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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Original! Great Box Set! April 22 2014
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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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not Happy Dec 28 2013
By Barry
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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 ...so mad haven't tried the 3rd dvd yet !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Sept. 9 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Favorite childhood movie series March 1 2004
Format:DVD
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. However, not to take away from Bo Svenson's performances, I was somewhat bummed that Joe Don Baker wasn't in the last two parts. Nevertheless, I decided to buy the trilogy box set and i'm glad I did. If you're looking for a good action movie, you should get this whole series.
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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, calling him a "brutal and less than scrupulous character". Anyone foolish enough to take any film version as the gospel truth about any real-life person is very naive indeed!! The real Buford Pusser, never carried a "big stick" or used one on anyone. Like most law enforcement officers in the U.S. who value their lives, he always carried a gun. Maybe the screenwriters got the very real Sheriff Buford Pusser confused with the ever-popular, but highly fictional Sheriff (without a gun!!) Andy Taylor of Mayberry, North Carolina!! The fictional and wonderfully simple and crime-free Mayberry was a far different place than the real Tennessee-Mississippi state line "strip" during Buford Pusser's six years as sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee and for a number of years before-hand. Quite obviously, Paul Gaita is one of these naive people!! Apparently, he seems to feel that whatever Hollywood chooses to write about a real-life person is all that is needed to make a judgment about that person. Another thing the original film "Walking Tall" got wrong was about Buford's wife Pauline opposing his running for sheriff. In reality, she was always highly supportive of him. The films all say in the credits that they are based on "certain events in the life of Buford Pusser", that "certain events have been portrayed to heighten the dramatic effect". "Walking Tall" is a very violent, but entertaining film. The sequels were quite obviously made to continue making all the money the filmmakers could from the formula. Read more ›
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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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