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Johnny Cash - Ridin' the Rails: The Great American Train Story
Johnny Cash - Ridin' the Rails The Great American Train Story
Actor: Johnny Cash
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2005     0hr 52min

Originally filmed and aired in 1974, Ridin' the Rails is a nostalgic look at the history of the American railroad through the song and story of the legendary Johnny Cash. Reenactments of historic railroading moments are mo...  more »


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Actor: Johnny Cash
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Country, Pop, Cash, Johnny
Studio: Rhino / Wea
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/07/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 0hr 52min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A means to better understand and appreciate Johnny Cash
The Delite Rancher | Phoenix, Arizona | 10/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In "Ridin' the Rails: The Great American Train Story," Johnny Cash tells the story of America's railroads doing what he does best. Cash fans will revel in the music and anyone with a general interest in history will appreciate the documental aspects. Indeed, the film is not intended for railroad buffs, but rather to introduce the allure and significance of trains to the uninitiated. The program is mostly composed of historical reenactments, with Johnny Cash narrating and singing songs that commemorate the ethos. The production is surprisingly good for something from 1974 and holds up well when compared to today's made-for-PBS type programs. Considering that cheesy symphony orchestras ruined most Country sounds of the day, the music of "Ridin' the Rails" has held up well. Cash keeps most of the songs stripped down to solo acoustic and therefore the music will always be timeless Americana. The DVD's picture quality is much cleaner when compared to the original and it features outtakes. As song writing imagery, Cash has always employed trains - just listen to Folsom Prison Blues. In "Ridin' the Rails," the viewer gets into the mind of Cash to appreciate on his level, what he loved about railroads. It is in this regard that "Ridin' the Rails" is not just a railroad documentary but a means to better understand and appreciate 'the Man in Black.'"
It's a family matter
Bt | Parts unknown | 04/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This 1974 T.V. program is an interesting look at life on the rails. As the previous reviewer stated, this disc is certainly worth purchasing. The re-enactments are not cheesy, and Johnny brings an element to this topic that you won't see anywhere else. Whether you're a fan of Johnny Cash, or the railroad, it's a must. The issue right now has Rhino working with the Cash family estate trying to work out a deal to release this. Apparently, both sides want this done, & the aim right now is a June 7/2005 target date. Whether that happens remains to be seen."
One of the greatest Cash videos I've seen
James J. Gorski | Kansas City MO | 10/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ridin' the Rails: The Great American Train Story is vintage Cash at his best. Includes great footage of great railroad lines that have disappeared from the American landscape. Evokes memories of the heyday of the railroads and vintage Americana, long before the internet and cell phone. A time when the railroad was the fabric that kept this country together. Johnny sings from the heart and soul when singing about the great railroad lines of times past."
Riding The Rails
Paul L. Kalka | 08/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rhino deserves two thumbs up for reissuing this excellent video on DVD. Johnny Cash is at his peak in this historically accurate depiction of American rail. A perfect combination for both railfans and music aficionados."