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HTF DVD REVIEW: Warner Home Video Western Classics Collection



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#1 of 10 Ken_McAlinden

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Posted August 26 2008 - 10:51 AM

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Warner Home Video Western Classics Collection

Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) / Many Rivers to Cross (1955) / Saddle the Wind (1958) / The Law and Jake Wade (1958)/ Cimarron (1960) /The Stalking Moon (1968)

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Posted August 26 2008 - 02:10 PM

Thanks for the great review. I have my boxset so I'll probably watch Escape from Fort Bravo first due to the problems noted in this review and other sources. I rather go from worse to better when it comes to my viewing pattern.

On second thought, I'll probably watch Rocky Mountain first from the Flynn boxset because it's a title I haven't watched in a lot of years and always liked it.



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Posted August 26 2008 - 02:53 PM

Thanks, Ken. I always reading your reviews of WHV's classic product.
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Posted August 27 2008 - 01:14 AM

Thank you once more for the great review, will also look forward to the one about the Flynn set.
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Posted August 27 2008 - 02:35 AM

Dear Warners, Why do you still give us stereo 2.0 mixdowns when we have a system that can reproduce the original 4.0 mixes.

Escape from Fort Bravo is 3.0 originally but Cimarron is 4.0 in theaters.

Warners has done this in the past with their releases of sea Chase, Blood Alley, etc. Why? I want the origiinal 4.0, NOT a two channel dolby surround mixdown.

BTW, Library of Congress has not just one but THREE four channel mag stereo prints of Many Rivers to cross deposited there. There is no need to have this early scope stereo film released on dvd in MONO.

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Posted August 27 2008 - 02:56 AM

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BTW, Library of Congress has not just one but THREE four channel mag stereo prints of Many Rivers to cross deposited there. There is no need to have this early scope stereo film released on dvd in MONO.

MANY RIVERS TO CROSS has been run in stereo countless times on TCM. There's no excuse for the dull mono found on this DVD.

#7 of 10 Ken_McAlinden

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Posted August 27 2008 - 03:44 AM

The press release indicated that "Many Rivers to Cross" would be stereo as well, so I do not know what went wrong.

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Posted August 27 2008 - 08:35 AM

I have this set on it's way too me, look forward to seeing these for the first time. Great review!
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Posted August 28 2008 - 01:41 PM

My local Costco didn't stock this one on Tuesday, so I had to place an online order. Though I did pick up the Flynn Western box at Costco.

Let me add my gripe along with Joe Caps about the 2.0 dolby surround mixdowns. It just makes no sense when they are creating brand new transfers of these films that they wouldn't use the discrete 3.0 or 4.0 magnetic masters. Come on Warner, keep this up and you are going to lose your status as the premier studio for high quality releases of classic films!

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Posted April 16 2009 - 05:54 AM

Hi
I just picked up a copy of "Many Rivers to Cross and it is in stereo. Don't get me wrong it's not great stereo but it's stereo. I was wondering if anybody else noticed?
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