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Walt Disney Treasures - Elfego Baca and The Swamp Fox - Legendary Heroes

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Inspired by true life heroes, these are two of Walt's most exciting television shows, ELFEGO BACA and THE SWAMP FOX. Elfego Baca is a gunfighter (Robert Loggia) in the old west who changes his ways to become sheriff and then a lawyer. Elfego deals with rampaging cowboys, outlaws and more in this exciting series about law and order on the frontier. The Swamp Fox stars Leslie Nielsen (who starred in the classic film "Forbidden Planet," and would later become famous for the "Airplane" and "Naked Gun" movies) as Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. This patriot fought the British using unusual methods, and became known as "The Swamp Fox." In this superb series, Marion matches wits with the Tories in a story of adventure and action. Bonus materials will include an interview with Robert Loggia, star of "Elfego Baca;" "Tales of Courage and Adventure" a featurette that examines the origins of these historical figures and the fascinating story of their lives, still frame galleries from these TV shows, and more. Introductions by Leonard Maltin.

CONTENTS
* Elfego Baca: Nine lives of Elfego Baca
* Four Down and Five Lives to Go
* Attorney at Law
* Swamp Fox: Birth of the Swamp Fox
* Brother Against Brother
* Tory Vengeance

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After Davy Crockett scored a huge hit on TV and in theaters, Walt Disney looked for stories about other American heroes for Disneyland; among the ones he chose were Elfego Baca and Marion Francis, the Swamp Fox. Of the two, Elfego Baca, which ran for 10 installments from October 1958 through March 1960, is the more entertaining. Robert Loggia cuts a properly dashing figure as Baca, the New Mexico gunman who became a lawyer. In both capacities, he fought for justice and the spirit of the law, rather than its letter: If he found a law unjust--or inconvenient--he bent or ignored it to achieve his always honorable ends. Baca also stood out as a rare example of a Latino hero at time when Hispanics were rarely seen on American TV. Elfego Baca proved popular enough to be recut and released theatrically outside the United States.

During the Revolutionary War, Colonel Francis Marion led a string of unconventional campaigns against the British in the Carolinas. His skill at staging raids, then vanishing into the trackless marshes earned him the title "The Swamp Fox." As Marion, Leslie Nielsen lacks Loggia's panache. He's also required to make rather heavy-handed speeches about the rightness of the American cause and its inevitable victory that bring the story to screeching halt. And he always seems to pick the most obtuse members of the British army as targets. Although The Swamp Fox ran for six installments, from October 1959 through January 1961, it was eclipsed by more exciting Disney Americana, notably Texas John Slaughter (1958-1961). (Unrated, suitable for ages 8 and older: violence, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon


Special Features

The Many Lives Of Robert Loggia

Product Details

  • Actors: Walt Disney, Paul Frees, Clarence Nash, Slim Pickens, Tom Tryon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 282 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ATQYV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,329 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Swamp Fox was great. But why release only 3 of the 8 episodes? Why not a seperate set for each show with all of the episodes? Please, disney, gives us the whole series! My fuzzy VHS tapes off of TV are getting old!
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By RKS on January 7, 2006
I was hoping for a COMPLETE set of Swamp Fox, Disney! Now, I know that someone else wrote that the complete series might not be available. However, up until four years ago the Disney channel aired the series at 4:oo in the morning. Right after I had my little girl, I discovered this. Anyway, for about 4 months I was able to see all episodes. Then, Disney channel stopped airing all the "Classic Disney" shows during the wee morning hours. Now, all that one sees is the repeat of new shows -- yuk!
I think Walt would roll over in his grave if he knew all the terrible shows that Disney produces now (Lizzie, Raven, etc..). Especially since he loved history, old folk-lore, and learning.
I think like Boomerang, Disney should have a "Classic Disney Channel" that only runs tv shows/movies produced before 1985.
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For those who think this is a complete collection of the Swamp Fox series,there were 8 episodes, not 3. For those who remember watching on "Walt Disney Presents" this will not be

a good choice; there is too much missing material. Had hoped for

a complete,unedited release of this Disney classic. This can only be a partial amount of the original.
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I bought this thinking it was a box set with the complete 10 episodes of El Fago Baca and 8 episodes of the Swamp Fox. I sat down and watched the Swamp Fox DVD with my girlfriend. Imagine my surprise when I finished episode three and went to see the conclusion of the story line on episode 4.

They only gave us threee episodes of each show!!! In this world of box sets and double sided DVDs this is nothing but a complete RIP OFF.

Now I won't buy the Spin and Marty set and it's unlikey I'll buy another Disney Treasures! Frankly Leonard Maltin should be ashamed of himself for being associated with this ripoff.
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Maybe this is not fair, to write a review without even seeing the DVD. I wanted to make sure Disney understands that people do read these reviews, and I am not buying this DVD, as Swamp Fox is incomplete! Three out of Eight episodes is hardly a reason to purchase!
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The reviewer who called this a Disney "bait & switch" hit the nail right on the head! I, too, remember seeing all these episodes on TV as a kid, then later on Disney Channel, and was awaiting these to be released on DVD, as I have already purchased the Davy Crockett and Tomorrowland sets and loved them both; but imagine my overt disappointment when I read the actual details of this slapped together, third rate offering!

I never cared for the Elfego Baca story, I had been known to go to my room and VOLUNTARILY do my homework on Sunday nights when these episodes played, but I would have GLADLY paid the price for this set if it had included ALL of the "Swamp Fox" episodes!

Above and beyond the fact that I am proud to have Francis Marion as a distant relative, and that I hail from the same part of our great country as this hero of the Revolutionary War, who, with his compatriots, probably contributed as much as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or any of the other Founding Fathers to win us our freedom, I really loved this story just for itself!

Not only have I decided NOT to waste my money on this incomplete set, I have even gone as far as removing it from my "Wish List" to save the funds of my family and friends, as well! I shall wait to see, hopefully, if Disney will ever release the entire "Swamp Fox" story in a complete set, for which I would GLADLY pay their somewhat exorbitant price.
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Good grief - yet another DVD collection we are not buying because Disney doesn't seem to understand. We LOVED these series when they were on television but we will not buy something that is slapped together and incomplete. I hope the folks at Disney get the message eventually. Same thing applies to their live action feature films. Disney should release them in widescreen with some extras or not bother. Too bad because we have all the animated films and would happily buy the live action if the same care was given to the production.
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I agree with most of the reviewers that it was bad form on the part of Disney to only release 3 episodes from these series--fans of either show are left unsatisfied (I wanted the set for Swamp Fox). Surely Disney could have fit all the available episodes on two disks? Noone should buy this! The only thing Disney seems to understand anymore is the bottom line. If desperate fans buy it, Disney won't provide the quality releases we're all hoping for. Buying this is like buying half a movie! I've been hoping Disney will release the original black and white Zorro series on DVD, but not if they're going to do this...
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