How the West Was Won

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  • With courage, sinew and conflict: that?s how the West was won. With three directors, five interlocked stories, some of movie history?s most legendary action scenes and a constellation of acting talent: that?s how How the West Was Won was filmed. Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart and John Wayne are among the big names in this big saga following a family?s move West through g

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With courage, sinew and conflict: that’s how the West was won. With three directors, five interlocked stories, some of movie history’s most legendary action scenes and a constellation of acting talent: that’s how How the West Was Won was filmed. Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart and John Wayne are among the big names in this big saga following a family’s move West through generations – marked by the spectacles of a heart-pounding raging riv… More >>

How the West Was Won

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  1. very disappointed… This movie was so highly abridged that the life and adventures of the characters portrayed by Gregory Peck and Debbie Reynolds are totally absent. Gregory Peck does not even appear in this version, except as a photo in the old lady’s locket, and the rest of the story fails to get fleshed out. It is like buying a side of beef and ending up with nothing but the hooves and horns. (where’s the Beef?!) Anyone who rates this movie above 0-1 never saw the original epic movie. Total waste of my money!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. This dvd should be released in cinerama and the witdh of the screen should be 2.76:1 like the dvd The Battle Of The Bulge in 2.76:1. The lines on the screen should not be seen . That way will be as it originaly released. If its in 1.33 its usless for collectors. I have it on tape and its in 2.20:1 aspect ratio and got the lines showing. What Special Edition means ? If its not in 2.76:1 you will only seen part of the film.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. How The West Was Won came out in Cinerama in 1962 and when released to the average theatres, the lines from the Cinerama process were frozen in a 35mm print. The hope was that the film might make one overlook this distraction. No such luck.

    There is one scene to see: the Buffalo stampede

    Perhaps too, the Jimmy Stewart /Carroll Baker love scene, where you can see Stewart cracking up at the lines he has to deliver.

    This is sheer nonsense, and unintentionally funny in mny spots: Debbie Reynolds as an old woman in her wig, Karl Malden in any scene, and Agnes Moorehead.

    Skip this one, and see The Wild Bunch , Once Upon A Time In the West, and Ride The High Country, and Cat Ballou.

    Epics: The Big Country, Cheyenne Autumn,

    Also see The Last of the Mohicans (1992), and They Came to Cordura, plus any Stewart films directed by Anthony Mann, or Gary Cooper, in High Noon, The Hanging Tree, and Man of The West.

    Randolf Scott in his many great films..These films give a true sense of the west and how it was expolitd by whites.

    Read the reviews of How the West was Won..in 1963, they were not good.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. How The West was Won is a big turkey of a movie shot in cinerama on a three camera process that was terrible years ago, and its various manifestations on Tv are bad too because you can see the seams of the three cameras from the Cinerama attempt at wide screen largeness, and you could see them in Cinerama in 1963. I was there. Ah d=for the days of Cinemascope on curved screens at 50 feet in length!

    This is a really embartassing movie for its size and its cast; Jimmy Stewart who is always good can do little but visibly hold back the laughter as he talks western twang to Carroll Baker, his love interest, and he wears leather pants and a coon skin cap.

    Debbie Reynolds tries hard to fight the awful script and the make up that makes her look grey rather than old.

    Gregory Peck needed To Kill A Mockingbird after this. Thelma Ritter sounds like a New York Cab Driver, and Agnes Moorehead etal on the death dealing raft is a sight to see, with hands waving and screams emitting from her. You wanted the Indians to deal their deadliest blows to these folks.

    An always highly overrated film, while films like They Came to Cordura with Cooper and Rita Hayworth go unnoticed, or The Hanging Tree with Cooper and Malden are on VHS for a year or so..

    For a great western spectacle with intelligent things in it and a great cast and lovely letterboxing, get The Big Country. If you hate westerns, buy Whatever happened To Baby Jane?

    But How the West Was Won? Bad , but funny..rent, do not buy for the laughs.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. Great movie, I bought the Blu-Ray version. The only flaw was the

    “smilebox” nonsense, a lame attempt to simulate the original Cinerama

    effect. This was truly obnoxious. Please, next time think about creating

    a version WITH and another WITHOUT this excessively cute and stunningly

    useless stupid pet trick. I will happily dump my copy in the trash when

    I find the correct undamaged Blu-ray version.
    Rating: 2 / 5

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