Decent budget collection of 10 gritty westerns
punkviper | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 02/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll provide a brief synopsis of each of the 10 films included in this budget collection:
One Eyed Jacks (1961) - Brando directs and stars in this tale of friendship gone bad. Co-starring Karl Malden, also with Ben Johnson & Slim Pickens. Nominated for an Oscar and eminently watchable. Almost underrated. Rating: 7/10
Sundowners (1950) - Not the famous one set in Australia with Robert Mitchum. A mediocre brother VS brother picture with Robert Preston. 6/10
Big Trees (1952) - Kirk Douglas as a timber baron & the Quaker community that stands between him and the forest. Also with Alan Hale Jr. Not bad, not great. 6/10
Vengeance Valley (1951) - Cain & Abel tale with Burt Lancaster & Robert Walker. Mostly forgettable, but Walker is amusingly hammy as the "evil" one. 5/10
Boot Hill (1969) - Well, it's an actual spaghetti western (Italian) but that doesn't mean it isn't boring. Terence Hill is bland as milquetoast. 5/10
God's Gun (1976) - Lee Van Cleef (yeah!) as an ex-priest hot on the trail of a gang of killers led by Jack Palance. Unintentionally hilarious at points, and apparently filmed by the most inept bunch of drunks available at the time, it's still pretty good for an Italian spaghetti western. At least entertaining enough to laugh at or along with. 7/10
Death Rides A Horse (1967) - Lee Van Cleef (yeah!) in a real Italian revenge spaghetti Western. Need I say more? The best of the bunch! 8/10
Beyond The Law (1968) - Lee Van Cleef (yeah!) in yet another tale of revenge and theft. He's an outlaw, he's the sheriff, he's good, he's bad, what is he, who knows?! Just watch. 7/10
Blood And Honor (2000) - One of these things is not like the other... it's a Civil War tale that will put you to sleep. Really, really bad. 3/10
Sundance & The Kid (1969) - Okay, this one's gotta go. First off, it has NOTHING to do with the 2 title characters of Newman & Redford. 2nd, it's a fairly dumb story about 2 brothers that will inherit a pile of cash if they can live peaceably with each other for half a year. Did i mention these "brothers" spend large portions of the film without shirts on, doing masculine things like chopping wood, taking baths and being tortured? Hey if distinctly "male" spaghetti westerns are your thing, it's all you. 2/10
If you are just looking for the Lee Van Cleef films (and who isn't?) there is a smaller 4-film collection entitled Gunslingers which might be enough for you. And if you can't get enough, there's another 10-film set entitled Tales Of The Gun, track it down for more of the same."
Worth every penny...
A. K. Gooch | Memphis, Tn. United States | 09/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...if this collection contained only two of these tales it would be worth the money, but it has lots more. 'One-eyed Jacks' and 'The Big Trees' are here in very good quality and are Classic tales of good vs. evil in old times. If you're a fan of old westerns you can't loose with this. Some of the other films are of lesser quality transfers, but hey, they're old."
Where the lawless make the laws
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 06/02/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"THE LAW AND THE LAWLESS is an unusual mixture of the great, the good and the ghastly. The newest title here gets almost universal low marks. There's four spaghetti westerns of middling quality, including one with no American or British actors in it. Recommended that you pay the "used" price for this one, or better yet, have a look at GUNSLINGERS 50 MOVIE PACK COLLECTION. Several of these oaters will be found on that box set, plus a LOT more!
The following alphabetized program list includes viewer poll ratings for each film (based on a 1 to 10 scale), plus country of origin (if other than USA), years of release and principal actors.
(5.8) Beyond The Law (Italy/W Ger-1968) - Lee Van CleefGordon Mitchell/Lionel Stander
(5.6) The Big Trees (1952) - Kirk Douglas/Edgar Buchanan/Alan Hale Jr.
(2.2) Blood And Honor (2000) - Maria Ortiz/Miles O'Keeffe
(5.0) Boot Hill (Italy-1969) - Terence Hill/Woody Strode
(6.9) Death Rides A Horse (Italy-1968) - Lee Van Cleef/John Phillip Law
(3.8) God's Gun (Italy/Israel-1976) - Lee Van Cleef/Jack Palance/Richard Boone
(7.1) One-Eyed Jacks (1961) - Marlon Brando/Karl Malden/Ben Johnson/Slim Pickens
(6.0) Sundance & The Kid (Italy/Spain-1969)
(6.3) The Sundowners (1950) - Robert Preston/Robert Sterling
(5.8) Vengeance Valley (1951) - Burt Lancaster/Robert Walker/Joanne Dru"