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Western Horizons: Universal Westerns Of The 1950s DVD

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Turner Classic Movies and Universal Studios Home Entertainment proudly present Western Horizons: Universal Westerns of the 1950s—an unprecedented collection of five big-budget, Technicolor Westerns featuring many of the finest actors and directors the genre has ever known. Presented for the first time on DVD, these five films have been re-mastered to their original Technicolor glory.

HORIZONS WEST (1952)
Robert Ryan and Rock Hudson star as brothers on opposite sides of the law in post-Civil War Texas. Neil Hammond (Hudson) returns from the war to his life of ranching, while older brother Dan (Ryan) returns with ambitions as outsized as the Lone Star State. When Dan loses his business seed money to gambler Cord Hardin (Raymond Burr), he turns to rustling. But ill-gotten gains prove tenuous, and Dan's empire begins to crumble when brother Neil is named the new Marshall. Directed by Budd Boetticher, the film boasts a stellar supporting cast.

SASKATCHEWAN (1954)
Alan Ladd and Jay Silverheels (television's Tonto) are blood brothers whose bonds are tested when marauding Sioux Indians cross the border to enlist the peaceful Cree in a battle against the Great White Father. Canadian Mountie Thomas O'Rourke (Ladd) and his men must lead the sole survivor of a Sioux massacre, Shelley Winters, to safety across the border in Montana. Director Raoul Walsh and cinematographer John F. Seitz set the tense tale against a stunning widescreen, Technicolor vision of the Canadian Rockies.

DAWN AT SOCORRO (1954)
This spin on the oft-filmed Gunfight at the O.K. Corral stars Rory Calhoun as cardsharp Brett Wade, whose friendship with sibling peacekeepers Harry (James Millican) and Vince McNair (Scott Lee) puts him in the crosshairs of outlaw Tom Ferris (Stanley Andrews) and his three sons—including the fierce and vengeful Earl (Lee Van Cleef). Piper Laurie plays a saloon girl Wade aims to save along the way in this action-packed Technicolor adventure directed by George Sherman.

BACKLASH (1956)
Hard-bitten wanderer Jim Slater (Richard Widmark) rides the range seeking to avenge his father's death. Along the way he meets frontier widow Karyl Orton (Donna Reed), who is in the being hunted by gunslinger Johnny Cool (William Campbell). The unlikely duo endures various hardships as Slater comes to suspect his father died from something more sinister than an apparent Apache ambush. Director John Sturges (who would later helm 1955's Bad Day at Black Rock and 1960's The Magnificent Seven) lends this serpentine tale of revenge a heavy does of atmosphere.

PILLARS OF THE SKY (1956)
First Sergeant Emmett Bell (Jeff Chandler) faces off with Apache chieftain Kamiakin (Michael Ansara) in this nuanced portrayal of racial tensions between Native Americans and white settlers in 1860s Oregon Country. Bell must lead his men and civilian charges (including Dorothy Malone and Ward Bond) on a mad dash to federal sanctuary. Directed by George Marshall (1939's Destry Rides Again, 1962's How the West Was Won), this tale of frontier survival is truly an action thriller set against widescreen western horizons.
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD - Boxed Set
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Run Time: 428 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen / Fullscreen
  • Studio: TCM - Universal
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2013
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Stereo
  • Color: Color
  • Includes:

    Digital Bonus Features on the DVD Include:
    • Introduction by Robert Osborne
    • Digital Image Gallery
      - Behind-the-Scenes Photo(s)
      - Biography/TCM Article
      - Publicity Still(s)
      - Movie Poster(s)
      - Scene Still(s)
      - British Front-of-House Stills
Reviews
13 Reviews
4.3

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4.3

(based on 13 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (11)
  • Engaging characters (9)
  • Great cinematography (7)
  • High production value (5)
  • Original (4)

Cons

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  • At home (12)
  • Adult viewers (7)
  • Perfect gift (4)
  • Younger viewers (3)
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

5 Old Westerns

By Bogie Buff

from Texas

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about this product:

    Okay Westerns; not great HORIZONS WEST has poor color registration.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Familiarity does not breed contempt!

    By VANCE

    from Bensenville, IL

    About Me Movie Buff

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value

    Cons

    • Unoriginal

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
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    • Younger Viewers

    Comments about this product:

    We have here a neat collection of 5 "horse operas" with HOLLYWOOD stars and capable supporting players.The engaging leads are backed by Technicolored vistas, decent [if unoriginal} scripts, and vigorous direction. I imagine most uffsaction movie fans as well as western film buffs enjoyBACKLASH t ing the clichés scattering over the wide-open praiRIES & Rocky Mts. Each film was a pleasure, but BACKLASH & PILLARS OF THE SKY were treasues-VANCE

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Movies not so great pakaging

    By Phil

    from NY Metro

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    Pros

    • Good Qualty Movies

    Cons

    • Poor Pkng Dvds Fall Out

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about this product:

    The quality of these Westerns were great.
    The quality of the packaging is the exact opposite. They fell on each other during shipment and one fell out when I opened it fortunately on the carpet. The concept looks nice but you have to lock in each DVD otherwise your looking to scratch them easily. The same packaging that was used on Joel McCrae Westerns Special. TCM please change the packaging you will have happier customers. Thank you. Phil

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Red Serge & Johnny Cool!

    By David M.

    from Vancouver, B.C.

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value
    • Interesting Stories
    • Lively Characters
    • Original
    • Western Action

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers
      • At Home
      • For Fans Of Westerns
      • Perfect Gift

      Comments about this product:

      This is an excellent set of 5 Universal westerns from the 1950's, all of which are good, tasty genre fun. I saw "Saskatchewan" at a Vancouver-area drive-in when I was a boy. My parents and an aunt and uncle, all from Saskatchewan, took me to see what I'm sure they took to be an Alan Ladd salute to their home province. Of course, though he wears the red serge of our Mounties, Mr. Ladd's movie didn't look to have been actually filmed in the wheat fields of Saskatchewan, but rather in a version of the province with river valleys and mountains that more properly resembled B.C.. Still, the movie delivers plenty of Mountie-and-Indian action, with a nuanced view of sharing the land with its native population that could have played on a double bill with "Dances With Wolves" 35 years later. Every one of the other four movies in this set has plenty to recommend it, too, from the "Gunfight At The O.K. Corral" variations of "Dawn At Socorro", to the "Occupy Texas" social-unrest melodrama of "Horizons West", to the Wild West noir complications of "Backlash", to the religious redemption parable (with Apache raids) of "Pillars Of The Sky". If you can resist a set of westerns including one with the coolest-named evil gunslinger ever - Johnny Cool! - then you're a better man than me, and you know how we feel about manliness in 50's Westerns.

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great western action

      By Bill

      from Chester,S.C.

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Great Cinematography

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adult Viewers
        • At Home

        Comments about this product:

        can watch these westerns all day long

        (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        It was good.

        By sam

        from ohio

        About Me Movie Buff

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        Pros

        • Entertaining

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home

          Comments about this product:

          I don't like having to buy six movies in order to get the one I want. I come to TCM for hard to find movies.

          (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wonderful action packed westerns !

          By bernard the movie buff

          from Monterey Park, CA

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Great Cinematography
          • High Production Value
          • Informative
          • Original

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers
            • At Home
            • In The Car
            • Perfect Gift
            • Special Needs
            • Travel
            • Younger Viewers

            Comments about this product:

            I bought this set because of a rare Rock Hudson
            western:"Horizons West", turn out the other 4
            are just as entertaining and action packed.
            Maybe another Rock Hudson set of dramas should be
            released soon ? Such as "Twilight for the Gods",
            "This Earth is Mine", "Never Say Goodbye" ?

            (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice collection!

            By Bob

            from Seattle

            About Me Movie Buff

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • 1950s Westerns
            • Alan Ladd
            • Budd Boetticher
            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • George Sherman
            • Great Cinematography
            • John Sturges
            • Raoul Walsh
            • Richard Widmark
            • Robert Ryan
            • Rory Calhoun
            • Universal Westerns

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Viewers
              • At Home
              • Younger Viewers

              Comments about this product:

              This is a beautifully mounted collection of five representative Universal westerns of the 1950s. I was most looking forward to HORIZONS WEST--Budd Boetticher without Randolph Scott!--but despite some good stylistic gestures and a scary performance from Robert Ryan, it ended up feeling more truncated than streamlined; still good but not great. Raoul Walsh's SASKATCHEWAN is vividly memorable for its Canadian landscapes and the sight of Alan Ladd in a Mountie uniform. George Marshall's PILLARS OF THE SKY is handily directed but preachily written and an old-fashioned "manifest destiny" approach to US-tribal relations. The two really good ones--worth the price of the box--are DAWN AT SOCORRO directed by George Sherman, forgotten poet of the B-Western, way overdue for re-evaluation; and the best of the bunch, BACKLASH, a film that combines the best aspects of John Sturges's and Richard Widmark's skills in both the noir and the western genres. All of the films are great to look at, and these last two are real gems.

              (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great color

              By tigers chaser

              from marietta,Ga

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Great Cinematography
              • High Production Value
              • Informative
              • Original

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • At Home

                Comments about this product:

                tcm has always give outstanding movies to choose from

                (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Horizon West Stops in Two Places!

                By Moviefan

                from Texarkana, AR

                About Me Movie Buff

                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • Great Cinematography
                • High Production Value
                • Informative
                • Original

                Cons

                • Disappointing

                Best Uses

                • At Home

                Comments about this product:

                Horizon West stops at 1:02:53 and again at 1:03:04 TIME. I tryed the DVD in 2 DVD players and HP Laptop and The DVD does the same thing. The other 4 movies work fine.

                (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                NOT A BAD MIX OVERALL !

                By PatCyn

                from Quebec city

                About Me Movie Buff

                Pros

                • Entertaining

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • At Home

                  Comments about this product:

                  I purchased this 5 DVD Box set, because of Backlash, Pillars of the sky and Saskatchewan.
                  I was slightly disappointed that they did not present Saskatchewan with a full-screen 1,37:1 transfer on a anamorphic platform, windowboxing it...Also, one wander what kind of a print they used for this transfer; there are many scenes where the image becomes grainy,the colors are a bit too muted to pop...however the image is still rich, better than the previous VHS release that I have.
                  As far as the other films in this box set are concerned, they look terrific, with deep oversaturated colors, a quite sharp image, and minimal grain. Overall the look of these films is quite lovely. These are very well done DVD. There are no subtitles, trailers or commentaries. The soundtrack on all of these 5 films provides clean dialogue, clear music and effects, no hiss.
                  I hope, TCM will continue to offer other Box sets such as this one.

                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  pretty good

                  By Patrick

                  from Toronto

                  Comments about this product:

                  Good track of movies - all entertaining. My only negative is the picture quality of "Saskatchewan" - clearly this film was not re-mastered in any way. This is unfortunate because as a child (many moons ago) I saw this film frequently at the theatre. I was hoping for a pristine quality picture - alas - not to be as the flick quality is grainy - sound is fine though. Overall, a good batch of 1950s westerns.

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome set of Westerns

                  By Rick

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  About Me Movie Buff

                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining
                  • Good acting
                  • Great value

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Adult Viewers
                    • At Home
                    • Perfect Gift
                    • Western fans

                    Comments about this product:

                    This is a great set of Universal 50's Westerns. All movies are in great quality and beautiful color too! TCM did a great job on the packaging and design of this box-set. All but two movies are in Full screen and an average run time of 1hr and 25mins. I'm really glad Universal and TCM released these movies and I hope they do more of this genre. The only problem is, I couldn't find the Introduction of Robert Osborne on any of the disks.

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