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Denver & Rio Grande [Blu-ray]

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Between 1951 and 1952, director Byron Haskin (The War of the Worlds) and star Edmond O'Brien (Silver City) collaborated for three westerns. Edmond O'Brien plays Jim Vesser, a former U.S. Cavalry Officer, now in charge of getting the Denver and Rio Grande tracks across the Rockies first to secure a right-of-way. Standing in his way is the less scrupulous and more ruthless McCabe (Sterling Hayden, The Killing) who's trying to lay his Canyon City and San Juan tracks first. The conflict between the two men turns into guerilla warfare between the two outfits. The excellent cast includes Dean Jagger as General William J. Palmer, Vesser's former commanding officer and Lyle Bettger as Johnny Buff, McCabe's slimy chief gunman.

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  • Actors: Edmond O'Brien, Sterling Hayden, Dean Jagger, Lyle Bettger, Kasey Rogers
  • Directors: Byron Haskin
  • Writers: Frank Gruber
  • Producers: Nat Holt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Color, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007J3ISIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,583 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Cathey on June 8, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Edmond O'Brien made several fine Westerns for Paramount Pictures prior to his epochal role in THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE. DENVER & RIO GRANDE may be his best outing until that 1962 classic. Starring O'Brien and Sterling Hayden, DENVER & RIO GRANDE is a classic railroad film, one of the best ever made, with a spectacular crash that even today is considered amazing. The film is beautifully shot in Technicolor, with an excellent cast, solid plot and action, and great production values. Although Paramount Pictures tended to make fewer Westerns than other studios in the 1950s, the ones it did make---with Charlton Heston, Alan Ladd, John Payne, and O'Brien---were always superior, no expense spared. DENVER & RIO GRANDE is very entertaining and repays re-watching.

Olive Films has been licensing and releasing a number of Paramount Westerns, including SILVER CITY (with O'Brien), PONY EXPRESS (with Heston), THE JAYHAWKERS (with Jeff Chandler and Fess Parker), RUN FOR COVER (Jimmy Cagney' best of his three Westerns), THE NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLY (with Fess Parker) and THE HANGMAN (with Robert Taylor). Let's hope that this very fine series of releases will continue with such excellent Westerns as WARPATH (also with O'Brien) and FLAMING FEATHER (with Sterling Hayden), both superior entertainment and in need of the professional release that Olive Films can give them.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rance A. Nethken on September 5, 2012
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Being from Colorado originally, the D&RGW's trackage passed near my home in Fraser, Colorado. The history of that railroad is well documented and the DVD follows most accurately the difficulties portrayed in the movie. It was sure great to see it on DVD since I do have it in VHS format. Truly a real gem of a movie!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keoma on July 2, 2013
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I used to watch this on TBS back when they showed classic movies before TCM. These are the type of movies I have been waiting for on blu-ray and it doesn't disappoint comparing to what it used to look like on broadcast television. I won't give any extended review except to just say that it was worth the price for a good old-fashioned oater and I look forward to purchasing many more for my library. The scenery was gorgeous and there was plenty of action all of which was deftly handled by director Byron Haskin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James D. Williams on July 26, 2012
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As a Narrow gauge fan I love the film. Plot leaves a lot to be desired, Durango to Silverton trains shots wonderful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erik Rupp VINE VOICE on July 10, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Edmond O'Brien was always good. At his worst he was good, at his best he was great. In Denver & Rio Grande he's somewhere in the middle. The movie, directed by Byron Haskin, is always entertaining, and always holds your attention. It's got a fair amount of action, and that's well played. It also has a solid plot and some good characters. The cast is good from top to bottom, and the location footage is really nice.

Olive Films' Blu Ray release of Denver & Rio Grande is solid as well. There are a few shots that are soft, but most of them are fairly crisp and clean. There are a few instances where there is a lot of dust and debris on the print, but that doesn't happen too often. This is a solid encoding of a good (but not great) print. Both the picture and sound are very good for a film from 1952.

If you like Westerns or movies about railroads do not hesitate to buy this blu ray. It's a fun movie and a very good blu ray release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Celia DLF on February 24, 2014
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Not bad Western about a civil war between railroad companies, each that wants to monopolize the regions they run through. The performances are OK, but makes this film great is the rousing action and special effects and the spectacular photography and color. I have rarely seen better. Worth getting for that alone. Highly recommended. Footnote: Laura Elliott, who is the female love interest here played Louise Tate from the third season on the television series Bewitched.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scanner on December 10, 2014
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Yes a fun video to watch. The story is a bit exagerated, but the filming of the Denver & Rio Grand Western trains on the Silverton Branch in south western Colorado steals the show. The views are as beautiful to today from the Durango & Silverton tourist train as they were in the days the film was made. Good quality video and well worth watching for fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry Dilts on June 11, 2014
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The movie uses real DRGW C-16 engines and crashes two of them headlong. It is worth the viewing just to see these historical pieces. The story is not bad either.
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