Great American Western, Vol. 18

Overview

This is an entertaining package of four Western movies, ranging across 30 years of film production, starting with the United Artists release of William McGann's American Empire (1942), in a somewhat soft, rough 16 mm print with scratches and other flaws, including a somewhat noisy soundtrack. The other three movies are all made-for-television productions from the early to mid-'70s, two of them recut episodes of the modern Western series Cade's County, starring Glenn Ford, and one the made-for-television feature ...
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Overview

This is an entertaining package of four Western movies, ranging across 30 years of film production, starting with the United Artists release of William McGann's American Empire (1942), in a somewhat soft, rough 16 mm print with scratches and other flaws, including a somewhat noisy soundtrack. The other three movies are all made-for-television productions from the early to mid-'70s, two of them recut episodes of the modern Western series Cade's County, starring Glenn Ford, and one the made-for-television feature The Hanged Man (1974), starring Steve Forrest. The Marshal of Madrid (1972) looks okay, with fair color and decent focus and detail, and surprisingly few flaws or blemishes, though obviously a proper transfer off of a negative source would yield far greater resolution; Sam Cade (1972), by contrast, is filled with horizontal scratches and suffers from missing frames. The Hanged Man, directed by Michael Caffey, is mastered from a very bright print that also has a fair degree of resolution -- there are some small blemishes and scratches, but overall this presentation looks at least as good as this reviewer remembers the movie from its original prime-time ABC run. The cinematographer, Keith C. Smith, apparently tried for a deliberately archaic look reminiscent of the photographs of the period, which translates well in this mastering. Each movie has been given ten chapters, which are listed on an opening menu for each movie, which must be accessed separately and is a little awkward to use until one gets accustomed to it. In keeping with the pre-1953 or television origins of all four titles, each is presented in a full-screen (1.33:1) aspect ratio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • UPC: 096009100797
  • Source: Echo Bridge
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 5:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,570

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Run Aground [9:48]
2. First Impressions [4:12]
3. Land Ho [6:57]
4. Birthday Party [12:49]
5. Junior [5:27]
6. Right of Way [8:28]
7. Real Losses [6:23]
8. Jailbreak [19:22]
9. Fences and Fire [6:59]
10. Still the Same [:42]
1. Highway Robbery [11:22]
2. Billy the Kid [10:01]
3. Payback [8:52]
4. The Sheriff [5:27]
5. Showdown [13:31]
6. Sanchez [13:59]
7. Oil Money [7:10]
8. Immigration [10:11]
9. Murder [3:43]
10. Justice [13:36]
1. No Clemency [8:19]
2. Padre and the Tarot [2:23]
3. Miracle [7:12]
4. Lazarus [6:13]
5. Back in the Saddle [6:00]
6. Halleck [9:02]
7. Gun for Hire [9:25]
8. Flesh and Blood [5:59]
9. Revenge [3:46]
10. Moving On [12:01]
1. Old Friends [10:05]
2. Suspecting Vernon [10:35]
3. Paranoia [8:44]
4. Surface Cracks [5:57]
5. Confrontation [7:10]
6. Bust [3:12]
7. Nick Granger [8:46]
8. Sources [7:58]
9. Fair Warning [16:11]
10. Loose Ends [12:15]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   American Empire
      Play Entire Movie
      Chapter Select
   The Marshal of Madrid
      Play Entire Movie
      Chapter Select
   Hanged Man
      Play Entire Movie
      Chapter Select
   Sam Cade
      Play Entire Movie
      Chapter Select
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