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Treasures 5: The West, 1898-1938


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Product Details

  • Actors: Al Jennings, Beatriz Michelena, Bill Tilghman, Broncho Billy, Clara Bow
  • Directors: Gregory La Cava, W.S. Van Dyke, Victor Fleming
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 596 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0054602XK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Digitally mastered from the finest archival sources

Newly recorded music

Over 400 interactive screens about the films

Illustrated catalog with film notes and credits

Playable worldwide


Editorial Reviews

Before High Noon, Unforgiven, and True Grit, there was a wilder, wider West on film. Treasures from the American Film Archives: Volume 5: The West (1898-1938), is a 10-hour set celebrating the dynamic, gender-bending, ethnically diverse West that flourished in early movies but has never before been seen on video.

Treasures 5 presents the American West as it was recorded and imagined in the first decades of motion pictures. Among the 40 selections are Mantrap (1926), the wilderness comedy starring Clara Bow in her favorite role; W.S. Van Dyke’s legendary The Lady of the Dugout (1918), featuring outlaw-turned-actor Al Jennings; Salomy Jane (1914), with America’s first Latina screen celebrity Beatriz Michelena; Gregory La Cava’s sparkling Old West–reversal Womanhandled (1925); Sessue Hayakawa in the cross-cultural drama Last of the Line (1914); one-reelers with Tom Mix and Broncho Billy, Mabel Normand in The Tourists (1912), and dozens of other rarities.

Treasures 5 showcases both narrative and nonfiction films. In addition to early Westerns, fascinating actuality films abound: travelogues from 10 western states including Seeing Yosemite with David A. Curry and the Fred Harvey Company’s The Indian-Detour; Kodachrome home movies; newsreels about Native Americans; and documentaries and industrial films about such Western subjects as cattle ranch-ing in Santa Monica, riding the rails along the Columbia River, how vaqueros made horsehair ropes, the birth of the canned fruit industry, and the beginning of the water wars. There are even vivid docudramas by crime-fighting lawmen: Bill Tilghman restaging his capture of the Wild Bunch and a Texas sheriff reliving his fight against ammunition smuggling on the Mexican border. For full list of films, visit the NFPF Web site, www.filmpreservation.org.

The motion pictures are drawn from the preservation work of the nation's foremost early film archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Archives, and UCLA Film & Television Archive—and include movies recently repatriated from the New Zealand Film Archive. Many of the films have not been screened in decades. None has been available before in high-quality video.

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What a great time capsule.
Richard Steffen
Interesting look, in early color, of how the canned fruit industry was established in the west.
Buster Keaton
They have been restored so you end up with great quality films.
Richard H.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Chip Kaufmann TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 1, 2011
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This is the fifth collection of rare, vintage movies from the National Film Preservation Foundation in their ongoing TREASURES series and it is one of their very best. If you are at all interested in not only the Western genre but the in the Old West itself, then you owe it to yourself to purchase this set. Not only does it aid in funding future film preservation but it gives you the opportunity to see some old friends and some genuine rarities. In the old friends category, if you're familiar with silent films, we have Clara Bow, Tom Mix, Richard Dix and Broncho Billy Anderson. A pristine print of Victor Fleming's MANTRAP (1926), the film Clara Bow made just before IT made her a superstar, shows the 21 year old off to good advantage as a Minneapolis manicurist who goes out West with one man and becomes involved with another. Then there's WOMANHANDLED (1925) with silent leading man Richard Dix where the title says it all. Other features with forgotten pre-Hollywood performers include THE LADY OF THE DUGOUT (1918), AMMUNITION SMUGGLING ON THE MEXICAN BORDER (1914), and SALOMY JANE also from 1914.

As good as the features are, the real treasures here are the short features that include BRONCHO BILLY AND THE SCHOOLMISTRESS (1912), Biograph's THE TOURISTS (1912) with an 18 year old Mabel Normand, and Thomas Ince's astonishing 1914 pro-Native American drama LAST OF THE LINE (PRIDE OF RACE) with Sessue Hayakawa. In addition to these are recent discoveries from the New Zealand Film Archives, newsreels involving the changing face of the Old West, and the remarkable early color advertisement film SUNSHINE GATHERERS (1921) which showcases sunny California and Del Monte brand canned fruits.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A kids review on November 11, 2011
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Treasures 5: The West 1898-1938 us a great set filled with many rarities and little seen films. There are newsreels, travelogues, features, and shorts, all of which deal in some way with some of the American West. With films made by Mack Sennett and D.W. Griffith and stars such as Mabel Normand and Clara Bow, there's a lot of solid entertainment here in addition to the historical and educational value of these films. The National Film Preservation Foundation has created another must-buy collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By antistat on March 3, 2012
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This wonderful collection includes an almost pristine print of Mantrap starring the magnificent Clara Bow. What a great movie!! I can't overstate how much better this print of the 1926 Victor Fleming classic is than the other versions that were available before this release. With this and the recent Blue Ray edition of Wings, one can begin to appreciate the subtle, timeless art of an American treasure, Clara Bow.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Troup on December 2, 2011
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A compendium of historic films and footage all centered around the theme of the West of yore. Great images, super commentary; if you are a film buff you will love it. Like a coffee table book with moving images- Nice!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin Shackelford on February 2, 2012
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The Treasures from American Film Archives series has been a real gift to anyone interested in the history of movies. Treasures, More Treasures, Avant-Garde and Social Issues volumes are now joined by a fascinating collection of early films of the West. They include the Clara Bow feature "Mantrap," which shows why she was the sex symbol of her era; several films featuring the people involved reconstructing their roles (Oklahoma outlaw Al Jennings, Texas sheriff Buck, and the legendary Bill Tilghman with Chris Madsen and E.D. Nix, among others); comedies, travel shorts, and many other rare delights, some in color, are included.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard H. on January 28, 2012
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What a wonderful set this is. These are films that are pure gems showing the early history of the American Western film. They have been restored so you end up with great quality films. I've read all the descriptions of the films and they help to understand the attitudes of that time in US history. Seeing as the films are short, you can watch just a few each day or have a Western movie marathon. I'm glad to see a few of the films came from my hometown Eastman House Archives.
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