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« on: May 21, 2006, 11:43:18 AM »

Warner Home Video have announced the R1 DVD release of Anthony Mann's excellent Naked Spur. It is available seperatly or as part of their Jimmy Stewart Collection.

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The Naked Spur (1953)
“Plain arithmetic: Money splits better two ways instead of three,” smooth-talking outlaw Ben Vandergroat reasons to his captors, three bounty hunters thrown together by chance. They’re taking Ben to justice in Abilene, but he has other ideas. If he can set the men against each other – play on their greed, their fears, their vanities – he may be able to make his break to freedom.

In the third of his five landmark Anthony Mann-directed westerns, James Stewart stars as the relentless leader of bounty hunters caught in the snare of the hunted (Robert Ryan). Tough, tense, and towering as tall as its breathtaking Colorado Rockies setting, The Naked Spur is simply “one of the best Westerns ever made” (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide).

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Vintage short Things We Can Do Without
Classic cartoon Little Johnny Jet
Theatrical trailer
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

More Info here http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=61517

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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2006, 11:12:18 AM »

  Anyone pick this up this week?  I'm debating just buying the Jimmy Stewart Collection instead of the indidivual films.

  And how about The Cheyenne Social Club?  It's got Stewart and Henry Fonda, but has anyone seen it?  Positive or negative reviews?

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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2006, 12:03:06 PM »

My set should arrive within the week, I'll let you know what it's like if you want?

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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2006, 03:32:02 PM »

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I'll let you know what it's like if you want?

  That would be great.  I love the chemistry between Stewart and Robert Ryan.  And how about a boxed set of all the Stewart/Mann westerns?  Wishful thinking, I guess, but just think about all those good movies. Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2006, 03:37:13 PM »

Universal should do that, if they did SE's I think I'd double dip on them.

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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2006, 05:40:24 PM »

The Cheyenne Social Club is funny.  I still enjoy watching it when it comes on.   I like watching Stewart's cowpoke persona morph into a good Republican businessman. 
Fonda's "Harley"  character is a rib tickler too and if I remember correctly, he wishes to remain a Democrat.

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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2006, 11:11:35 AM »

  Thanks, Sackett, for the review of CSC.  Now I'm not as worried about picking up that double feature with Firecreek. Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2006, 06:17:48 PM »

My boxset arrived just before I went on holiday and have had only a small amount of time to flip through it. Naked Spur PQ is a disapointment but I'm glad that I own it on DVD, the quality of all the other releases in the set are stirling though.

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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2009, 07:17:38 PM »

Is on encore westerns right now.

Isn't there a Stewart/Mann box set?
If there isn't... there should be.

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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2009, 07:23:27 PM »

I saw this a few years ago. I remember liking it but don't remember a whole lot of specifics except for Robert Ryan and the gorgeous cinematography. I'm not a huge fan of Mann though, this was probably the best of his films that I've seen.

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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2009, 02:46:18 AM »

For me the best, too.

The acting is fantastic.

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« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2009, 05:49:39 AM »

Once kinda watched it sitting in front of a computer at the same time. Looked like it would deserve an appropriate viewing.

PS. Is it true that there's no previous thread for this movie?

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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2009, 06:06:58 AM »

Once kinda watched it sitting in front of a computer at the same time. Looked like it would deserve an appropriate viewing.

PS. Is it true that there's no previous thread for this movie?

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=3470.0

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« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2009, 06:32:34 AM »

It's a shame there isn't a better transfer of this film, although it is not a favorite of mine (Mann best Western is Winchester '73). I can't help feeling, though, that I'd like this film more if I saw it restored and on the big screen.

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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2010, 12:24:43 PM »

The Naked Spur - 7/10 - 2nd viewing. Upon a rewatch, this is definitely my least favorite Stewart-Mann collaboration (granted, I haven't seen Bend of the River). The two main reasons to watch this are the gorgeous Rocky Mountain photography, and James Stewart's brilliant performance: he plays tough, morally-ambiguous guys in Mann's other Westerns, but here he's a borderline psychopath, and this is definitely his most negative character outside of Vertigo. So, nice work Jimmy. The rest of the film is a mixed bag: the basic plot isn't bad, but there are a lot of digressions (the Indian shootout? Please), the characters aside from Stewart's are very broadly drawn, and the sappy ending kind of undercuts the rest of the film. Robert Ryan is good if a bit hammy, the rest of the cast is one-note playing stock characters. Definitely worth a look, but not one of Mann's better films.

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