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on January 25, 2012
'Man from Laramie' is a time-tested Mann-Stewart classic (4-plus stars), 'Desperadoes' a psychologically-less-nuanced but enjoyable western/drama from Charles Vidor (3 1/2 stars). What's nice about this set, aside from its inviting price and space-saving component, is the fact that 'Laramie' finally is offered on a single-sided picture disc containing only the widescreen version (Columbia's 1999 issue is a fullscreen/widescreen flipper). Otherwise the transfer quality-- decent, though not great-- of both films and extra features are identical to those which appear on their original releases.
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on January 23, 2008
The Desperadoes (1943) and The Man From Laramie (1955) though a dozen years apart in the filming, are well suited to be placed in the same DVD box.

Is there anyone out there above the age of 30 who hasn't seen these two movies? Well, they are certainly not age restrained, so anyone enjoying a good western from the olden days can and will get enjoyment watching them both.

I was born in 1943 (Desperadoes), so missed this one when originally released but saw it later on TV, while the Man From Laramie was on the screen when I was a teenager. A lot of things have changed since, one of them being that Hollywood for the most part has forgotten how to film a good western, and when an offer of two 'legends' of the screen come up any buckaroo worth their salt will just have to fork over.

Don't miss these two from yesterday pards, they are well worth it, if you are a fan of the old west on the screen.

Semper Fi.
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on November 29, 2012
I've been a fan of many of the old Westerns that were popular during the 40s & 50s and this double feature gives the viewer 2 great movies to view. The films themselves were excellent, always pleased to see double and triple features for the price of one but it's even better when movies are top quality like these two examples. Merchant did good delivery.
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on April 2, 2014
Did Jimmy Stewart ever make a bad western? So they began to look alike finally, so what? We fans couldn't get enough of the guy, so he shrugged his slender shoulders and went on making westerns.
Comparison to John Wayne, anybody? That's aside from big shoulders. For "king of the westerns," it's a toss-up in my book. They made at least one western together, and it's terrific.
As to "The Man From Laramie," don't miss the plot twist at the very end. Oh, and the co-feature is pretty good too.
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on March 17, 2013
The Man from Laramie is supposed to be the better of the two, but the story was weak and the acting by the minor characters was awful. The movie was OK, but nothing great. Arthur Kennedy basically reprises his role from Bend of the River, a mostly good guy who can't keep himself from doing some bad stuff. Dave Wagaman, the son of the rancher, is really the bad guy so it makes no sense at the end when the rancher says Kennedy "made Dave do it". The Desperadoes is OK. It has a few laughs, but nothing great (except some the the riding during the stampede scene near the end). Go ahead and buy this but don't expect to be blown away by the great stories. Both are very much B westerns.
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on January 3, 2014
Our oldest son loves Jimmy Stewart movies in general, and has been collecting all of them. This was a welcome addition to his collection, and he enjoyed them immensely.
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on June 14, 2015
Watched the first movie and it was pretty good, but I don't know why westerns have died out.
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on October 11, 2014
TWO OF THE BEST WESTERNS ON ONE PACKAGE. HOW CAN YOU MISS WITH STEWART AND FORD MOVIES.
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on May 2, 2016
You have 2 of my favorite actors in these 2 movies. Good.
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on December 7, 2014
One of Jimmy's top roles in a western, if not the best.
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