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Walking Tall: The Trilogy [Blu-ray]
Bing Crosby's company produced the first Walking Tall feature, which was based loosely on Southern sheriff Buford Pusser, a former wrestler who took on organized crime in his hometown. Joe Don Baker's formidable appearance and downhome persona helped sell the filmmakers' depiction of Pusser as an average American who stood up for justice. In reality, Pusser was a brutal and less than scrupulous character, but Baker's performance and plenty of action helped make Walking Tall a major moneymaker in 1973. Pusser's big stick was handed to Bo Svenson for Walking Tall, Part II (1975), which followed his search for his wife's killers (she died in the first film). Svenson wasn't the only change--director Phil Karlson's no-nonsense style was replaced by veteran TV helmer Earl Bellamy's colorless approach, and American International Pictures took over distribution from the bankrupt Cinemation. Pusser himself, who had served as technical advisor on the first film, had also died in an explosion. Though audiences turned out in droves, the drop in quality was obvious. The addition of action specialist Jack Starrett (Race with the Devil) as director on Final Chapter: Walking Tall (1977) was initially promising, but the result was a tired retread of Pusser's previous adventures and, amusingly enough, the making of the first film. A short-lived series starring Svenson followed in 1981, but by then, the story had exhausted itself. A new theatrical version is reportedly in production.
This three-disc set compiles the Walking Tall trilogy in a no-frills package that's more convenient than collectible. Considering the films' much-vaunted subject and the success of the first film, it's a disappointment to learn that the discs lack any extras or even improved image quality (VHS masters appear to have been used). While it's good to have these lowbrow crowd-pleasers back on the market, the set's threadbare presentation makes it essential for trilogy devotees only. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Really enjoyed seeing the original after all these years. Brings back memories of a simpler time. Box set was a great value. Very happy I bought it.Published 17 months ago by Kyle Thompson
Walking Tall Trilogy ....first was great really enjoyed it , the 2nd dvd freezes in different spots ,tried different players froze all the same place !! not a happy camper ... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Barry
Great movie. Excellent shipping time. I've always loved this movie. It's a true story of Buford Pusser, a truly amazing man. The first one of the series is the best.Published on Sept. 9 2013 by Cheryl Breen
I just watched this one tonight and I am apalled at how much praise has been laid upong the title character of Bufford Pusser. Read morePublished on May 15 2012 by Shawn Dow
I seen all the movies, and i liked them all.
Sheriff Pusser wanted to rid his county of the vermin of society
to make it a better place to live, but as reality sets... Read more
I recall seeing the first "Walking Tall" movie when I was real small, back in the late '70s. I saw the last two chapters in later years, enjoyed them as well. Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by Lonny Christopher
I find it very amusing to note that so-called "critic" and "reviewer" Paul Gaita has not been forced to retract his defaming comments about Buford Pusser,... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004
Paul Gaita should be made to remove his comments about the real Buford Pusser. Would a man who was, as Mr Gaita states: "Brutal and far from scrupulous" have had the... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003