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Already contributed a list of 20 westerns I'd most like to see on Blu.

Here - for the heck of it and in chronological order - are the favorite western titles already in my collection.
So glad these goodies are all available:

THE HALF BREED(1916) Douglas Fairbanks
THE BIG TRAIL(1930) John Wayne
WHEN THE DALTONS RODE(1940) Randolph Scott
WESTERN UNION(1941) Randolph Scott
DUEL IN THE SUN(1946) Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck
CANADIAN PACIFIC(1949) Randolph Scott
COLORADO TERRITORY(1949) Joel McCrea
RIO GRANDE(1950) John Wayne
WAGON MASTER(1950) Ben Johnson
HIGH NOON(1952) Gary Cooper
SHANE(1953) Alan Ladd
RIVER OF NO RETURN(1954) Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe
THE SEARCHERS(1956) John Wayne
THE BIG COUNTRY(1958) Gregory Peck
BUCHANAN RIDES ALONE(1958) Randolph Scott
THE HANGMAN(1959) Robert Taylor
NO NAME ON THE BULLET(1959) Audie Murphy
RIDE LONESOME(1959) Randolph Scott
RIO BRAVO(1959) John Wayne
COMANCHE STATION(1960) Randolph Scott
ONE-EYED JACKS(1961) Marlon Brando
DER SCHATZ IM SILBERSEE(1962) Lex Barker, Pierre Brice
A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL(1966) Gian Maria Volonte
DAY OF ANGER(1967) Lee Van Cleef, Giuliano Gemma
ULZANA'S RAID(1972) Burt Lancaster
UNFORGIVEN(1992) Clint Eastwood
THE QUICK AND THE DEAD(1995) Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman
THE HOMESMAN(2014) Tommy Lee Jones
THE REVENANT(2015) Leonardo DiCaprio
SLOW WEST(2015) Michael Fassbender

Haven't got around to purchasing RED RIVER and RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY yet. But I plan to.

Didn't include my favorite western musical Blu's:
CAN'T HELP SINGING(1944) Deanna Durbin
THE HARVEY GIRLS1(946) Judy Garland
CALAMITY JANE(1953) Doris Day
OKLAHOMA!(1955) Gordon Macrae

Figured they'd be more at home on a list of favored musicals
 

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Anybody up for a musical?
Paint Your Wagon and the 6 track soundtrack is a knock-out.
Yeah, I'd forgotten all about Paint Your Wagon. I didn't fancy it at the time, but a couple of years ago I thought I'd give it a go (DVD) & I loved it (but it would be nothing without Lee Marvin). It has Paramount Presents written all over it, surely next year...
 

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Same for me. I saw parts of it on TV and found it as bad as they say. Then I saw an original roadshow print in 6 track and I thought it was a lot of fun. I especially like the male chorus which is magnificent under Nelson Riddle and in no way can be duplicated on the stage.
 

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As long as we brought up western-musicals, I'd like to mention another little category that I'm always a sucker for... films that utilized a 'dude ranch' as a backdrop. Often for musicals, comedies, or even a few mysteries. Here are a few examples I can think of that I recall liking:

1. GIRL CRAZY (1932) Wheeler and Woolsey
2. FAIR WARNING (1937) Fox b-mystery with J. Edward Bromberg
3. BUCK BENNY RIDES AGAIN (1937) Jack Benny
4. RIDE 'EM COWBOY (1942) Abbott and Costello
5. RIDING HIGH (1943) Dorothy Lamour
6. THE GOLDEN EYE (1948) Charlie Chan

Quite a few b-westerns used the 'dude ranch' backdrop, as well. There was also the aptly titled "Dude Ranch" (1931), a Paramount comedy starring Jack Oakie. It has some okay atmosphere, but it's a pretty minor bit of early-talkie hokum, more geared for folks who want to see Mitzi Green do her usual schtick, or the sight of Eugene Pallette dressed up like an Indian. Tolerable, but not something I'll particularly be badgering Kino to go after.
 

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I still have no idea how one director did;

Counselor at Law
The Westerner
The Little Foxes
Roman Holiday
Ben Hur
Funny Girl


Can we get a 4k of Bite the Bullet which looked so great on the screen at Radio City?
You forgot the jewels in his crown of the '30s and '40s: Dodsworth and The Best Years of Our Lives.
 

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Well I didn't forget them really I was just noting his mastering of so many genres. They are among the very best in them. Like John Houston directs for the screen a surefire can't miss musical and turns it into a calamity.
 

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3 more that haven't been mentionned:

SIX BLACK HORSES, written by Burt Kennedy, rumor says that the script have been proposed for a Boetticher/Scott project. Dan Duryea is great in it.

Also 2 mores Audy Murphy's oaters: SEVEN WAYS FROM SUNDOWN and HELL BENT FOR LEATHER.
 

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3 more that haven't been mentionned:

SIX BLACK HORSES, written by Burt Kennedy, rumor says that the script have been proposed for a Boetticher/Scott project. Dan Duryea is great in it.

Also 2 mores Audy Murphy's oaters: SEVEN WAYS FROM SUNDOWN and HELL BENT FOR LEATHER.
That reminds me: I'd like to have Destry on Blu-ray.
 

Beckford

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3 more that haven't been mentioned:

SIX BLACK HORSES, written by Burt Kennedy, rumor says that the script have been proposed for a Boetticher/Scott project. Dan Duryea is great in it.

Also 2 more Audy Murphy's oaters: SEVEN WAYS FROM SUNDOWN and HELL BENT FOR LEATHER.

Thanks for the heads up on SIx Black Horses. Hadn't seen it before. Watched it online this afternoon. Very enjoyable. And intriguing to think of how it might have played as a Scott/Boetticher vehicle circa 1960.
I suspect there'd have been revisions to - among other things - accommodate the age difference between Randolph Scott and Audie Murphy (whose character I imagine Scott would have played) . And I believe Boetticher would've made the climax and ending more resonant. But a Scott/Duryea teaming would've been something to see. The female role's pretty interesting too. And - though Joan O'Brien did a good job - I kept imagining Anne Bancroft, Stella Stevens, Faith Domergue, Felicia Farr, Vera Miles or Inger Stevens. All talented and all about the right age at the time.
 

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Twilight Time also released two other Columbia 3-D titles, which I'm sure have temporarily slipped you mind. Rather good ones too, one of which is a western.

Sadly nothing since. Four of the unreleased Columbia 3-D titles are westerns.

Forgot about Gun Fury and The Mad Magician. Must be getting old.
 

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Already contributed a list of 20 westerns I'd most like to see on Blu.

Here - for the heck of it and in chronological order - are the favorite western titles already in my collection.
So glad these goodies are all available:

THE HALF BREED(1916) Douglas Fairbanks
THE BIG TRAIL(1930) John Wayne
WHEN THE DALTONS RODE(1940) Randolph Scott
WESTERN UNION(1941) Randolph Scott
DUEL IN THE SUN(1946) Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck
CANADIAN PACIFIC(1949) Randolph Scott
COLORADO TERRITORY(1949) Joel McCrea
RIO GRANDE(1950) John Wayne
WAGON MASTER(1950) Ben Johnson
HIGH NOON(1952) Gary Cooper
SHANE(1953) Alan Ladd
RIVER OF NO RETURN(1954) Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe
THE SEARCHERS(1956) John Wayne
THE BIG COUNTRY(1958) Gregory Peck
BUCHANAN RIDES ALONE(1958) Randolph Scott
THE HANGMAN(1959) Robert Taylor
NO NAME ON THE BULLET(1959) Audie Murphy
RIDE LONESOME(1959) Randolph Scott
RIO BRAVO(1959) John Wayne
COMANCHE STATION(1960) Randolph Scott
ONE-EYED JACKS(1961) Marlon Brando
DER SCHATZ IM SILBERSEE(1962) Lex Barker, Pierre Brice
A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL(1966) Gian Maria Volonte
DAY OF ANGER(1967) Lee Van Cleef, Giuliano Gemma
ULZANA'S RAID(1972) Burt Lancaster
UNFORGIVEN(1992) Clint Eastwood
THE QUICK AND THE DEAD(1995) Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman
THE HOMESMAN(2014) Tommy Lee Jones
THE REVENANT(2015) Leonardo DiCaprio
SLOW WEST(2015) Michael Fassbender

Haven't got around to purchasing RED RIVER and RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY yet. But I plan to.

Didn't include my favorite western musical Blu's:
CAN'T HELP SINGING(1944) Deanna Durbin
THE HARVEY GIRLS1(946) Judy Garland
CALAMITY JANE(1953) Doris Day
OKLAHOMA!(1955) Gordon Macrae

Figured they'd be more at home on a list of favored musicals
ONE-EYED JACKS(1961) Marlon Brando is in Bluray By Criterion
 

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Already contributed a list of 20 westerns I'd most like to see on Blu.

Here - for the heck of it and in chronological order - are the favorite western titles already in my collection.
So glad these goodies are all available:

THE HALF BREED(1916) Douglas Fairbanks
THE BIG TRAIL(1930) John Wayne
WHEN THE DALTONS RODE(1940) Randolph Scott
WESTERN UNION(1941) Randolph Scott
DUEL IN THE SUN(1946) Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck
CANADIAN PACIFIC(1949) Randolph Scott
COLORADO TERRITORY(1949) Joel McCrea
RIO GRANDE(1950) John Wayne
WAGON MASTER(1950) Ben Johnson
HIGH NOON(1952) Gary Cooper
SHANE(1953) Alan Ladd
RIVER OF NO RETURN(1954) Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe
THE SEARCHERS(1956) John Wayne
THE BIG COUNTRY(1958) Gregory Peck
BUCHANAN RIDES ALONE(1958) Randolph Scott
THE HANGMAN(1959) Robert Taylor
NO NAME ON THE BULLET(1959) Audie Murphy
RIDE LONESOME(1959) Randolph Scott
RIO BRAVO(1959) John Wayne
COMANCHE STATION(1960) Randolph Scott
ONE-EYED JACKS(1961) Marlon Brando
DER SCHATZ IM SILBERSEE(1962) Lex Barker, Pierre Brice
A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL(1966) Gian Maria Volonte
DAY OF ANGER(1967) Lee Van Cleef, Giuliano Gemma
ULZANA'S RAID(1972) Burt Lancaster
UNFORGIVEN(1992) Clint Eastwood
THE QUICK AND THE DEAD(1995) Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman
THE HOMESMAN(2014) Tommy Lee Jones
THE REVENANT(2015) Leonardo DiCaprio
SLOW WEST(2015) Michael Fassbender

Haven't got around to purchasing RED RIVER and RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY yet. But I plan to.

Didn't include my favorite western musical Blu's:
CAN'T HELP SINGING(1944) Deanna Durbin
THE HARVEY GIRLS1(946) Judy Garland
CALAMITY JANE(1953) Doris Day
OKLAHOMA!(1955) Gordon Macrae

Figured they'd be more at home on a list of favored musicals
you need to add Paint Your Wagon for the muiscal western genre. Amazed it hasn't been do before, but it took forever for the studios to do a fair edition of Cat Belue!!
 

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Beckford

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you need to add Paint Your Wagon for the musical western genre.
Afraid I wouldn't have any interest in adding "Paint Your Wagon" to my Blu-ray collection. Hated it when I saw it in the movie theater decades ago. Just seemed to me like a pretty misguided adaptation. Which is a shame because the score (the original Broadway version opened in 1951) has some lovely Lerner & Loewe songs. What with those songs and the potential for beautiful outdoor scenery and western-style action, this could have made a rousing screen musical during the genre's 50's heyday. I have an excellent RCA album of Lerner & Loewe songs, a big chunk of which is devoted to "Paint Your Wagon" featuring Jane Powell, Jan Peerce and Robert Merrill, fine singers all. Powell, of course was one of MGM's bright lights during that era. "Paint Your Wagon" could have served as a great onscreen follow-up vehicle for her and Howard Keel after their big western musical hit "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" in '54. Sadly, it was not to be.
I know that the Lee Marvin/Clint Eastwood movie has its fans. So I hope they get that "Paint Your Wagon" Blu they've been wishing for for so long. But I won't be getting a copy
 

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