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on August 6, 2016
Very happy
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on July 28, 2016
replace the VCR tape with this dvd.
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on January 15, 2016
This package contained both a Blu-ray disc and a DVD of the same movie. I have viewed only the Blu-ray, and found it to be a remarkably clear and crisp print, a pleasure to watch.
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on February 22, 2015
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on November 29, 2014
It is nice
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on June 17, 2013
I have been familiar with The Big Trail for decades. It was shot in the old 4:3 format (or so I thought) and represented the typical John Wayne western kitsch of the time. I was under the impression that wide screen didn’t appear until 1953 (The Robe). This isn’t true. The Big Trail was shot in a somewhat new experiment format as well as separately in 4:3. This blu-ray edition provides both.

The cinematography in my opinion was and is (by today’s standards) incredible. The story and acting is somewhat hokey but fun. Overall, for almost any movie buff, it is an absolute must.

Roger Messenger
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on December 27, 2012
To see one of John Wayne's first film done in wide screen black and white was a truly unique experience. For the time it had to be an exceptional effort and was well worth the price. The casting and acting are very good and its length was surprising. An excellent effort.
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on September 11, 2010
The Big Trail (2-Disc Special Edition)
Fox // G // May 13, 2008

Review by Stuart Galbraith IV | posted May 4, 2008 |
Highly Recommended

A truly epic Western of staggering proportions, Raoul Walsh's The Big Trail (1930) is a fascinating work on many levels. Technically it was way ahead of its time; its impressive use of an early 70mm widescreen process predates Todd-AO by a quarter of a century. It also features John Wayne in his first starring role, a role that on one hand helped define his iconic screen persona but which also exiled him to the lowly world of $12,000 B-Westerns after its commercial failure. Produced for about $2 million (probably upwards of $300 million in today's money) The Big Trail is so massive in scale that it would be all but impossible to reproduce today without the aid of CGI. Best of all, the picture offers a uniquely authentic portrait of pioneer life on the trail westward, the Manifest Destiny vividly brought to life with at times the poetry of Frederick Remington's paintings.
Incredibly, five different versions of the film were shot simultaneously: one in the 70mm Grandeur process for exhibition in the biggest movie palaces, another in standard 35mm for general release, plus three foreign-language versions with (mostly) different casts, all shot in standard 35mm: in French, German, and Italian. Fox originally released The Big Trail to DVD in May 2003, but that disc consisted only of the 110-minute standard 35mm version. Fox's new 2-Disc Special Edition includes a 122-minute version of the Grandeur version (reportedly The Big Trail debuted at 158 minutes, but this is unconfirmed) in all its 16:9 enhanced widescreen glory along with some good extras on Disc 1, while Disc 2 includes the previously available 35mm version. The second disc is actually the exact same DVD from 2003.
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on July 3, 2006
I've watched this film for years on TCM. I'm watching it now from FOX via AMAZON. QUESTION: WHERE ARE THE MISSING SCENES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm missing the scene where Coleman pits Flack and Lopez against themselves early in the wagon trail. Then, the desart comes BEFORE the last outpost instead of AFTER in the original and a lot cut out there. THEN before the winter mountains, a lot of film missing here. WHAT THE HECK DID I BUY?!? What a cropped out pile of junk!! [...]
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on May 3, 2004
This is a film that really deserves to be seen in its widescreen glory. This is truly an epic film. However, I feel compelled to point out that the version that is available on this DVD is not, in fact, a "cropped" version of the film. The movie was actually filmed in three different versions. The first two, featuring the original cast, were the widescreen "Fox Grandeur" version and the version available here, shot in the Academy Standard ratio, which allowed the vast majority of cash-strapped theaters (they couldn't afford the special equipment for widescreen projection) to exhibit the film. The scenes in this version were blocked appropriately for a standard film of this era. The third version, shot concurrently, was a German edition using German actors in medium and close shots and footage of John Wayne and company in the long shots.
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