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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eight Good Westerns
The Great American Western, Volume 1
4 Eight Good Westerns

These DVDs are part of a series of Western movies that were very popular from around 1910 to the early 1960s. Westerns were replaced by other action movies and novels. Popular tastes were changed by technology, horses became scarce after the 1940s. The modern westerns of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and...
Published on July 28, 2010 by Acute Observer

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1.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Movies defaced with logo
If you are contemplating buying this DVD, you should be aware that the manufacturer has superimposed its "Platinum Disc Corporation" logo in the bottom right corner of the screen throughout the movies. All of the movies on this disc are available from other manufacturers who are more respectful of the films. Check the listings here at Amazon.com for the "no logo" versions...
Published on March 12, 2006 by R. McKenzie


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1.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Movies defaced with logo, March 12, 2006
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R. McKenzie (London ON Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Great American Western, Vol. 1: Randolph Scott (DVD)
If you are contemplating buying this DVD, you should be aware that the manufacturer has superimposed its "Platinum Disc Corporation" logo in the bottom right corner of the screen throughout the movies. All of the movies on this disc are available from other manufacturers who are more respectful of the films. Check the listings here at Amazon.com for the "no logo" versions from Roan and other suppliers. (Please note I would have given this disc zero stars but that option is not available.)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eight Good Westerns, July 28, 2010
This review is from: The Great American Western, Vol. 1: Randolph Scott (DVD)
The Great American Western, Volume 1
4 Eight Good Westerns

These DVDs are part of a series of Western movies that were very popular from around 1910 to the early 1960s. Westerns were replaced by other action movies and novels. Popular tastes were changed by technology, horses became scarce after the 1940s. The modern westerns of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and others were set in present times with automobiles, radios, and telephones. Private detectives and government agents supplanted the lone rider who corrected crimes. Police departments replaced the Sheriff's posses composed of ordinary citizens. The Gun Prohibition pushed by Big Corporations avoided showing ordinary people keeping and bearing arms, or the use of lawful violence for self-protection. Movies still follow the rules of the morality plays where evil is punished and the good are rewarded. Except when they aren't.

These eight films feature Randolph Scott (and others) in dramas set in the 1860s ("Rage at Dawn"), the 1870s ("Abilene Town"), the 1880s ("To The Last Man"), and the 1930s (The Fighting Westerner"). There are no singing cowboys; they replaced the authentic cowboys of earlier westerns ("Hoot" Gibson, Tom Mix, Tim McCoy, and others). Few actors today have ridden horses since their teens (like John Wayne). Westerns are more obsolete than dial telephones or tube radios. But there are still some who prefer the old movies over the trendy new. These four movies are all worth viewing as entertainment, and as examples of former popular entertainment before the 1960s. The second DVD has "Kansas Pacific", "Santa Fe Trail", "Vengeance Valley", and "The Outlaw". These are movies, not history.

If you think the few and rare modern westerns suffer from having a modern outlook, get some of the collections like "Western Classics" or "Western Legends" in the "50 Movie Pack" Collections. You may also like the "Mystery Classics" or "Crime Classics" as well, if you are old enough to remember TV programs in the 1950s and 1960s (most people today were born after 1970).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Had this vhs but it was not a full length version., May 1, 2014
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This review is from: Song of Texas [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I actually bought this tape, but it did not stay in my collection. The only vhs tape of good quality is one put out by Bridgestone, but it is the cut version (53 minutes). The dvd version I have now is 71 minutes. I believe it may have originated at Sinster Cinema (not who I got it from). Lots of songs on the 71 minute version, but the next bet would be the Bridgestone - good quality print and most of the songs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Song of Texas, January 28, 2014
Roy Rogers & Trigger helping the underdog. Roy's charitable kindness, volunteering to entertain at a children's hospital, good nature, guess it's how he truly lived his real life. There is riding, shooting, rescue & singing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roy and everyone at their best, November 5, 2013
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The technical quality could be better. The day-for-night sequences ought to be cleaned up for contemporary viewing, but the story is crisp and snappy. Roy and Trigger, Bob Nolan and Pat Brady are in their prime. A real bonus is the opening sequence in which Roy, Trigger and the Sons of the Pioneers visit a children's' hospital, something they did all the time in real life, though I've never seen it depicted in a film. So it's great to have that footage. One can see how natural Roy was with kids, and how deeply the responded to him. Finally, it's terrific to hear Roy sing some songs one doesn't hear on the best known audio recordings.

Robert McDowell
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1.0 out of 5 stars Color Enhanced?, May 18, 2013
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This item is described as being color enhanced. Color enhanced means color has been added to an originally black and white movie. The only movies in this volume that are in color are the ones that were released in color from the start. The rest of the movies are all black and white. I'm very disappointed in this order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have been his very early movies, though i did see him in a 'city' type movie when he was young., May 13, 2013
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I just love the old westerns, no swearing, plain speaking, good story. And boy wasn't Randolph so young!!! Must have been early twenties or less! Love the dust, sounds of the hooves. all of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Loves Randolf Scott, March 28, 2013
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Robert of Niagara "Robert" (Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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R. Scott was no doubt one of the best actors in Westerns. You just simply like him. This compilation used 2 DVD was a good deal through an affiliate and well kept. 4 RS films and 4 others. Some better than others. These are not R. Scott's s best known films. Some of these have appeared on the 50 and 100 value sets as I have noticed. I am a fan of this genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Roy Rogers B-Western Series ... Song of Texas (1943) ... Republic Pictures ", October 8, 2007
This review is from: Song of Texas (DVD)
Republic Pictures present "SONG OF TEXAS" (14 June 1943) (69 mins/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye) moved to California in 1930, at the age of 18 --- played in such musical groups as The Hollywood Hillbillies, Rocky Mountaineers, Texas Outlaws and his own group, the International Cowboys --- In 1934 he formed a group with Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer called "Sons of the Pioneers" --- While in that group he was known as Leonard Slye, then Dick Weston and finally Roy Rogers --- Their songs included "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" --- They first appeared in the western "Rhythm on the Range" (1936), starring Bing Crosby --- In 1937 Roy went solo and made his first starring film in 1938, "Under Western Stars" (1938) --- He made almost 100 films --- then came television, "The Roy Rogers Show" (1951) ran on CBS from October 1951 through September 1964.

Under Joseph Kane (Director), Harry Grey (Producer), Winston Miller (Screenwriter), Reggie Lanning (Cinematographer), Morton Scott (Musical Direction/Supervision), Tony Martinelli (Editor), Russell Kimball (Art Director) - - - - Our story line and plot, A feud develops between Roy and his boss when the star quits the Calvert Brothers Rodeo to begin his own show --- The plot becomes more complicated when Roy loans his ranch to an old down and out rodeo star to insure that his daughter, coming for a visit from the east, will not be disillusioned by her father's run of bad luck --- appearing as Sue Bennett was actress Sheila Ryan who in real life was Mrs Pat Buttram from 1952 until her death in 1975 --- some veterans character actors show up to add to the fun Barton MacLane, Wally Wales, Hank Bell, Forrest Taylor, Jack O'Shea, Horace Murphy, Tom London and Yakima Canutt --- some wonderful tunes, MEXICALI ROSE -- MOONLIGHT AND ROSES -- RAINBOW OVER THE RANGE -- ON THE RHYTHM RANGE -- FAR WAY -- I LOVE THE PRAIRIE COUNTRY -- CIELITO LINDO.

the cast includes
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... "Smartest Horse in the Movies"
Sheila Ryan ... Sue Bennett
Barton MacLane ... Jim Calvert
Harry Shannon ... Sam Bennett
Bob Nolan ... Bob Nolan, (leader, Sons of the Pioneers)
Pat Brady ... Pat, Sons of the Pioneers
Lloyd Perryman ... Ranch hand / Son of the Pioneers
Tim Spencer ... Tim, (Sons of the Pioneers)
Hugh Farr ... Ranch hand / Son of the Pioneers
Karl Farr ... Ranch hand / Son of the Pioneers
Arline Judge ... Hildegarde Gray
William Haade ... Fred Calvert
Eve March ... Miss Murray
Wally Wales ... Henchman (as Hal Taliaferro)
Alex Nehara Dancers ... Dancers at fiesta
Hank Bell ... Replaced Driver
Fred Burns ... Race Official
Yakima Canutt ... Rodeo performer
Tom London ... Race Official
Horace Murphy ... Notary
Jack O'Shea ... Bill (driver)
Forrest Taylor ... Race Official

BIOS:
1. Roy Rogers (aka: Leonard Franklin Slye)
Date of Birth: 5 November 1911 - Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death: 6 July 1998 - Apple Valley, California

Check out a new book from Empire Publishing - "THE ROY ROGERS BOOK: A REFERENCE TRIVIA SCRAPBOOK" (Paperback) --- reference trivia scrapbook of Roy Rogers written by Western film historian David Rothel whose accounts of thrilling adventures of B-Western heroes during the Saturday matinees of yesteryear takes us back to our childhood, family and friends --- this is a wish come true, reliving those wonderful years from the past through the pen of David Rothel --- Roy was a top box office draw for Republic Pictures when you went to see him on the big screen, you got exactly what the marquee said --- plenty of thrills, action and hard riding with a song or two thrown in for good measure --- Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 as a member of the "Sons of the Pioneers" and elected again in 1988 as Roy Rogers "King of the Cowboys" --- Roy got his horse "Trigger" in 1938 and rode him in every one of his films and TV shows after that --- "Trigger" died in 1965 age of thirty-three --- Roy's dog's name was "Bullet" and appeared in almost as many of his films as "Trigger" did --- Roy's theme song, "Happy Trails", was written by Queen of the West and his wife Dale Evans --- inducted (with his wife Dale Evans) into the "Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum" in 1976 --- inducted as a member of the "Sons of the Pioneers into the "Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum" in 1995 just three years before his death --- Don't miss this one --- now appearing on Amazon and Empire Publishing --- Don't hesitate - rush out and pick up your copy today --- Great reading in the days and weeks to come --- I guarantee it!

Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guideslines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc), Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") and Trevor Scott (Down Under DVD Com) as they have rekindled my interest once again for Film Noir, B-Westerns and Serials --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '20s, '30s & '40s and B-Westerns ... order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on DVD --- stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with musical adventure --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out Amazon where they are experts in releasing B-Westerns --- all my heroes have been cowboys!

Total Time: 69 min on VHS/DVD ~ Republic Pictures ~ (5/07/2007)
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1.0 out of 5 stars How many, and which, movies, March 24, 2010
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The cover art says that it is a two disc set, and the price is double the regular price indicating that there are, in fact, two discs included. However only four titles are shown and the reviews only mention four titles.

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