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A Big Box Of Cowboys, Aliens, Robots And Death Rays (1980)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: S'More Ent/E1v
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 471 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CIOCN0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Cowboys & Aliens" isn't the first movie to mix sci-fi and western genres. A new DVD set, "A Big Box of Cowboys, Aliens, Robots and Death Rays," features eight vintage sagebrush sagas that also enter the sci-fi zone. Perhaps the most famous is 1935's "Radio Ranch" with Gene Autry. "Radio Ranch" is actually an edited feature-length version of Autry's serial "The Phantom Empire," which finds the singing cowboy discovering a race of humans living in a metropolis under the earth. The set also features films starring such famed movie cowpokes as Tim McCoy in 1936's "Ghost Patrol," Ken Maynard in 1932's "Tombstone Canyon," Ray "Crash" Corrigan in 1941's "Saddle Mountain Roundup" and Bill Cody Sr. and Jr. in 1935's "Vanishing Riders." -- Los Angeles Times, July 25,2011

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This box set includes 8 westerns, all containing elements of sci-fi, horror, robots, death rays, and mystery: Radio Ranch, Ghost Patrol, Tombstone Canyon, Riders of the Whistling Skull, Sky Bandits, Gun Packer, Saddle Mountain Roundup, and Vanishing Riders.

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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOFY VINTAGE B MOVIES ARE A HOOT October 23, 2011
If you just can't get enough of the notion of a cowboy mixed-genre movie, then you'll be delighted to know about S'more Entertainment's funky boxed set of eight public domain titles including the oddly named RADIO RANCH feature version of the Gene Autry's 1935, 12 episode movie serial THE PHANTOM EMPIRE.

This would have been an interesting film to sample or remake with modern FX technology. Although I have a feeling that Spielberg and Favreau certainly referenced this goofy serial in the construction (it wasn't really "written") of COWBOYS & ALIENS. The movie was originally conceived to compete with the popular BUCK ROGERS series. The feature version and serial both center on the discovery of an advanced underground civilization by a singing cowboy. Doesn't this just scream for a redo? Or maybe it's more an off-Broadway musical?

Autry - as revered as he is here in the desert with his titular "trail" and statue, never really did it for me when I was a kid. He always seemed fake, somehow. But Roy Rogers could ride, shoot and sing - I think all at the same time. He seemed more "real." Maybe it was his wardrobe, dog, horse, sidekick Gabby and sweetie Dale. Gene had Pat Buttrum. Need I say more?

Other titles in the DVD set include: GHOST PATROL, SKY BANDITS (1940), GUN PACKER (1938), TOMBSTONE CANYON (1932), RIDERS OF THE WHISTLING SKULL (1937), SADDLE MOUNTAIN ROUNDUP (1941) and VANISHING RIDER (1935).

I especially liked the western horror TOMBSTONE CANYON with the always stalwart and reliable Ken Maynard (what a great vintage poster!) and the semi-scary RIDERS OF THE WHISTLING SKULL (excellent title!) with Ray "Crash" Corrigan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars mamakat January 30, 2012
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What a fun collection of old cowboy movies, made a great gift! These movies were okay in quality and high in silly entertainment value.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For the campy Alien lovers June 16, 2013
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Some of the most bizarre vintage movies I have ever watched. Some stretched the envelope as to what truly defines "Aliens" but they were never claiming to be "Citizen Kane" either. Makes a great gag gift, or fun with pizza and beer on a dark winters night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FUN OLDIES November 24, 2012
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GOOD OLD WESTERNS WTH A SCIFI TWIST AND ALL MORALLY CLEAN, YEE HAW. LOTS OF ROBOTS, ADVANCE WEAPONS, SUCH AS ELECTRIC GUNS THAT STOP GASOLINE ENGINES.
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