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|Hopalong Cassidy Vol 5|
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Television
Studio: Platinum Disc Llc Release Date: 10/26/2004 Run time: 340 minutes
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BVT | Paranaque City Philippines | 10/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Volume 5 marks the new set of the Hopalong Cassidy series from Platinum. Volumes 1-4 were released a couple of months earlier. The 40 episodes in volumes 1-8 (5 episodes per volume) of circa early to late 40's Hoppies and the 20 episodes from Image (2 episodes per set) from the 30's provide the Hoppy film buffs with the essential collection for the genre. Hoppy westerns are B westerns with high production values (especially the 30's episodes). That makes them very pleasing to watch. Hoppy westerns are westerns, with no time-warping distortions where you see planes, cars, telephones, Nazis, etc., in an environment of tough cowboys packing pistols. Such are common with the Gene Autry and Roy Rogers fare of later years. As a young kid then, I was already discerning enough to know that cars, planes and gun toting cowboys don't mix. I know westerns require a suspension of reality to be enjoyable but mixing them with modern day apparatus make whole deal unbelievable and preposterous. Happily that is not the way with Hoppy westerns.
My first introduction to Hoppy was the 30 minute show with specially made for TV episodes (40 new episodes and some 12 movies cannibalized to fit the 30 minute format). I was not hot on Hoppy then for the TV shows were somewhat tepid. Also, Boyd then was somewhat aged for an action cowboy hero. His white hair didn't help any. Boyd started the series in the mid 30's at forty years of age. Is it any wonder then that new episodes canned in the 1951-53 make him appear as a "granpa" cowboy hero? It was only later in my maturity when I discovered the 30's and 40's Hoppy to realize these earlier features were A-1 quality westerns. The films are categorized as B westerns because they were a continuing series and the actors are B players. Other than that, the films are well made. The fact that there are many of them (66 to be exact) makes watching NOT not a boring endeavor.
If Platinum (ARE YOU READING THIS?) comes up with the 52 Hoppy 1950 specially made for TV episodes, I will also CONSUME THEM and SAVOR THEM. Well Platinum, do it now!!!
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C. M. Street | Edgware, Middx United Kingdom | 02/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These discs contain the last 40 Hopalong Cassidy movies (5 films per disc)and are issued by Platinum Disc Co. A number of the earlier films were issued by Image Entertainment at two films per disc.
They are all official releases, have been remastered for sound and vision and are the full length uncut versions.Overall quality is excellent.
Although 'B'westerns the production values on the Cassidys was superior to most of the similar product of the time and it shows.
If you like Hoppy or 'B' westerns in general you will enjoy these and at the price is a real bargain.