Classic Westerns Coming from MGM in May

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  1. John Hodson

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    DVD Times has this marvellous news:

    MGM Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of 7 classic westerns for 17th May 2005 priced at $14.95 SRP each...

    17th May 2005: Westerns

    Escort West (1959) - With the Civil War over, Rebel soldier Ben (Victor Mature) heads west to start a new life but soon finds himself protecting a Union woman – and her fiancé's cavalry unit – from hostile Indians.

    2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & Full Screen transfers, English Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

    Hour of the Gun (1967) - Find out what happened after the gunfight at the OK Corral when James Garner and Jason Robards saddle up as legendary lawmen Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in this film.

    2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & Full Screen transfers, English Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

    Invitation To A Gunfighter (1964) - In a New Mexico town, a smooth gunslinger is hired to kill the last honest man. Yul Brynner stars in this gripping western loaded with surprise twists, blistering shootouts and colorful villainy.

    1.66:1 Letterbox, English and Spanish Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

    More Dead Than Alive (1968) - When a reformed gunfighter tries to forge an honest future, his enemies refuse to let him forget his violent past. Screen legend Vincent Price stars alongside Clint Walker.

    1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & Full Screen transfers, English and Spanish Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

    Sam Whiskey (1969) - When a con artist (Burt Reynolds) helps a sexy widow (Angie Dickinson) return stolen gold, he finds that honesty has ample rewards in this tongue-in-cheek western.

    1.85:1 Letterbox & Full Screen transfers, English and Spanish Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

    The Hunting Party (1971) - Brandt Ruger (Gene Hackman) is a ruthless cattle baron who'll stop at nothing to recover his stolen property: a kidnapped wife (Candice Bergen) who has fallen in love with her outlaw captor (Oliver Reed).

    1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & Full Screen transfers, English Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

    The Scalphunters (1968) - Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas and Ossie Davis lead the all-star cast of this Sydney Pollack-directed satirical western about a trapper and a runaway slave who must join forces to retrieve stolen furs.

    2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & Full Screen transfers, English and Spanish Mono, Original Theatrical Trailer.

    All titles include English, French and Spanish subtitles.


    Full details and cover art here - some cracking titles there.
     
  2. walter o

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    Kinda disappointed with THE SCALPHUNTERS package, it makes the film look deadly serious, when it is very lighthearted in tone, and for HUNTING PARTY, suprised they didnt use the poster of Gene Hackman and his scope rifle, and the human trophys!
     
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    THE SCALPHUNTERS! Outstanding! That's one I'll be picking up for sure. However, I wish DAY OF THE OUTLAW (1958) was part of the May 2005 batch of westerns. Oh well, maybe next year...
     
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    Another year of waiting & still no friggin' Man of the West [​IMG] [​IMG]


    Not meaning to dis any of the announced titles (a few of which I'll be picking up) but I just had to vent.
     
  5. Gordon McMurphy

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    I love Westerns. Love 'em. But this a disappointing line up.

    But, being a Hackman maniac, I might just go for The Hunting Party. It's one of the most violent, weird, moving, flawed Westerns ever made and ol' Gene is, as always, totally compelling.

    Indeed, where is Day of the Outlaw? Superb Western. Robert Ryan is excellent. Beautifully shot in b&w by the great Russell Harlan and De Toth's firm control combine to create a solid, memorable Western. In addition to this, MGM should also release De Toth's brilliant anti-War film, Play Dirty (1968) starring Michael Caine, which they also own; there is no VHS, there was never a Laser and TV screenings are panned and scanned from 2.35:1 Panavision.

    Man of the West, is simply put, one of the greatest Westerns ever made. I adore Mann's films and Man of the West is badly needed on DVD.
     
  6. John Hodson

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    Worth getting, IMHO, The Scalphunters, Invitation to a Gunfighter, The Hunting Party and Hour of the Gun

    Man of The West is coming soon in R2 (anamorphically enhanced you'll be pleased to learn); I'm sure an R1 release won't be far behind.
     
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    Oh, my, so it is:

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    14th March

    Brilliant! Most appreciated, John! [​IMG]
     
  8. Doug Bull

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    Not the best of Western Titles, but I'll certainly pick up "The Scalphunters" and "Escort West"
     
  9. Drew Reiber

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    And still no sign of all the great spaghetti westerns that MGM is sitting on... UGH!
     
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    PLAY DIRTY IS available on DVD in japan from MGM
     

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