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Shane [DVD] [1953]

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  • Release Date: 04/25/2017
  • Rating: NR
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    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (17 out of 18)

    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



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 18 reviews

    94%
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    • 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: 4 out of 5 stars

      It's regarded as a classic. And it's pretty good.

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      bentemmers
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      I got it on bluray because it shows it in widescreen. I researched it and apparently this film was released in theatres in widescreen, but there weren't any widescreen cameras at that time so it was shot with a standard ratio camera - and then they cut off the top and bottom of the screen. So if you're one of those who want every bit of the screen you'll want the fullscreen version. But that isn't how it was intended to be seen and when they filmed it they composed it as a widescreen picture so they knew they'd be cutting off the top and bottom of the screen. The top and bottom bits were superfluous. And it's not like there was much to cut off because it's only 1.77:1 ratio wide - which is like, barely widescreen. Still, for a geek like me who prefers the widescreen composition to the square standard ratio this is the version I prefer. Oh and I think the sound is DTS too. Which seems kinda crazy for this old of a show. I didn't notice the sound being spectacular but I didn't notice any problems either. Overall, I think the bluray version is the optimal viewing experience.

      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

      Comeback Shane!

      Posted
      livekernel85

      Shane is one of the greatest and most beautiful of westerns. It is the most pure form of the "cursed cowboy" in which an outsiders comes to a town, saves it through violence but is then compelled to leave and wander forever. All the performances are great and George Stevens directs the film perfectly for a mix of nostalgia and tragedy. The commentary by Stevens' son is informative and interesting, though a little repetitive and stretched out. It's too bad there aren't anymore extras on the DVD other than the trailer.

      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

      A Western Classic

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      WCB

      I purchased thid DVD for my Father-In-Law. He's been looking for thid DVD for what seems like forever. I told him I'd contact your store but it wasn't at the store so I had to order it online. I did so and to make a long story short, my Father-In-law dropped everything and had to get home straight-a-way to see Shane when it was delivered. Great work!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Old western is dated

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      Bentemmers
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      My dad loves this movie so I had to see it but I guess you have to be born before the Great Depression to appreciate it. We're much more sophisticated now, so this story is pretty dated.

      No, I would not 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



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