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Lash La Rue Collector's Set [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jack Holt , Lash La Rue    DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Jack Holt, Lash La Rue
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Platinum Disc
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2013
  • Run Time: 725 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BG4RJG2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,404 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly One for The Collector/Lash fan 29 Aug 2013
By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I don't understand how this DVD set is so cheap!There are 12, Yes - 12 Lash films here from his later period, all produced and or directed by Ron Ormond (not the most obvious Western producer perhaps). The films are cheap and use lots of stock footage, but that never mattered to me back in the days, and doesn't now (much). The films are: DEAD MAN'S GOLD, MARK OF THE LASH, FRONTIER REVENGE, OUTLAW COUNTRY, SON OF BILLY THR KID, SON OF A BADMAN, and on Disc 2: DALTON'S WOMEN (surely the oddest, and it leaves a rather bad taste in the mouth, there is very long, totally unecessary fight between 2 women in a saloon, which really took me by surprise. Also it does suffer from lots of the stock footage.), KING OF THE BULLWHIP, (possibly the best?), THE THUNDERING TRAIL, THE VANISHING OUTPOST, THE BLACK LASH, THE FRONTIER PHANTOM. I am afraid I don't have it in me to review each film (they are pretty similar anyway). They all have good western support casts, and here's the real nub...There is no awful "Alpha"/Elstree Hill" type quality. These prints are good, not forgetting they are all well over5 50 years old and are probably better than when seen in the cinema. Obviously some are a bit better than others, but I assure you - You don't need to worry about quality. And the price...! Do get this if you are a Lash fan, or even if you just like the very "B" Western. Long live Fuzzy and Lash.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LaRue lashes out justice in bargain collection 7 Nov 2013
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Lash LaRue wasn't the most well known of the screen's western heroes but he probably was the most original as he brandished justice with a bull whip along with his six guns. During the period 1945-52 he starred in a couple of dozen low budget quickies, with twelve of them in this collection. Accompanied by Al "Fuzzy" St. John as his comic sidekick (with antics learnt from the silent movie days when he was one of Mack Sennett's Keystone Kops), these westerns generally clocked in at under an hour and, to the delight of their original matinee audiences, were crammed with non-stop hard-hitting fights, shoot outs and chases. And, of course, Lash would frequently bring a villain to ground with a crack of his whip, this skill often outshining his acting ability.

With Ron Ormand juggling screenplay, producer and directorial duties, the plots were slim, secondary and regularly padded out with stock footage, none more apparent than in "The Last Outpost" which borrows sequences from earlier productions though "Dalton's Woman" appears to have been given a greater budget with a longer running time. (Unfortunately this film has a couple of sequences in the wrong running order). But whatever the films' merits, this is an unbeatable two disc bargain package with good quality picture restoration, though the sound is sometimes a little muffled. Well worth checking out by older cinemagoers wanting to revive old memories or younger folk keen to experience the more innocence age of western movies.
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EXCELLENT QUALITY. LOVELY TO GET THESE LASH LaRUE FILMS OF THIS HIGH STANDARD AFTER MANY YEARS OF INFERIOR QUALITY DISCS OUT THERE.
KEEP THE STANDARD UP. A++++++++
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5.0 out of 5 stars LASH LA RUE 12 Oct 2013
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Value for money, very good quality. A return to the days of Saturday matinees. Any lovers of the old B western movies will enjoy the 12 hours plus of the rather tame (by current standards) punch ups but nevertheless all action where good beats bad in the end.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great buy, and decent video quality 13 April 2013
By Midwest Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Dead Man's Gold
Mark Of the Lash
Frontier Revenge
Outlaw Country
Son Of Billy the Kid
Son Of A Badman
The Dalton's Women
King Of the Bullwhip
The Thundering Trail
The Vanishing Outpost
The Black Lash
The Frontier Phantom

amazon lists a release date of May 2013 for availability of this DVD set, but I bought it yesterday at Kmart for only $7.50.

It's a great collection of 12 Lash Larue westerns of varying quality and entertainment value. Any fan of old black and white grade B westerns will probably enjoy a couple of these movies, especially the ones in which Lash resorts to using his bullwhip rather than his gun to fight the bad guys.

Lash Larue wasn't the best western film actor, or the best looking western hero. Some have commented he bears a resemblance to Humphrey Bogart. Maybe, but I think Lash wins out in the looks department if you're comparing the two! And many of his films are quite entertaining. His gimmick with the bullwhip in some of the films is what set him apart from other B western heroes.

As B westerns, some of the films on this DVD set are poverty row productions, with cheap interior sets and obvious in-studio backdrops for closeups of outdoor chase scenes. A big problem I've noticed in several films is the loud, racy and annoying musical accompaniment, which sometimes doesn't even fit the action onscreen, or lack of it, and becomes a distraction.

Echo Bridge/Platinum Disc usually finds the best available film sources for their DVDs (take a look at the fantastic quality, restored Hopalong Cassidy films on DVD from this same company). A couple years ago I bought what turned out to be a "bootleg" DVD set of Lash Larue films, and the quality was a lot worse than on this official release. But don't expect pristine video quality on most of the films here either, it varies from film to film from some footage that is pretty ragged, to excellent. Overall it's generally pretty good. I sat and watched the first 4 of the films in a row last night, each clocking in at about an hour's running time. And 12 films for $7.50 (or even $14.99 if you're paying full list price) is one of the best DVD bargains in a long time.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lash Larue Collector's Set 23 July 2013
By WADE - Published on Amazon.com
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In a 1975 episode of THE ROCKFORD FILES. "A MATERIAL DIFFERENCE," Rockford asks his friend Angel,"Are you trying to channel Lash Larue?" I wonder how many people recognized the reference.
Alfred "lash" Larue was an enigma. He would not tell his age or where he was born. He looked a little like Bogart and talked out the side of his mouth like a B movie gangster, yet he became a B western cowboy star from 1947-52. He played the hero but dressed all in black, rode a black horse and carried a black whip which he used to subdue outlaws. He had trouble with the law and alcohol, but worked some with an evangelist who called himself John 3:16. Wouldn't you like to see his identification cards?
Lash starred in 20 B westerns, the first 8 for PRC. PRC was a small studio known for its cheap production values. the remaining 12 were produced by Ron Ormond. Ormond's productions made PRC look like MGM. The collector's set here contains the 12 Ormond films. The first 6 were directed by Ray Taylor who directed the PRC films. He was an old hand at westerns, and OUTLAW COUNTRY is above average with a 70 minute running time, good cast, and decent production values. A small problem is a rough soundtrack for some of the films.
The second 6 were all directed by Ormond. Actually cut and paste would be more accurate. He shot a few minutes of new footage supplemented by many minutes of footage from the first 6. that is very confusing, if you see the first 6. KING OF THE BULLWHIP is probably the best, with Lash and the villain fighting with whips. One of the best things about all 20 of the films starring Lash is Al St. John as the sidekick, Fuzzy Q. Jones. He was a fine comic actor who started in silent films.
The 12 films in the set were some of the last B westerns produced. They are still entertaining to us who remember seeing them in the forties and fifties. And the price is reasonable.
I first saw Lash in the early seventies when he came to Melbourne, FL As an evangelist. I went to a service. He stood, still dressed in black, quoting poetry, some scripture, and his philosophy of life. The person in charge said Lash would be at a local topless bar the next night to ask about the closing of that establishment. I had to see that. Lash came, looked at the audience and the dancers, talked to the manager for a bit and left. The bar stayed open. I was disappointed:Lash did not bring his whip. In my imagination, I Could see lash driving all of us sinners and miscreants out of the place snapping that whip behind us.
Lash's name is still heard in popular culture. I don't know why, but i do not think a character in a TV show or movie will ever say to another "Are you trying to channel Roy Rogers?"

Wade
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lash LaRue collector's set 22 Jun 2013
By R. B. Benedictson - Published on Amazon.com
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I met Lash in the mid 1960's when he was at the Calgary Stampede. I got to see him in live action with his different sized bull whips and the tricks he had mastered. His western films were fun to watch. They were not to heavy in plot but taught excellent morals to the young people. The producers were not of the calibre as those at Republic or Monogram studios. These movies were well put together and Lash (Al) LaRue was a good actor. He was a spitting image of Bogey. A good series to have in a collectin of "B" westerns.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Collection of Hard-to-Find Late B-Westerns 14 Sep 2013
By Terrance N. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
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The Lash La Rue western series started at PRC, one of the more prolific B-movie distributors. It was discontinued when PRC went upscale as Eagle-Lion in 1948. Producer Ron Ormond continued the series at his bottom-of-the-barrel Western Adventures Productions until it died a pitiful death in 1952. This collection from Echo Bridge contains 12 of Lash's Western Adventures pictures from 1948 through 1952. They all follow the standard PRC western format with Lash as the tough hero and Al "Fuzzy" St. John as his comic sidekick. As the market for true B-westerns dried up in the late forties, the budgets for the La Rue westerns shrunk to the point that producer Ormond was shooting entries in less than a week and recycling action sequences from prior pictures. The results are fascinatingly bad movies with garbled story lines, mismatched scenes and characters apparently travelling back and forth in time. However, the bottom line is that Lash is always fun to watch (even when he can't get his lines out) and Fuzzy can be good when he is not forced to ad-lib his comedy routines. Echo Bridge assembled some good prints for this collection, but could have taken a little more care in mastering it. in "The Daltons' Women," for example; an entire reel is placed out of sequence. Still, this is a welcome collection of hard-to-find late B-westerns.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift for Dad was a hit! 6 Jan 2014
By Katie725 - Published on Amazon.com
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My father requests many of the "Classic" DVDs, this collection was one of several I gave him for Christmas. Classic Lash La Rue
Westerns brought together in one convenient & economical collection. Dad told me that the video & sound quality of all 12 movies was great, & all were enjoyable to watch. He said "These movies are a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon or a cold, snowy evening". Wrap this collection up with a box of microwave popcorn packets & gift a film festival!
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