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How the West Was Won-Special Edition (Blu-ray)

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With courage, sinew and conflict: that's how the West was won. With three directors, five interlocked stories, some of the most legendary action scenes in movie history and a constellation of acting talent: that's how How the West Was Won was filmed.

Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart and John Wayne are among the big names in this big-event saga following a dauntless family's move West through generations - underscored by the spectacles of a heart-pounding raging river ride, a thunderous buffalo stampede and a bracing runaway train shootout. Via technological advances, this panoramic winner of three Academy Awards can now be seen with a resplendent, restored clarity eliminating its original "three-panel join lines" and in roof-raising Dolby 5.1 audio.

Explore a new home entertainment frontier with a classic movie adventure in a stunning new version never before possible!


Studio Warner
SKU 207990867
UPC 883929026272
UPC 14 00883929026272
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/9/2008
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Oscar (1964) Alfred Newman, Ken Darby, Nominee, Best Music, Score - Substantially Original,Bernard Smith, Nominee, Best Picture,Franklin Milton, Winner, Best Sound,George W. Davis, et. al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color,Harold F. Kress, Winner, Best Film Editing,James R. Webb, Winner, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen,Walter Plunkett, Nominee, Best Costume Design, Color,William H. Daniels, et. al., Nominee, Best Cinematography, Color
ReviewSource Variety
Review It would be hard to imagine a subject which lends itself more strikingly to the wide-screen process than this yarn of the pioneers who opened the American West. It's a story [suggested by the series How the West Was Won in Life magazine] which naturally puts the spotlight on action and adventure, and the three directors between them have turned in some memorable sequences...George Marshall [credited with the final segment, The Railroad] has the credit for the buffalo stampede, started by the Indians when the railroad was moving out West. This magnificently directed sequence is as vivid as anything ever put on celluloid. Undoubtedly the highlight of Henry Hathaway's contribution [The Rivers, the Plains, the Outlaws] is the chase of outlaws who attempt to hold up a train with a load of bullion. John Ford's directorial stint [The Civil War] is limited to the Civil War sequences, and though that part does not contain such standout incident, there is the fullest evidence of his high professional standards...Peck gives a suave and polished gloss to his role of the gambler, and Stewart has some fine, if typical, moments in his scenes...John Wayne has a minor part as General Sherman, but he, too, makes the charactor stand out. Spencer Tracy is heard but not seen as the narrator.
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Review The first film in Cinerama. Watching it at home without the three-strip Cinerama process takes most of the sparkle out of the film. It's a sprawling epic with an all-star cast that follows the development of the West through one pioneering New England family of Zebulon Prescott, who in 1839 leave from the Erie Canal to go West to start a new farm in Ohio. It follows Zebulon Prescott's children and grandchildren for the next fifty years in their western adventures, some reaching California. Spencer Tracy is the narrator. John Ford, Henry Hathaway, and George Marshall do the directing honors, each handling individual episodes. Hathaway does a nice job in his three sequences ("The River", "The Plains," and "The Outlaws"). He tells of the adventure of America's westward expansion. Ford's fifteen-minute sequence on the Civil War is the highlight of the film. It tells the tale of a coming-of-age farm boy (George Peppard) saving General U.S. Grant from a Confederate assassination attempt during the Battle of Shiloh. The rest of the film is unbearably dull and muddled, doing more for getting at the landscape and its numerous genial pioneering tunes than nailing it down in dramatics...The top grossing film of 1962 won Oscars for screenplay (James R. Webb), film editing (Harold F. Kress), and sound production (Franklin E. Milton).
Reviewer Dennis Schwartz
ReviewRating 7
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Video Format Blu-Ray
John Douglas Eames, The MGM Story Enough plot twists and spectacular climaxes to equip a dozen movies.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...great cast, first-rate photography and lovely Alfred Newman score still make it top entertainment.
Steve Crum, Immense, sprawling western epic loaded with great stars, acting, music, direction.
The Motion Picture Guide A great epic, a wonderful western, a thrilling and poignant motion picture by any standard...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever ...impressive cast...Expansive western settings.

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