DVD Reviews

Louis L'Amour Western Collection

(Warner Home Video; $19.98)A middling Western, 1971’s Catlow is worth watching to see Yul Brynner tapping an inner rascal that no one even imagined existed.

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Sixgun

sep10_sixgunSixgun is that rare bird that actually adds up to something more than the sum of its parts. It won’t take home any awards for the production values—the picture was shot using camcorder technology and a fair amount of green screen—but it’s got a lot of raw charm, some decent acting, some likable characters and an interesting story.

The movie follows the misadventures of a handful of raggedy ranchers who just can’t pass up the opportunity to steal a bag of money from a thief. Throw in a creepy villain and his henchmen, who are also after the cash, and a tired dancehall girl who works for the bad guys but who sides with the ranchers, and the story rolls itself out in a satisfying fashion.

The heart of the picture is the unusually tart dialogue made up of a lot of offhanded sarcasm and wry retorts. Most indie Westerns suffer from a lack of wit; it’s a rare quality, but Sixgun takes time to be funny and to let the characters run the show. That leaves me hoping we’ll see more from this Austin-based group.

Flaming Star Elvis: 75th Birthday Collection

sep10_elvisElvis Presley made a lot of movies in a relatively short time, and most of them were bad.

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The Man With No Name Trilogy

sep10_man_with_no_nameThe new edition of The Man With No Name Trilogy is $40 more than its non-Blu-ray cousin.

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Have Gun, Will Travel: Season 4, Volume 2

(CBS/Paramount, $39.98)

This three-disc package contains 19 black-and-white episodes and, like the earlier releases in this series, the collection is shy of costly extras—no commentaries or essays, nor cast or crew information.

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True West Site Guide

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The Illustrated Life and Times of Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp

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