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John Wayne Film Collection [7 Discs] [Blu-ray]

  • SKU: 6194167
  • Release Date: 05/06/2014
  • Rating: G
This extensive release for fans of classic tough-guy actor John Wayne offers a wide collection of films, all starring "the Duke."
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (94 out of 99)

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    North to Alaska
    Those familiar only with Johnny Horton's song hit North to Alaska might not be aware that the song came equipped with a movie. John Wayne and Stewart Granger star as a couple of lucky miners in Alaska Territory during the '98 gold rush. Since the Duke is the only man he can trust, Granger sends his pal to Seattle to fetch his fiance. Fabian appears in the cast (playing Granger's brother) primarily to attract teenage filmgoers; he gets to sing, of course, but he's better than usual. The film's centerpiece, an outsized brawl in the muddy streets of Nome, was repeated with several variations in Wayne's subsequent McLintock (1963). North to Alaska was based on a considerably more genteel stage play, Laszlo Fodor's Birthday Gift. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    The Barbarian and the Geisha
    John Wayne's only collaboration with director John Huston turned out to be a major career misstep for both men. Barbarian and the Geisha is the true story of Townsend Harris (Wayne), who in 1856 was appointed the first American consul to Japan. Headquartered in Shimoda, Harris discovers that the Japanese thoroughly mistrust the Americans (and, as it turned out, not without reason). It's an uphill climb, but Harris gradually earns the respect of the local power brokers-and in so doing, is permitted to enter the city of Tokyo. Geisha girl Eiko Ando, originally sent to thwart Harris' mission, falls in love with him and protects him from harm. Though running only 104 minutes, the film seems to drag on for eons. Filmed on location, The Barbarian and the Geisha is consistently good to look at, but the discomfort of both star Wayne and director Huston is painfully obvious in every frame. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    The Comancheros
    The Horse Soldiers
    Based on an actual Civil War mission, Colonel Marlowe (John Wayne) and Major Kendall (William Holden) are ordered by General Grant to take three regiments 300 miles into enemy territory. They must destroy the railroad line between Newton Station and Vicksburg in hopes of choking off supplies to the South. Marlowe encounters a Southern belle loyal to the enemy, and keeps her in sight throughout the journey so she can't warn the Confederates. Kendall, a Northern surgeon, and the crusty Marlowe have their differences along the way. Action, romance and gory battlefield surgery accompany the army as the mission is completed. John Ford directed this film based on a novel by Harold Sinclair. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

    The Undefeated
    This routine western finds Union Colonel John Henry Thomas (John Wayne) and company attacking Confederate soldiers lead by Colonel James Langdon (Rock Hudson). After a crushing defeat, Langdon torches his plantation rather than have it fall into enemy hands. A group of Southerners accept the invitation of Emperor Maximilian to join them, and Langdon heads off with a wagon train of settlers to a new land. Thomas with his adopted Indian son Blue Boy (Roman Gabriel) bring a herd of 3,000 horses across the Rio Grand for sale. The two factions meet at a Fourth of July party and relive the war through a drunken brawl. When Mexican General Rojas (Tony Aguilar) holds the Southerners hostage, Thomas orders the herd to stampede into the General's camp as ransom payment for their former enemies. Merlin Olsen plays the blacksmith Little George. Both Gabriel and Olsen were pro-football all-stars for the Los Angeles Rams. Olsen continued his acting and sports announcing after his gridiron days were over. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

    The Big Trail
    The first "epic" western of the talkie era, The Big Trail is motivated by a hero's search for the murderer of his father. Twenty-three-year-old John Wayne, hitherto limited to bit parts, was thrust into the difficult leading role, a young mountaineer put in charge of a huge California-bound wagon train. Over the next several months, Wayne and his fellow pioneers face every imaginable hazard and disaster, from blistering desert heat to blinding snowstorms, negotiating steep cliffs, treacherous rivers, uncharted forests and other such natural obstacles. Meanwhile, Wayne's tentative romance with heroine Ruth Cameron (Marguerite Churchill) is continually thwarted by a charming but duplicitous gambler (Ian Keith), and all-around villain Red Flack (Tyrone Power Sr.) and his henchman Lopez (Charlie Stevens) ceaselessly plot to double-cross the other wagon-trainers for their own financial gain. The Big Trail was a box-office disappointment, a fact which some have attributed its expensive production methods. Each scene was lensed twice, once in 35-millimeter and then in the 65-mm "Fox Grandeur" wide-screen process. And then, each dialogue scene was filmed in French and German, with totally different casts. Even if Big Trail has been a big hit, it would have lost money thanks to the time-consuming shooting and reshooting of virtually every scene. Whatever the case, it was John Wayne who suffered most from the film's failure; instantly demoted to "B"-westerns, it took him nearly a decade to rebuild his stardom. Long believed lost, The Big Trail was made available for exhibition again in the early 1970s -- and in the 1990s the original widescreen version was at last restored for public view. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    The Longest Day
    The Longest Day is a mammoth, all-star re-creation of the D-Day invasion, personally orchestrated by Darryl F. Zanuck. Whenever possible, the original locations were utilized, and an all-star international cast impersonates the people involved, from high-ranking officials to ordinary GIs. Each actor speaks in his or her native language with subtitles translating for the benefit of the audience (alternate "takes" were made of each scene with the foreign actors speaking English, but these were seen only during the first network telecast of the film in 1972). The stars are listed alphabetically, with the exception of John Wayne, who as Lt. Colonel Vandervoort gets separate billing. Others in the huge cast include Eddie Albert, Jean-Louis Barrault, Richard Burton, Red Buttons, Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Gert Frobe, Curt Jurgens, Peter Lawford, Robert Mitchum, Kenneth More, Edmond O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Jean Servais, Rod Steiger and Robert Wagner. Paul Anka, who wrote the film's title song, shows up as an Army private. Scenes include the Allies parachuting into Ste. Mere Englise, where the paratroopers were mowed down by German bullets; a real-life sequence wherein the German and Allied troops unwittingly march side by side in the dark of night; and a spectacular three-minute overhead shot of the troops fighting and dying in the streets of Quistreham. The last major black-and-white road-show attraction, The Longest Day made millions, enough to recoup some of the cost of 20th Century Fox's concurrently produced Cleopatra. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      John Wayne Film Collection [7 Discs] (Boxed Set)

      Posted
      raymond2223
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      John Wayne Film Collection [7 Discs] Each disc in its on spot on a spindle The Blu-ray set only has the following movies: The Big Trail The Barbarian and the Geisha The Horse Soldiers North to Alaska The Comancheros The Longest Day The Undefeated You will NOT get Red River, Legend of the Lost, or The Alamo , which are included in the dvd set. The dvd set has 10 movies, the bluray set has 7 of the 10 movies. The dvd set are all pushed into cardboard slots which I don't care for but the bluray is packaged like sets should be. Some comments are there aren't any extras, but you have to realize these are mostly form the 1950s and 1960s and The Big Trail is from the 1930s so if your looking for extras, look elsewhere. I watched all the movies and they look great and sounded good to me. I was surprised by the clarity of The Longest Day. Only thing I wished is that the bluray had all 10 movies instead of 7 like the dvd version has, and I wished the dvd set was on spindles instead of slid into cardboard slots. I bought the dvd version a few months before I found the bluray set or I would of just bought the bluray set. Thank You

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Need more Wayne Blu Ray Collections

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      Charlie
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      This collection has a variety of Wayne movies, but not his best films. Love John Wayne and was impressed to see the Big Trail for the first time. This movie is a hidden gem. Special features for the Big Trail taught me new highlights into Wayne’s early career. Raoul Walsh also introduced many innovative film techniques. Story is a little weak, but not all films can be the Searchers or the Quiet Man. Extra bonus is the price around $20 which is a steal for this collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      What No Movie List?

      Posted
      myassassins

      Get to BB to order and it is Backorder only, This is before 7:00 AM. What is up with that! Then I want to see if I have any of these movies. Ha, do you think I can find a list of what movies are on this set. Heavens no, that would be too much work for some one to write out! 2 Stars only because it is John Wayne and Blu-ray.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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        Best Buy Customer Care

        Sorry about that myassassins, always a good thing to know what you’re getting! Here’s the films included in the collection: The Big Trail The Barbarian and the Geisha The Horse Soldiers North to Alaska The Comancheros The Longest Day The Undefeated

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movies by a Classic Actor

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      Hat1
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      I just bought this collection of John Wayne films last week because I originally saw many of them when they were first released in the movie theaters. However, some were released before I started attending movies or even before I was born. I enjoy watching old movies because they were made in the golden age of Hollywood.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      I like the movies not enough extras

      Posted
      slicko

      I love the movies but have them all on dvd and find they are the same as buying the dvd in sound that is 2.0 or 1.0 on many of the films they should all be 5.1 or better. I am disappointed that they are not better sound. I love John Wayne movies and look forward to seeing them on blue ray but am often disappointed that they are not as enhanced as they should be for blue ray. Two other examples are The War Wagon and Roster Cogburn that do not have extras and are the same in sound as the dvd

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Never seen a John Wayne film before.

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      UrMYn
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      I haven't veiwed the movies yet, but I'm sure they are the best he has to offer. Being one of the classic Hollywood legends. On that note, my review is more for the quality of the product. Not the films themselves. Nice slim case for all 7 films, and the packaging/disc quality is solid! Looking forward to enjoying some classic John Wayne action.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Collection!

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      DeeM
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      We are showing are ages, but we love the old John Wayne Movies. He never fails to satisfy with his movies. You always feel like you are right there with him in whatever he is doing, whether it is chasing Maureen O'Hara down a dusty main street, wrangling a bull, or just riding a horse, you are right there with him.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great collection

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      JasonB
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      You can't really go wrong with a movie starring the Duke--there's only two kinds, Great and Good. This collection is packaged nice with a slipcover and holds 7 discs that each have their own holder. It isn't like some other collections that have the discs held in cardboard sleeves, they are all secured and shouldn't pop out.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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