The Great Western Collection - Volume 1 DVD


Six of your favourite Western Classics in one box set! Disc One - Man in the ShadowIn effect the town of Spurline is run by Virgil Renchler. When two of Renchler's men go too far and kill a ranch hand Sheriff Ben Sadler is goaded into investigating. His unlikely ally is Renchler's overprotected daughter. Will Ben survive Renchler's wrath? Disc Two - Law and OrderFed up with the residents of Tombstone for their lack of appreciation sharp-shooting marshal Frame Johnson retires to a ranch in Cottonwood with hopes of settling down. When he arrives at the Cottonwood... saloon his entrance is noticed by local rancher Kurt Durling whose hand Frame shot off in a cattle rustling raid. Durling who now runs Cottonwood vows revenge. It looks like he may have to clean up Cottonwood too. But how great a sacrifice will he make for law and order? Disc Three - Ride Clear of DiabloRailroad surveyor Clay O'Mara goes after rustlers who murdered his father and brother. Along the way he first arrests then teams up with outlaw Whitey Kinkaid who helps O'Mara only to see how long the tenderfoot lasts. Outwitting several attempts on his life engineered by the crooked lawyer who set up his family O'Mara and a wounded Kinkaid face the gang. Disc Four - The Great Northfield Minnesota RaidLate in the summer of 1876 the gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger were given amnesty by their home state of Missouri. Faced with the possibility of a quiet and peaceful future the notorious ruffians had no choice but to plan one final heist at the biggest bank west of the Mississippi in Northfield Minnesota. Together the two men executed what they thought would be a fool proof plan...until the citizens of Northfield proved them wrong. Disc Five - Border RiverJim Lake actually known as Confederate Major Clete Matson has stolen 2 million dollars in Union gold from a Colorado bank in order to buy war supplies for the South. Whilst fleeing from the police and crossing the Texas border Lake is watched by General Eduardo Calleja. He is later introduced to Baron Kurt Von Hollden who handles all of Calleja's imports. But with so much money around whom can Lake really trust? Disc Six - Horizon's WestNeil Hammond returns from the war to his life of ranching while older brother Dan returns with ambitions as outsized as the Lone Star State. When Dan loses his business seed money to gambler Cord Hardin he turns to rustling. However ill-gotten gains prove tenuous and Dan's empire begins to crumble when his brother Neil is named the new Marshall. [show more]

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25 August 2014
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Collection of six Westerns. In 'Man in the Shadow' (1957) wealthy tyrant Virgil Renchler (Orson Welles) rules over cow town Spurline from his Golden Empire ranch. When his henchmen kill a young worker, Sheriff Ben Sadler (Jeff Chandler) investigates but meets resistance not only from those responsible but also from the local people who are afraid their town will suffer without Renchler's business. In 'Law and Order' (1953), after his attempts to bring peace to Tombstone prove futile due the townspeople's disregard for the justice system, Marshal Frame Johnson (Ronald Reagan) decides to move to Cottonwood along with his girlfriend Jeannie (Dorothy Malone) and his brothers Lute (Alex Nicol) and Jimmy (Russell Johnson). Johnson and his brothers build a ranch where he hopes to settle down but his wish for a peaceful life is dashed when he realises that the people of Cottonwood are just as corrupt as those he left behind. The local judge seeks his help to bring law and order to the town and though initially reluctant, Johnson finally accepts the challenge when his brothers are targeted by criminals. In 'Ride Clear of Diablo' (1954) corrupted lawyer Tom (William Pullen) and sheriff Fred (Paul Birch) steal stock from the O'Mara ranch, killing the owner and his young son in the process. When railroad surveyor Clay O'Mara (Audie Murphy) hears about the murder of his father and brother he returns home to seek out those responsible. Encouraged by Tom, Fred makes Clay his deputy, and while he plans to use his new status for the benefit of his investigation, the killers instead send him after gunslinger Whitey Kinkaid (Dan Duryea), hoping he will take Clay down. However, Clay deals with Kinkaid and sets out to capture the real culprits. 'The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid' (1972) is based on the real-life James-Younger gang of outlaws and their final bank robbery in September 1876. After being granted immunity by the state of Missouri, Jesse James (Robert Duvall) and Cole Younger (Cliff Robertson) plan one last raid with the First National Bank of Northfield as their target. However, the robbery does not go accordingly and the gang find themselves under fire from the local citizens. Will the outlaws escape with their freedom and their lives? In 'Border River' (1954), during the American Civil War, Major Clete Mattson (Joel McCrea) arrives at Mexican enclave Zona Libre, having stolen two millon dollars of Union money with which he plans to purchase firearms for the Confederacy. The tyrannical General Eduardo Calleja (Pedro Armendariz) who runs Zona Libre offers him a safe haven for a substantial fee. However, the general's girlfriend Carmelita (Yvonne De Carlo), who develops feelings for Mattson, warns him that Calleja can't be trusted... In 'Horizons West' (1952), after the Civil War, brothers Dan (Robert Ryan) and Neal Drummond (Rock Hudson) return home to their Texas ranch. While Neal is satisfied with the quiet life of running a small ranch, Dan is eager to expand the business and create an empire. When he has a run-in with the ruthless Cord Hardin (Raymond Burr), Dan ends up breaking the law in order to fulfil his desire for power. Meanwhile, Neal becomes a lawman and must hold Dan accountable for his crimes.