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Nevadan [DVD] [1950] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Nevadan [DVD] [1950] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Tom Powers
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £11.16

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Randolph Scott western, 3 Nov. 2013
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Not one of the more popular Scott westerns but a great little film non the less. This DVD release is a great transfer with bright, vivid colours and a very clear soundtrack unlike many of Scott's westerns which appear in box sets. If you like westerns or Randolph Scott I would heartily recommend this release.

2 Metre Gold Plated Triple RCA Phono & Composite Video Cable by Cable Mountain
2 Metre Gold Plated Triple RCA Phono & Composite Video Cable by Cable Mountain
Offered by Cable Mountain
Price: £6.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality at a good price, 23 Oct. 2013
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Great leads with good quality connections. Very snug fit when attached and a marked improvement on my previous composite lead.

Circus World (Wild West Show) (Blu-ray + DVD) (1964) (Region 2) (Import)
Circus World (Wild West Show) (Blu-ray + DVD) (1964) (Region 2) (Import)
Offered by Futuremovieshop
Price: £5.90

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic presentation of a great Duke non western., 23 Oct. 2013
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A truly great release of, in my opinion, a very underrated John Wayne non western.
Do not be put off by the low reviews for this Dutch release, they mostly relate to the first French release of Circus World on blu ray (red cover) which had fixed subtitles you could not switch off when selecting the English audio. This release has no such issues.
The transfer is nothing short of amazing, it almost looks 3D! What could be better than to see Duke, the spectacular set pieces and Claudia Cardinale in superb 16:9 hi definition! The film also has the opening song intact and the intermission also makes an appearance, which it does not on the Italian blu ray version. The sound may not be 5.1 or stereo but the blu rays I own that have been given the 5.1 treatment genuinely offer no more than the mono soundtracks apart from the odd special effect in the surround speakers. All in all a wonderful package and better than quite a few Duke blu rays.
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Young Duke - Bandits Of The Badlands [DVD]
Young Duke - Bandits Of The Badlands [DVD]
Price: £9.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Beware, misleading listing on Amazon, 5 Jun. 2012
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The Young Duke series has taken 13 of John Wayne's 'poverty row' Westerns; re coloured them, added a seriously dubious modern song which tries to capture the 60s guitars of Morricone, but fails miserably and chops them down to half an hour each.

If you're a John Wayne fan you probably already know all this, but here's a few things you may not:

Plus point:
The colourisation of these old films is actually very well done, unlike some attempts at this process.

Minus points:
The editing has been done with a blunt knife, it's so crude in places you think the DVD has jumped.
The song is terrible and, unfortunately, in the forefront of the audio mix, it gets faded in and out as crudely as the editing.
But the biggest failing is in the listing!
I bought this thinking it was a 2 disc set where it is infact a single disc which only has 5 of the 13 'episodes' on it.
This is an error on Amazon's part.

Get the colourised box set of the full versions of 6 of these films if you want to do them justice.

100 Greatest Western Movies of All Time: Including Five You've Never Heard of
100 Greatest Western Movies of All Time: Including Five You've Never Heard of
by Philip Armour
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.50

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 100 greatest! Mmmm, 5 Jun. 2012
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This book is as lighthearted as the cover implies.

The small, square, thin tome outlines, in very broad strokes, the films the author's deem to be the 100 greatest Westerns.

Being a big Western fan I was hoping for an in depth 'experts' review of the films and the genre as a whole, instead this book delivers little more than the notes you'd get on the back of a DVD, or Imdb synopsis.

Ok if you want a little stocking filler but will leave you disappointed if you want more.

I recommend 'A rough guide to Westerns' as a little book which delivers far more.

Fort Apache [Blu-ray] [1948] [US Import]
Fort Apache [Blu-ray] [1948] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Henry Fonda
Price: £10.57

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ford, Wayne and Fonda at their best on Blu ray, 5 Jun. 2012
A true John Ford classic. Some films are classed classic due to their age and people involved: this film actually deserves the monicker.

I won't dwell on the film as its the Blu ray I'm reviewing here!
First the transfer:
The transfer is excellent, rich blacks and monument valley looks stunning in widescreen: the best the film has ever looked. A worthy updated on the DVD which was pretty washed out.
The sound:
Nothing to write home about but it's clear and not full of hiss.
A great documentary on John Ford and filming in Monument Valley which includes Fort Apache.

We could always do with more extras and behind the scenes but, all in all, as good a Blu ray release of a true classic as you could wish for.

Rio Lobo [Blu-ray] [1970] [US Import]
Rio Lobo [Blu-ray] [1970] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Christopher Mitchum
Offered by Moref Designs
Price: £17.07

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Average Wayne/Hawks outing, great blu ray transfer, 10 Mar. 2012
I won't waste time reviewing the film, as most of you will have seen this countless times, and concentrate on the Blu Ray itself.

The picture:
The transfer is superb, far superior to the recent Horse Soldiers Blu Ray release, the picture is bright, rich and not overly sharpened. The blacks are pretty solid and the picture holds together in the dark passages, there is obvious grain in certain scenes but this should be expected due to the age of the film.

The sound:
5.1 surround on a John Wayne film! They've done a pretty good job on this, adding sound effects and splitting the soundtrack to give it a sense of space, the spurs literally jump out of the speakers and Jerry Goldsmith's score sounds superb! Don't expect this to be like a modern film, it's not true 5.1 but it does the job.

If only they could enhance the woeful acting by Jennifer O'Neil, however pretty she was I've see chairs with more talent, and a pretty poor effort by Jorge Rivero, the film would get 4 stars. Look out for Mike 'Tarzan' Henry as a sheriff!

All in all an excellent Blu Ray release which is encouraging for future John Wayne releases. 3 out of 5 for the film, taken up to 4 out of 5 as looks and sounds so, so good it actually enhances the watching experience.
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Island In The Sky [DVD]
Island In The Sky [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Wayne
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £3.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a 'must see' John Wayne non western, 2 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Island In The Sky [DVD] (DVD)
Why, oh why has this been overlooked in the canon of John Wayne movies for so long!? This has to rate IMO as one of the very best non War/Western films John Wayne made in his long career, in fact it's better than a lot of those too. The story, script and cinematography are all of a higher standard than many of Wayne's better known films. Everything seemed to come together on this one. Seminal supporting cast, genuine drama and what I genuinely think is one of John Wayne's best acting performances: this is a real treat.
The transfer is beautiful and I cannot imagine it being improved upon. The black and white is crisp and the blacks are deep, not grey and washed out. The audio track is clear too, and with the decent extras too, this really is a great release. Let's keep our fingers crossed that subsequent Blu Ray releases follow suit as some have been pretty disappointing. 5 stars on every level

The John Wayne Ultimate Collection [DVD]
The John Wayne Ultimate Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Wayne
Offered by SweetBuzzards
Price: £28.73

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WARNING Great Films damaged by poor packaging design, 2 Oct. 2011
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Firstly, if you are looking at this boxset then I imagine you are already a John Wayne Fan; you will not be disappointed by the set, it's superb.... BUT!

A very brief review of the contents:
The DVD transfers are very good indeed and the special editions included (Mclintock! and Hondo) are un-edited; earlier releases of Mclintock had a huge 20 mins of footage cut unbelievably. El Dorado is also uncut, including in this release is the infamous James Caan flowerpot, Chinese impression which has been missing from some previous releases. This is a must have boxset for all John Wayne fans or lovers of classic Hollywood films when life was simpler and less cynical.

The problem:
The physical slip case is so flimsy that mine arrived crushed like a pancake, not helped by the fact Amazon sent it in a Jiffy bag rather than a box! Secondly the actual design of the foldout inner sleeve means the DVDs are tucked into D cuts in the card rather than on sprockets so they slip out if the box is turned upside down. Inevitably the box being upside down happens in the post resulting in all the DVD coming loose and rattling around in the box. Some of the DVDs had slipped around so much in transit that the scratches on them rendered the DVDs unplayable which is a huge disappointment. I have reluctantly returned the box set and would advise buying one in person if at all possible to ensure everything is as should be.

Horse Soldiers [Blu-ray] [1959] [US Import]
Horse Soldiers [Blu-ray] [1959] [US Import]
Dvd ~ William Holden

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ford and Wayne ride again!, 26 Jun. 2011
The Horse Soldiers represents the 11th outing of John Ford and John Wayne. Having created the seminal Westerns Stagecoach, buy the Criterion Blu Ray it's wonderful, and The Searchers some of the other collaborations are a little below par, unsurprising when we have the aforementioned films as benchmarks!
The Horse Soldiers sits comfortably in the upper bracket without ever really reaching the heights of it's predecessors to call it an out and out classic. The story is fast paced and laced with a good dose of underlying humour, most through Constance Towers (slightly miss cast in the role IMO), " Care for some more leg or breast? as she leans over the table with the lowest cut top. Wayne replies "No thank you mam, I've had quite enough". It's a solid Wayne Western.
Onto the Blu ray itself: The colours are vibrant but unfortunately that is where the Blu ray transfer seems to stop. The picture quality is no better than the DVD with the exception of 40% of the close-up scenes which suddenly burst into life and looks great. It is a travesty given the importance of these films and how good transfers can be. If you compare this to How the West was Won, another Ford and Wayne collaboration, albeit John Wayne is only in it for a few minutes, you will see the difference. The Cinerama version of How the West was Won is truly breathtaking and a wonderful transfer. The Horse Soldier alas has been give a cheap update; the film deserves better.
Having said all of the above this version is the best currently available so it's better than not having it at all. We can only hope that maybe a special edition, similar to The Comanchero's digibook a must buy!, may be released in the future. If you can look past the average quality mixed with nice hi def scenes its' an enjoyable film and one which deserves more credit out of the Ford/Wayne collaborations.
4 stars for the film, 3 stars for the transfer

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