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on December 19, 2012
This review is for the Blu-ray version of the Classic Western Collection. All three movies have their own respected Blu-ray disk. All movies have English audio and subtitles with French, Spanish, Portuguese audio and subtitles too! All movies are very crisp and the audio is prefect. "Once Upon a Time in the West" has both Theatrical and Restored (unrated) versions on Blu-ray! All movies are in Widescreen with "Hondo" being Widescreen only on the Blu-ray format and not on DVD format. These are some of the best Westerns and I would recommend this.
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on January 13, 2013
My father is hard to shop for. But this, he really appreciated seeing John Wayne in HD. One of the best things about Blu-ray isn't how good modern movies look, but how much better older movies look. The colors are so much more vivid, you almost feel like you're on set sitting behind the crew filming the movie.

Now, if I could just find Rio Bravo...
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on December 19, 2015
Fine Blu-ray triple feature collection of three Paramount Studios westerns has all extras and commentaries from the DVDs, and looks good in HD.

Two films starring John Wayne and the other directed by Sergio Leone as a follow-up to his all-time great "Man With No Name Trilogy", and "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" in particular, an all-time favorite of mine
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon April 4, 2015
HONDO is a solid Western in the best tradition of the genre. Based on the story "The Gift of Cochise" by Louis L'Amour, John Wayne brings the character Hondo Lane to the screen juxtaposed with his familiar screen presence yet true to L'Amour's spirit of the literary "Western." James Edward Grant's script is impressively sympathetic to the American Indian given the period when this film was produced. Geraldine Page as Angie is perfectly naïve as the homesteader living alone with her son in the open wilderness of rock and dust (artistically captured by Robert Burks' cinematography). However, it is John Wayne's portrayal as the enigmatically tough yet unemotionally tender survivor of this barren country that is the strength of this film. The music for HONDO is credited to both Emil Newman and Hugo Friedhofer and their impressive melody for HONDO majestically reflects the honorable and brave stature of the man.

What is interesting and probably what immediately drew me to the Spaghetti Western genre was that it held a very out of the ordinary romantic vision, not of the west, but rather a romanticized vision of the loneliness of its heroes or perhaps more perfectly its anti-heroes. If you listen to Ennio Morricone’s scoring of the Morton sequence in Sergio Leone’s THE ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, he captures the loneliness and pathos of these characters that traverse these strange western landscapes in such melodic splendor that your heart just reaches out to the whole mythology and you become overwhelmed by the euphoria of sight and sound. Leone’s THE ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST may in one sense be the elegiac expression of this idea as we see the old giving way to the new in death and life simply going on as the landscape evolves to whatever new times bring.

1969's TRUE GRIT with John Wayne is such an unlikely John Wayne Western. It is simply a Western and a good one. It was directed by Henry Hathaway had has all the hallmarks of his style. This film has a great cast and a wonderful score composed by Elmer Bernstein. I think many have come back to this film in recent years and discovered just how good it is and have found that it is an important part of the American cinematic genre of the Western.

These are 3 diverse yet strong Westerns.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon February 15, 2014
This package contains three solid westerns. Hondo was one on the first westerns to utilize 3D technology. Once Upon a Time in the West has been called one of the greatest westerns ever. The musical score is second to none. True Grit is the only movie for which John Wayne won an oscar for best actor. It too is a good old-fashioned western with great background music.

These three movies are all on Blu-Ray format, so the picture is wonderfully clear. I found the sound a bit fuzzy on Hondo, probably because it is the older of the three movies. Each movie has its own disk, each having multiple viewing options, commentaries, etc. This is really a complete set of westerns in terms of all the add-ons. I also like that each movie is close-captioned for the hard of hearing (and in multiple languages).

Any western film lover will appreciate this collection. As a big fan of western movies, this is a wonderful addition to my collection. It also makes a good gift (I got mine for Christmas!).

kone
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on June 27, 2015
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST

"Once Upon a Time in the West" is more than a classic western. This movie is more of a classic docudrama. It is based on actual events here in the United States during the time that the railroads were expanding, to eventually connect our distant coasts. It does so in the guise of looking at a town-not-yet-built and the political back-and-forth that could destroy it.

The movie starts out very slow with the murder of the family that is planning to build the new town to attract the railroad, and there are many slow parts, but eventually it picks up steam.

While you are watching this movie, try to identify other older westerns that the director and producer are honoring by shooting short scenes that almost look like they were lifted out of those movies. Shane comes to mind, as the boy yells out for his father.

It is a long movie, almost three hours. If you can borrow the commentary, it is well worth watching a second time with the commentary turned on. You will hear many historical details therein.

I highly recommend "Once Upon a Time in the West"

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TRUE GRIT

So many westerns concentrate on the men and what they had to do to survive in the old west, but surely there were many women who had to go to extraordinary lengths to survive. Though I'm sure that this movie is fictional, I'm sure there were women like our heroine who did seek revenge on those who harmed themselves or their families.

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HONDO

If you have read "The Gift of Cochise" by Louis L'Amour, you definitely want to watch the movie. John Wayne plays the main protagonist, Hondo Lane, and though you can see classic John Wayne in his portrayal, the film remains true to L'Amour's vision.
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on August 12, 2013
Of the three movies, "Hondo", although listed as 1:85 aspect ratio, the studios accomplished this by cropping the top and bottom of a 1:33 (full screen) aspect ratio print! If "Hondo" was originally filmed in a 1:33 aspect ratio, it should have kept that way for the HD release. At least the other two films were kept true to the original aspect ratios and are very good reproductions.
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on August 31, 2015
Hondo and True Grit were EXCELLENT in Blue Ray. the other one was a spegetti western with little story line. made it about 10 minutes then just shut it off. The two John Wayne movies more than made this an exceptional buy and both were really GREAT to watch in Blue Ray! The digital quality was really nice!~!~
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on June 19, 2013
this was truly a great set of movies.i am waiting for the shootist to be put on blu ray.true grit was a classic,i have seen all these movies a few times
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on March 18, 2013
Good collection but really can't tell a difference with Blu-Ray compared to DVD. Only buy at $12 dollars which is a fair price.
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