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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait for this new edition., June 28, 2008
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This review is from: How the West Was Won (Ultimate Collector's Edition) (DVD)
I purchased the original MGM/UA dvd of "How the West Was Won" years ago when originally released on DVD. I've watched it twice over the years and continue to be amazed by the utterly mediocre quality of the picture. If I wanted such poor quality, I might as well watch a butchered-up version on tv. That is why I was so overjoyed to discover a new edition to be released this August. As this is one of my 10 favorite films and a film that continues to bring warm memories of my childhood, as I originally saw the film at age 13 with my father, I had hoped for years for a new release of this film. I will be purchasing it on Blu-ray.
This film case out duting a wonderful time of movie epics that we will never see again (at least without the use of CGI.) I remember walking down Broadway in Manhattan with my parents in 1962. At the Criterion theater "Lawrence of Arabia," the Demille "The Longest Day," the Loews State "Mutiny on the Bounty." A few months later at the Cinerama "How the West Was Won." This was followed by "Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Yes those were great days.
For years I was always puzzled by the great John Wayne's relatively small role in my favorite western. I was advised by someone in the know that this was due to the Dukes wanting to work with John Ford on the civil war segment and this was the only real role in that segment that the Duke was well-cast for.
In conclusion, I love this film and can't wait for its re-release on DVD (and blu-ray) this August.
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Initial post: Aug 13, 2008 4:46:18 PM PDT
Joe NY says:
FYI, "The Longest Day" had its premire NVC roadshow engagement at the Warner Theater (47th St & Broadway), previously known as the Strand Theatre, NOT the Demille Theatre!

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 7:31:25 AM PDT
BubbaCoop says:
Stop reviewing discs that aren't released:

http://www.amazon.com/How-West-Was-Special-Blu-ray/forum/Fx31II7OTIIDCLA/-/1/ref=cm_cd_dp_sap?%5Fencoding=UTF8&cdAnchor=B0018O50VQ&asin=B0018O50VQ

Posted on Sep 14, 2008 11:08:03 AM PDT
P. Fried says:
If you liked the original movie save your money It is out, I bought it and it is bad... not so much for the format but the story is half missing. Seems to relatively complete before the river pirates scene but so much is missing afterwards that Gregory Peck does not even appear in the movie except as a faded photo in old lady's locket. The Rawlings family story is so abridged that it does not even make sense. It is a mire shadow of the original epic. Wasted my money.
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