Essential Collection: Westerns (5 Titles) (DVD)

The Magnificent Seven/Hombre/The Big Country/The Alamo/Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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Product Details

Barcode
5039036082723
Department
Movies & TV
Released
31 Jan 2019
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Westerns
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Number of Discs
5
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Magnificent Seven
Release Year
1960
Running Time
128 min
Language
English
Categories
Westerns / Adventure / Classic / Essential Cinema / Gangs / Recommended / Theatrical Release
Ratings
IMDb
7.7
Rotten Tomatoes®
89% 88%
Metacritic
74
Synopsis
John Sturges's remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic THE SEVEN SAMURAI has become an influential film in its own right. A small Mexican village that makes involuntary donations of its harvest to a gang of bandits led by Calvera (Eli Wallach) decides to hire a group of professional gunmen, headed by gunslinger-for-hire Chris (Yul Brynner), to protect them. Despite the meager pay, Chris and Vin (Steve McQueen) sign on after the Mexicans see them confront some racist thugs. As they ride to the village, Chris picks up some other gunmen, including Bernardo (Charles Bronson), Lee (Robert Vaughan), Britt (James Coburn), Harry (Brad Dexter), and aspiring gunslinger Chico (Horst Buchholz). The Mexicans, who are at first ambivalent about having gunmen hanging around their town, finally let down their guard and allow their visitors to teach them how to shoot and how to reconfigure the town to defend against Calvera. When the bandits return, they find harvesting the crops a little more challenging. This rousing, perfectly cast action film launched the careers of Bronson, McQueen, and Coburn. It also benefits tremendously from the unforgettably polyrhythmic score by Elmer Bernstein, among the most famous in film history. So popular was the film's theme that it was used to sell Marlboro cigarettes for years afterward.
Notes
Shooting location: Mexico.

Yul Brynner's grandiosity was such that he had written into his contract a clause stiplulating that no cast member could come closer to him than 10 feet while they were not shooting.

Brynner got married during production, on the village square set. Apparently he let his wife come within 10 feet.

Steve McQueen wanted the film part so badly that he crashed his car to get out of a commitment to his TV series WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE.

The film played only a week in its original release but was a hit in Europe.

James Coburn claimed to have seen the Kurosawa version 12 times in 12 days.

Akira Kurosawa reportedly loved this remake.

John Alonso, a bit player as one of the villagers, would go on to become director of photography on such films as BLUE THUNDER and CHINATOWN.
Poster
Poster for Magnificent Seven
Cast & Crew
Director
John Sturges
Star
Rico Alaniz / Val Avery / Whit Bissell / Charles Bronson / Yul Brynner / Horst Buchholz / James Coburn / Jorge Martinez De Hoyos / Brad Dexter / Steve McQueen / Rosenda Monteros / Bing Russell / Vladimir Sokoloff / Robert Vaughn / Eli Wallach / Bob Wilke
Screenwriter
Walter Bernstein / Walter Newman / William Roberts
Composer
Elmer Bernstein
Producer
Lou Morheim / John Sturges
Special Effects
Milt Rice
Director of Photography
Charles Lang
Editor
Ferris Webster
Production Designer
Edward Fitzgerald
Story
Akira Kurosawa
Movie Critics
Sight and Sound
"...Hugely popular..."
Geoffrey Macnab (1 Sep 2001, p.58)
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "It remains one of the most entertaining movies in the genre, as Hollywood alpha males Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, James Colburn and Robert Vaughn crank up the charisma..."
Jonathan Crocker (1 Oct 2010, )
Uncut
5 stars out of 5 -- "Brynner dominates, while the screenplay questions the nature of true heroism."
Alastair McKay (1 May 2006, p.150)
USA Today
"...The film is fun to watch..."
Mike Clark (14 Mar 1994, p.3D)

Movie

Title
Hombre
Release Year
1967
Running Time
111 min
Language
English
Categories
Westerns / Adventure / Indians / Theatrical Release
Ratings
IMDb
7.4
Rotten Tomatoes®
93% 80%
Metacritic
80
Synopsis
An entertaining and wholly different type of western, Martin Ritt's HOMBRE is based on a novel by Hollywood favorite Elmore Leonard (JACKIE BROWN). Paul Newman stars as John Russell, a white man raised by Apaches. When his last living relative dies, Russell inherits property that he decides to sell to a man in a neighboring town. So, Russell gets a ride on a stagecoach, along with seven other white passengers, to make the sale. However, when Russell's Apache heritage is discovered, the other passengers force him to ride on top of the coach. Along the way, the coach is raided by thieves who steal its horses and a substantial amount of money from one of the passengers, named Favor. Russell is able to get the money back from the thieves, but Favor's wife has been taken hostage and, robbed of their horses, the passengers are stranded. Russell is indifferent to the fate of Favor's wife, but the group cannot argue because he is the only one among them who knows the way home. Chased by the thieves for the money they still have, the group has to make a stand at an abandoned mine where they call on Russell to save Favor's wife.
Notes
Filmed on location in Death Valley and the Halvetia Mines.

Theatrical release: March 22, 1967.
Poster
Poster for Hombre
Cast & Crew
Director
Martin Ritt
Star
Martin Balsam / Richard Boone / Diane Cilento / Peter Lazer / Fredric March / Cameron Mitchell / Paul Newman / Barbara Rush
Screenwriter
Frank Harriet, / Irving Ravetch
Composer
David Rose
Producer
Irving Ravetch / Martin Ritt
Director of Photography
James Wong Howe
Editor
Frank Bracht
Production Designer
Jack Martin Smith / Robert Smith
Story
Elmore Leonard
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"...One of the best [Leonard adaptations]....Newman's no-nonsense magnetism keeps it watchable..." -- Rating: B
Ty Burr (31 May 1996, pp.66-7)

Movie

Title
Big Country
Release Year
1958
Running Time
166 min
Language
English
Categories
Westerns / Recommended / Rivalry / Romance / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
Wyler's powerful Western covers a lot of territory with Gregory Peck a fish out of water as a sea captain who travels west to marry and settle, but finds himself in the middle of a bitter dispute over water rights and a jealous clash with the ranch foreman (Charlton Heston). He also discovers his fiancee isn't who he imagined and finds true romance with the local schoolmistress (Jean Simmons). Folk singer Burl Ives surprised audiences with his performance which garnered him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
Notes
Shot in Technirama, a widescreen process.
Cast & Crew
Director
William Wyler
Star
Carroll Baker / Alfonso Bedoya / Charles Bickford / Buff Brady / Jim Burk / Chuck Connors / Chuck Hayward / Charlton Heston / Burl Ives / Gregory Peck / Jean Simmons
Screenwriter
Sy Bartlett / James R. Webb / Robert Wilder / Robert Wyler
Composer
Jerome Moross
Producer
Gregory Peck / William Wyler
Director of Photography
Franz Planer
Editor
Robert Belcher / John Faure
Production Designer
Frank Hotaling
Movie Critics
USA Today
"...Sprawling....Jerome Moross' musical score is widely regarded as one of the best ever..."
Mike Clark (30 Mar 2001, p.4E)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actor
Winner: 1958 - Burl Ives