The Big Trail (DVD, 2008, 2-Disc Set, Grandeur Special Edtion)
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|Edition:||2-Disc Set; Grandeur Special Edtion|
|Number of Discs:||2|
|Display Format:||2-Disc Set; Grandeur Special Edtion|
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas (11/18/1985)
USA Today - Mike Clark (05/30/2003)
Sight and Sound - Tom Charity (08/01/2008)
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- lostboy.2Jul 5, 2012by
The Big Trail (Grandeur version): An unparalelled Masterpiece of Imagery
The imagery and direction of THE BIG TRAIL consistently captures the feel of 1840s migration like no other I've ever seen. Nearly any screenshot could pass as an original photo, were there photography at that time, and respectable historical advisers were apparently on payroll. A few small inaccuracies can be found, like slightly incorrect costumes, but these are made up for with rare authenticity, like the correct way to circle wagons to form a corral, with each overlapping the last, and the management of gear in camp. Hundreds of real, full-size wagons and migrants contrast sharply with contemporary movies that shoot around thirty smaller-scale vehicles.
THE ORIGINAL WIDE-SCREEN "GRANDEUR" VERSION IS A MUST!
What you miss with the small screen is heartbreaking. This disk also has a mesmerizing "the making of" listing the use of 140 wagons, 20,000 extras, thousands of livestock, and filmed over 4,200 miles in 7 states -- unparallelled, then and now!
WARNING TO YOUNG VIEWERS: this movie was made in 1930, one of the first ever "talkies" and the acting retains some of that silent style. Highly recommended for historical value.Read full review
- robert_fowler1May 8, 2010by
The Big Trail
I bought the wide screen version made in the 30's before wide screens were even in theaters so the movie did not do well. The DVD I bought is the two disc special grandeur version that has been beautifully restored with wide screen viewing and cleaned up sound. This movie looks so authentic you swear you can smell the animals and taste the dust.
A great buy if you can find one!