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The Paramount DVD is a handsome anamorphic wide screen (1.85) transfer.
Transfer is also clean and crisp. Worth the investment for those interested.
Edit: Amazon.com has just updated the listing to the correct "Widescreen" specification.
Dean Martin's time as a wild west bachelor is coming to an end. He has been looking to do "something big" for years and his betrothed is sick of waiting. He has one week to make his mark. Meanwhile, Brain Keith almost steals the show with his hysterical low-key role as the retiring commander of a local cavalry troop. His wife, too, is coming to take him back east. And Albert Salmi puts it all together as a desperate desperado in search of a "woman" in exchange for a Gatling gun. What could possibly go wrong?
A unique and almost surreal Western that still stays true to that old-school Western motif. Funny a heck, it is hard to tell who is the outlaw. Some side-splitting moments that will make you fall out of your chair. A wonderful mix of A, B and C-level actors.
Favorite line: "You going to bury your friend?" "Um, maybe something will come down from the hills tonight and drag him off."
Looks great on my 50" plasma; fills the screen, NOT cropped to old-fashioned TV format. A fun and under-appreciated gem. You'll be glad you bought it.
My favorite aspect of "something big . . ." (that was the original formatting of the title) is the wonderful in-jokes for fans of the Westerns of John Wayne, John Ford and other prominent creators of Westerns of the heyday of the A-Western. Watch for tributes to She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, McLintock! and others of that scope and era.
Dean Martin wants to do "something big" out West before returning East to marry his fiancee but he has a dreadful time finding out what to do. Now, if he can find a woman to trade for the big gun, he has a plan. And we all know about the best laid plans.
This film may not satisfy traditionalists but it is pure entertainment. Tongue in cheek humor, Western scenery, a great cast. What more could you want?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Joe Baker has a dream. He wants to do 'something big.' When he needs a Gatling gun to accomplish this, he seeks out a black marketeer. The price he wants for the gun? A woman! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Russell S
Saw this in 1971 when it came out. There isn't a movie here. No real story! Empty, boring film!
Something big never happens! A waste of beautiful scenery, and good actors. Read more
Great old movie....Brian Keith gave an outstanding performance. Dean Martin has always been unrated as an actor and westerns were his best work. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Johnny L
Dino is always fun to watch, although this isn't one of his better films it's still entertaining and worth the price.Published 11 months ago by John Gordon