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New on Disc: 'American Experience: Jesse Owens' and more …

30 Apr, 2012 By: Mike Clark

American Experience: Jesse Owens

Street 5/1
PBS, Documentary, $24.99 DVD.
Jesse Owens’ down days dealing with racism in America get covered here, but the bulk deals with a sharecropper’s son who came out of Alabama and honed his natural athletic skills in Cleveland before showing up Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
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Pony Express

Olive, Western, $24.95 DVD, NR.
Stars Charlton Heston, Rhonda Fleming.
Pony Express is a splendid-looking crock about Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickok teaming up to help launch mail delivery’s one-time best friend against the opposition of California separatists.
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The Jayhawkers

Olive, Western, $24.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Jeff Chandler, Fess Parker.
This oddball project deals with the anti-slavery guerillas who did a lot of burning and rampaging in pre-Civil War Kansas.
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The Strawberry Statement

Available via WBshop.com’s Warner Archive
Warner, Drama, $17.95 DVD, ‘R.’
Stars Bruce Davison, Kim Darby, Bud Cort.
This manufactured-on-demand version of the adaptation of James Simon Kunen’s book about student protests includes a second disc containing a “European cut” that runs about six minutes longer.
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