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5.0 out of 5 stars destry rides
VERY PLEASED WITH THE PRODUCT.SHIPPING AND SERVICE THESE DVD,S ARE HARD TO FIND ANY WHERE OUT HERE AT THAT PRICE UNLESS I,M LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACES BESIDES IT.S EASY TO FIND WHAT I,M LOOKING FOR AT AMAZON KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK THANK YOU VERY MUCH MAURICE V.PERKINS. THIS APPLIES TO THE 4 DVD,S AND THE CD IN THE ORDER AS IT TAKE,S ALONG TIME FOR ME TO TYPE OUT A REPLY
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3.0 out of 5 stars Destry Runs into Trouble on DVD
"Destry Rides Again" is a five star, ten gallon hat of an adventure that casts gangly James Stewart as the unassuming Marshall of a lawless town. At first, Tom Destry's unassuming good nature pegs him as a push over amongst the criminal element in the neighborhood, as well as by the spurious ladies of the evening, fronted by the erotic intercontinental harlot,...
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5.0 out of 5 stars destry rides, Feb. 20 2013
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VERY PLEASED WITH THE PRODUCT.SHIPPING AND SERVICE THESE DVD,S ARE HARD TO FIND ANY WHERE OUT HERE AT THAT PRICE UNLESS I,M LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACES BESIDES IT.S EASY TO FIND WHAT I,M LOOKING FOR AT AMAZON KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK THANK YOU VERY MUCH MAURICE V.PERKINS. THIS APPLIES TO THE 4 DVD,S AND THE CD IN THE ORDER AS IT TAKE,S ALONG TIME FOR ME TO TYPE OUT A REPLY
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5.0 out of 5 stars Western Nostalgia, July 3 2012
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Asgaard and Camelot are the place names of legend. So are Deadwood and Tombstone. From the static, hand-cranked camera of THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, it took Hollywood merely ten years to perfect the art and science of the classic Western myth about the demidivine wanderer who cleans corruption out of the frontier town on the back lot, and then wanders on. By the late '30s, the art form proceeded into caricatures of itself. Destry is a sharp shooter who won't pack a gun; he pacifies Bottleneck by recounting sententious anecdotes.

The usual stock characters are played by an all star cast: Jimmy Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Winniger, Brian Ahern, Jack Carson, Billy Gilbert, and even Mischa Auer as a boffo Russian from the Winter Palace, develop personalities that would delight Dickens. The properties, blocking, and lighting of the crowded saloon scenes in the 4:3 format deserve an Oscar, as do the people who preserved the film.

The story belongs to iconic Frenchy, played by husky throated Fraulein Dietrich as a spitfire chanteuse whose growing love for Destry drives the villain's moll to save the law abiding pacifist's life at the cost of her own.

Showcasing the mass appeal of her contralto, Marlene's three rousing vocal numbers were testament to the time. 70-80 years ago, almost all music was made live at home; neighbours gathered around the only radio on the block because there were no juke boxes, tape decks, or WALKMANs(c). Once talkies reached the local movie house, a 25 cent weekly ticket provided most people with popular songs; dinnerware was given as prizes on Tuesday nights.

DESTRY RIDES AGAIN is a treat to see a posse of grand old stars in a consummate Western with tragicomedic depth, provided one can accept the cliches of writing and acting that were cutting edge in their decade. The Stewart-Dietrich rendition is the best of the story that merited three more remakes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Destry Runs into Trouble on DVD, March 5 2005
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Nix Pix (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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"Destry Rides Again" is a five star, ten gallon hat of an adventure that casts gangly James Stewart as the unassuming Marshall of a lawless town. At first, Tom Destry's unassuming good nature pegs him as a push over amongst the criminal element in the neighborhood, as well as by the spurious ladies of the evening, fronted by the erotic intercontinental harlot, Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich). However, very soon Destry begins to reassert his power as the law of the land - a pivotal epiphany that leads to violence and death. There's also some great comedy to be had - particularly in a scene in which Destry decides to cool Frenchy off - literally, by soaking her with some ice water. Dietrich's rendition of "See What The Boys In The Backroom'll Have" proves why she was the toast of Berlin cabarets for many years before coming to Hollywood. The forgotten Mischa Auer co-stars as Boris - a simple-minded philanderer in a comedic subplot, who gets his comeuppance in the end. Jack Carson, Una Merkel and Charles Winninger also give credible performances.
THE TRANSFER: The genuine disappointment is that Universal doesn't quite understand they have a winner in this film. The transfer is so terribly marred by fading, age related artifacts and a poorly balanced print that there is very little to recommend this film on DVD. Contrast levels appear under exposed during night scenes and slightly over exposed elsewhere. There's a glaring and distracting amount of film grain present throughout the transfer that really distracts from the visual style and performances. Fine detail is lost in most scenes. Rarely does the quality of this disc surpass mediocrity. The audio is mono and fairly presented, though the critical ear will note distortions present.
EXTRAS: As usual for Universal classics - NONE!
BOTTOM LINE: This film should be seen because it is a gem among westerns - just not in its current condition!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have.", Aug. 13 2006
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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With the help of Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich) a dance hall girl from New Orleans, local ranchers in the town of Bottleneck are being swindled out of there land by the unscrupulous saloon owner Kent (Brian Donlevy).

Sheriff Keogh (Joe King) attempts to correct this and suddenly leaves town without his body.

Judge Slade (Samuel S. Hinds) who is in cahoots with Kent assigned the job of sheriff to the town drunk. Newly assigned Sheriff Washington Dimsdale (Charles Winninger) remembers a previous sheriff named Tom Destry and sends off for the son of Destry, Thomas Jefferson 'Tom' Destry Jr. (James Stewart).

On the day of Destry's arrival with all the crowds are waiting in anticipation. Destry steps out of the coach with a parasol and a bird cage. Sheriff Dimsdale thinks he may have made a mistake.

Only time will tell.

I personally think there is more to this film than the surface story and subplots. It has a good after taste.
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2.0 out of 5 stars DESTRY RUNS INTO TROUBLE ON DVD!, June 10 2004
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Nix Pix (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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"Destry Rides Again" is a five star, ten gallon hat of an adventure that casts gangly James Stewart as the unassuming Marshall of a lawless town. At first, Tom Destry's unassuming good nature pegs him as a push over amongst the criminal element in the neighborhood, as well as by the spurious ladies of the evening, fronted by the erotic intercontinental harlot, Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich). However, very soon Destry begins to reassert his power as the law of the land - a pivotal epiphany that leads to violence and death. There's also some great comedy to be had - particularly in a scene in which Destry decides to cool Frenchy off - literally, by soaking her with some ice water. Dietrich's rendition of "See What The Boys In The Backroom'll Have" proves why she was the toast of Berlin cabarets for many years before coming to Hollywood. The forgotten Mischa Auer co-stars as Boris - a simple-minded philanderer in a comedic subplot, who gets his comeuppance in the end. Jack Carson, Una Merkel and Charles Winninger also give credible performances.
THE TRANSFER: The genuine disappointment is that Universal doesn't quite understand they have a winner in this film. The transfer is so terribly marred by fading, age related artifacts and a poorly balanced print that there is very little to recommend this film on DVD. Contrast levels appear under exposed during night scenes and slightly over exposed elsewhere. There's a glaring and distracting amount of film grain present throughout the transfer that really distracts from the visual style and performances. Fine detail is lost in most scenes. Rarely does the quality of this disc surpass mediocrity. The audio is mono and fairly presented, though the critical ear will note distortions present.
EXTRAS: As usual for Universal classics - NONE!
BOTTOM LINE: This film should be seen because it is a gem among westerns - just not in its current condition!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie...good picture, lousy horrible sound, April 24 2004
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Everything that others have said about the quality is this fine Western satire is true. Amazing movie. Problem here is on a standard TV, the sound is unlike any other Universal DVD title I own: horrible tinny, hallow and echoey unacceptable sound.
Someonje really screwed up during the mastering process. (I have checked two copies and they are both hallow sounding...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than brilliant!!!, Feb. 18 2004
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With 2 entertaining couples (Dietrich-Stewart & Merkel-Auer), 2 excellent actors (Donlevy & Winninger), a very good supporting cast, all directed by one of the best (George Marshall) with a perfect mix of seriousness and fun with (more than) a touch of self-derision, my only wonder is how could anyone (including Marshall) think they could get a remake to be worthwhile, and how come it does not rank in the top 10 of the genre: 7 years before 'My Darling Clementine', it showed much more invention and acting???
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4.0 out of 5 stars Destry loads of fun, Dec 30 2003
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I think the best word to describe this movie is fun. Destry Rides Again is a real treat. Made in 1939, this is both a traditional Hollywood western in some respects, and in others a great spoof of those movies. At heart, it's a comedy but despite this it also throws in the requisite western scenes. Often, however, there's a certain tongue in cheek quality to them.
The story is pure western: the town of Bottleneck (great name!) is all but lawless. There's a nasty land baron trying to seize the necessary lands to complete his control of the area. Once his, he can charge others inflated prices to cross those lands. The town sheriff, trying to impose some law, is shot and killed, his body disposed of in such a way that it won't be found. The corrupt town mayor then appoints the town drunk as sheriff. Now there is no law in Bottleneck. But ... The town drunk sobers up.
He takes his bogus position seriously and therefore sends for Destry (Jimmy Stewart), the son of another famous lawman.
Destry arrives and the fun really gets going. He's not what anyone expects. He's calm, relatively mild-mannered, doesn't wear guns ... doesn't even like guns. And of course, this sets up the final scenes when (as we can expect) he finally is pushed to a point where he does put on guns (a similar situation to Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider).
In the meantime, the filmmakers and the audience have loads of fun, including a cat fight between an angry wife and the town floozy, Marlene Dietrich.
In Destry Rides Again, Jimmy Stewart is perfect - he is so Jimmy Stewart. His famous halting pattern of speech is used comedically to suggest a kind of slyness. It shows the awareness and intelligence behind his character's meek exterior so we know this quality is part of the character's act. As an audience, we realize there is more to him than the meek exterior we see.
Dietrich is also good, though the name Frenchy doesn't quite fit her German accent ... but I suppose that's quibbling.
Unlike some parodies that simply mock a style, films that choose to take a kind of "looking down the nose" approach, Destry Rides Again seems to love westerns and love using the style to have fun. And it works brilliantly. It's a movie that succeeds as a western and as a comedy. Ultimately, it is simply a lot of fun to watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marlene at her best, Nov. 24 2003
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I always had a bit of a crush for the pre-war James Stewart and I was never partial to Marlene Dietrich. But in this movie I simply don't like the character James Stewart plays, or the way he plays it. I can not remember the girl he ends up with at all and I actually think Marlene Dietrich's character is too good for him - for once, she has a genuine sparkle in her eyes and some human warmth, some life in her, instead of that blasé, bedroom eyes look on her face.
How I love to see her singing "See What the Boys in the Back Room Will have" and brawling and looking at people with her eyes open. To see her move at all is a good change from that impressive stillness she cultivated. I wish she had given us more of the persona she exhibits in this picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a most remarkable western, July 11 2003
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terrific and fun. hollywood at its best. jimmy stewart hitting his stride in his prime, which means there is nobody better. dietrich emerges from her stilted but interesting period under von sternberg. she's funny, sexy, dynamic and a great musical performer. to me she makes garbo look like a zombie. plenty of super supporting actors too, including an incredibly funny performance by boris, the wanna-be cowboy and unappreciated second husband of the boarding house owner. also the incredibly slimy villian brian donlevy. and a riot by the women of the town. all things considered, pretty much the perfect movie.
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