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Walking Tall Trilogy [Blu-ray]

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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



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3.0 out of 5 stars No frills but a bargain for the money Sept. 29 2003
Format:DVD
I agree that the picture and sound quality should have been better. I feel better about the quality of my DVD player knowing that someone else found certain scenes in "Final Chapter-Walking Tall" to be too dark. Also disappointing are the lack of trailers and documentaries, the latter, especially disappointing since these films were loosely based on facts. The packaging is flimsy, hardly protective from dust for the discs, merely adequate. Even so, the set is still a bargain for the money. As one who had the privilege of meeting the real Buford Pusser's mother and daughter and being told the facts, I really don't like Paul Gaita's so-called review and his calling the real Buford Pusser cruel and far from scrupulous. He should at least take the time to get his facts straight before making such statements. He might also be interested to know that the real Buford Pusser did not die in an explosion, but from being thrown from a fast-moving car. His mother went to her grave believing the crash of his Corvette on August 21, 1974 was caused by his being poisoned. Officially, his death was ruled as an accident, caused by drinking and speeding. Curiously though, his mother said that she was prevented from having his body exhumed, which she said would have proven that he was poisoned. Especially strange that there was no autopsy done either, which would have been proof of his drinking or not. She also said she was prevented from having his death investigated any further. I agree that the first film is the best and most factual, but Mr. Gaita needs to get his facts straight before defaming an actual person's character and reputation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bufford Pusser walks tall on DVD Feb. 15 2003
Format:DVD
I have waited for a long time for the Walking Tall Trilogy to be released on DVD but was not over joyed with the DVD set. First I have to say is that the movies are all outstanding and can be watched over and over aging without loosing their excitement. But, it looks like Rhino did not use a master print but a copy of the video tape. The print they used I think is a very poor print. Walking Tall part 1 has alot of what I call "video tape lines' runnig through it, the Final Chapter is real dark in some scenes, and over all the video quality is not what you expect out of a DVD. It looks like you are watching a video tape. Rhino, you did Bufford Pusser an injustice! And I have to agree with the other reviewer; Where is the TV series at??? Release them pleaseeeee.
Over all, for the movies sake I give it a 5 star plus. On Rhinos part, 5 stars for releasing the movies on DVD, and 2 stars for their transfer. Go back to the master prints, thx them, re-do a new release to DVD including a release of the TV series.
If you like Walking Tall and Buford Pusser at all, this is a DVD set you will wnat to own
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Hype. Sept. 22 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I would reccomend the trilogy of "Walking Tall" to anyone interested in a great classic action show. It will be a great addition to my movie collection. Recently though I had the chance to visit Buford Pussers home in Adamsville in McNairy County, TN. His house has been turned into a museum and is open to the public. If you ever have the chance to visit the town and museum please do so. You will see how Hollywood can distort the truth ... Buford was a great lawman, there is no doubt but Hollywood really messed things up from the way that things actually happened. The tour of the museum will really open your eyes to the real Buford Pusser. He did not carry a big stick as the movie portrays, but he did carry a gun and he did break up a mob that was running illegal booze and gambling. He deserves to be rated as one the nations top heros but I wish Hollywood would just make a follow up movie that actually tells it like it was during his days as a lawman.
Again I would reccomend this set to anyone to buy for their collection, but just remember that it was made in Hollywood ... is not very accurate in it's content. If you would like to get more information about Buford and the way things actually happened visit the official web site for him ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story.. Jan. 18 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I bought this trilogy not knowing a whole lot about Buford Pusser or the Walking Tall story.. now I'm sure glad I did. All three movies are above great. Buford makes the newer "action heros" look sick in compairison, and to top it all off... a lot of the action in the first two movies really happened! I see a lot of people slamming the "Final Chapter" as well, but it really is entertaining. I found myself watching these three films all the way through twice in a row... and I'm sure you would too. Really good stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This 3 DVD set Walks Tall!!! Jan. 12 2004
Format:DVD
This great 3 DVD set from Rhino contains all 3 classic Walking Tall films in a cool collector's case!!! Great for Walking Tall fans!!! A nice package!!! Two thumbs up!!! A+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes a BIG stick is all it takes! June 15 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Although the entire trilogy is good, the best is the first! There is no doubt that Joe Don Baker's portrayal of Buford Pusser is unbeatable!
The true story of this brave sheriff reminded me that there really are certain principles worth fighting for. It's too bad his life was so tragic. We could certainly use some of his bravery in this day and age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie and DVD Jan. 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This boxed set is great and looks really nice. The dvd quality is surprisingly very good with good clear sound and picture. The movie if you have not seen it is a very good story and true. Don't miss this true american story full of courage and honor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true American hero. Everyone should see this movie ...
A true American hero.Everyone should see this movie.
Published 18 days ago by Donald Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Original! Great Box Set!
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 4 months ago by Kyle Thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars not Happy
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 more
Published 8 months ago by Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
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 11 months ago by Cheryl Breen
3.0 out of 5 stars Walking Tall blurs lines between right and wrong
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 more
Published on May 15 2012 by Shawn Dow
4.0 out of 5 stars true american hero
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
Published on April 3 2004 by schackdaddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Favorite childhood movie series
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 more
Published on March 1 2004 by Lonny Christopher
3.0 out of 5 stars It's time for a retraction and for the facts to be told
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 more
Published on Jan. 9 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfair review of the life of the real Buford Pusser
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 more
Published on Sept. 30 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars what's missing
what's missing from the dvd trilogy? alot. there was a tv movie called A REAL AMERICAN HERO, with brian denehy as pusser -- it isn't here. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2003
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