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The Rare Breed [DVD] [1966]

Release Date:05/06/2003
Andrew V. McLaglen's The Rare Breed (1966) is an offbeat, genial western from a period in which the genre found itself increasingly relying on violence to reach audiences. There is some violence here -- though mostly the threat of it -- but primarily this movie walks a fine line between light-hearted western comedy and a serious (if unconventional) subject, the breeding of cattle -- just so its intentions are clear, at about six minutes in, there is a brawl that is obviously meant to recall the slag-pit fight sequence in McLaglen's 1963 western comedy McLintock!. The movie has been letterboxed to its full 2.35-to-1 Panavision aspect ratio, with a great deal of depth and richness to the color. The landscapes are very pretty, and some of interior scenes do work better with the widescreen image, but the truth is that this movie should never have been shot in Panavision -- it wasn't essential to the presentation of the subject. Additionally, the opening up of the Panavision frame only reminds us of the obvious studio process shots used in certain scenes. Still, we're stuck with the framing, and the color and detail here is superior to anything seen of The Rare Breed in broadcast or cable presentations of the film. The 20 chapters are more than adequate, and the DVD also comes with the original trailer, which is full-frame and a lot darker in color tone. The trailer, incidentally, may also have marked a high-point in the feature film career of Don Galloway, who was to find success on television three years later as one of the detectives working for Raymond Burr on Ironside. The movie comes with French, Spanish, and English subtitle and caption selections, accessible through a menu that opens automatically on start-up.
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    Special Features

    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Closed Captioned


    The Rare Breed
    Andrew V. McLaglen directs the Western drama The Rare Breed, based on the real-life introduction of English Hereford cattle to the American West in the 1880s. Maureen O'Hara plays Martha Price, an widowed Englishwoman who convinces rancher Alexander Bowen (Brian Keith) to use her new cattle breed. James Stewart stars as ranch hand Sam Burnett, a rambler who agrees to take the rare bull to Texas in order to breed it with the longhorns. He also accepts a bribe along the way from the lawless Taylor (Alan Caillou). The determined Martha and her daughter Hilary (Juliet Mills) demand to go along for the trip, leading to Burnett having to rescue them from several bouts of Western-style danger. Soon Bowen loses faith in the breeding idea, but Burnett has grown to believe in the bull. The bull dies after the harsh winter, but Burnett saves one of its calves. He and Martha decide to start their own cattle ranch. Meanwhile, Hilary begins a romance with Bowen's son Jamie (Don Galloway). Also starring Jack Elam as swindler Deke Simons. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • James Stewart
      James Stewart - Sam Burnett
    • Maureen O'Hara
      Maureen O'Hara - Martha Evans
    • Brian Keith
      Brian Keith - Alexander Bowen
    • Juliet Mills
      Juliet Mills - Hilary Price
    • Don Galloway
      Don Galloway - Jamie Bowen

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