Shane [Blu-ray] [1953]

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  • Release Date: 05/23/2017
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (17 out of 18)

Special Features


  • Commentary by George Stevens Jr. (production assistant and son of the late director/producer George Stevens) and associate producer Ivan Moffat
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Shane
The simple story of a Wyoming range war is elevated to near-mythical status in producer/director George Stevens' Western classic Shane. Alan Ladd plays the title character, a mysterious drifter who rides into a tiny homesteading community and accepts the hospitality of a farming family. Patriarch Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) is impressed by the way Shane handles himself when facing down the hostile minions of land baron Emile Meyer, though he has trouble placing his complete trust in the stranger, as his Marion (Jean Arthur) is attracted to Shane in spite of herself, and his son Joey (Brandon De Wilde) flat-out idolizes Shane. When Meyer is unable to drive off the homesteaders by sheer brute strength, he engages the services of black-clad, wholly evil hired gun Jack Wilson (Jack Palance). The moment that Wilson shows he means business by shooting down hotheaded farmer Frank Torrey (Elisha Cook Jr.) is the film's most memorable scene: after years of becoming accustomed to carefully choreographed movie death scenes, the suddenness with which Torrey's life is snuffed out -- and the force with which he falls to the ground -- are startling. Shane knows that a showdown with Wilson is inevitable; he also knows that, unintentionally, he has become a disruptive element in the Starrett family. The manner in which he handles both these problems segues into the now-legendary "Come back, Shane" finale. Cinematographer Loyal Griggs imbues this no-frills tale with the outer trappings of an epic, forever framing the action in relation to the unspoiled land surrounding it. A.B. GUTHRIE JR.'s screenplay, adapted from the Jack Schaefer novel, avoids the standard good guy/bad guy clichés: both homesteaders and cattlemen are shown as three-dimensional human beings, flaws and all, and even ostensible villain Emile Meyer comes off reasonable and logical when elucidating his dislike of the "newcomers" who threaten to divest him of his wide open spaces. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Alan Ladd
    Alan Ladd - Shane
  • Jean Arthur
    Jean Arthur - Marion Starrett
  • Van Heflin
    Van Heflin - Joe Starrett
  • Brandon de Wilde
    Brandon de Wilde - Joey Starrett
  • Jack Palance
    Jack Palance - Jack Wilson



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 18 reviews

95%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WESTERN AT IT'S BEST

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    Jory

    Such a beautiful film. It makes me feel loved when I watch it. Another film I could watch over and over again and still want to watch it again. Please see this movie if you haven't.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Come back Shane !

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    Moviefan
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    I've had this as a DVD but the Blu-ray has better visual and sound. The extra features are good too. This is one of those classic must have westerns.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Western

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    Speedy
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    Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, and Van Heflin were outstanding in this great western. I upgraded to bluray and was not disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolute classic

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    BurntPopcorn
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    Got this after watching Logan and so glad I did. Must see Western.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this old western

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    jim12
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    This is one of my top five movies of all time and THE BEST WESTERN in the world (to me). Alan Ladd portrays all the characteristics of the cowboys/gunslingers I have read about - even to the body type and size. From the beginning to the end this movie captivates me every single time I watch it - the scenery, the music, the dialogue...I love the bartender's shouts during the big fight scene. Van Heflin is of course fantastic - when is he not? (D. O. Guerrero) and Jean Arthur (another favorite) in her last movie is heartbreakingly lovely. This is MY opinion - I have loved many westerns, including "My Darling Clementine", "The Unforgiven", "Magnificent Seven", "3:10 to Yuma" (both versions) and many more. Heck, I was raised on Gunsmoke, Jim Bowie, Wyatt Earp, Hopalong Cassidy, Lone Ranger, the Rifleman, Wild Bill Hickok, Palladin, Maverick, the Virginian, Rawhide, Wagon Train, etc. My heavens, hadn't realized how many! 'Shane' is still at the top of my list.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What a grand old horse opera!

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    CWLW
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    SHANES “muted” ol’ style Western action is coupled by a sterling performance by both Alan Ladd [Shane] and Brandon De Wilde [Joey Starrett] and lets not overlook Jack Palance [Jack Wilson] and Emile Meyer [Rufus Ryker] the principle antagonists. The sound-track chosen by the Director is mellow, soft, and at times dramatic which was typical of the period. The moving-pictures view is to say the least satisfying and it will beckon you back for more than a 2nd view.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie improved by Blu-Ray

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    123654
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    If you have never seen "Shane" - see it, It is one of the classic westerns with many themes and ideas used elsewhere (the girl chasing after Clint Eastwood at the end of "Pale Rider" comes from this movie). This Blu-Ray version is visually crisper and cleaner, adding to the great quality of scripting and acting the film had with it. The upgrade is worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    western

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    lettuce9
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    this is a classic western at its best. My father loved this western. there is a clip of this movie in the new logan movie with hugh jackson.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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