Blu-Ray News #371: 3 Godfathers (1948).
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by Toby
1w ago
Directed by John Ford Director Of Photography: Winton Hoch, ASC Starring John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey Jr., Mildred Natwick, Ward Bond, Mae Marsh, Jane Darwell, Hank Worden, Ben Johnson Here’s one we’ve all been calling for for years. Warner Archive is bringing John Ford’s 3 Godfathers (1948) to Blu-Ray in March. I’ve written about this one before. It’s sometimes criticized for its sentimentality and religious allegory. But everyone agrees it’s beautiful to look at. Redemption is one of the most common themes in Westerns, and John Ford brings it front and center here. He even s ..read more
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Happy Birthday, Sam Peckinpah.
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by Toby
1w ago
Sam Peckinpah February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984 Here’s to Sam Peckinpah, one of the Western’s greatest directors on what would’ve been his 99th birthday. His Ride The High Country (1962) and The Wild Bunch (1969) are among the finest Westerns ever made. From those pictures to The Westerner and The Rifleman on TV, his feel for the West really set his work apart. Unfortunately, these days, stories of his self-destructive lifestyle and battles with studio executives seem to get as much attention as his films. He’s seen above playing poker with William Holden while on location for The Wild B ..read more
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Now Available: Another Run Through The Gauntlet.
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by Toby
2w ago
My second book, Another Run Through The Gauntlet, is now available. A few folks have already received their copies, and I’m so happy to hear they liked it! My almost 10-year-old post (!) on Clint Eastwood’s The Gauntlet (1977) remains one of the most popular posts on my other blog. It spurred hundreds of emails, launched a couple digital friendships and has now been expanded into a little book. Back then, I thought I was the only one who even liked what a friend calls “that stupid movie with Clint Eastwood and the bus.” I was expecting plenty of “how can you like that thing?” responses. Boy ..read more
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Blu-Ray News #370: The Tin Star (1957).
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by Toby
1M ago
Directed by Anthony Mann Starrings Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Betsy Palmer, Michael Ray, Neville Brand, John McIntire, Lee Van Cleef I’m really excited to announce this one. Arrow is bringing Anthony Mann’s The Tin Star (1957) to Blu-Ray in late April, and I had the extreme honor of doing a commentary for what will certainly be an incredible disc. You should see the list of extras on this thing! The in-progress file I worked from was unbelievable — highlighting Loyal Griggs’ remarkable B&W Vistavision cinematography. What he and Anthony Mann do with the format’s deep-focus will really ..read more
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Happy Birthday, Randolph Scott.
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by Toby
1M ago
George Randolph Scott (January 23, 1898 – March 2, 1987) Randolph Scott, my favorite actor and most probably the source of the obsession that spawned this blog (and eventual book), was born 126 years ago today. Here he is in Andre de Toth’s Thunder Over The Plains (1953), a cool little movie that has been overshadowed by the Ranown cycle and Ride The High Country (1962). The best of the de Toth Scotts, such as Man In The Saddle (1951) and Carson City (1952), are terrific ..read more
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Blu-Ray News #369: Colt .45, The Complete Series (1957-1960)
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by Toby
1M ago
Warner Archive has announced a Blu-Ray set of the complete Colt .45 TV series. One of Warner Brothers’ Western shows of the 50s, airing on ABC from October ’57 to September 1960, it’s been hard to see for quite a while. Loosely based on the 1950 Randolph Scott movie directed by Edwin L. Marin, the series has 67 half-hour episodes. It originally starred Wayde Preston as Christopher Colt. Preston left the shows and was replaced  by Donald May as Preston’s cousin Sam Colt. Wayde Preston eventually returned, but he was made a minor character. The directors include Edward Bernds, George Waggn ..read more
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Wish My Mom Could See This.
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by Toby
1M ago
27587, a magazine out of Wake Forest, NC, has an article on me, DVD/Blu-Ray commentaries and this blog in its Winter 2024 issue. Turns out one of the magazine’s designers, Bob Bogert, actually looks at this thing from time to time. (Howdy, Bob!) A big thanks to Philip Read. I really appreciate his attempt to make me sound more interesting than obsessive ..read more
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Merry Christmas!
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by Toby
2M ago
Here’s Audrey Totter wishing you all a Merry Christmas ..read more
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Blu-Ray News #368: The Shootist (1976).
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by Toby
2M ago
Directed by Don Siegel Starring John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, Richard Boone, Hugh O’Brian, Harry Morgan, John Carradine, Sheree North, Scatman Crothers Two of my biggest movie heroes, John Wayne and Don Siegel, only worked together once, on The Shootist (1976). It turned out to be Duke’s last film, and it gave him the perfect way to go out — which he was obviously aware of. Arrow Video out of the UK has announced a March Blu-Ray release of The Shootist — from the original camera negative. This is something worth celebrating, especially given the great care Arrow puts ..read more
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Blu-Ray & 4K News #367: Shane (1953).
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by Toby
3M ago
Directed by George Stevens Starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Jack Palance, Brandon De Wilde, Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan, Emile Meyer, Elisha Cook Jr., John Dierkes Kino Lorber has announced a Blu-Ray and 4K release of George Stevens’ Shane (1953). They’ve already plugged a 4K release of High Noon (1952), another of 50s Westerns’ Big Three — High Noon, Shane and The Searchers (1956). They say Warner Bros. is currently at work on The Searchers. This 4K and Blu-Ray Shane release will come from a scan of the original camera negative and will undoubtedly be beautiful. Loyal Griggs’ inc ..read more
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