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Shane [Blu-ray] [1953] [US Import]

Alan Ladd , Jean Arthur    Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon deWilde, Jack Palance
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount Catalog
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug 2013
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C1TOTK0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,963 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Consciously crafted by director George Stevens as a piece of American myth making, Shane is on nearly everyone's shortlist of great movie Westerns. A buckskin knight, Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into the middle of a range war between farmers and cattlemen, quickly siding with the "sod-busters". While helping a kindly farmer (Van Heflin), Shane falls platonically in love with the man's wife (Jean Arthur, in the last screen performance of a marvellous career). Though the showdowns are exciting, and the story simple but involving, what most people will remember about this movie is the friendship between the stoical Shane and the young son of the farmers. The kid is played by Brandon De Wilde, an amazing child performer; his parting scene with Shane is guaranteed to draw tears from even the most stony-hearted moviegoer. And speaking of stony hearts, Jack Palance made a sensational impression as the evil gunslinger sent to clean house--he has fewer lines of dialogue than he has lines in his magnificently craggy face, but he makes them count. The photography, highlighting the landscape near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, won an Oscar. --Robert Horton


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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Western Painting 12 July 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Alan Ladd starred in one of the most spare and beautiful westerns ever captured on film in George Stevens' portrait of a lonely gunfighter and the bond he forms with a family of homesteaders under seige out west. Jack Schaefer's very good western novella was lofted to greatness by Ladd's quiet performance as the gunfighter Shane, who gets a glimpse of the life he would have preferred rather than the hand he was dealt.
A story and film which sounds simple, and is often described as such, is really anything but, its complexity hidden by its scope and the subtle manner in which it is told. Shane is the mythic figure, riding in on the horizon and staying to help a family fend off a rancher trying to drive the farmers off their land. It is a story of changing times and complex relationships.
Shane forms a bond with farmer Van Heflin and becomes his friend because of his decency and acceptance of Shane, even though Shane's gun and his readiness to draw at the slightest sound reveals a past and a way of life Shane would like to live down. Shane knows he is on the way out as the west changes and it is ironic that he chooses to help the family trying to build a town and a community, the very things that will be his demise.
Brandon De Wilde is excellent as the young boy who needs a larger than life hero to look up to and finds him in Shane. As he and Shane form a bond, an inevitable confrontation between a deadly gunfighter hired to get rid of the homesteaders will force him to put on his gun and live up to everything the young boy feels in his heart for Shane.
Jean Arthur gives a wonderful and often overlooked performance as the wife who loves her husband and son dearly, but can not deny the feelings she has for Shane.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We need you, Shane! 26 July 2005
By Manco
Format:DVD
Shane is a masterpiece, irrespective of genre. Naturally, most discussion of the film comes up in the context of 'great Western' debates but this is a little unfortunate since Shane is a great film which happens to also be a great Western.
From the opening scene to the immortal closing shot Shane captures the imagination and the emotions. It is not that Shane offers anything particularly new in terms of storyline: the mysterious drifter wandering into a town where a struggle between homesteaders and cattlemen is going on was and has been a staple of Western story-telling from the beginning of the genre's popularity. Rather, Shane manages to encapsulate everything that we dream the West to be about - the good and the bad.
Each scene, character, line of dialogue, moment of action is so deliberately crafted and delivered that it borders on the extreme. Take for example Shane's arrival at the home of the Starrets, he is seen riding into view through the antlers of a grazing deer. Or the symbolic importance of Shane and Joe finally uprooting the tree stump which Joe states has been a burden for nearly five years - surely the fact that the stump is finally uprooted on the day of Shane's arrival and with his assistance holds serious implications for the meaning of Shane's presence in the valley. These are but two examples in a film which makes a point in every scene.
Such an approach to telling this tale has lead to the claim that Shane is film dedicated to the myth of the American West, that through the characters and the words they speak we see the West as we imagine it to have been, not what it was or will ever be.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can be watched time and time again... 7 Jun 2004
Format:DVD
In the extras, the two old gents speak engagingly of how they went out to make just another western, and how they came back with Shane. This speaks volumes on how a film can have intellectual depth without any pretension.
A beautiful understated study of unrequited love, perfectly acted by Jean Arthur and Alan Ladd, set against a magnificent landscape. Van Heflin being the opposite of Alan Ladd: uncharismatic, stolid, ordinary yet even so managing to convey convincingly a character that Jean Arthur would stick by. Brandon De Wilde growing up before our eyes, culminating in the poignant final scenes where we see the end of his childhood. Jack Palance giving us a great villain and the only hissable baddie in the film. All the supporting characters have light and shade, even the diehard free range cowman is able to explain where he is coming from and gets our understanding if not our support.
Although, technically unsophisticated by today's standards and the studio interiors do let the atmosphere slip sometimes, the DVD shows how superb tripack Technicolor was. I don't think the day-for-night shots have ever been bettered.
George Stevens has created a work of great depth in a simple style.
Oh! And the wood chopping sequence with Victor Young's music is one of my all time favourites.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great westerns. 21 Jun 2004
By Simon
Format:DVD
This is a classic and over the decades since its making has lost none of its charm. It has everything a good old fashioned western should have. Theres the quiet unassuming hero, Alan Ladd, who can only be pushed just so far and the dastardly bullying villian Jack Palance that he's going to have a reckoning with.The stirring music has you hooked from the start. Its wonderful, put your feet up and imagine yourself in the one and nine pennies at Saturday morning pictures.This is how cowboy films were meant to be. "Come back Shane, come back"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Western
A must-see western skilfully directed by George Stevens. Absolutely beautifully filmed with an excellent sound score. An all-round classic movie to want to watch at least once.
Published 13 days ago by H. Maks
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
For some reason I had never bought this western, even though I adore this genre of films. Obviously I had seen it before but to add this DVD to my collection has filled a gap I... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Michael E Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars everything fine
had it on video so now wanted it on dvd as our video is broken it meant we couldn't play shane
Published 1 month ago by H.R. Blacklock
5.0 out of 5 stars still packs a punch
I assume that by this time -- 60 years on from its shooting -- the basic story is well known. It's similar to that of "Pale Rider": a mysterious stranger helps decent folks fight... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stanley Crowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Western
One of the best westerns ever made its dodgy in places yes but a classic just the same good acting from a good cast, great storyline good wins over evil recommended
Published 3 months ago by Happy chap
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
I grew up watching this movie thanks to my dad.
A timeless classic similar to Clints Unforgiven in which a retired gunman yearns to put his past behind him and live a peaceful... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wolfers
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Western Ever
In 1953, when I first saw this film, I was just 11 years old. It made an impression on me which has lasted more than 60 years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Bookman
5.0 out of 5 stars good film
i would consider this film old one but good film always like to watch westerns do not see many on tv now
Published 3 months ago by dawn smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic western
One of those western movies that makes you ache with affection for an era & place. If the old west was really like this it must have been a wonderful place to live. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Liam Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars My ideas about the purchases.
The DVDs are great because the films were great BUT the Ink cartridge did not work at all and I am looking to buy a new printer.
Published 4 months ago by Mr L Indri
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