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Kino Classics Releases the Epic Silent Western Classic
The Covered Wagon
Available For the First Time on DVD and Blu-ray February 20

Featuring a Wurlitzer Organ Score by Acclaimed Silent Film Composer Gaylord Carter,
Booklet Essay by Film Scholar Matt Hauske, and Audio Commentary by Toby Roan


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New York, NY - January 30, 2018 - Kino Classics is proud to announce the release of the silent film classic The Covered Wagon, available on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time. Directed by James Cruze and produced by Paramount in 1923, this romantic drama set against the backdrop of the westward expansion was the first epic Western. Long unavailable on home video, this new edition from Kino Classics gives audiences the chance to re-discover this overlooked but highly influential landmark of American cinema and the Western genre.

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The Covered Wagon comes to Blu-ray and DVD on February 20, with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $19.95 for the DVD, and features a Wurlitzer organ score by the great silent film composer Gaylord Carter. Special features include an audio commentary by film historian Toby Roan, a booklet essay by film scholar Matt Hauske, and "The Pie-Covered Wagon", a 1932 one-reel spoof starring Shirley Temple.

A great caravan of covered wagons, filled with hearty pioneers and their families and possessions, are waiting for the Spring "jump off" at Westport Landing, now Kansas City. The time is 1848, and the destination is far-off Oregon, in The Covered Wagon (1923), the first big-budget Western epic. Where countless pilgrims fell, a love triangle flourishes, as Molly Wingate (Lois Wilson) must choose between the brutish Sam (Alan Hale) and the dashing Will (J. Warren Kerrigan). Complicating her decision are the perils of the trail: a mile-wide river, prairie fire, heavy snowfall, a buffalo stampede, crippling hunger, and Native American attacks. Boasting a cast of thousands and an unparalleled commitment to authenticity, The Covered Wagon was an enormous box-office success in 1923 and became one of the major milestones in the history of the Western.



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The Covered Wagon (1923)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: February 20, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: James Cruze
Starring J. Warren Kerrigan, Lois Wilson, Alan Hale

Technical Specs:
1923 | 1.33:1 | 1920x1080p (Blu-ray) | 98 minutes | Silent with Score (2.0 Stereo) |
B&W | Not Rated

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Toby Roan
Booklet Essay by Film Scholar Matt Hauske
"The Pie-Covered Wagon", a 1932 one-reel spoof starring Shirley Temple
Wurlitzer Organ Score by Gaylord Carter
 

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I've enjoyed this wonderful film in theaters twice over the years and I love it. My favorite silent actor, Ernest Torrence, is not mentioned above but had a large part in the film. You will not be disappointed. One of the crown jewels of silent cinema.
 

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I'm looking forward to this too. I had the Paramount VHS, but it got damaged and I had to throw it out, long ago. It's quite an epic, and I just can't wait to see it in blu. Also always have enjoyed Lois Wilson, who had a good, solid career (and was particularly memorable in "Miss Lulu Bett" from 1921). But I have to admit, I'm a sucker for any and every silent western, from the grand-scale epics like this, down to the independent cheapies of Jack Perrin, Al Hoxie, Yakima Canutt, and the like. There's just something about them.
 

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I watched The Covered Wagon this afternoon. It's quite remarkable how good it looks considering it's almost a century old! I'd never seen a movie with J. Warren Kerrigan who was one of the first matinee idols and box-office stars of the silent era. Near the end of his career, but he's still able to hold the screen in all his scenes. Alan Hale is a great villain, and the character actors are superb! The lush vistas and hundreds of extras still look mighty impressive, and I really enjoyed the film.

I listened to the commentary, too, which has fine information on the film, actors, behind-the-scenes personnel, and box-office reception. I'll read the booklet later tonight before retiring.
 

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