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4.0 out of 5 stars classic films, 13 Oct 2013
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S. W. Bright "husker666" (bridgend.uk) - See all my reviews
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All the films on here are highly watchable again and again. A very well put together list of classic westerns the highlight for me being the wild bunch. Great value for money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the (Hollywood) Frontier, 24 Oct 2012
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The `Western Collections' Box Set is a bargain.
`The Searchers' (1956)is possibly my favourite Western. I'll excuse the over-concentration on Monument Valley (where reality challenges script and story-line) as being Henry Ford's bow to cinematographic temptation. There is a remorseless insanity about the plot, broken up by three `curtain-calls' of an open doorway.
The key stars are John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter but watch out for the minor characters, such as `Ol Mose', Lars Jorgensen and Charlie McCorry, to add sparkle. In many ways it's old-fashioned - women are only in subordinate roles - and yet it's also new - Ethan Edwards is an outsider brimming with prejudice and Martin Pawley the youngster who will not meekly accept `authority'. If you've never seen it, it's a must as an example of its genre.
One question for sound aficionados - why do gunshots sound so different to those in more modern Westerns such as `Unforgiven'(1992)?
I was ALMOST put off `Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid' (1973)by a poor review. Yes, there may be talking but that's called character development and plot background. There's plenty of violence in it and the two leads (James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson) are good
Bad points are an over-extended ending, a typically-Peckinpah display of voyeuristic sex, a manipulation of historical details and a failure to develop minor characters (e.g. Alias (Bob Dylan) never really emerges from the shadows). I wasn't too fond of most of Dylan's singing but then that's a question of taste. Having said all that the film is still a first-rate Western
In `Pale Rider' (1985) Clint Eastwood almost resurrects his character from `High Plains Drifter' (1973), on the whole a better production for two reasons: in that film `The Stranger' remains an enigmatic, anti-hero figure whereas in this film `The Preacher' from the start is on the side of the good and his enigmatic past only really surfaces towards the end; also in this film the odds in the final gunfight are too great, rather reminiscent of `The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' (1966). `Pale Rider' pays homage to that Western Classic `Shane' in the death scene of Spider(Doug McGrath) and the last pleas of Megan (Sydney Penny) - except she is more mature and yells, `Goodbye' while little Joey shouts, `Come back, Shane'.
In this film there are various strengths: the excellent development of the minor characters -the Wheelers (mother and child), Hull Barret, Club and even the taciturn Marshal Stockburn - plus the inner turmoil of Sarah Wheeler and the scenery. The weaknesses have been described in comparison with a better Eastwood production. Even so `Pale Rider' is a very good Western.
The other Eastwood film in the box set, `The Outlaw Josey Wales' (1976) is a rambling venture and therein lies both its strength and weakness: new characters and plotlines lie just around the corner but each strand is picked up and dropped with disconcerting brevity - the exception being Sondra Locke whom, in my opinion, Josey could well have left with the Comancheros. Eastwood plays a Confederate irregular hunted after the end of the Civil War. He's too easily recognised and too easily guns down opponents for this to be a great film. The direction, by Eastwood, has its usual high standard and the scenery is good. So, on the whole, a worthwhile experience, perhaps to be repeated every ten years or so - whereas, I reckon, you could see `The Searchers' five times in that period with profit.
The opening scene of `The Wild Bunch'(1969) with a scorpion devoured by ants for the amusement of children indicates it's the work of Sam Peckinpah, who goes in for such heavy-handed pointers. When this is followed by a battle between bank robbers and bounty-hunters which produces a massacre of the innocents you can be sure. And we're off!
Peckinpah spends excessive time on `atmosphere' (village junkets etc.). There's a lot of talking and sometimes it's hard to know who's who. Even so, when Peckinpah deals with action he does it well. I'm not just talking about still-frame and slow-motion, which he made popular. He's a fine eye for incident, a command of scenes involving lots of people and a good sense of pace. The major players perform well but the minor players remain minor and his use of individual faces is not up to those of Leone or Eastwood. However, this proved to be the film I liked the least. It's a rambling film and, like Dutch (Ernest Borgnine) at the end, I finished up asking, `Why?'
One strange quirk of this product is that the last 46 minutes of the film is on the reverse side of the disk. Why as it's only 145 minutes long? So check carefully around the central rim as to which side you're loading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea, good value, wonderful present, received happily, have bought another., 15 Jan 2014
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Wonderful present for the 'wannabe' cowboy, also any boxed sets, this is a good place to buy from. Packing very secure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 July 2014
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Hours of enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Westerns collection, 14 Jan 2014
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Bought this western DVD collection for my mum and dad as they love westerns, great classics and Oscar winning casts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good buy, 30 Nov 2013
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if you like westerns you love this collection
never get tired of watching these dvd's
also worth the money l paid
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Sep 2014
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"Just what it says on the tin"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Sep 2014
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mug "mug" (tyne and wear) - See all my reviews
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well worth the money
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Westerns Co;;ection, 6 Aug 2012
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H. Wilcock (Lancs. England) - See all my reviews
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The collection is OK but I did not like the Pat garrett film, to
slow and one of the worst westerns I have seen. the Amazon service
was verry good.
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