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Trail Of The Lonesome Pine [DVD]

Henry Fonda , Sylvia Sidney , Henry Hathaway    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Sylvia Sidney, Fred MacMurray
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment LTD
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001R4GDR2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,458 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Set in the mountains of Kentucky at the turn of the twentieth century this enthralling drama, based on the classic novel of the same name by John Fox Jr., stars the OSCAR® winning Henry Fonda (Once Upon a Time in the West, The Grapes of Wrath) alongside Sylvia Sidney (Sabotage, Fury) and Frank MacMurray (Double Indemnity, The Apartment). A feud, the origins of which can barely be remembered, has been boiling for decades between two sheltered mountain families; the Tollivers and the Falins. With plans to build a railroad through both families land and mine the coal deposits beneath it, enterprising outsider Jack Hale (MacMurray) inadvertently becomes entangled in the region's politics. He soon captures the attention of the beautiful June Tolliver (Sidney) and quickly becomes involved in a love triangle with her and her cousin Dave (Fonda). Nominated for an OSCAR® in 1937 and Winner of a Special Recommendation at the 1936 Venice Film Festival, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, directed by Henry Hathaway (The Sons of Katie Elder, Souls at Sea) was the first feature film shot outside of a studio in three-strip Technicolor and is available for the first time in the UK in this digitally re-mastered form.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Outdoor 3-Strip-Technicolor Feature! 8 Dec 2009
I can not tell you how amazed and overjoyed I was, when I learned that EUREKA was releasing a restored version of this rarely seen film!!!

"The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine" (1936)was only the second feature to be shot in the then new 3-strip-Technicolor process, the first film being "Becky Sharp" (1935). The colours are rich and vibrant and one can just imagine what a novelty these early Technicolor films must have to cinema-goers of the 1930s.
"The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine" is a landmark film, since it was the first Technicolor film to be shot entirely on location.
The film's story deals with the feud between two neighbouring families, and features some well-known actors like Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney. However, the best performances are given by Fred McMurray (Disney's "Absentminded Professor") and Nigel Bruce (best known as Dr. Watson to Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes). It's a very watchable film, featuring some of the most beautiful early colour cinematography.

If you enjoy these early Technicolor films as much as I do, take a look at the following titles which are also available on DVD:
"The Garden of Allah" (1936/Marlene Dietrich), "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer" (1938), "A Star is Born" (1937), "Nothing Sacret" (1937), "The Divorce Of Lady X" (UK/1938), "The Drum" (UK/1938), "Sixty Glorious Years" (UK/1938), "The Mikado" (UK/1939), and especially the double-DVD-Special-Edition of "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC 8 Mar 2011
For this very important movie in the history of Technicolor / Hollywood (no wonder Hathaway helmed it), Eureka has done a excellent job. Well worth a watching for cinephiles. After this movie, book an evening for "Gone With The Wind" and compare how the use of colors has evolved. In this regard I recommend the reading of Harnessing the Technicolor Rainbow: Color Design in the 1930s, which is a truly excellent study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A TECHNICOLOR WONDER 21 April 2009
It's all about three strip Technicolor. If the Eureka transfer is really good, you are in for a wonderful feast. Otherwise, forget about it.
A rare and fragile print was on loan to the French Cinémathèque and we were stunned. we had never seen anything like that. The earlier and first three strip Technicolor BECKY SHARP (1935) doesn't hold a candle to it.
As an HATHAWAY fan, I should crown it as a masterpiece, but I don't remember it as such. The actors, HENRY FONDA/SYLVIA SIDNEY/FRED MAC MURRAY are not too convincing. We also find NIGEL BRUCE and BEULAH BONDI
The Kentucky feud, from a 1908 novel, is truly old hat. It had been filmed in 1914, 1916 (directed by DE MILLE) and 1924, and played on Broadway in 1912. I don't know what kind of adaptation HORACE MC COY did at PARAMOUNT studios.
The film was shot in 1935 (Californian lcations), and was first released
in February 1936.
If this TECHNICOLOR memory made your mouth water, wear a T-shirt: "GIVE US BACK KODACHROME 64!"
Another Eureka release FLESH AND THE DEVIL was shot by a good director with a good cast but is crushed by a very thin story (French humour, sorry). For enthusiast movie buffs whose motto is: "we already have all the interesting films, we want the rare ones!" It is a rare movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Paramount Pictures presents "THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE" (1936) ~ (102 min/Color) ~ Starring: Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone, Nigel Bruce & Robert Barat

Directed by Henry Hathaway

To the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia comes Jack Hale (Fred MacMurray) to arrange the clearance of the path for a new railroad. Mountain girl June Tolliver (Sylvia Sidney) falls in love with Fred, which incurs the enmity of Sidney's boyfriend Dave Tolliver (Henry Fonda). It also puts Fred in the middle of a long-standing feud between June's family and another mountain clan. Hostilities alternately erupt and simmer until June's youngest brother Buddie is killed by a feud-inspired dynamite blast.

Paramount's first Technicolor feature and the first feature to be shot in Three-Strip Technicolor outside of a studio environment (on location), from the John Fox Jr. novel.

Oscar Nominated for Best Music Original Song ("A Melody from the Sky")

1. Henry Hathaway [aka: Marquis Henri Leonard de Fiennes] [Director]
Date of Birth: 13 March 1898 - Sacramento, California
Date of Death: 11 February 1985 - Hollywood, California

3. Sylvia Sidney [aka: Sophia Kosow]
Date of Birth: 8 August 1910 - Bronx, New York
Date of Death: 1 July 1999 - New York City, New York

3. Henry Fonda [aka: Henry Jaynes Fonda]
Date of Birth: 16 May 1905 - Grand Island, Nebraska
Date of Death: 12 August 1982 - Los Angeles, California

4, Fred MacMurray
Date of Birth: 30 August 1908, Kankakee, Illinois
Date of Death: 5 November 1991, Santa Monica, California

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trail of the lonesome pine 19 Sep 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Saw this film when i was a child, thats why I bought it,I loved it
then, but then I was a child and a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.
It might be a classic but I think have outgrown it now.
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