How the West Was Won

How the West Was Won

DVD - 2008
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This saga follows a family's move west through generations. Restored clarity eliminates the film's original panoramic three-panel join lines.


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Jan 10, 2016

I thought it was very good. James Steward is great and I loved seeing a young George Peppard. Its long, but worth it.

Aug 20, 2015

This film is well worth seeing for the vast Western locations captured in breathtaking Cinerama -- best appreciated on a large screen TV with good sound system. Dynamic Debbie Reynolds bursts into your living room with lively song and dance. An Indian attack filmed in the spectacular Alabama Hills of California makes your heart pound as the widescreen view rises from pounding hooves to a sweeping overview of riders charging towards the camera. The final robbery sequence on a moving train in the Arizona desert is stunning, even by 2015 standards. A stunt person having been badly maimed under the train's wheels reminds us of the risks taken to bring us impressive action. Don't miss the Special Features disk describing the groundbreaking history of the impressive 3-camera Cinerama process, and challenges of filming.

Jul 23, 2014

An entertaining, but also long, bloated, and sunny western that is notable for being filmed in cinerama, as well as having three directors, including the legendary John Ford. Coming in at over 2.5 hours and featuring a overture and intermission, everything about this picture announces itself as grand, and it does have some great landscapes and a ton of stars, but it feels badly dated now and a throwback to earlier, less violent times. New directors like Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah were bringing greater moral ambiguity and violence to the western and this seems committed to the mythic. The fine cast includes James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Debbie Fisher, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, and John Wayne as Gen. Sherman.

Feb 03, 2013

I enjoyed this extravaganza for the smorgasbord of fine actors of half a century ago. Sure, it's corny. But I like corny (although I must admit I fast forwarded through most of Debbie Reynolds' musical portions -- ackk!). The premise is a little scattered, but it was a perfect movie for a snowy Sunday afternoon. Beautifully filmed with some tremendous stunts. I can't even begin to fathom the buffalo stampede in its original glorious Cinerama format. The experience truly must've taken one's breath away. Bonus documentary disc on Cinerama is absolutely fascinating.


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Feb 03, 2013

Narrator: "The West that was won by its pioneers, settlers, adventurers, is long gone now. Yet it is theirs forever, for they left tracks in history that will never be eroded by wind or rain; never plowed under by tractors; never buried in the compost of events. Out of the hard simplicity of their lives -- out of their vitality, their hopes, and their sorrows, grew legends of courage and pride to inspire their children and their children's children. From soil enriched by their blood, out of their fever to explore and build, came lakes where once, were burning deserts; came the goods of the earth: mines and wheat fields, orchards and great lumber mills. All the sinews of a growing country. Out of their rude settlements, their trading posts, came cities to rank among the great ones of the world. All the heritage of a people free to dream, free to act, free to mold their own destiny."


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