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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?
I picked this up at a local store today.... and I want to confirm the Trailer for the movie is 4x3 but the film itself is a terrific looking 16x9 anamorphic widescreen.
Aside from how good the film looks....its just plain fun for a western fan who grew up watching this sort. Many familiar faces from Dean Martin and Brian Keith to the supporting list. Venerable western star Ben Johnson brings authenticity and humor, Honor (Pussy Galore in Goldfinger) Blackman is appropriately cast ...and Denver Pyle is fun in his short appearance. Merlin Olsen (former LA RAM football great) is hysterically funny and quite endearing in his part as the Sargent who is sensitive. The director , Andrew V McLaglen is a true master of the genre of good action westerns as well as humorous ones like this and of course McLintock McLintock
The title song was written by Burt Bacharach and the score by Marvin Hamlish. It almost sounds like Hamlish was trying to copy a Bacharach score (maybe they could only afford a single Bacharach tune) but the score is very much of its time and tips its hand to Bacharachs score from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) The theme song is sung by Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere and the Raiders fame). Near the end Martins character meets the biggest outlaw in the history of Mexico and HIS name had me hitting the remote to be sure I heard right...its kind of rare and interesting....I should add that while this movie is truly a comedy/western there is a Ramboesque body count at the end ...which is of course bloodless.
I may be rating this a tad high at a 4.... but I certainly enjoyed it and am pleased to have it in my library for repeat viewing.
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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 6 months ago by Johnny L Posey
Dino is always fun to watch, although this isn't one of his better films it's still entertaining and worth the price.Published 8 months ago by John Gordon