'The Louis L'Amour Western Collection'
(Yul Brynner, Richard Crenna, Leonard Nimoy, Daliah Lavi, Jo Ann Pflug, et al / 3-Disc DVD / PG-13 / 2010 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Three hard-riding movie adaptations of the legendary author's novels are here for the first time together in this box-set: CATLOW, THE SACKETTS and CONAGHER.
DVD: In 'CATLOW,' a renegade outlaw wants to pull off a gold heist but finds it hard because he’s such a wanted man – by the Mexican Army, his hellcat girlfriend, an Indian war party, a vengeful killer and several hotheaded cowpokes from his former gang! Yul Brynner, Richard Crenna and Leonard Nimoy star.
The best thing about this movie is its three leading men - Richard Crenna (Colonel Trautman from the Rambo movies) as the marshal, Yul Brynner (Ramses in the 1956 version of The Ten Commandments) as the title outlaw, and Leonard Nimoy (Spock from the original Star Trek series) as a bounty hunter out to kill the title character. These actors are clearly having fun with their roles, and playing them very well. A supporting cast of unknowns actually plays all their parts quite well, too.
My only real complaint cast-wise is that, while Nimoy got top billing along with Crenna and Brynner, he just isn't in the film that much. If you're watching this movie to see Nimoy do something other than be Spock, you'll get that here - but not for a whole lot of time. Curiously, Nimoy stated in later years that making this movie was one of the best acting experiences he'd ever had, since it let him break away from Spock, the role that more-or-less typecast him (like so many other Star Trek stars.)
In 'THE SACKETTS,' Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott and Jeff Osterhage play brothers who migrate west to make their fortunes in cattle-herding and gold prospecting. Each aims to make it on his own – but each also stands up for the other when the going gets tough. And their guns blaze a name for themselves in untamed New Mexico territory.
The Sacketts was one of the first instances of Hollywood getting the Western look on a scale bigger than episodic television series. Before Lonseome Dove and its sequels, this miniseries combines a great story and and an awesome cast to maximum effect.
When TV had stopped making western television series, and the genre had just about dried up even on the big screen save the occasional Eastwood Western, The Sacketts were a welcome return to a sadly neglected genre. And the film still is a welcome return, especially now on DVD.
In 'CONAGHER,' he conquered the range. She conquered his heart. Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross star as a cowhand and a widowed ranch owner who are drawn to each other when ruthless rustlers threaten his livelihood and her homestead.
I just loved this movie so much! It has a all-star cast of outstanding actors! It is about a tough, but gentle, honorable cowboy, who while riding the range, finds these love notes tied to tumbleweeds. He wonders about the woman who is writing the love notes, and wonders what she looks like but, he does not know that he has already met her!
One of my favorite scenes in the movie, was when after the cowboys delivered the horses, the cowboys spend the night with a little tough, old man who is a awesome actor, who said that they could sleep on the floor, I have seen him in a lot of westerns, and he was always one of my favorites! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.