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John Wayne: Riding the Trail/Riding the Range (1935)

John Wayne , Marion Burns , Carl Pierson , D. Ross Lederman  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Marion Burns, Mary Kornman, Noah Beery, Tim McCoy
  • Directors: Carl Pierson, D. Ross Lederman, Lewis D. Collins, Robert N. Bradbury
  • Writers: James Oliver Curwood, Kurt Kempler, Lindsley Parsons, Oliver Drake
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
  • Run Time: 327 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUNP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,178 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "John Wayne: Riding the Trail/Riding the Range" on IMDb

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  • Includes: The Desert Trail (1935), Paradise Canyon (1935), The Trail Beyond (1934), Two-Fisted Law (1932), Riders of Destiny (1933), and West of the Divide (1934)

Editorial Reviews

Includes: The Desert Trail (1935), Paradise Canyon (1935), The Trail Beyond (1934), Two-Fisted Law (1932), Riders of Destiny (1933), and West of the Divide (1934).

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice print, but truncated (rats!) April 1, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've seen RIDERS OF DESTINY about seven times over a 30-year period. I enjoy it even though the plot, dialog, acting, fistfights, etc. are very crude. This was the first of John Wayne's Lone Star Westerns, a series of films made for about $10,000 apiece. But it has a certain charm I can't explain. Yakima Canutt does a couple of nice stunts as well; Cecilia Parker is as pretty as Toby Wing, in my opinion (Toby was the "Young and Healthy" girl in 42ND STREET).
This DVD, released by Columbia Tri-Star, has the clearest print of RIDERS OF DESTINY that I recall seeing - a very sharp image in many places. Unfortunately, it omits at least 5 1/2 minutes of the film, including a critical plot point. The ranchers say they'll sign a new water rights contract with the evil land baron, only if he'll agree to one additional clause. This version then skips the scene where they say what the clause is, and so the villain's extreme dismay near the end of the film isn't adequately explained.
Perhaps as compensation for the missing scenes, a pseudo-symphonic soundtrack has been dubbed in at various points, sticking out like a huge sore thumb.
I think in the future I'll continue to watch the Goodtimes DVD (2000) for this film; their copy is more complete, even though the picture is somewhat washed out.
The only other film I've watched on this DVD is TWO FISTED LAW starring Tim McCoy (and a small part by John Wayne). I've only seen TWO FISTED LAW once before, so I'm not sure if anything's missing. As a movie, I found it less enjoyable than the films starring John Wayne. The print was in fairly good condition.
When I get around to watching the other films on this DVD 2-Pack I may post more information about print quality and omissions, if I can determine that. At present I give this set 2 out of 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Search for Lost Treasure July 20, 2010
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The Trail Beyond, 1934 film

The story begins with a lone rider in the country. He is asked to find a missing brother, John and his daughter. Rod Drew takes a train to the Canadian Northwest, and meets a friend from college. There is a fight over gambling and a shot. Rod and Robby jump from the moving train. They change out of suits into Western clothes and ride away fast. There is a chase, the pair jump for it into a lake. A Mountie is sent to get them. They find a deserted cabin with two skeletons! There is a map to a gold mine. They tell people they are hunting wolves. Benoit looks at the map; does he plan to betray his trust? The villains capture Felice. Can Rod and Robby rescue her? Jules LaRocque is behind this. The rescue works. There is another chase. A swift canoe gets them away.

LaRocque sends Marie to get the gold map. She can keep books for Newsome. `What do you care?" A Mountie shows up to arrest the pair. It's a trick! Rod breaks a bottle and cuts the ropes to get free. Rod is smart, he has the real map. They find the mine and a picture to identify the heiress. The villains go back and get a canoe to chase the good guys. Rod upsets their plans. But the canoe with the wounded Mountie drifts towards the water fall. Rod to the rescue in the shallows. The villains plan to attack Wabinosh House. Rod rides to get help from the Mounties, who deputize and arm all the men in the settlement for help. Both groups ride, one to attack and one to defend. There are a lot of shots fired without any damage. "Not so fast, Marie." "The Redcoats are coming" shouts Benoit. Will Jules get away with the gold found in the mine?

The villains flee, the posse is in pursuit. Gunshots drop riders. Rod chases Jules' wagon. The remaining villains are captured. Jules' plan is upset.
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4.0 out of 5 stars john wayne December 20, 2013
By Emma
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old old movie of John, and you can tell how young he is, fun to see, once but then it is john wayne
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great John Wayne Movie! August 18, 2013
By C. W.
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Enjoy watching Westerns with a cup of coffee on Saturday mornings. This is vintage John Wayne. An American hero. A must see.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good old western August 14, 2013
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I grew up w/old westerns I think they help build life lessons honesty, integrity, personal value. There is not much as much flash as now days but the entertainment is still there.t
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This is the second movie I have seen in as many days that has been so-called "digitally remastered." I can tell you this, whoever is doing these poor-quality digital transfers should be shot--not fatally, but wounded in their sitting muscle. These cheap transfers are so pixelated that during action scenes the viewing experience is completely ruined as actors and background (in panning shots) turn into a mass of large pixels. And since John Wayne movies are all about action, low resolution digital transfers like these are totally unacceptable.

The other film I watched that had been similarly digitized was "Driftwood," one of Natalie Wood's first films as a child. "Driftwood" is not an action movie, but even the movement of an actor across the set caused their image to be fuzzed out in large pixels. This was most bothersome in the courtroom scene, a key part of the story.

Taking classic films like "Driftwood" and "Paradise Canyon" and claiming that they have been digitally remastered might mislead people--even archivists--into thinking the original film versions are now redundant and could subject them to ill-handling, improper storage, or even loss. Since legitimate high-quality digital transfers are a way of preserving the old films, saying this one or others like it have been so preserved is therefore a dangerous thing. If one assumes by the doctored photo on the DVD case that this film has been preserved, that assumption is patently incorrect. It was simply digitized, and poorly at that.

The original film versions of classic movies like this need to be protected and preserved by experts instead of being put in the hands of amateurs, or worse yet, exploited by cutthroats who are simply out to make a quick buck. If this trend continues, you should hold onto any VHS (video tape) copies of these old classics, as they could become very dear indeed if the original films are lost or destroyed.
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