How come no John Wayne Westerns from Fox?????

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Doug Abbott, Aug 22, 2001.

  1. Doug Abbott

    Doug Abbott Auditioning

    Aug 17, 2001
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    How come CBS/Fox has not released any of their great John Wayne western movies on DVD. Film's like "Big Jake, Comencheros, Rio Lobo, and North To Alaska. John Wayne is still remembered and loved by thousands of movie lovers around the world and in a recent poll came in as still one of America's true real life heroes, 25 years after his death. In fact CBS/Fox hasn't released any of their classic westerns to DVD, My Darling Clementine with Henry Fonda to name just one. They release every other format, some titles twice, along with a ton of crap aimed at teenagers.
    Their are tons of 40, 50 and 60 year olds out here with lots of money to spend who really like the westerns which we grew up with. How about releasing some of them. Since I bought my DVD 3 years ago I've bought more than 700 dvd's and every western that has been issued on DVD. I don't rent movies and I wouldn't buy a VHS tape if it were only a $1.00. I belong to a western collectors club with more than 1000 members and everyone in the club collects and loves the classic western movies. Now that a DVD recorder is available from Pioneer I guess we'll have to burn our own westerns for our members to trade, because it sure looks like Fox isn't interested in selling us any on DVD.
  2. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator

    Dec 9, 1998
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    That old CBS/Fox arrangement doesn't apply in dvd releases. Fox owns the exclusive dvd rights to most of those films released under the CBS/Fox banner from the video tape era. Personally, I think Fox believes these titles won't sell enough dvds to justify a dvd release. I've become very disenchanted with Fox holding on to several of their catelogue titles. Sure, over the last year or so, they've done some wonderful work in the dvd field but they remain uncommitted to releasing several of their classic film titles particularly in the drama, western, and film noir genres.
    By the way, I've edited the thread title to reflect Fox's ownership of those John Wayne westerns. Also, I would be remiss, if I didn't welcome you to the forum.
    [Edited last by Robert Crawford on August 22, 2001 at 09:42 PM]
  3. Doug Bull

    Doug Bull Advanced Member

    May 7, 2001
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    Paramount seem to be doing OK with their John Wayne Westerns, so how about it FOX.
    Fox certainly have a wealth of WESTERNS that would be more than welcome on DVD.
    The Undefeated - John Wayne and Rock Hudson
    Bandolero - James Stewart and Dean Martin
    Hombre - Paul Newman
    Stagecoach - The remake with Ann-Margret
    Rio Conchos - Stuart Whitman
    The Comancheros - John Wayne
    North to Alaska - John Wayne
    Flaming Star - Elvis in his best role
    The Bravados - Gregory Peck and Lee van Cleef
    Love me Tender - Elvis again
    White Feather - Robert Wagner (Whatever happened to this one, I remember it as a kid, being really spectacular)
    The Tall Men - Clark Gable
    River of no Return - Marilyn Monroe
    Garden of Evil - Great Western with a classic Herrmann score)
    Broken Lance - Spencer Tracy
    Viva Zapata! - Brando and Quinn
    Rawhide - Tyrone Power
    The Gunfighter - Gregory Peck
    Yellow Sky - Peck and Widmark
    Broken Arrow - James Stewart
    My Darling Clementine - John Ford classic
    The Ox-Bow incedent - Dark Western with Henry Fonda
    Western Union - Great Color Western
    Belle Star - another terrific colorful western
    Brigham Young - Tyrone Power
    Jesse James - Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda
    Drums along the Mohawk - John Ford classic
    Ramona - Fox's first Technicolor Western.
    That is a list of most of FOX's A Grade Westerns and it does not take into account their B Westerns.
    So it would appear that FOX is sitting on a wealth of titles, most of which would return good $$ PROFITS for them.
    Peter if you read this, please give it some consideration.
    Westerns have a BIG following, the World over.
  4. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

    Mar 24, 1999
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    Yeah, but its not just Fox. The other studios are reluctant to issue the classics as well. Us older folks [​IMG] are past the target audience, but they're missing the point that we have more disposible income and thus are more likely to buy even titles that weren't blockbusters.
    Maybe a limited run would work out better. I'd be happy to get them even if they were bare-boned releases, but I think they'd be surprised at how many they'd sell.
  5. Larry Bevil

    Larry Bevil Second Unit

    Jun 18, 1999
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    I also am a big time John Wayne fan. I buy every one of the John Wayne dvds the date they are issued. So, I heartily encourage FOX to release more of their John Wayne classic films on the DVD format.
  6. Jeff Ulmer

    Jeff Ulmer Producer

    Aug 23, 1998
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    I wonder if some of the lesser known titles would work well as competatively priced double features. Surely John Wayne could support individual releases, perhaps in a themed box set like the Marilyn Monroe set?
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  7. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

    Aug 3, 2001
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    I already have a wagonload of westerns in my collection. Just to throw a few out there off the top of my head that I already have:
    • Rio Bravo[*]How the West Was Won[*]Man With No Name Trilogy[*]El Dorado[*]True Grit[*]Rooster Cogburn and the Lady[*]Red River[*]Magnificent Seven[*]Unforgiven[*]Cat Ballou[*]Dances With Wolves[*]McLintock![*]Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid[*]Westworld [​IMG]
    BUUUT...I want more! The above list is just there to represent that we're willing to buy western films! I'm looking for a bunch of the titles already brought up. I can't believe that Hondo hasn't made it yet! And my favorite Duke film of all time is Big Jake.
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  8. Greg_S_H

    Greg_S_H Executive Producer

    May 9, 2001
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    Perhaps it's no classic, but I'd love to see Cahill-US Marshall on DVD.
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  9. Peter M Fitzgerald

    Peter M Fitzgerald Screenwriter

    Mar 21, 1999
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    If these classic Fox westerns were released on DVD, I'd buy them:
    • MONTE WALSH (1970)
    • Double-feature: THE OX-BOW INCIDENT (1943) & YELLOW SKY (1948)
    • Double-feature: THE GUNFIGHTER (1950) & RAWHIDE (1951)
    • Double-feature: WESTERN UNION (1941) & BUFFALO BILL (1944)
    • Double-feature: GARDEN OF EVIL (1954) & FROM HELL TO TEXAS (1958)
    • Double-feature: FORTY GUNS (1957) & THE FIEND WHO WALKED THE WEST (1958)
    • THE BRAVADOS (1958)
    • WARLOCK (1959)
    Please, Fox, dig deeper into your classics catalog!

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