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Cult and Classic Westerns No.2

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Duel In The Sun [1946] [DVD]
Duel In The Sun [1946] [DVD]
"1946 : King Vidor : Captivating and saturated in style, this red hot, high-camp western melodrama is a favourite to many, including Martin Scorcese. Almost a comedy. A unique film."
The Gunfighter [DVD]
The Gunfighter [DVD]
"1950 : Henry King : An intelligent, character based western/noir which explores the dangers and downsides of being a famous wild west legend. The first revisionist western?"
Hondo [DVD] [1953]
Hondo [DVD] [1953]
"1953 : John Farrow : A John Wayne adventure classic, lost in the vaults for years and one of his personal favourites. More humanity to the native americans than was usual at the time."
Forty Guns [DVD] [1957]
Forty Guns [DVD] [1957]
"1957 : Sam Fuller : Superb, very original, off beat western B movie with Barbara Stanwyck as head honcho of a cattle empire. Full of great moments and visually striking."
Alarma En El Expreso (The Lady Vanishes) (1938) (Import)
Alarma En El Expreso (The Lady Vanishes) (1938) (Import)
"1959 : Budd Boetticher : As pure and hard boiled as they come. The revenge western stripped down to it's stark core. Scott as lonesome and stony as the vast, empty landscape. Tight drama, cool script. Ultimate B movie."
Day of the Outlaw [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Day of the Outlaw [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"1959 : Andre De Toth : Superior, high tension western in bleak, snowbound setting with superb performances from Robert Ryan and Burl Ives. Could be Ryan's best. Underrated and highly recommended."
Appaloosa [VHS] [1966]
Appaloosa [VHS] [1966]
"1966 : Sidney J Furie : Overshadowed by 'One Eyed Jacks' and 'Missouri Breaks', this Brando western is a wild, engaging ride from start to end. Tense, quirky and deliciously OTT in all the right ways."
Hombre [DVD] [1967] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Hombre [DVD] [1967] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"1967 : Martin Ritt : A stagecoach party's predicament and in-fighting unfolds into a taut situation thriller bordering on Hitchcock. Newman is tough and mysterious in one of his best films."
A Fistful Of Dynamite (Special Edition) [DVD]
A Fistful Of Dynamite (Special Edition) [DVD]
"1971 : Sergio Leone : Stylish, funny and ultimately moving story of an unlikely friendship formed during the mexican revoultion. Coburn and Steiger are on fire. The most human Leone film."
Ulzana's Raid [DVD]
Ulzana's Raid [DVD]
"1972 : Robert Aldrich : Burt Lancaster as the hardened tracker leading a cavalry posse in search of a band of marauding Indians. Realistic and violent but gripping and solid. One of Burt's best."
Culpepper Cattle Company [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Culpepper Cattle Company [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"1972 : Dick Richards : Ultra authentic story of a young cowboy wannabe joining his heroes only to realise the truth is far uglier than the myth. Brilliant and often overlooked 70's western."
Jeremiah Johnson [DVD] [1972]
Jeremiah Johnson [DVD] [1972]
"1972 : Sydney Pollack : Classic mountain man film with Robert Redford battling the elements and just about everyone else. Looks impressive, rambles a bit but still a deserved 70's western staple."
Kid Blue ( Dime Box )
Kid Blue ( Dime Box )
"1973 : James Frawley : Dennis Hopper as the outlaw kid tryin' to go straight. Great fun, full of interesting characters, set in the early days of flight. Another forgotten 70's gem."
White Buffalo [DVD]
White Buffalo [DVD]
"1977 : J Lee Thompson : Bronson plays Wild Bill Hicock in big coat, hat and shades in mountainous pursuit of the White Buffalo that torments his dreams. Ultra quirky and a great midnight movie."
Eagle's Wing [DVD] [1979]
Eagle's Wing [DVD] [1979]
"1979 : Anthony Harvey : Small, simple, almost magical film of essentially Martin Sheen and a Kiowa Indian competing to capture a white horse. Low on dialogue, shot entirely outdoors. Unique film."
Windwalker [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Windwalker [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"1980 : Kieth Merrill : My favourite Native American film. Beautifully shot tale of a dying warrior's desire to reunite his family. Adventure, fine music and the supernatural. And not one cowboy."
Tom Horn [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Tom Horn [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"1980 : William Wiard : Great Steve McQueen film. True story of old west legend hired by the new guys to do their dirty work. Great on action and humour, but also very moving. Early winter feel."
The Grey Fox
The Grey Fox
"1982 : Philip Borsos : Another true story. Richard Farnsworth plays gentleman stagecoach robber Bill Miner. Warm, wonderful film, music and performance. Love Richard F. Please someone release a DVD!"
Conagher [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Conagher [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"1991 : Reynaldo Villalobos : Sam Elliott and Katherine Ross on fine form as tough guy and widow in this much overlooked TV movie. A genuine romantic western and almost a guilty pleasure."
Seraphim Falls [DVD]
Seraphim Falls [DVD]
"2006 : David Von Ancken : A chase thriller from a dense, snowy mountainside all the way down to a scorching, open desert. High on adventure, touch of humour and something a little different."
True Grit [DVD] (2010)
True Grit [DVD] (2010)
"2010 : Coen Brothers : As if the 1969 original had wandered into a dark, mythical forest and was retold round a campfire by, well, the Coen Brothers. Like a gruesome children's story. Worth a watch."
Rango [DVD]
Rango [DVD]
"2011 : Gore Verbinski : Total fun. Everything from Leone to Chinatown to Woody Allen. For all it's acid ugly creatures, it's the best 2D animation i've seen. Psychedelic cartoon western extraordinare."
Meek's Cutoff [DVD] [2010]
Meek's Cutoff [DVD] [2010]
"2011 : Kelly Reichardt : Almost the opposite of Rango. Slow, steady, indie realism out west. A family wagon train lost in their search for water. The tensions build into something almost eerie."