Walking Tall Trilogy [Blu-ray]
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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.
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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
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 ...
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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The last cd did not play really good, the voice did not match the movement of the lips. Was off quiet a bit.Published 5 months ago by Carmen Thibeau
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 on April 22 2014 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 on Dec 28 2013 by Barry
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