The Cowboys [Commemorative Packaging] [Deluxe Edition] [DVD] [1972]

  • SKU: 8332887
  • Release Date: 05/22/2007
  • Rating: PG
Warner Brothers has done well by one of its John Wayne classics with this special edition of The Cowboys. The video transfer offers an anamorphic, remastered image that does a beautiful job of capturing the colors and texture of Robert Surtees's magnificent Cinemascope photography. The film's soundtrack is represented with a Dolby 5.1 stereo mix that is subtle but deploys the rich John Williams musical score with great effectiveness. This special edition also offers a nice set of extras to compliment the film. First is a feature-length commentary track by director Mark Rydell: he does a fine job conveying his fondness for the film as he offers up a steady stream of anecdotes about the production (example: his first choice forJohn Wayne's character was actually George C. Scott), fond memories of the cast and observations on his choices as a filmmaker. He sometimes gets caught up in watching the film but, given its quality, it's hard to blame him. There are also two featurettes: a new retrospective interview piece called "The Cowboys: Together Again" and a vintage making-of featurette. The former reunites many of the cast members with Rydell and the group offers an array of fond memories that will entertain the film's fans. The latter piece is a more standard making-of piece but it offers some nice on-the-set footage. A theatrical trailer is the last part of on-disc features but the disc's packaging adds one last extra: a lovely set of black-and-white publicity photo reproductions included inside the disc case. All in all, this is an excellent package for an excellent film and a must for fans of The Cowboys.
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (13 out of 13)

Special Features


  • Includes collectible behind-the-scenes photo set
  • Commentary by director Mark Rydell
  • New cast/director reunion featurette The Cowboys: Together Again
  • Vintage featurette The Breaking of Boys and the Making of Men
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

Synopsis


The Cowboys
In one of John Wayne's more interesting late Westerns, "The Duke" plays Will Anderson, a crusty veteran cattleman preparing a 400-mile drive to get a herd of steers to market. Shortly before the trip is scheduled to begin, Will's crew quits when they get word of a nearby gold strike. With little time and few alternatives, Will recruits eleven boys, ages nine through 13, and teaches them the basics of herding cattle and riding the range. Bruce Dern plays a memorably foul villain and cattle rustler named Long Hair, while Roscoe Lee Browne portrays Jebediah, the cattle drive cook, and Colleen Dewhurst is Kate, a madam. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • John Wayne
    John Wayne - Wil Anderson
  • Roscoe Lee Browne
    Roscoe Lee Browne - Jebediah Nightlinger
  • Bruce Dern
    Bruce Dern - Asa Watts ("Long Hair")
  • Colleen Dewhurst
    Colleen Dewhurst - Kate
  • Slim Pickens
    Slim Pickens - Anse



Customer rating

4.8
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Even if you don't like westerns, you'll like this!

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    Christobal
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    This is a real gem. John Wayne is forced to take some schoolboys on a cattle drive and it's really fun to watch! Great music by John Williams. Great acting by the supporting cast: Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, etc. The real stars of this movie are the young boys who transform into men of their own by the end of the film. Many folks think this is John Wayne's best movie! Even if you don't like the western genre, give this movie a try....you will fall in love with it...and cry with it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Update to new movie format

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    Xena7311
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    As always, it is a great John Wayne movie, even in his later years. It is a sad story, but it is also a movie to be proud of how the boys mature. This was purchased to update our library to a newer format, clear re-mastering and great detail.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An excellent Hero movie to remember

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    scot
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    Saw this movie years ago and still remembered the story, was glad to find it on Blu-Ray from best buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie for the price

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    juve
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    I have seen this movie numerous times. It is a great western. I am very happy to have added this to my collection. If you are a John Wayne fan then you will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Movie

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    BrightStar
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    Movie that keeps you interested and eager to see what happens next, especially since it involves children of different ages doing the job of an adult.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Classic Movies for a birthday gift for dad

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    Mikeplaia
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    The products are reasonably priced and perfect for a gift to my father for his birthday. They arrived on time so they were here for his party !!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie for the price

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    calabria
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    I have watched this movie for years. John Wayne is wonderful. This is a great western and very enjoyable. Add this to your collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic

    Posted
    SusanM
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    You can never go wrong with any John Wayne movie. This movie makes you appreciate such strong, ethical, manly role models.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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