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|Hopalong Cassidy Vol 4|
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Television
Studio: Platinum Disc Llc Release Date: 10/26/2004 Run time: 325 minutes
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Duane S. (superpoet) from FORT WORTH, TX
Reviewed on 2/25/2008...
Great old time episodes of the Hopalong we love the best.
How did they do that????
A. Gaster | 01/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The quality is so good that you will think you are watching brand new prints in the best theater on Main Street in the 1940s. Actually it's probably better than that. The intro says these digital re-masters were done by a company named "US Television Office, Inc.". For goodness sake, every person or studio who has old prints TAKE THEM TO "US TELEVISION OFFICE, INC." AND GET THEM RE-MASTERED. Platinum has released 8 volumes of these Hoppy feature films and I own all 8. But for some strange reason, probably only known to some "power lunch" executive, they did not number the volumes...so you will just have to tell the difference by the numbers Amazon gives them. They are worth twice or 3 times the price. There were 66 Hopalong Cassidy films made starring William Boyd, and you can own 40 of them with these 8 volumes at a slim price.
Best Value for Money in DVD
S. D. Miles | Port Macquarie,New South Wales, Australia | 10/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Marvelous! Five,yes 5, Hopalong Cassidy B Westerns for less than half the price that one could reasonably expect to pay for one. Image Entertainment's 'Hopalong Cassidy - The Early Years' are priced at around $22.00 for just two movies. So, these get five stars for value, five stars for quality (all movies are digitally remastered) and an average three and a half stars for production values of the movies themselves. (I rate most B Westerns between One and a half and three and a half stars as all are low to medium budget; at best) These are the later years, 1940 plus, and have stars like Robert Mitchum in the early stages of his career.
I've not a lot to say about the movies themselves with the exception of 'Wide Open Town' (1941) because you know what to expect with regards to this type of film and none of these will disappoint. 'Wide Open Town' is a remake of 'Hopalong Cassidy Returns' (1936) and has some interesting observations which I shall share.
1) Evelyn Brent the saloon owner and boss of the villians, she plays the same role in both, even some of the dialog is word for word identical; which means the producers must have reworked and borrowed heavily from the same script.
2) In 'Hopalong Cassidy Returns' Morris Ankrum (aka Stephen Morris) plays Evelyn Brent's henchman 'Blackie' and he foully murders the local crippled newspaper editor. In 'Wide Open Town' Morris Ankrum plays the part of the newspaper editor and is on the side of "Hoppy". Comedy relief is ably carried out by Andy Clyde as California instead of George 'Gabby' Hayes 'Windy Holiday'.
In spite of the above, these two movies are not entirely the same and the remake has some different twists in the story. The ending is a little happier!
I've purchased all of the first four volumns and have received two to date, Vols 1 & 4. I expect delivery of vols 2 & 3 any day now. I have also ordered, from Amazon, vols 5 to 8; 40 movies for $82.00 including postage and packing to Australia; unbelievable!!!
I would like to point out that these aren't Region 1 encoded as stated by Amazon. They are ALL REGIONS and can be played anywhere in the world. No matter where you live you can purchase these with confidence."
Another great western starring Hopalong Cassidy vol 4
Jerry Nelson | West Point GA. | 07/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hoppy let's us move from the west to the tall timber country in "Riders of the Timerline". He and California Carlson help catch a band of crooks who want to cut down and destroy precious mountain ridges full of trees.
Anyone who is not only a Hoppy fan, can also enjoy the early career of Robert Mitchum. He got his start in the early Hoppy movies and appears always as one of the bad guys in these western classics.
If you like shoot outs, horseback chases through beautiful locations, heros who understand values and principles, funniest side kicks to have ever been filmed, and just plain good American West fun, then you must have this classic collection of Hopalong Cassidy movies. You can let your children watch them and be a kid with them in these clean wholesome movies."