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Optimum Western Classics in September

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of 11 ‘Western Classics’ on 15th September 2008. Priced at £12.99 RRP each, the films are detailed below…

The Day of the Outlaw (1959)

Captain Jack Bruhn (Burl Ives) and six hench-men ride in to a little town in Wyoming. They are deserters from the U.S. army. Their arrival breaks up a fight between two local ranchers Blaise Starrett (Robert Ryan) and Hal Crane (Alan Marshal) – a dispute supposedly about territory, but in reality more about Starrett’s love for Crane’s wife, Helen (Tina Louise). Bruhn and his outlaws take over the town and run it with cruel efficiency. When the army appear to be getting close to reigning in the desperados, Starrett offers to take the gang into the mountains and to safety. When they reach the higher ground, a blizzard hits, and it’s every man for himself...

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Doc (1971)

Doc is the legendary story of western heroes, Doc Holliday (Stacy Keach), and Wyatt Eart (Harris Yulin), famed gunslingers of the old west during the 1880s. Doc Holliday stops off in a ghost town saloon to play poker and “wins” the local prostitute Kate Elder (Faye Dunaway), a grubby and rough talking woman. He is on his way to visit his old friend, Wyatt Earp, who is converting the town of Tombstone into a private empire for himself. The Wild West was full of challenges, brawls and gunfights, but never as wild as when Doc rode into town.

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The Hills Run Red (1967) -- Review

As the Civil War draws to a close, two Confederate soldiers, Jerry Brewster (Thomas Hunter) and Ken Seagall (Nando Gazzolo) find themselves holding a sizeable amount of cash that was meant for a payroll. The temptation is too strong, but when Seagall tricks Brewster into giving him the money, the latter is caught and sent to prison. Years later, Brewster is released and wanting revenge he goes in search of his old friend, now a very wealthy rancher. The Hills Run Red is one of the earliest examples of what would become known as the Spaghetti Western.

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Man of the East (1974) -- Review

Tom’s (Terence Hill) father has one dying wish – that his cowardly, tenderfoot son set out for the American West and make a man of himself with the help of his father’s three old friends: Monkey (Dominic Barto), Holy Joe (Harry Carey Jr.) and Bull (Gregory Walcott). Tom dutifully complies and is in for a very rude awakening when he arrives at his destination. Completely out of place in the tiny Frontier town, he also has to compete for the affections of the town beauty, Candida (Yanti Somer) with a local, rugged farmer Morton Clayton (Ricardo Puzzi).

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Man of the West (1958)

Link Jones (Gary Cooper), a former outlaw and gunman now gone straight, makes the acquaintance of card shark Sam Beasley (Arthur O’Connell) and shapely dance-hall singer Billie Ellis (Julie London) whilst travelling on a train with $1600 in his possession to find a new schoolteacher for his pioneer town. When the train is held up by his Uncle Tobin (Lee J Cobb) and other members of his former gang, the three are taken hostage and left behind when the trains resumes it’s journey. To save himself and his new friends, Link must convince the outlaws that he wants to rejoin the gang. To do so he is forced to take part in a bank robbery whilst Tobin stays behind in the remote cabin, having taken quite a worrying shine to Billie...

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Legend of the Lost (1957)

Paul Bonnard (Rossano Brazzi) arrives in Timbuctoo in search of a guide to help him cross the Sahara in search of a lost city that his father, a missionary and archaeologist, has told him about. Joe January (John Wayne) is recommended to him as the best guide in the land, but the two clash when Bonnard also wants a ravishing slave girl named Dita (Sophia Loren) to accompany them. However they eventually all set off together, combating hostile Tuaregs, blinding sandstorms and intense rivalry between the two men for Dita’s affections before their water begins to run out and Joe decides to turn back. Just as he does, they stumble across a mythical city, but will it bestow upon Paul all the riches he dreams of, or rather some unexpected and unpleasant truths?

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Navajo Joe (1967) -- Review

When a gang of desperados attacks and destroys a peaceful Indian village the lone survivor, an Indian brave named Joe (Burt Reynolds), vows revenge. Also stars Fernando Rey.

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The Spikes Gang (1974)

Three Texan farm boys run away in search of adventure and decide to emulate their hero Harry Spikes (Lee Marvin), a bank robber. Harry boasts to them of his exploits but it soon becomes apparent that Harry has had more bad days than good and his life seems doomed to failure. The question is, will he drag the boys down with him… Also starring a young Ron Howard.

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Terror in a Texas Town (1958)

Prarie City, Texas, 1880. Ed McNeil (Sebastian Cabot) has the town in his pocket, buying up every parcel of land that he believes has oil deposits on it, and if someone refuses to sell, he simply has one of his gunmen dispatch the unlucky landowner. One such victim is old farmer Hansen. When his ex-whaler son George (Sterling Hayden) hears the news, he sets out for the town ready to avenge his father’s death, armed only with a harpoon.

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Young Billy Young (1969)

Ben Kane (Robert Mitchum) is haunted by the memory of his dead son, murdered in Dodge City by a man named Frank Boone (John Anderson), for whom he has been searching ever since. He makes a living by hiring himself out as a marshal for particularly wild towns that need help establishing - or keeping - law and order. On his travels he meets young Billy Young (Robert Walker) who is on the run from a posse and together the two ride into a town named Lordsburg. Here Kane is offered the marshal’s job. He’s not interested at first – until he learns that Boone is in the area. Also starring Angie Dickinson and David Carradine.

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Soldier Blue (1970)

One of the most controversial films in cinema history, Soldier Blue follows the adventures of Honus (Peter Strauss) and Cresta (Candice Bergen), the only remaining survivors of a Cheyenne Indian attack, as they journey across the unforgiving wilderness of the old west in search of refuge. A life changing journey that reaches a tragic climax as they bare witness to the relentlessly brutal and cold-blooded slaughter of the Cheyenne tribe. Reflecting the political climate of the time, Soldier Blue is uncompromising in its anti-war stance and its extremely graphic and savage depiction of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864.

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