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Western Watch: Westerns on or coming to Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Reggie W, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. Reggie W

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    I completely understand where you are coming from, Gary. Recently I made a new friend and as we were sitting outside drinking under a beautiful summer night sky the topic of what he did for a living came up. He is this very wonderful, funny, upbeat, cheerful guy and he said he works for a company that monitors and tries to stop elder abuse. Then the stories started to come out...ugly horrid stuff...and then the fact came out that they mostly fail at preventing all this abuse.

    I sat there thinking about the horror it would be to get up everyday to confront that knowing most of the time you would fail to stop it. I thought I would end up losing it if that was my job. I wondered how he sat there maintaining his sense of humor and good nature knowing Monday morning he would be once again dealing with horrific abuse and knowing the failure percentage would be upwards of 85%.

    So, Gary, I say thank whatever deity anybody wants to name for people like you...that fight that battle daily. Whatever it takes to unwind from that, to put a smile back on your face...you deserve it.

    I'm not against those kind of pictures, for the record, I enjoy some of them as well. Thankfully, I don't have to use them as a way to decompress from my job at this stage...just from the occasional hardships and life tragedies we all encounter at times.
     
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    Reggie W

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    I was pretty tired when I was writing about The Last Hunt above and failed to mention what a great job Warner Archive did with the Blu-ray. At this point though I think it is pretty much expected that the Archive releases are going to look fabulous.
     
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  3. Reggie W

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    I missed the announcements on these so I thought I would share that Shout Factory has a couple of westerns coming out in the next two weeks.

    Release date: July 9, 2019

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    Synopsis
    Dauntless. Dastardly. Daring. Dangerous. Defiant. The West the way it truly was.

    The final days of the James-Younger gang are meticulously detailed in this riveting account of the group's most daring robbery. Led by the introspective Cole Younger (Cliff Robertson) and the nearly psychotic Jesse James (Robert Duvall), the much-glorified desperadoes set their sights on the biggest bank west of the Mississippi. The gritty action and dialogue, based on documented fact, chronicles the robbery from Younger's decision to storm the seemingly impregnable depository, through the gang's grueling trek through Minnesota, right up to the precision-planned assault. Written and directed by Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff), The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid is a taut and grounded take on one of the Old West's most infamous tales.

    Bonus Features
    • NEW Audio Commentary By Film Historian Jim Hemphill
    • Image Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
     
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    Release Date: July 16, 2019

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    Ronald Reagan must choose between the woman he loves and the dangerous life of a frontier lawman in Law And Order. Marshal Frame Johnson (Reagan) was hired to keep the peace in Tombstone, not kill people. So when an angry mob tries to take the matter of an outlaw into their own hands, Frame realizes that he has no place in a town that doesn't want true justice.

    Hoping to finally settle down with his sweetheart Jeannie (Dorothy Malone), Frame moves to Cottonwood with his brothers Lute and Jimmy, where they build a ranch. When a rash of cattle rustling threatens to drive out the decent townsfolk, and the local judge suspects that the sheriff is just as corrupt as the thieves, he appeals to Frame for his help. Frame declines, but Lute accepts the badge in his place. When Lute is killed and Jimmy is framed for murder, Frame realizes that only he can stop the corruption and restore law and order in Cottonwood ... or no one will be safe.

    Bonus Features
    • Commentary By Film Historian Jim Hemphill
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Image Gallery
    • Photo Gallery
     
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  6. Gary OS

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    I have Law and Order coming. Looking forward to it.

    Gary “hoping Shout releases more westerns like this one” O.
     
  7. Keith Cobby

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    On the topic of westerns and Ronald Reagan, a release of Tennessee's Partner would be welcomed. Not really a fan of RR (the actor!) but his co-star is Rhonda Fleming.
     
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    'Lonely Are The Brave' with Kirk Douglas may appeal to lots of Western fans. There is a region-free bluray available in Germany and a review of it on dvd beaver. Excellent film.
     
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    I do have the German blu and yes, I think it is a very good presentation of the film.
     
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    Love Westerns, so I'll jump right in....Just received the limited Blu-ray of "Seven from Texas" It is limited to only 600 copies and is Region Free. Comes with a bonus DVD of "$100,000 for Lassiter". It is a new series of limited Blu-rays from Dorado Films called European Westerns. This release is #1 of the series. Not sure how frequently they will be released. Haven't watched it yet but I am hoping to get to it tomorrow. Always love Spaghetti Westerns. They may tend to all be very similar and sometimes a bit over-convoluted but there is something almost familiar about them that I find reassuring and relaxing.
     
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    I watched The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid and really enjoyed it. It feels a bit influenced by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and has an episodic structure. Almost as if what Philip Kaufman did was make a series of short films although the episodes do lead up to the event the film is named after. It begins with the James brothers having their morning crap in a two person outhouse while having a discussion and eavesdropping on Cole Younger telling stories to a group of people on a nearby porch. Moving through things like Cole Younger attending an early baseball game and the gang's encounter with an old woman. These moments not always really pushing the plot forward but creating a "hangout" vibe where you get to spend time with and learn about these people.

    Cole Younger is the primary character in the story and Jesse James is portrayed in this picture as basically a racist thug that never stopped fighting the Civil war. Younger seems intelligent and curious while Jesse is vicious, dangerous, and not too bright. I point that out because James is not always portrayed this way in motion pictures. I should say James is not all thug in this film though as he is aware of his reputation enough that he indulges in some self-promotion when the opportunity presents itself.

    Bruce Surtees does a fantastic job photographing the period settings and this is a really handsome looking production. I mentioned Butch and Sundance because the picture mixes in some comedy and sort of follows these guys as they wander about. Younger and James do not share the same sort of relationship as Butch and Sundance but stick together out of some sort of loyalty to the gang.

    A really good if a bit meandering Western that also puts a heavy emphasis on the changing times and end of the West.
     
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    I wanted to plug a Western I recently discovered that really blew me away. I'd rate it up there with such classics as Red River and The Searchers. The rules of this thread state that recommendations must be on Blu-ray, but it wasn't specified that it had to be Region A, So I'll take a chance and recommend Gunman's Walk starring Van Heflin as a rancher trying to train sons Tab Hunter and James Darren. Tab's performance as the bad son is electrifying, probably his best. There's a Blu-ray from Germany, but if you're not region-free, it has also been released in HD on iTunes.

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    I have the German BD and it will play on Region A players. I'll be surprise this doesn't show up on Blu-ray in the States over the next year or so.
     
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    Currently $12.99 on iTunes. Ouch. I'll keep an eye on it and bite if the price drops a bit.
     
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    Still pining for more Roy Rogers or westerns in that vein. Seems like the majority of Blu ray titles released tend toward the late 50's or 60's westerns that often don't hit the sweet spot for me. But I keep hoping some studio will take up the cause and release some solid 30's, 40's or early 50's westerns.

    Gary "but it's probably more of a pipe dream than anything else at this point" O.
     
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    It showed up on iTunes about a month ago at that same price point. I expect that pricing to drop and/or for a Region A disc announcement.
     
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    No, not at all. Other region blu-rays are fine here. I only had a single rule here and that was not to wish list. So, love that you brought this one up.
     
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    I was perusing the various Amazons & I came across a western called California (1947), staring Ray Milland (& I love a bit of Ray Milland, I grew up watching his films on TV), & from everything I've read it sounds like it's my kind of western, & reports say that it looks really good (Universal have done some great transfers of forties Paramount Technicolor films), & the good news is that it's only 8.68 euros from Amazon.de, that's under £12 delivered to the UK, so at that price I had to order it.
     
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    Next up on Western Watch we let the Italians take the reigns for a late model Spaghetti Western from 1976:

    Keoma.

    Unlike a lot of the Spaghetti Westerns released late in the cycle Keoma does not indulge in comedy. This is a straight-up dramatic psychological Western with good performances and a story that has a half brother returning home to find while the town has changed the dynamic with his half siblings has not. Apparently for director Enzo Castellari this was a passion project. It shows as he and DP Aiace Parolin put on a clinic of creative cinematography and nearly every frame and every set piece is gorgeously shot and conceived. Let's just get this out of the way...this is one seriously beautiful film to look at.

    Seriously, I would show this film to budding cinematographers to teach them what you can do with a camera in terms of where to put it, movement, and how to make every frame of your picture exciting and visually interesting. This film sort of looks like Leone and Tarkovsky got together to shoot a Western. The way they shot the flashback moments in the film is truly wonderful.

    Loaded with atmosphere the picture is a visual feast. For this alone you should watch this.

    All that said there is one aspect of the picture that seems an odd choice, there are two singers that act as an unseen Greek chorus that literally sing what is going on in the film...basically they sing what the characters are doing, thinking, and feeling. It's more than a little nuts. I think they call this the Ballad of Keoma, and while it does not ruin the picture it does aggravate fans like Joe Dante. Neither singer is particularly pleasant to listen to, the woman or the guy, and if the camera panned around to show the two of them standing there it would turn the picture into a hilarious Monty Python exorcise. Thankfully, this never happens but at key moments in the film these two do start wailing and it is grating...for many of us.

    My guess is they added the singers because the film had no script and they were writing and improvising stuff as they went so maybe they thought that people would not understand what was happening so "Hey, let's have two people sing what is going on!"

    Despite this weirdness, and really watching this new Arrow disc it bothered me less than it had in the past because it all looks so beautiful, I highly recommend this one.
     
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