The Magnificent Seven/ The Big Country/ The Long Riders DVD

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Titles Comprise: The Magnificent Seven: Yul Brynner stars as one of seven master gunmen who aid the helpless farmers of an isolated village pitted against an army of marauding bandits in this rousing action tale based on Akira Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai. Released in 1960 John Sturges' masterpiece garnered an Oscar nomination for Elmer Bernstein (for Best Score) and launched the film careers of Steve McQueen Charles Bronson Robert Vaughn and James Coburn. The Big Country: The Big Country is big entertainment a magnificent Western spectacle of rival Texas cattle... barons clashing violently over the water rights of the Big Muddy ranch. Gregory Peck stars as Jim McKay a sea captain who trades the expanse of the oceans for the open range of the West and grows to regret his choice. Charlton Heston is the menacing Steve Leech a rugged ranch foreman who loves the land and has a keen eye on McKay's beautiful fianc''e... The Long Riders: Jesse James and his gang of outlaws ride again in this extraordinary western that pulsates with hard-driving action and electrifying drama. Four sets of acclaimed actor brothers - Dennis and Randy Quaid. Stacy and James Keach Christopher and Nicholas Guest and Keith Robert and David Carradine - each depict real-life siblings in emotionally charged portrayals of the Old West's legendary bandits. The notorious James-Younger gang is the most famous group of outlaws in the country robbing banks trains and stage coaches with a sense of daring that makes them folk heroes throughout the land. But when the mighty Pinkerton detective agency swears to back them down these criminals must face an awesome enemy that will stop at nothing to see them behind bars... or dead! Only through the strength of their loyalty and blood ties can the outlaws hope to survive the brutal pursuits unexpected betrayals and blistering showdowns that mark the end of their dangerous ride. [show more]

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Released
08 June 2009
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DVD 
Publisher
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 
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360 minutes 
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PAL 
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Triple bill of classic westerns. 'The Magnificent Seven' (1960) stars Yul Brynner as Chris Adams, one of seven master gunmen who help the defenceless farmers of an outlying village, pitted against Calvera (Eli Wallach) and his army of bootlegging bandits in a tale based on Akira Kurosawa's classic 'Seven Samurai'. In 'The Big Country' (1958), when sea-captain Jim McKay (Gregory Peck) forgoes a life on the ocean waves and travels west to claim his bride Patricia Terrill (Carroll Baker), he finds more trouble than he bargained for. The Terrill clan are embroiled in a bitter feud over water rights with a rival family headed by Rufus Hannassey (Burl Ives). Both clans want access to land which belongs to Julie Maragon (Jean Simmons), and as their squabbling escalates, Jim and Julie find themselves caught up in the middle, doing their best to calm things down. In 'The Long Riders' (1980) Walter Hill follows in the footsteps of directors Nicholas Ray and Philip Kaufman, and presents his version of the story of the James-Younger gang. Hailed as heroes by many, and much celebrated for their attacks upon the railroad, the gang became the most famous band of outlaws in the country. They were eventually brought to ruin by the Pinkerton detective agency, losing many of their number in the ill-fated Northfield, Minnesota bank raid. Hill's film tells the whole story with explosive slow-motion violence, vivid period detail, and a cast made up of celebrity brothers (the Carradines, Keaches, Quaids and Guests).

Features the Western classics THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE BIG COUNTRY and THE LONG RIDERS.THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – John Sturges's remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic THE SEVEN SAMURAI has become an influential film in its own right. A small farming Mexican village that makes involuntary donations of its harvest to a gang of bandits led by Calvera (Eli Wallach) decides to hire a group of professional gunmen, headed by gunslinger-for-hire Chris (Yul Brynner), to protect them. Despite the meagre pay, Chris and Vin (Steve McQueen) sign on after the Mexicans see them face down some racist thugs. Chris begins to pick up other gunmen, including Bernardo (Charles Bronson), Lee (Robert Vaughan), Britt (James Coburn), Harry (Brad Dexter), and aspiring gunslinger Chico (Horst Buchholz), as they ride back to the village. The Mexicans, who are at first ambivalent about having gunmen hanging around their town, finally let down their guard and allow their visitors to teach them how to shoot and how to best reconfigure the town to defend against Calvera. When the bandits return, they find harvesting the crops a little more challenging. THE BIG COUNTRY - Wyler's powerful Western covers a lot of territory with Gregory Peck a fish out of water as a sea captain who travels west to marry and settle, but finds himself in the middle of a bitter dispute over water rights and a jealous clash with the ranch foreman (Charlton Heston). He also discovers his fiancee isn't who he imagined and finds true romance with the local schoolmistress (Jean Simmons). Folk singer Burl Ives surprised audiences with his performance which garnered him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.THE LONG RIDERS- This violent Western follows four sets of brothers--the Youngers, the Jameses, the Millers, and the Fords--who band together for a crime spree across Missouri. Law enforcers, meanwhile, prove inept in their attempts to apprehend the renegade cowboys, who are busy arguing among themselves. Director Walter Hill's film features four groups of real-life brothers--the Keaches, the Carradines, the Quaids, and the Guests.

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