,5 and 6, which you can of course have a look at, together with all the others. "Night Passage" is a very enjoyable and underrated western also starring Audie Murphy as Stewart's outlaw brother. "The Far Country", is a sentimental favourite of mine, and co stars Walter Brennan as Stewart's gold hunting partner in the Yukon. "Bend of the River" and "Winchester 73" are both strong westerns from that fine director of superior westerns Anthony Mann. "Destry Rides Again" is an earlier spoof western where Stewart plays a gunless milk drinking deputy sheriff. Marlene Dietrich trying to revive her career which was flagging at that time, reprises her bar room singer role from "The Blue Angel"(30), and gives us a memorable rendition of "See What the Boys in the Back Room will Have". It is much funnier than more recent cruder attempts to spoof the western like Mel Brooks "Blazing Saddles".

"The Rare Breed" and "Shenandoah" are weaker films altogether. The first has Stewart battling to introduce Hereford cattle to the west. It is perhaps best remembered for Brian Keith's panto Scotsman, sporting the most outrageous red wig in movie history. Almost worth watching for that!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Rodick TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2014
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Top class box set. I watched Bend of the River first. What a Picture. It's what going to the flicks used to be about. Eye contact. Interesting people. Great story.

I watched it on 100' projection. It's all about having a moral compass. And no Law. No sheriffs, posses or Courts. Everything is fine until gold is found nearby. The balance found naturally now disappears. Food is as precious as gold. Wild life and 'nice people.' Can a man change? Fabulous film.

The rest of the box set promises much. Destry Rides Again is supposed to be very funny. And the only film here that I already have a copy of, Winchester 73, I'm looking forward to finding out why I have had a VHS tape for donkeys years. Maybe longer.

Shenandoah and The Far Country also look like stand-outs. But they all reek of cinema. The close-ups that make you move back in your seat. Stewart's blue eyes will devour you. Superb seven disc presentation. Ten pounds very well spent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Allen Trevor Dix on 13 Dec. 2012
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I purchased this box set years ago and I can't recommend it enough. James Stewart has never made a bad film in his whole career. This is probably the best box set I've purchased. Being a big western fan I have watched time after time and I never get fed up with it.
So if you have a few bob to spare don't hesitate. Go out and purchase this box set. I can guarentee that you will utterly enjoy it.
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