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Info please: The Big Trail (1930)

Old 02-18-08, 11:33 PM
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Info please: The Big Trail (1930)

A special edition of this early John Wayne movie is due May 13, according to various sites. Not really sure what extras they may have (if any) but it is supposed to be in a different picture format than the one currently available. Anyway, I have never seen this movie, and being a Wayne fan, can anyone tell me how good this movie is? Being made in 1930, I know there may not be alot to expect, but is it any good story wise?
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Old 02-19-08, 10:27 AM
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Haven't seen the film in long time to speak of its content but this is an early widescreen movie and all other releases have been foolscreen. Plus, it's never been complete. Hopefully they'll get it right this time.
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Old 02-19-08, 02:32 PM
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"The Big Trail" is a terrific film, most notable for it's outstanding production value and Raoul Walsh's direction. There are scenes of the wagon trail being lowered down the sides of mountains with ropes... Incredible stuff. Keep in mind that it's super-early Wayne, so he's not exactly polished, but IMO he's plenty servicable here. I'm considering the upgrade...

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If it's finally getting an OAR release, I'll grab it!
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I had no idea there were widescreen movies made as early as 1930. Really?
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Old 02-20-08, 11:51 AM
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it was also the first film to be shot in both 35mm and 70mm.
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What about "The Bat Whispers" from that time period? It shows part of the 70mm version on the LD, clearly showing 2 cameras being used.

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Old 02-20-08, 06:47 PM
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If it's finally getting an OAR release, I'll grab it!
The current DVD is OAR, but it's the OAR of the 35mm version.
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