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Walking Tall: The Trilogy [Blu-ray]
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The story begins with the critical and box office smash hit film Walking Tall, starring Joe Don Baker as Buford Pusser, the fed-up lawman who fought a tremendous uphill battle to clean up his hometown. Based on a true story, three classic films, the first starring Baker (GoldenEye), then featuring Bo Svenson (Inglourious Basterds) for the two sequels, have captured Pussers legacy as the man who showed America what Walking Tall is all about. The Walking Tall Trilogy is a testament to the legendary sheriff who decided it was time for payback . . . and became one of the most popular movie heroes of all time! All three titles in new anamorphic widescreen film transfers plus all-new special features
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The original "Walking Tall" is by far the best of the trio: a somewhat crudely made yet undeniably compelling B-movie with Joe Don Baker as Pusser, a former wrestler who returns to his small Tennessee town, only to find crime, corruption, moonshinin' and prostitution having overrun the local residents. Pusser nearly dies, twice, as he tries to clean up the town - first as a frustrated, concerned citizen, then as the newly elected sheriff - forever running into opposition from crooked judges, lying politicians and local white trash.
Baker's performance anchors the original WALKING TALL which became a huge hit in 1973, leading to a series of wannabes and similar "redneck justice" pictures. It's not a great movie by any means, but it has a certain charm about it, with the movie having been made on a workmanlike level across the board. Walter Scharf's melodic, occasionally overwrought score includes a forgettable Johnny Mathis end credits tune, while the supporting cast features little Leif Garrett as Pusser's son and a pair of young actresses who met with premature ends: Elizabeth Hartman, who plays Pusser's wife, later committed suicide in the `80s (she also voiced Mrs.Read more ›
We watched the first movie last week on my projector and 80" screen, and I can honestly say that this is the best this movie has ever looked. We saw no scratches, specks, dirt, nothing but a perfect picture. As far as HD quality, I can't speak for that since we only watched the first film.
I know a lot of people are curious about the special features, so here we go....
There are 2 discs on the blu ray set, and oddly enough, the first and 2nd movies are on the first disc on 1 side...the 3rd movie is on a disc by itself. I would have figured that part 1 would be on a disc alone, as it is the best film. Part 1 has 2 tv previews and a photo gallery; Part 2 has tv previews, a trailer and another photo gallery. Strangely, Part 2 is where the best feature is...the all-new "Buford Pusser Story" feature, which includes new interviews with many of the cast and real life people, including Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn, Bruce Glover, Dwana Pusser and many more. What really disappointed and baffled me is that Joe Don Baker is only heard, not seen, as narrator. He is not shown giving his thoughts on-screen. Disc 2, which has Part 3 on it, has a trailer, more photos, and some older footage.
I can't speak yet for how parts 2 & 3 looked, as we only watched part 1, but the set is well worth the price for the fantastic transfer of the best of the trilogy and for the new interviews (even though we don't get to see Joe Don!).
Over all, for the movies sake I give it a 5 star plus. On Rhinos part, 5 stars for releasing the movies on DVD, and 2 stars for their transfer. Go back to the master prints, thx them, re-do a new release to DVD including a release of the TV series.
If you like Walking Tall and Buford Pusser at all, this is a DVD set you will wnat to own
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I had never watched the two sequels... could not believe that.... but I enjoyed all three. Of course the Original is still my favorite and such a good story.... Read morePublished 3 days ago by L. Wilson
This collection makes a great addition to anyone's video library. All three Walking Tall movies are included and with many extras. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Melvin H. Wilson, Jr.
I went to the movies in the early 1970's and saw all three (3); they were great then and still are. Joe Don Baker did a great job in the first movie; not sure why he didn't do the... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Once A Marine Always A Marine
SHOUT FACTORY have reissued all 3 Walking tall films on blu-ray with all new 1080p 1:85:1 HD transfers
with only 2. Read more