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Cowboys And Aliens; Robots And Death Rays (8-movie Collection)
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This collection contains one of the first appearances by singing cowboy Gene Autry. Eight complete films on 4 DVDs are included featuring all the zany scariness that could be imagined in the 30s and 40s. Film include Radio Ranch (Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette); Ghost Patrol (Tim McCoy); Tombstone Canyon (Ken Maynard); Riders of the Whistling Skull (Ray Crash Corrigan, Yakima Canutt); Sky Bandits (James Newell, Kenne Duncan); Gun Packer (Jack Randall, Rusty the Wonder Horse); Saddle Mountain Roundup (Ray Crash Corrigan, Ranger Busters); and Vanishing Riders (Bill Cody Sr. & Jr.).
"Cowboys & Aliens" isn't the first movie to mix sci-fi and western genres. A new DVD set, "A Big Box of Cowboys, Aliens, Robots and Death Rays," features eight vintage sagebrush sagas that also enter the sci-fi zone. Perhaps the most famous is 1935's "Radio Ranch" with Gene Autry. "Radio Ranch" is actually an edited feature-length version of Autry's serial "The Phantom Empire," which finds the singing cowboy discovering a race of humans living in a metropolis under the earth. The set also features films starring such famed movie cowpokes as Tim McCoy in 1936's "Ghost Patrol," Ken Maynard in 1932's "Tombstone Canyon," Ray "Crash" Corrigan in 1941's "Saddle Mountain Roundup" and Bill Cody Sr. and Jr. in 1935's "Vanishing Riders." -- Los Angeles Times, July 25,2011
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This would have been an interesting film to sample or remake with modern FX technology. Although I have a feeling that Spielberg and Favreau certainly referenced this goofy serial in the construction (it wasn't really "written") of COWBOYS & ALIENS. The movie was originally conceived to compete with the popular BUCK ROGERS series. The feature version and serial both center on the discovery of an advanced underground civilization by a singing cowboy. Doesn't this just scream for a redo? Or maybe it's more an off-Broadway musical?
Autry - as revered as he is here in the desert with his titular "trail" and statue, never really did it for me when I was a kid. He always seemed fake, somehow. But Roy Rogers could ride, shoot and sing - I think all at the same time. He seemed more "real." Maybe it was his wardrobe, dog, horse, sidekick Gabby and sweetie Dale. Gene had Pat Buttrum. Need I say more?
Other titles in the DVD set include: GHOST PATROL, SKY BANDITS (1940), GUN PACKER (1938), TOMBSTONE CANYON (1932), RIDERS OF THE WHISTLING SKULL (1937), SADDLE MOUNTAIN ROUNDUP (1941) and VANISHING RIDER (1935).
I especially liked the western horror TOMBSTONE CANYON with the always stalwart and reliable Ken Maynard (what a great vintage poster!) and the semi-scary RIDERS OF THE WHISTLING SKULL (excellent title!) with Ray "Crash" Corrigan.
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