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Wayne Rides Tall for Warner Home Video

10 Mar, 2005 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Seeking to market vintage John Wayne movies beyond affluent aficionados, Warner Home Video Warner May 3 will release for the first time on DVD “The John Wayne Legendary Heroes Collection” ($49.92).

Encompassing five digitally re-mastered films — available separately for $14.97 each — the set includes Tall in the Saddle (1944), The Sea Chase and Blood Alley (1955), The Train Robbers (1973) and McQ (1974).

The five-disc boxed set purposely went light on bonus materials to lower the suggested retail price. The exception was made with Alley, which features newsreel footage of Wayne, theatrical promos and a trailer gallery.

The anti-communist themed Alley was released at a time when Warner Bros. had a TV anthology series that featured interviews with contract movie stars, including Wayne and James Dean, promoting fare for the budding small screen.

Warner typically prices catalog titles at $19.97, but with the “Heroes Collection” earmarked for mass merchants, George Feltenstein, SVP of classic catalog for WHV, said it made better business sense to spend the resources on restoration.

“We priced these aimed at value,” he said. “We want to be able to get into more classes of trade.”

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