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Alvarez Kelly DVD

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Alvarez Kelly (1966) doesn't really justify the description of "Western Classic" which Columbia Tristar attach to it, but it's a pleasant enough Western directed by Edward Dmytryk. The rather convoluted plot (adventurer plays one side off against the other on a cattle drive from Mexico during the Civil War) relies heavily on the charm of the two stars, William Holden and Richard Widmark, but the two prove as reliable as ever. There are some so-so action scenes, but it's the battle of wits between the two principals that supplies all the fireworks. By contrast Janice Rule is just adequate as the love interest. On the DVD: It's a good-looking DVD transfer, with a 1:2.35 aspect ratio and Dolby Digital sound. Subtitles are available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and Polish with dubbing into French, German, Italian and Spanish. For extras there are trailers and some filmographies, so partial as to be not much use. --Ed Buscombe

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Renegade adventurer and cattle driver Alvarez Kelly (Holden)finds himself stuck between a rock and hard place as his journey takes him into the midst of the battling Northern and Southern armies in the American Civil War With no loyalties to either side Kelly is the ideal man for this cattle drive until he is captured by Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter and forcefully persuaded to change his route taking the cattle south in order to feed the famished Confederates With attacks from the Union Army ever threatening Kelly soon finds not only his cattle but also his very life in dire jeopardy!

Alvarez Kelly (William Holden) is a renegade adventurer with no allegiance to either side in the American Civil War. This makes him the ideal man to take control of a cattle drive which will journey right through the centre of some much fought-over land. However, when he is captured by a Confederate Colonel (Richard Widmark), he is forced to take his cattle to feed the famished troops in the South, a task that puts him within firing range of the Union Army.

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