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The Big Trail (Blu-ray + DVD)

The most important picture ever produced
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Format:  Blu-ray  (2 Discs)
sku:  XD 81182BR
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: November 13, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1930
  • Label: 20Th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Disc 1 - Blu-ray
    • The Big Trail "Fox Grandeur" version in high definition
    • The Big Trail "Academy Aspect Ratio" version in high definition
    • Commentary by film historian/author Richard Schickel
    • The big vision - the grandeur process
    • The creation of John Wayne
    • Raoul Walsh: a man in his time
    • The making of The Big Trail
    • Disc 2 - DVD
    • The Big Trail "Fox Grandeur" version in standard definition
    • Commentary by film historian/author Richard Schickel
    • The big vision - the grandeur process
    • The creation of John Wayne
    • Raoul Walsh: a man in his time
    • The making of The Big Trail
    • Photo gallery
  • Dual Layer
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 8


User Ratings: 1,988
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.
Sight and Sound
Aug 1, 2008
...It's a splendid entertainment....The film's look and feel seem way ahead of its time...
Los Angeles Times
Nov 18, 1985
Rating: B- -- John Ford recommended to his friend Walsh bit-part actor Marion Morrison for the lead, and for his first starring role he took the name John Wayne... Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jul 5, 2005
Rating: 3/5 -- Interesting early wide-screen spectacle with indifferent acting and story.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Sep 23, 2003
Integrating the settlers' passionate mortal conflicts into the landscape, Walsh turns the theatrical limitations of early sound technique to an advantage, composing vast, static tableaux with the mighty breadth and noble pace of epic stanzas.
New Yorker
Jul 15, 2013
Visually spectacular early sound Western Full Review
Classic Film and Television
May 28, 2005
Rating: B+ -- Raoul Walsh believed that John Wayne would become a big star after his epic Western but he did not. A combo of factors account for this failure, not just Wayne's stiff acting but also the cool reception of the horseopera itself. Full Review
Dec 21, 2005

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.


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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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 7,360
  • UPC: 024543811824
  • Shipping Weight: 0.18/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 2 items

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