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Winchester '73

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Winchester '73 is the first in a remarkable string of six classic westerns that James Stewart made with Anthony Mann in the 1950s (followed by Bend of the River, The Man From Laramie, The Naked Spur, and The Far Country). It is also distinguished for having helped revive the western at the box office, and for being the first film in which the star forsook a huge up-front salary in favor of a share of the profits--a strategy that made Stewart rich and forever changed the way that Hollywood does business. The movie itself is pretty darned impressive, too. Stewart traces a stolen Winchester rifle through several owners until he finds the man he's looking for. The final spectacular shootout in craggy, mountainous terrain is justly famous. --Jim Emerson

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You can't always judge a DVD extra by its description. On the DVD debut of Anthony Mann's touchstone Western, the only extras listed are "Theatrical Trailer" and "Jimmy Stewart Interview." The latter would lead one to believe there is a short interview with the star. However, when you select the bonus feature, the movie starts again, this time with a full-length commentary by Stewart interviewed by Paul Lindenschmidt as they watched the film at Universal Studios. Recorded in 1989 for the laserdisc release of the movie, the Q&A session covers the movie, Stewart's career in general, and his place in the Western genre in particular. It's a lovely 90 minutes with Stewart; one just wonders why the commentary isn't properly advertised as such. The print is the same as the laserdisc--very good, but not spectacular. --Doug Thomas

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Mann creates a classic July 19 2004
By M. Dog
Format:DVD
The story goes that in 1950 Jimmy Stewart was looking around for something a little different for himself, something where he could play a character less folksy and warm. He sure did find it in this film, as well as all the other magnificent westerns he did with gritty, noir director, Anthony Mann (T-Men, Raw Deal, Railroaded, etc). This is the first of their collaborations.
When the film was first shown to test audiences, there were titters in the crowd when Jimmy Stewart's name appeared in the credits. "Mr. Smith" in a western? Shooting people? Please. By the end of the film, the tittering was all done and Stewart had established himself as a viable western hero (although in truth the magic of these Mann/Stewart westerns is that the characters Stewart plays are hardly "heroic." They are usually driven, neurotic men, nearly shifty-eyed, with a mean streak a mile wide - bitter men, and always very, very angry and eager to kill.
The basic set-up of this film is beautifully simple: Jimmy Stewart has a prize rifle stolen from him, a Winchester Model 1973 (which at the time the film takes place was state-of-the-art in the world of firearms), and he spends the rest of the movie hunting the man that stole it.
The story unfolds, however, as the movie rolls quickly along to something much more complex, culminating in one of the finest shootouts in movie history. The two principal actors of the film, James Stewart and Stewart McNally, spent a great deal of time practicing with their rifles (in Stewart's case Mann often found him walking around the set with bleeding knuckles, the results of his hours of self-training working the classic lever-action Winchester). Their hard work paid of in a tremendous realism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This movie is meant to be in Black & White, but comes across as muted greys, an extremely poor "restoration"? I cannot believe this movie HAS been "restored"! It is in very bad condition. It looks flat and grainy beyond belief, there are no pure blacks or pure whites, it looks to me like a television print, the visual "noise" is abominable, in one scene Dan Dureya's shirt erupts in a moire pattern so violent it almost hurts your eyes! The sound is good, I'll give you that. The inteview with Stewart is poor, the interviewer is obvioulsy reading off of a prepared list of questions and often fails to follow up on interesting points as he rushes to get to the next benal question.
Nope, this is another of those great lost opportunities whereby a landmark movie suffers at the hands of the distributors either too lazy or too mean to spend some money restoring the picture to it's original glory. The depth of focus is lost in the mud!!!
Shame on all those involved in this shabby release, it is NOT a fitting tribute to those who made and starred in the original. Don't waste your $$$$ on this DVD as you will be annoyed and frustrated, it is like looking at an old worn out VHS tape played through a knackered VCR on an old portable TeeVee in your kitchen. Instead badger your local Art House Cinema or Film Society to run it, get together some like minded friends,pool your resources, have yard sales, anything to raise the cash to pay to have it shown on the big screen..Just don't judge this movie by this lacklustre DVD, & to think you pay mre for a DVD as you expect it to be better quality than a VHS tape!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Western, Incredibly Poor DVD Transfer May 8 2003
Format:DVD
It's a real shame how badly this film was transferred to DVD. Much of the DVD is fine; some sections of it look better than I've ever seen in any other format, displaying the excellence of the black-and-white photography. But other sections are grainy and marred by distracting visual noise, and that isn't the worst of it: In several places during the film, the DVD "jumps" from one scene to another because obviously the source material was so poor! It's like watching a worn-out, popping film in a run-down theater! This is something I can't ever recall on a DVD transfer of a film as exciting and important as "Winchester '73."
The interview with Jimmy Stewart as he watches the film with the interviewer is interesting, but the "Winchester" DVD overall ranks as a *MAJOR* disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `My mistake. I shot THROUGH it...' May 8 2003
Format:DVD
This movie can do no wrong in my book.
Two greats, Anthony Mann and Jimmy Stewart, team up to deliver this two-fister about an obsessed man tracking a killer from his own past while his friend Millard Mitchell does his best to keep him from going over the edge. Shelly Winters does a nice turn as the poor gal. Stephen McNally is oily as the main bad guy, and Dan Duryea comes off like Johnny Udo (from the original Kiss Of Death) in chaps.
The story really heats up when Stewart wins a shooting contest in which Wyatt Earp officiates (watch for the postage stamp across the nickel - some heroic marskmanship here) and gets his prized Winchester rifle stolen for his trouble. The Winchester does a hot potato act between badmen and Indians (Rock Hudson shows up as a war chief, in a scene where Tony Curtis dons the blue wool as a cavalry buck), and finally winds up in a climactic, hair raising shootout in a jumble of rocks above the desert. You can FEEL the bullets whizzing by.
Especially love the scene where Lin encounters Waco Johnnie Dean (read: Johnny Udo)in a bar and displays a decided lack of patience for the young bad man's showboating... There aren't many places to find good old Jimmy Stewart coming off harder (but do try `Flight Of The Phoenix'...wow!).
PS - This DVD is a good buy - the print they used tends to be a little less than pristine here and there, but it has got a commentary track with Jimmy Stewart on it! How did they do this? It seems Jimmy might have been watching the Laserdisc. His anecdotes about the old studio system and incites into acting are great. Especially like the stories about his hat (used in various westerns for twenty years) and horse, Pie (same as above).
"Huh...this laser thing is very interesting..." Jimmy Stewart.
Great suprise. Great DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Excellent Western with a solid cast.
Published 5 days ago by M. A. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
One of the greatest old westerns. Would recommend it to anyone. Took a long time to get it but it was worth waiting for
Published 11 months ago by Sandy Noel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overall.
This is a great movie for any person who likes westerns. It does take some unsuspecting turns. It's a good clean shoe for almost any age. I just wish it was in colour.
Published on Jan. 19 2012 by Upstream
5.0 out of 5 stars "Winchester '73 (1950) ... Anthony Mann ... Universal Studios (2003)"
Universal Studios presents "WINCHESTER '73" (1950) (92 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Lin McAdam (James Stewart) and his friend High-Spade (Millard... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2010 by J. Lovins
5.0 out of 5 stars Cain and Abel
Along with a handful of other titles, this film is right at the summit of the great American Westerns ever made. It came entirely out of the blue as well. Read more
Published on June 9 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Saved by the cast. Otherwise, only a fair movie
Format: Black & White
Studio: Universal Studios
Video Release Date: May 6, 1992
Cast:
James Stewart ... Lin McAdam
Shelley Winters ... Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Joseph H Pierre
5.0 out of 5 stars A bull's-eye for James Stewart
One of James Stewart's best films is this western classic, a revenge-and-pursuit adventure that involves a highly-prized Winchester '73 that changes hands several times before the... Read more
Published on May 31 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars THE LIFE STORY OF A CLASSIC RIFLE
The rifle is a coveted prize at a western shooting contest hosted by the western legend, Wyatt Earp (Will Geer). It is a perfect Winchester that won't be sold, only won. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars First Stewart/Mann Teaming a CLASSIC!
Winchester '73 is one of the most enduring and popular films of James Stewart's career, for several reasons; it was the first of five teamings with brilliant, underrated director... Read more
Published on June 15 2003 by Benjamin J Burgraff
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