Wayward Bus [Blu-ray]
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The film is quite faithful to Steinbeck's novel about a group of travelers on a bus trip from the remote California town of Rebel Corners to San Juan, and the various perils and personal conflicts they encounter along the way. Although it was directed by the virtually inexperienced Victor Vicas, THE WAYWARD BUS looks like it was helmed by a pro who really knows his craft. The composition of people and objects within the frame shows a deft handling of Cinemascope's wide aspect ratio. Despite the low budget, scenes involving a rockslide, a raging storm and a hazardous bridge crossing that combines miniatures, process photography and live action are neatly pulled off.
What keeps the movie riding along is the offbeat, human drama played out by all the characters. Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield and Dan Dailey share billing above the title and they deliver solid performances that rank among their very best. The put upon bus driver is well played by newcomer Rick Jason in a role originally intended for Marlon Brando.Read more ›
Get this whenever it comes out on DVD. An electrifying film.
Everyone in the film is driven by lust, but this being 1957 that means more innuendo than action, and what action Jason gets is kept offscreen and implied.Read more ›
The Twilight Time DVD (a blu ray only) is a handsome pristine anamorphic B&W wide screen (2.35) transfer.
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I saw this movie when I was junior high school and loved it then and still do. For years, it was one of the few old movies I was not about to find on VHS or DVD. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mary Monroe, New York Times Bestselling Author
For this Blu-ray I had to buy a player, so it is my first one and I'm very happy with both purchases! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ingmar A. van de Sande
What a junk heap of a bus! How it ever passed inspection, I will never know.Published 21 months ago by triton
this is better than what I expected. The movie follows Steinbeck's book pretty well and the cast is uniformly excellent. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Terry D. Robertson
Worst acting direction and especially the story and plot. Not even resembles the book! Don't waste your time and money!Published on July 31, 2014 by hinspect
I had not seen this film since it was released about 1957. I was surprised then at how good Jayne Mansfield was and it was before Joan Collins had done all the DYNASTY stuff and... Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by Dennis J. Pauly
I hunted down and purchased this because I am a fan of Combat's Rick Jason and his movies before Combat. I liked this movie.. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Iris Motley
This is nice clear print of a long "lost" motion picture. It is , in my opinion, the best Jayne Mansfield film released to date. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by LO77203