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on 2 October 2011
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.
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The films in chronological order are as follows:-

1 "Hondo"(53) directed by John Farrow. A very fine western, with Wayne as an Indian scout in conflict with the Apache. A film I have already reviewed in detail.
2) "Island in the Sky"(53) directed by William Wellman. Wayne plays a chief pilot of a plane that ditches in the wild wastes of Labrador during WW11. A very decent and underrated aviation film. One of the big mans lesser known films. Another film I have reviewed in more depth.
3) "The High and the Mighty"(54) directed by William Wellman. Wayne plays a co-pilot haunted by his past. A film that was commercially successful and was the "Airport" of the fifties. Also starred Robert Stack and Clair Trevor
4) "Hatari"(62)directed Howard Hawks. Spills and thrills galore as Wayne and friends capture big game in Africa for zoos. A film I have already reviewed.
5) "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"(62) directed by John Ford. A superb elegiac western by the master Ford. Also stars James Stewart and a very bad Lee Marvin.
6) "Donovan's Reef"(63) directed John Ford. Wayne and Lee Marvin have rumbustious fun in the South sea's.
7) "McLintock"(63) directed by Andrew V McLaglen. Wayne has fun with old sparring partner Maureen O'Hara in this comedy western. Good light hearted fun and a film I have already reviewed in detail.
8) "In Harm's Way"(65) directed by Otto Preminger. Second World War naval drama also starring Kirk Douglas and Pat Neal. A rather disappointing big budget picture.
9) "The Son's of Katie Elder"(65) directed by Henry Hathaway. A good solid western from the veteran Hathaway. Wayne's first outing after his bout with cancer. Also starred Dean Martin.
10) "El Dorado"(67) directed by Howard Hawks. A less successful remake of the classic western "Rio Bravo". Co starred Robert Mitchum in what is none the less a good entertaining western.
11) "True Grit"(69) directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne grabs an oscar at last for his portrayal of irascible one eyed sheriff Rooster Cogburn. An entertaining romp with Kim Darby and Glenn Campbell on board. Wayne probably made better films, but the oscar was well earned in a long and illustrious Hollywood career.
12) "Rio Lobo" directed by Howard Hawks. The director's powers are shown to be fading in this lesser western set in the aftermath of the Civil War. A lesser film for both Hawk's and Wayne.
13) "Big Jake" directed by old serial stalwart George Sherman. A very routine western that falls back on Wayne's massive screen persona. It also reunites Wayne once again with Maureen O'Hara. The big guy is just going through the motions once again!
14) "The Shootist"(76) directed by Don Siegal. Wayne's last film and one that takes him out of his usual comfort zone. A downbeat story of an old gunfighter dying of cancer and his attempts to go out on his own terms. A poignant and fine ending to a glittering career. Also starred the great James Stewart and Lauren Bacall.

Overall, considering the reasonable price that this collection can be purchased for at the time of this review, it represents a good buy. The collection is a varied mix in both subject and quality, but gives the opportunity of also acquiring some of Wayne's more forgotten films. Some might argue they are better off staying that way! Certainly worth a shout for Wayne fans.
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on 1 May 2011
Brought for my dad as he's a big fan of john wayne he loves this collection ov dvd's. Although when the package arrived i had to open it all because the cd's had all fallen out and wanted to make sure they wernt broke, other than that very pleased.
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on 2 January 2014
I received my 2d John Wayne Ultimate Collection box set today, the first being crushed in shipment. And just like the first one, all the discs were loose and fell out but at least this time none were scratched. Shame on Paramount for being so cheap as to package John Wayne's movies in such a crappy manner. The movies themselves are all FIVE star, the packaging a big ZERO. Glen Collier
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on 13 June 2015
Wonderful collection of excellent John Wayne movies. The box itself is a offence to every movie collector. Absolutely poor Digipak style, quickly starting to fall apart. Uncomfortable to choose single DVD's as you have to open up the whole Digipak choosing a DVD. This is connection with the poor quality is not a really good combination. The way the DVD's are stored in the Digipak scratches are unavoidable, one meanwhile stopped playing. Rubbish, no good choice for a DVD collector looking for a good quality box.
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on 28 January 2014
brought this DVD box set with some spare money I had. very satisfactory none of the DVDs are scratched but be careful with how you unwrap the pox when you get it because the box is very flimsy and some of the DVDs may have come loose. I suggest that when yours arrives that you check all of the DVSs to see if they are scratched. and also put the DVDs in a protective casing.
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on 8 October 2014
Decided to take a chance on this set.
At this price for so many films it seemed too good to be true!
It is..
As other reviews have commented the packaging is truly appalling, they would be safer delivered in a brown paper bag.
Most of the films have a fault, the annoying thing is you only find out that they wont play when you get half way through the film!
Very annoying.
Don't waste your money, better to build up a collection from individual discs that are better quality.
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on 24 May 2014
When first released this was a good release as each movie had its own plastic holder and page,now what they have deemed fit are slide in slits into an opening fan like box,all the discs come loose in the post and makes it a car crash of a set when it turns up.For value,of course this is a winner,but Paramount have deemed it necessary to cheapilly box their sets.Right the movies,we have tons of John Wayne here,plenty of his later stuff which in my opinion was his best period,from The sons of Katie Elder through to El Dorado and Rio Lobo,the modern Big Jake western,with motorcycles and early automobiles, right up to Waynes last masterpiece The Shootist.Inbetween there is of course Waynes oscar winning True Grit,the very rare McClintock,a crackin safari romp Hatari and a good romping Donovans Reef with Lee Marvin.Earlier movies included are the forgotten Hondo and the original Airport movie The high and the Mighty.An all round mixed bag,all good movies and several classics,it is exceptional,good sound and good picture,but if you like keeping yer disc scuff free this box set isnt for you.
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on 7 February 2010
Being a family of avid John Wayne fans I jumped at the chance of buying this set from Amazon for my husband. I had seen it in the shops at a higher price but as always Amazon beat them all. My husband can now get rid of the taped and purchased videos. CDs take up so much less room and where else can you watch your favourite 'Duke' films without someone walking in front of the screen blocking out the 'best bits'.

Item came really well packaged so the content box did not even have a slight 'dent'.

Amazon does it again.
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on 5 January 2011
When The Duke died so did the Western as a genre. I know there are those who disparage Wayne's acting ability but for real western fans the name John Wayne virtually guarentees satisfaction. Few other than Stewart and Eastwood could approach his ability to carry a heroic storyline to its almost inevitable conclusion without causing yyou to cease suspending your disbelief.
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