Two of the most popular stars in screen history are brought together for the first time in the adventure-filled follow-up to True Grit. The legendary John Wayne reprises his role of the rascally, eye-patched, whiskey-guzzling U.S. Deputy Marshal that won him an Academy Award. Katharine Hepburn joins him as the prim Eula Goodnight, a missionary who pairs up with the grizzled gunfighter to avenge the death of her father. While in pursuit of the outlaws, a tenderhearted relationship develops between the rough-and-tumble lawman and the flinty reverend's daughter as they join forces to secure justice in the untamed west.
Comanche Moon: The Second Chapter in the Lonesome Dove Saga
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
In the highly anticipated prequel to the Emmy Award-winning mini-series, LONESOME DOVE, Texas Rangers Augustus McCrae (Steve Zahn)and Woodrow F. Call (Karl Urban) are now young men dealing with the ever increasing tensions of adult life - Gus with his great love, Clara (Linda Cardellini), and Call with Maggie (Elizabeth Banks), the young prostitute who is in love with him. McCrae and Call join a Ranger troop in pursuit of three outlaws: Comanche Chief Buffalo Hump (Wes Studi), Comanche horse thief Kicking Wolf (Jonathan Joss) and Ahumado (Sal Lopez), the deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for slow torture. Together they struggle to protect an advancing western frontier against the defiant Comanches who are determined to defend their territory and their way of life. The cast also includes Val Kilmer as Captain Inish Scull, a Yankee aristocrat and Mexican war hero, and Rachel Griffiths as the captain's sexy wife. It's billed as "the second chapter in the Lonesome Dove saga," but Comanche Moon is actually a prequel to that much-loved 1989 miniseries. And while there's no doubt that it has some very big boots to fill, this three-part (on two DVDs, including bonus features) production is rarely less than eminently watchable and entertaining. Continuity is a positive factor: Larry McMurtry, who wrote the novel on which it's based, also co-wrote the screenplay, and Lonesome Dove director Simon Wincer returns as well. As for the cast, it's certainly not as star-studded as its predecessor, but Steve Zahn (as Gus McCrae), Karl Urban (Woodrow Call), Linda Cardellini (Clara Allen), and the others manage to suggest the characterizations brought to the screen by Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, and Anjelica Huston, respectively, without mimicking them. Of course, there are new faces on hand as well, principally Val Kilmer (looking a mite chubby, perhaps due to all the scenery he chews in his portrayal of Texas Rangers Captain Inish Scull) and Rachel Griffiths (as Scull's horny wife). As the tale begins in 1858, Call and McCrae, some years away from becoming the cattlemen depicted in Lonesome Dove, are Rangers serving under the educated and eccentric Scull as they work to protect the territory against marauding Comanches, led by the stern, vengeful Buffalo Hump (Wes Studi) and his crazed son, Blue Duck (Adam Beach). When Scull's horse is stolen by one of the Indians, he sets out to retrieve the beast, promoting both Call and McRae to Captain, and the rest of the story revolves primarily around them; in fact, although there's a reasonable amount of action (including the Comanche raid on Austin that opens Part Two), Comanche Moon is much less plot-dependent than character-driven, and it is Call (tough, taciturn, and totally clueless when it comes to the fair sex) and best friend McRae (an open-hearted, self-described jester) who are the most engaging of the bunch as they navigate the deep waters of their work and love lives (McRae with Clara and ...
This is where it all started. John Fords smash hit and enduring masterpiece STAGECOACH revolutionized the western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list. The quintessential tale of a group of strangers thrown together into extraordinary circumstancestraveling a dangerous route from Arizona to New MexicoSTAGECOACH features outstanding performances from Hollywood stalwarts Claire Trevor, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, and, of course, John Wayne, in his first starring role for Ford, as the daredevil outlaw the Ringo Kid. Superbly shot and tightly edited, STAGECOACH (Fords first trip to Monument Valley) is Hollywood storytelling at its finest.
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
Sacketts, The (Dbl DVD)Louis L'Amour, the greatest storyteller ever to chronicle the American Wild West, spins an epic saga as vast as the untamed land. Blood feuds, cattle drives and gold strikes accent the lively legend of The Sacketts. Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott and Glenn Ford head a rough-riding cast of cowboys and gunslingers in this sweeping tale of three brothers who traverse the savagely beautiful territory in pursuit of fortune--and on the run from a vengeful gang. Rowdy and ready for whatever fate hurls their way, the willful brothers encounter folks as dangerous as the badlands they claim--a brutal place that can bring fabulous wealth or sudden death--the rugged home of The Sacketts.]]>
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Chisum (BD)John Wayne heads a colorful cast in the epic tale of a legendary rancher who built an empire and has to face off with a civilized, smooth-talking land grabber to protect his spread. A solid gold Western free-for-all!]]>
Manufacturer: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, the unforgettable classic Going My Way lights up the screen as it warms the heart. Best Actor winner Bing Crosby shines as Father O'Malley, a young priest new to an established but financially flailing parish. When his philosophies conflict with those of curmudgeonly Father Fitzgibbon (Best Supporting Actor winner Barry Fitzgerald), the result is a timeless story of patience, compromise and - just maybe - understanding. Featuring an all-new digitally remastered picture and filled with mesmerizing music including the Academy Award-winning song "Swinging on a Star," Going My Way exemplifies the silver screen at its golden best! "****! Hard to resist!" (Leonard Maltin)