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on 31 March 2011
Having waited to see this wonderful film again after many years, last seeing it in black & white on TV, then being unable to find the time to watch this DVD until several months after I first purchased it, I was bitterly disappointed when sitting down to round off my evening's work with some wonderful entertainment and had to eject this 'Pegasus Entertainment' DVD after around one minute after the opening credit titles as it is completely unwatchable. The quality is so bad it looks like it has been transferred from a copy of a copy of a VHS tape to DVD. How this company get away with selling this rubbish is beyond me. Had I been able to remember from where I ordered it originally it would have been sent back with a demand for an immediate refund. This DVD was so bad I threw it and its sleeve (with VERY dodgy montaged heads artwork) away and kept the box to house another DVD that arrived in a damaged box. And that's about all it's worth! I've only given it one star because I had to! Otherwise I would have given it minus 5! I do hope someone releases this film sometime soon in the quality it richly deserves as it is a tremendous movie featuring one of Spencer Tracy's best performances.
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on 21 October 2014
In the C18th, during the Colonial Wars, Robert Taylor (Langdon) would, quite rightly, rather be a painter than a soldier. However, he is a rather foolish loudmouth of a drunk and just manages to avoid getting press-ganged before he goes on the run with Walter Brennan (Hunk). They come across Spencer Tracy (Rogers) in the wilderness and get drunk on rum. The next morning, they awake and they have been press-ganged into Rogers’ Rangers. It’s an army outfit that is embarking on a mission to wipe out an Indian village. We follow the troops across harsh terrain as they reach their destination and then make their escape.

The film goes on for too long. Once it has finished and you ask yourself what happened, well…….. not very much. The landscapes and technicolour are the best thing about the film, and Tracy is very good as the self-styled leader who promotes a focus on the end result. Although, given his previous harsh decisions, decisions made for survival of the overall unit, it’s a bit unrealistic how he helps the injured Taylor. No way, I’m afraid.

It’s a shame that more wasn’t made of actually seeing the enemy. We get a tense moment at the beginning when enemy boats drift past the troops hiding on the shore, and there is a nice (all too short) sequence as the Rangers canoe past the enemy camp at night with a fire burning in the background. Another standout out is the crossing of some rapids as the soldiers form a human chain. We needed more tension and a feeling that the enemy are there right behind them, and we needed this by actually seeing the enemy. As it is, we are just told that they are undoubtedly somewhere looking for them. At over two hours, the film needed more than just the one battle sequence.

There are some unrealistic characters, eg, the soldier who keeps and feeds off something rather strange after the massacre and God knows why Ruth Hussey is given such high billing. She’s not in the goddam film long enough to even justify a credit! The best line is dished out by Tracy to Brennan as he tells him that he looks better at the end than when he joined. And it’s true. Overall, the nice locations and colour don’t make up for lack of action.
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on 14 December 2015
I recently bought the Warner Archive version of this film as it was deemed to be the best print in circulation, but I have to report that it was a very flawed print. Most of the film was in garish two colours, similar to those Cinecolor westerns of the late 1940's, with the three colour Technicolour returning well into the latter half of the film. This really isn't good enough Warner, you are treating your customers with contempt, this version should never have seen the light of day. The film has been shown on British television dozens of time and it's always an excellent print, so why couldn't Warners obtain a decent print seeing as they wanted to charge top price for it.
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on 6 September 2017
This older adventure film puts modern films to shame : it is superbly acted, had an exciting story-line with surprises in every reel. It was also a joy to see the actors as they were in their youth. A delightful film which I definitely recommend.
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on 16 February 2018
Enjoyed this old movie years ago ,thought I would treat myself again and buy it,wasn't wrong,good condition good movie, thanks william lester.
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on 6 August 2016
Like it was recorded off a 1970's TV with a 1980's VHS video recorder, through a smoke screen and by someone with the shakes. Shocking quality.
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on 27 December 2012
the picture quality on this dvd is terrible i would not recommend it to anybody, i am very disappointed as this
is a very good story, the picture quality completely spoils it. i cannot understand why this bad quality dvd is aloud
to be sold. i have bought this same dvd with the same sleeve image from two different sellers and both were
the same bad quality.
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on 29 October 2015
I have bought countless versions of this movie on DVD and ALL copies have been rubbish, unwatchable - very pleased to announce good old Warner Archive have come thru yet again with a good quality version of this brilliant movie, well worth the wait, would recommend Warner to anyone have never been disappointed with their DVDs …
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on 31 October 2010
Like so many others i've been waiting for a good quality transfer of this excellent movie for some time. And like them I'm still waiting.

This has the worst picture quality I've seen in a DVD for quite some time. It's soft focus and the colour is bleached. It's a disappointment and a disgrace. King Vidor's film deserves so much better.
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on 22 September 2010
great film, but this copy was total rubbish. i watched 5 minutes of it and then put it in the bin. does amazon not check the quality of these older films, if you had i am sure you would not be selling it, although i am still surprised it is still on your website
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