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New on Disc: 'The Man From Laramie' and more …

7 Jul, 2014 By: Mike Clark

The Man From Laramie (Blu-ray)

Available via ScreenArchives.com
Twilight Time, Western, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars James Stewart, Cathy O’Donnell, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp.
The last of five Anthony Mann-James Stewart Westerns (and eight collaborations overall), Man From Laramie is one of the team’s best and a longtime personal favorite, though it has never quite hit me as solidly as it does in this Twilight Time 4K transfer — which is apparently, per Julie Kirgo’s always ace liner notes, this swan song’s first 2.55:1 presentation since the original release.
Citizens of the unfriendly town to which Stewart’s character has just journeyed keep imploring him to leave and then act on those sentiments, but Stewart is on a mission that has something to do with an Indian massacre of a benign Cavalry patrol. The Philip Yordan-Frank Burt script has some snappy dialogue that flows naturally off the performers’ tongues.
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Adjust Your Tracking:The Untold Story of the VHS Collector

VHShitfest, Documentary. $19.95 DVD, NR.
It’s true, as one of the more wizened interviewees here notes, that people will collect anything, but one would have to say that VHS mania — at least at this point in home entertainment history — reflects a special breed, especially when we see what these home and apartment-based archivists are collecting VHS copies of. Still, co-directors Dan Kinem and Levi Peretic do a passionate job of profiling passionate people. Kinem and Peretic also do a nice job of tracing what the video store experience used to be and how it collapsed so relatively quickly.
This two-DVD set is packed with extras, deleted scenes and the like.
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