The Searchers/The Wild Bunch/How the West Was Won [3 Discs] [Blu-ray]

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  • Release Date: 01/03/2012
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

Synopsis


How the West Was Won
Filmed in panoramic Cinerama, this star-studded, epic Western adventure is a true cinematic classic. Three legendary directors (Henry Hathaway, John Ford, and George Marshall) combine their skills to tell the story of three families and their travels from the Erie Canal to California between 1839 and 1889. Spencer Tracy narrates the film, which cost an estimated 15 million dollars to complete. In the first segment, "The Rivers," pioneer Zebulon Prescott (Karl Malden) sets out to settle in the West with his wife (Agnes Moorehead) and their four children. Along with other settlers and river pirates, they run into mountain man Linus Rawlings (James Stewart), who sells animal hides. The Prescotts try to raft down the Ohio River in a raft, but only daughters Lilith (Debbie Reynolds) and Eve (Carroll Baker) survive. Eve and Linus get married, while Lilith continues on. In the second segment, "The Plains," Lilith ends up singing in a saloon in St. Louis, but she really wants to head west in a wagon train led by Roger Morgan (Robert Preston). Along the way, she's accompanied by the roguish gambler Cleve Van Valen (Gregory Peck), who claims he can protect her. After he saves her life during an Indian attack, they get married and move to San Francisco. In the third segment, "The Civil War," Eve and Linus' son, Zeb (George Peppard), fights for the Union. After he's forced to kill his Confederate friend, he returns home and gives the family farm to his brother. In the fourth segment, "The Railroads," Zeb fights with his railroad boss (Richard Widmark), who wants to cut straight through Indian territory. Zeb's co-worker Jethro (Henry Fonda) refuses to cut through the land, so he quits and moves to the mountains. After the railway camp is destroyed, Zeb heads for the mountains to visit him. In the fifth segment, "The Outlaws," Lilith is an old widow traveling from California to Arizona to stay with her nephew Zeb on his ranch. However, he has to fight a gang of desperadoes first. How the West Was Won garnered three Oscars, for screenplay, film editing, and sound production. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

The Searchers
The Wild Bunch
"If they move, kill 'em!" Beginning and ending with two of the bloodiest battles in screen history, Sam Peckinpah's classic revisionist Western ruthlessly takes apart the myths of the West. Released in the late '60s discord over Vietnam, in the wake of the controversial Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and the brutal "spaghetti westerns" of Sergio Leone, The Wild Bunch polarized critics and audiences over its ferocious bloodshed. One side hailed it as a classic appropriately pitched to the violence and nihilism of the times, while the other reviled it as depraved. After a failed payroll robbery, the outlaw Bunch, led by aging Pike Bishop (William Holden) and including Dutch (Ernest Borgnine), Angel (Jaime Sanchez), and Lyle and Tector Gorch (Warren Oates and Ben Johnson), heads for Mexico pursued by the gang of Pike's friend-turned-nemesis Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan). Ultimately caught between the corruption of railroad fat cat Harrigan (Albert Dekker) and federale general Mapache (Emilio Fernandez), and without a frontier for escape, the Bunch opts for a final Pyrrhic victory, striding purposefully to confront Mapache and avenge their friend Angel. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • James Stewart
    James Stewart - Linus Rawlings
  • Henry Fonda
    Henry Fonda - Jethro Stuart
  • Gregory Peck
    Gregory Peck - Cleve Van Valen
  • Debbie Reynolds
    Debbie Reynolds - Lilith Prescott
  • Richard Widmark
    Richard Widmark - Mike King



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

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

    Three movies, one watched many times only still

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    Zoot2017
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    I bought this mainly for "The Wild Bunch", as I did not own any of the three to begin with. So far I've watched "The Wild Bunch" three times, as every time I start to watch the other two, it so far has been back to this one each time. Those other two are great movies as well Im sure.:-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    John Wayne fans rejoyce

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    evetseel
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    I just recently became a John Wayne fan and I must say that this is a great starter set. Three of his best all together. A great buy for old or new fans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What a great buy. 3 Great movies for 1 price.

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    highpockets
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    This collection is probably the best bang for your buck by three of the best Western directors of all time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    can't wait to watch

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    lonesomedove
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    loving forward to spending a rainy day with this movie

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    western

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    lettuce9
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    love john wayne and his all american hero movies.This is a great set of 3 movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best

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    Brian
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    Three of the best westerns of all time! Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great

    Posted
    Norbit

    Great blue ray You have to watch the classics with the kids

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value

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    cust54874365
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    Three excellent movies on blu-ray at a compelling price.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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