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The Big Trail [Blu-ray] [1930]

  • SKU: 6184245
  • Release Date: 11/13/2012
  • Rating: NR
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (11 out of 11)

    Special Features


    • Disc 1 - Blu-ray
    • The Big Trail "Fox Grandeur" version in high definition
    • The Big Trail "Academy Aspect Ratio" version in high definition
    • Commentary by film historian/author Richard Schickel
    • The big vision - the grandeur process
    • The creation of John Wayne
    • Raoul Walsh: a man in his time
    • The making of The Big Trail
    • Disc 2 - DVD
    • The Big Trail "Fox Grandeur" version in standard definition
    • Photo gallery
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    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

    Cast & Crew


    • John Wayne
      John Wayne - Breck Coleman
    • Marguerite Churchill
      Marguerite Churchill - Ruth Cameron
    • El Brendel
      El Brendel - Gussie
    • Tully Marshall
      Tully Marshall - Zeke
    • Image coming soon
      Tyrone Power, Sr. - Red Flack



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews

    100%
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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      See the Duke prior to his prime...

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      Ruger
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      The Big Trail was one of the Duke's early films, and it shows, as much of the acting leaves something to be desired. Still the story as a whole is decent, and worth watching to get an inkling of what the pioneer life was like.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Young Duke!!!

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      ralph
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      All fans of John Wayne MUST own this magnificent cenimatic achievement from 1930! The young Duke displays all of the characteristics that made him famous in later years and you won't be disappointed!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Addition To Our Movie Collection

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      DevilDog
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      This is a older movie that we have not seen and was delighted when I was able to purchase it from BestBuy at a good price so my wife and I can watch it anytime we want.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      If you wanna see the Duke at age 23 ... this is it

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      BestBuyBuddy
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      1930 and John Wayne's first BIG ROLE in this ancient Black & White "talkie" ... a tribute to its time, if not the best Wayne flick you'll ever see.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      It's John Wayne, People!

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      snippets
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      Got this for my dad who likes westerns and loves John Wayne. He loves this one and watches it over and over.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      John Wayne at his best.

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      Mare
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      This movie was for a friend who lost his John Wayne DVD collection in a fire.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic John Wayne

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      Olsonj
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      This is another classic John Wayne western and great pricing at Best Buy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I'm a sucker for anything John Wayne...

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      Bluesman0
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      ...so take some other reviews into consideration as well!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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