Those of you that have won copies of Paramount’s Centennial Collection DVDs from us, or have purchased copies, already know the care that goes into these notable releases. When I heard the studio was releasing two classic John Wayne westerns in the format, I jumped at the opportunity to review them, and of course, nab a few additional copies exclusively for FilmFetish.com readers. You’ll be able to read my reviews very soon. In the meantime, here is your chance to win a copy for free.
El Dorado: The Centennial Collection DVD, will be released on May 19th, 2009. If you’d like to have a chance to win one of two FREE copies of the edition, here’s what you’ll need to do:
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More about this release:
Director: Howard Hawks
Cast: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Ed Asner, Michelle Carey, Paul Fix, Charlene Holt, Arthur Hunnicutt
Legendary directors and legendary stars bring the Old West to life in the latest additions to the Paramount Centennial Collection, riding into town as two-disc DVDs on May 19, 2009. John Ford, a director whose name has become synonymous with “Western”, gathers an ideal cast including James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles and Lee Marvin for the classic tale of Western justice The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Producer-director Howard Hawks pairs John Wayne and Robert Mitchum in El Dorado, a drama that explores the “dark side” of the Wild West. Launched in November 2008, the Paramount Centennial Collection features some of the most treasured films from the studio’s nearly 100-year history, digitally mastered so they can be enjoyed for generations to come. The two-disc presentations of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and El Dorado include an eight-page collectible booklet and all-new special features such as audio commentaries, in-depth explorations of the various elements of these screen classics and more.
In The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance director John Ford brings us to the lawless frontier village of Shinbone, a town plagued by a larger-than-life nemesis, Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin). James Stewart plays the bungling but charming big-city lawyer determined to rid Shinbone of Valance, and he finds that he has an unlikely ally – in the form of a rugged, local rancher (John Wayne). The two men also share the same love interest (Vera Miles), but when the final showdown becomes inevitable, one of the two will attempt to get the gunman … but the other one will wind up getting the gal.
Robert Mitchum plays to perfection an alcoholic but gutsy sheriff who relentlessly battles ruthless cattle barons and crooked “businessmen” in director Howard Hawks’ El Dorado. The Duke gives an equally adept performance as the sheriff’s old friend, one who knows his way around a gunfight. Featuring a supporting cast that includes James Caan, Charlene Holt, Paul Fix, Ed Asner and Christopher George, and filled with both brawling action and unexpected humor, El Dorado is pure gold.
The El Dorado two-disc DVD will be presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English, French and Spanish Mono and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus material includes:
- Feature film
- Commentary by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (new)
- Commentary with critic and film historian Richard Schickel featuring actor Ed Asner and author Todd McCarthy (new)
- Ride, Boldly Ride: The Journey of El Dorado (new)
– The Paradigm of an Entertainer
– Stealing from Himself
– A Taciturn Man
– Professional Courtesy
– Spotlight – James Caan
– The Duke, the Grey Fox and Pappy
- An Old-Age Masterpiece
- The Artist and the American West (1967) – Vintage Featurette (new)
- Behind the Gates: A.C. Lyles Remembers John Wayne (new)
- Original Theatrical Trailer
– Lobby Cards
– Production Part 1
– Production Part 2
– Production Part 3