How The West Was Won (Ultimate Collector's Edition) (Widescreen)

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How The West Was Won (Ultimate Collector's Edition) (Widescreen)

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Starring: John Wayne, Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, James Stewart

Director: John Ford

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Filmed in panoramic Cinerama, this star-studded, epic Western adventure is a true cinematic classic. Three legendary directors (Henry Hathaway, John Ford, and George Marshall) combine their skills to tell the story of three families and their travels from the Erie Canal to California between 1839 and 1889. Spencer Tracy narrates the film, which cost an estimated 15 million dollars to complete. In the first segment, "The Rivers," pioneer Zebulon Prescott (Karl Malden) sets out to settle in the West with his wife (Agnes Moorehead) and their four children. Along with other settlers and river pirates, they run into mountain man Linus Rawlings (James Stewart), who sells animal hides. The Prescotts try to raft down the Ohio River in a raft, but only daughters Lilith (Debbie Reynolds) and Eve (Carroll Baker) survive. Eve and Linus get married, while Lilith continues on. In the second segment, "The Plains," Lilith ends up singing in a saloon in St. Louis, but she really wants to head west in a wagon train led by Roger Morgan (Robert Preston). Along the way, she's accompanied by the roguish gambler Cleve Van Valen (Gregory Peck), who claims he can protect her. After he saves her life during an Indian attack, they get married and move to San Francisco. In the third segment, "The Civil War," Eve and Linus' son, Zeb (George Peppard), fights for the Union. After he's forced to kill his Confederate friend, he returns home and gives the family farm to his brother. In the fourth segment, "The Railroads," Zeb fights with his railroad boss (Richard Widmark), who wants to cut straight through Indian territory. Zeb's co-worker Jethro (Henry Fonda) refuses to cut through the land, so he quits and moves to the mountains. After the railway camp is destroyed, Zeb heads for the mountains to visit him. In the fifth segment, "The Outlaws," Lilith is an old widow traveling from California to Arizona to stay with her nephew Zeb on his ranch. However, he has to fight a gang of desperadoes first. How the West Was Won garnered three Oscars, for screenplay, film editing, and sound production. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide.

Audio Commentary, Behind The Scenes Featurette, Collectible Booklet, Documentary, Vintage Advertising, Digitally Remastered.

DVD includes 4+ Hours of Special Features including: New Star/Historian Commentary, The Making of "How The West Was Won" Featurette and the acclaimed "Bonus Movie Cinerama Adventure", nostalgically chronicling the history of "How The West Was Won's" unique filmmaking process; 20 Photo Cards, Original Theatrical Release Pressbook Reproduction, Mail-In Poster Offer.

John Wayne,
Debbie Reynolds,
Gregory Peck,
Henry Fonda,
James Stewart
Director: John Ford
Studio Name: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date:
Rating: G
Format: DVD
Screen Format: Widescreen
Run Time (in minutes): 164 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: AC, Dolby Digital 5.1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.26
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.4 x 7.4 x 7.4

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Rated 5 out of 5★ by 3reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by great western I liked this movie but I was trying to purchase the mini-series by same name starring James Arness, Bruce Boxleitner. Both movies are excellent, I just prefer the Arness series. We show it to all our friends who love western movies. The customer service was great-no complaints except I wish they would remove the things that makes the buzzer sound as you exit the store. That is embarrassing. 03/31/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Ajohn Wayne role i a film that I was unaware of. and enjoyable experience in movie watching. 03/04/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Incomparable! I first saw this when it came out in theatres in 1963 when I was just a lass of 8. It left an indelible mark on me and I have waited for it on DVD. I have heard that the blu-ray edition aids in the cinemascope ratio, but this movie is a must see. Based on the novel by Louis Lamour, it is thorough and magnificent in it's presentation. Bear in mind, cinemascope does not display well on standard widescreen tv, but oh, to be able to see it again on a cinerama screeen would be wonderful. Buy it, at this price, and with all the extra's you cannot go wrong. 03/08/2013
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