Walking Tall

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Overview

Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson (better known as The Rock) stars in this remake of the popular action drama about one man's unstoppable quest for justice, which gets a full-bodied release on DVD. Walking Tall has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language soundtrack has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while alternate dubbed tracks in French and Spanish appear in ...
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Overview

Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson (better known as The Rock) stars in this remake of the popular action drama about one man's unstoppable quest for justice, which gets a full-bodied release on DVD. Walking Tall has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language soundtrack has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while alternate dubbed tracks in French and Spanish appear in Dolby Digital Surround. The feature includes optional subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Leading off the disc's special features are two commentary tracks, one with The Rock and the other featuring director Kevin Bray, cinematographer Glen MacPherson, and editor Robert Ivison. Also on this disc is a collection of deleted scenes, a short documentary on staging the movie's stunt sequences, an alternate closing sequence, a chapter of flubs and bloopers, two galleries of still photos, and a handful of trailers.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Bloopers; Alternate ending; "Fight the Good Fight" stunts featurette; Audio commentary by The Rock; Audio commentary by the director & crew; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Phil Karlson's 1973 cult classic starring Joe Don Baker as southern sheriff Buford Pusser has been thoroughly and skillfully overhauled in the making of this satisfying vehicle for rising action star Dwayne Johnson a.k.a. The Rock. Retaining little more than the original's title and basic premise -- a determined citizen becomes sheriff to single-handedly wrest control of his small hometown from the lawless element -- it supplies a surfeit of the bone-crunching action we've come to expect from the Rock. He portrays Chris Vaughn, a U.S. Army Special Forces operative who, after completing his hitch, returns to his rural Northwest community, which is being ravaged by petty crime and widespread drug use. Upon learning that these depredations are byproducts of the outwardly glamorous casino run by his childhood buddy, Jay Hamilton played by the sublimely smarmy Neal McDonough, Chris ousts the corrupt sheriff and runs for office himself, declaring war on Hamilton and his minions after he wins the election. You can imagine what happens next, and it ain't pretty. In place of Pusser's baseball bat, Vaughn totes a six-foot-long wooden beam, which helps equalize the multi-adversary confrontations he faces at a rate of one per reel. MTV's erstwhile "Jackass," Johnny Knoxville, makes a surprisingly effective second banana as Ray Templeton, and gorgeous Ashley Scott brightens the screen as Deni, the former girlfriend forced by economic hardship to become an exotic dancer at Hamilton's casino. Director Kevin Bray realizes that he's not working with top-notch story material, so he focuses on maintaining a semblance of credibility during the well-staged but highly improbable action sequences. The Rock's pro-wrestling background doesn't qualify him to play Hamlet, but he takes movie work seriously, gets better with each film, and with this raucous popcorn movie demonstrates that he's ready for a shot at the big time.
All Movie Guide - Jason Gibner
While Walking Tall doesn't exactly break any new ground in the world of action movies, it does manage during its lean and mean 86-minute running time to deliver a solid, yet brainless, good time. A remake of the Joe Don Baker film of the same name, this version's first change is the name of its main character from Buford Pusser to Chris Vaughn. Perhaps the filmmakers thought that Buford Pusser just wouldn't be a fitting hero name for the film's star, wrestler The Rock. It is the onscreen charm of The Rock that makes this film a fun ride. In the hands of any other action star, Walking Tall could have turned out to be as thin as the film's barely there premise. In his portrayal of the avenging sheriff in a small Washington town, The Rock comes off not as a bully, but as a good-natured muscleman who loves his family and is really looking out for the little guy. While watching the über-macho Rock go around cleaning up the town with his trusty weapon of choice, it's hard not to let go and pump your fist as you root for him. Every character is a cliché, much of the dialogue falls flat on the ground, and the film's plot and conclusion can be seen from miles away. However, the director understands how to film action at the brisk pace that so many of today's so-called action films lack. Walking Tall steps past all of its obvious flaws and remains, if the audience lets it, a terrifically entertaining time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • UPC: 027616910745
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,813

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
The Rock Chris Vaughn, Jr
Johnny Knoxville Ray Templeton
Neal McDonough Jay Hamilton
Kristen Wilson Michelle Vaughn
Ashley Scott Deni
Khleo Thomas Pete Vaughn
John Beasley Chris Vaughn Sr.
Barbara Tarbuck Connie Vaughn
Michael Bowen Sheriff Stan Watkins
Kevin Durand Booth
Michael D. Adamthwaite Burke
James Ashcroft Bailiff
Eric Breker Deputy Ralston
Ben Cardinal Michelle's Partner
Melody Tinesa Cherpaw Lap Dancer
Ben Cotton Drug Dealer
Aaron Douglas Casino Stickman
Alana Drozduke Casino Trashy Woman
Rita Theresa Edwards Wet T-Shirt Girl
Beverley Elliott Nurse
Patrick Gallagher Keith
Kaja Gjesdal Lap Dancer
Sandra Higueras Casino Trashy Woman
Mark Houghton County Prosecutor
Fred Keating Doctor
Eric Keenleyside Dan Stadler
Terence Kelly Judge L. Powell
Darcy Laurie Smitty
Chelsie Amber McEachnie Lap Dancer
Ana Mirkovic Blackjack Dealer
Ty Olsson Deputy
David Purvis Ray's AA Sponsor
Ryan Robbins Travis
Katina Robillard Dollar Bill Girl
Tom Scholte Merle Crowe
Douglas Sheridan Boxman
Sarah Smith Wet T-Shirt Girl
Cobie Smulders Exotic Beauty
Michael Soltis Casino Maitenance Worker
Sandra Steier Addict Mother
John Stewart Rusty
Jacqueline Stewart Girl on Platform
Andrew Tarbet Jimmy
April Telek Casino Waitress
Kett Turton Kenner
Technical Credits
Kevin Bray Director
Mark Aisbett Stunts
Ashok Amritraj Producer, Set Decoration/Design
Carolyn Anderson Stunts
Scott Ateah Stunts
Bill Bannerman Co-producer
Shawn Beaton Stunts
George Bowers Editor
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Mort Briskin Screenwriter
Jim Burke Producer
Jason Calder Stunts
Sean Cannon Stunts
Doug Chapman Stunts
Julian Chojnacki Camera Operator
Gilbert Combs Stunts
Vince Crestejo Stunts
Mark Curry Sound Mixer
Mike Dopud Stunts
Glenn Ennis Stunts
Ryan Ennis Stunts
Mark Fielding Stunts
Lucas Foster Producer
Greg Fox Camera Operator
Marcienne Friesland Associate Producer
Channing Gibson Screenwriter
Kevin Hall Camera Operator
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Randi Hiller Casting
Tara R. Hinecker Costumes/Costume Designer
David Hoberman Producer
Nicola Irwin Set Decoration/Design
Robert Ivison Editor
Yvette Jackson Stunts
Brad Kelly Stunts
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Kirzinger Stunts
David Klass Screenwriter
Brian Koppelman Screenwriter
David Levien Screenwriter
Mick MacKay Asst. Director
David L. MacLeod Art Director, Asst. Director
Glen MacPherson Cinematographer
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Vince McMahon Executive Producer, Producer
Steve McMichael Stunts
Roxanne Methot Art Director
Paul Mitchnick Camera Operator
Rick Moore Stunts
Neil Jones Stunts
Gerald Paetz Stunts
Rick Pearce Stunts
Gersha Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Tanoai Reed Stunts
Graeme Revell Score Composer
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Keith Samples Executive Producer
John Sampson Stunts
Christopher Sayour Stunts
Darryl Scheelar Stunts
Paul Schiff Producer
Ryan Schroeder Stunts
Sharon Simms Stunts
Shawn Stewart Stunts
Adam Swart Musical Direction/Supervision
Brent Thomas Production Designer
Owen Walstrom Stunts
John Wardlow Stunts
Claire Webb Stunts
Robin Webb Stunts
Gerald Wong Stunts
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [2:47]
2. A Real Soldier [3:01]
3. Welcome Home [3:38]
4. Friends and Competitors [5:48]
5. All Is Free for the VIP [2:17]
6. A Familiar Face [2:43]
7. A Loaded Bet [3:11]
8. Special-Forces Treatment [:52]
9. Home No More [2:31]
10. Slow Recovery [1:33]
11. Way Back When [1:36]
12. Rejected Truce [2:14]
13. No-Law Zone [1:45]
14. Girl From the Past [2:29]
15. Man With a Plank [4:47]
16. Contempt for the Court [5:14]
17. "You're All Fired" [1:20]
18. Mutual Warnings [2:26]
19. "Morning, Deputy" [4:51]
20. A Few Changes [3:57]
21. A Bang for a Bang [2:29]
22. Cleaning House [6:31]
23. His Favorite Sound [4:56]
24. How it Starts/Credits [13:05]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Features
      Audio Commentary By The Rock: On
      Audio Commentary By The Rock: Off
      Audio Commentary By Director Kevin Bray, Director of Photography Glen MacPherson and Editor Robert Ivison: On
      Audio Commentary By Director Kevin Bray, Director of Photography Glen MacPherson and Editor Robert Ivison: Off
      Fight the Good Fight
      Deleted Scenes
         Black Jack
         He Hurts People
         It's Not Your Fault
         Play All
      Bloopers
      Alternate Ending: The Porch
      Photo Gallery
         The Rock: Special Shoot
         On Set
         Play All
      Species 3 Sneak Peek
      Theatrical Trailer
      Other Great MGM Releases
         MGM Means Great Movies
         Bulletproof Monk
         Dark Blue
         Out of Time
         Men of Action
         TV Spot - Everything or Nothing
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Surround
      Spoken Languages: Español Stereo Surround
      Spoken Languages: Français Stereo Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Mandarin
      Subtitles: Cantonese
      Subtitles: None
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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    more from this reviewer

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    one very lousy remake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one very lousy remake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What A RIPOFF!!!

    This abomination is a sad commentary about the state of affairs in moviemaking today. This just may news to you all, but the original Walking Tall that starred Joe Don Baker was based on a TRUE STORY! The real life Buford Pusser actually did serve as Sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee and did in fact barely survived an ambush that killed his wife and half his face blown away. Let's call this version for what it really is, plagerism and theft.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Walking Stiff

    The Rock is not expected to be a great actor but even this crappy performance astounded me. The poor sheriff is always outnumbered against the evil casino. I don't find that in many casino towns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very human

    It`s nise to see that there are still people with principles.Mr Dwayne Johnson was perfect,for this role.Just like someone who has had seen to mutch but is still disciplinary and loving.Sir....please stay so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE WALKING TALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    I just love this movie i have seen it a lot of times and will recomend it to any fan of the rock.The rock is so aswome of how he takes this small town of his and brings it back how it was befor he left to go fight. The reall chris vans is who the movie is about i will not say any more than you have to see this movie it's one of my many #1 movies and i can't waite to buy it the rock is sooooooooooooo good in this movie.joanna.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie was ok.

    I didn't like all of his other movie that he was in, but this movie I think fit him. It was ok, I guess. Buy it, if its on sale.

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