The Big Trail (Grandeur Special Edition) (2-DVD)

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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1930
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Audio:
    • Mono - English, Spanish
    • Stereo - English

Disc 1: THE BIG TRAIL - Widescreen

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers
    • Featurette: "The Big Vision: The Grandeur Process"
    • Behind the Scenes: "The Making of THE BIG TRAIL"
    • Audio Commentary: Film Historian/Author
    • Documentary:
      1. "The Creation of John Wayne"
      2. "Raoul Walsh: A Man in His Time"
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Galleries:
      1. Images
      2. Publicity
      3. Original Posters
      4. Pressbook Gallery

Disc 2: THE BIG TRAIL - Full Frame

  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Fox Flix Previews

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:

Los Angeles Times - 11/18/1985
"...It's a splendid entertainment....The film's look and feel seem way ahead of its time..."
USA Today - 05/30/2003
"...It comes off as one of the better early talkies..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2008
"This is a wagon-train movie with Wayne's scout at the center....It's interesting to see his persona in this embryonic form....What's really compelling is the authenticity of the wagon train's journey."

Product Description:

Pioneers heading for Oregon endure the hardships of weather, unfriendly strangers and internal strife in this sophisticated early sound film. Featuring John Wayne in his first starring role, this straightforward Western tale is now overshadowed by its place in history as an early example of Fox's widescreen Grandeur process, its naturalistic sound, and prototypical Wayne performance.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Indians | On-The-Road | Romance | Vintage

Production Notes:

  • Film debut for actor John Wayne.
  • Additional cast: David Rollins(Dave Cameron), Russ Powell (Windy Hill), William V. Mong (Wellmore), Dodo Newton (Abigail), Jack Peabody (Bill Gillis), Marcia Harris (Mrs. Riggs), Marjorie Leet (Mary Riggs), Emslie Emerson (Sairey), Frank Rainboth (Ohio Man), Andy Shufford (Ohio Man's Son), Gertrude and Lucille Van Lent (Sister's from Missouri), and Alphonz Ethier (Marshall).
  • Shot in a 70mm widescreen process called Fox Grandeur.
  • Film reportedly cost $2 million to make.

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  • Sales Rank: 90,253
  • UPC: 024543519300
  • Shipping Weight: 0.32/lbs (approx)
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