How the West Was Won [Special Edition] [Blu-ray] [1962]

  • SKU: 1737059
  • Release Date: 01/04/2011
  • Rating: G
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (26 out of 26)

    Special Features


    • Commentary by Filmmaker David Strohmaier, Director of Cinerama, Inc. John Sittig, Film Historian Rudy Behlmer, Music Historian Jon Burlingame and Stuntman Loren James
    • Cinerama Adventure: Bonus Movie Documentary About the Revolutionary Movie Exhibition Process
    • Theatrical Trailer

    Synopsis


    How the West Was Won
    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, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • James Stewart
      James Stewart - Linus Rawlings
    • Henry Fonda
      Henry Fonda - Jethro Stuart
    • Gregory Peck
      Gregory Peck - Cleve Van Valen
    • Debbie Reynolds
      Debbie Reynolds - Lilith Prescott
    • Richard Widmark
      Richard Widmark - Mike King



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best televsion that I've ever seen

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      twocents

      This video set is the *most* outstanding television that I have ever seen. I always been a 20th century US history buff but never cared much for history before the WW1 era. Ken Burns brings the politics, the attitudes and the people of the Civil War era alive in the most stunning piece of filmwork that I have ever seen. The struggles that caused this terrible and tragic war are covered in detail from the point of view of both sides of the conflict. Burns makes the viewer understand why both sides fought and what both sides believed was at stake. This should be required viewing for all high school history class students.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      BREATH-TAKING HD QUALITY; THIS IS A KEEPER !!!!!!

      Posted
      HimesVideoProductions

      THUMBS WAY UP !!!!!! This family favorite from the MGM vaults, is a MUST SEE !!!! The HD Blu-Ray quality is beyond imagination. I sat up most of the night, watching this one; mesmerized (mouth dropped open in awe) by the breath-taking quality of the picture. This AWARD WINNING cinematography landmark film is superb in HD Blu-Ray. This film made my Sony Blu-ray DVD Player and my Mitsubishi 1080p television SING WITH JOY !!!! CONCLUSION: I HIGHLY suggest the purchase of this film for your Blu-Ray library !!!! IT IS A MUST HAVE !!!!! EXCELLENT QUALITY !!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Overall--only a C+ (slightly disappointing).

      Posted
      NicknameRequired
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      This is a classic film that I had always wanted to see, with Jimmy Stewart and other renowned actors. I rate this film only a C+ (I had expected it to be much better, which might be a factor in my rating). I like the continuity of character stories. However, the story is always the most important factor, and the stories were not quite up to my big expectations. Best Buy's price was fabulous. If you want to see it, this is a nice opportunity.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      AWESOME FILM!

      Posted
      BillC
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      This film was produced in 1962 and hosts a tremendous cast of outstanding actors back in the day. The film was re-mastered and pressed to Blu-ray DVD yielding superb picture quality. I forgot just how wonderful this film actually was! There is absolutely nothing boring about this movie and it's almost 3 hours in length. I enjoyed every minute of the entire production and look forward to seeing it again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Simply amazing.

      Posted
      Wings
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      As they say this epic film needed more then one director. The film is simply amazing. The picture and Audio is the best I have seen in a Blu-ray release. The digibook comes with information and photos of the film. The extras take you behind the scenes. And also included is a copy of the film in "Smilebox" simulation of Cinerama which is on Disc 2. This is a classic film that comes alive in HD. Get the digibook copy before it goes out of print.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great presentation of a classic

      Posted
      xenorama
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      I Got this for my parents to watch so they could see it like it should be. It's a great presentation with great VQ and the set is loaded with extras, taking you down an historical memory lane of how movies were presented back in the day. The movie itself is great, so that's a plus as well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Addition To Our Movie Collection

      Posted
      DevilDog
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      This is a older movie that I originally saw in a movie theater and was delighted when I was able to purchase it from BestBuy at a good price so my wife, who has not seen it, can watch it anytime we want.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome film!

      Posted
      BillC
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      How The West Was Won in Blu-Ray is outstanding in picture quality. This film is a great story about people in the east traveling along the Eirie Canal and heading westward. Pristine footage of scenes out west makes this film a pleasure to watch!

      I would recommend this to a friend


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