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Winchester '73

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 5 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B007N31ZZ6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,209 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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It's the legendary James Stewart at his leading-man finest in this timeless western that set the standard for all that followed. Frontiersman Lin McAdam (Stewart) is attempting to track down both his father's murderer and his one-of-a-kind rifle, the Winchester '73, as it passes among a diverse group of desperate characters, including a crazed highwayman (Dan Duryea), an immoral gunrunner (John McIntire), a savage young Indian chief (Rock Hudson) and McAdam's own murderous brother (Stephen McNally). Featuring Shelley Winters as the rifle's only rival for McAdam's interest and Tony Curtis in one of his first screen performances, the gripping tale of the men (and gun) who won the West is one of Stewart's most memorable films and one of the genre's most enduring classics.

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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Format: VHS Tape
This western has it all: cowboys, outlaws, sheriffs, gamblers, gunfighters, Indians, cavalry and of course the dancehall girl with the heart of gold.It's got everything packed into 82 minutes, and damn, it's good! This was the first western Stewart made since Destry Rides Again(1939), and he had been playing nice guy roles since he came back from WWII. Nobody expected him to play this role, was he tough enough for it? (Damn right, he flew 29 bomber missions in the war and ended up with the rank of Colonel!)He plays a cowboy who's a little bit pscyho, bent on venegance (in a way that I think is more convincing than John Wayne in the Searchers). And he's tough... watch for the bar room scene with Dan Duryea!There's also some poignant scenes with "High Spade" (Millard Mitchell)about the nature of friendship and what it means. Finally, the character actors are just great: Dan Duryea (who basically plays a gangster in chaps, John McIntyre as the gambler, Stephen McNally as Dutch Henry Brown (who sounds like he came out of Brooklyn... which he did)and poor Charles Drake (you've just gotta feel sorry this guy, who bears the somewhat unsual name of Steve Miller). Stewart made other westerns better known with the great John Ford: "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", the September Song "Cheyenne Autumn" and the lamentable "Two Rode Together." In those movies he sort of comes off as a wimp. But a lot of people don't know about the westerns he made with Anthony Mann: "Bend of the River," "The Far Country," "The Naked Spur" and "The Man from Laramie." Don't miss them! This movie is definitely on my top ten list of westerns!
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