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Big Trees
     

The Big Trees

Director: Felix E. Feist, Eve Miller, Patrice Wymore, Edgar Buchanan

Cast: Felix E. Feist, Eve Miller, Patrice Wymore, Edgar Buchanan

 

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Alpha Video's The Big Trees is one of many DVD releases of the public domain Technicolor movie, and it has its virtues, including a very sharp, crisply detailed image and excellent sound. Not so impressive is the Technicolor, which seems slightly muted in tone and lacks the richness that this reviewer has seen in some late-night public television broadcasts of

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Alpha Video's The Big Trees is one of many DVD releases of the public domain Technicolor movie, and it has its virtues, including a very sharp, crisply detailed image and excellent sound. Not so impressive is the Technicolor, which seems slightly muted in tone and lacks the richness that this reviewer has seen in some late-night public television broadcasts of the movie. In other words, it looks about like the film would have looked at the tail-end of its original copyright term (after which it was allowed to lapse into the public domain), and that's not bad, considering its budget pricing -- the color, though slightly muted, is consistent throughout and well defined. The source print is completely intact, right down to the original Warner Bros. logo, which is blacked out as the studio's herald music is played. The usual Alpha six chapters are adequate to this movie, which is pretty straightforward in its action and plot. The disc opens automatically to a simple three-selection menu.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A so-so adventure film, The Big Trees is hobbled by a screenplay that seems to think that all it is required to do is introduce a situation and some characters and then put them through some paces. Not unnaturally, this approach leads to inconsistent characterization, which in this case means that the leading character -- as well as several supporting characters -- make some 180 degree turns that come from nowhere and are therefore not in the least credible. The dialogue is also of little help; it's virile where appropriate and syrupy when called for and faux-inspirational in places; but whatever form it takes, it's bland at best and wooden at worst. An imaginative director might have been able to overcome these flaws, but Felix E. Feist is competent when what is needed is someone with at least a bit of vision. The scenery, at least, is magnificent, although this comes with a caveat: there's an over-reliance on stock footage. Trees fortunately does have Kirk Douglas on hand to add some needed star power to the proceedings. Although he reportedly hated doing the film, he turns in a very fine performance, much more detailed than it had to be, and he's the best thing in the film. Edgar Buchanan is also of some interest, as is Patrice Wymore, although Eve Miller cannot do anything with a stiff of a part.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2002
UPC:
0089218611291
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
14,088

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eve Miller Alicia Chadwick
Patrice Wymore Daisy Fisher
Edgar Buchanan Yukon Burns
John Archer Frenchy LeCroix
Roy Roberts Judge Crenshaw
Charles Meredith Elder Bixby
Harry Cording Cleve Gregg
Ellen Corby Mrs. Blackburn
Kirk Douglas Jim Fallon
Alan Hale Tiny
Iris Adrian Girl at bar
Mel Archer Ole
Sue Casey Young lady
William Challee Brother Williams
Michael McHale Accountant
Bill McLean Ivan
Lester Sharpe Gray
Elizabeth Slifer Sister Wallace
Duke Watson Murdock
Lillian Bond Daisy's girl

Technical Credits
Felix E. Feist Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
G.W. Berntsen Set Decoration/Design
Edward Carrere Art Director
Kenneth Earl Original Story
Louis Edelman Producer
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
Leslie G. Hewitt Sound/Sound Designer
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Clarence Kolster Editor
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
John Twist Screenwriter
Derek N. Twist Screenwriter
James R. Webb Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [17:11]
2. Chapter 2 [11:25]
3. Chapter 3 [16:04]
4. Chapter 4 [12:43]
5. Chapter 5 [17:17]
6. Chapter 6 [14:33]

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