It time for next generation users to cowboy up!
On June 5th Warner Home Video will release Rio Bravo and The Cowboys on HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc in honor of John Wayne's 100th Birthday. Both films have been newly remastered and include commentaries, featurettes and theatrical trailers. Both will be available for $28.99 SRP.
Director Howard Hawks lifted the Western to new heights with Red River. He does it here again, capturing the legendary West with a stellar cast in peak form. Wayne is Sheriff John T. Chance, a small-town lawman enlisting the help of a ragtag team to hold a murderer in jail until the state marshal can arrive. On one side is an army of gunmen dead-set on springing the murderous cohort from jail. On the other are Chance and his two deputies: one a recovering drunkard (Dean Martin), the other a crippled codger (Walter Brennan). Also in their ranks are an unseasoned, trigger-happy youth (Ricky Nelson) and a woman with a past (Angie Dickinson) - and her eye on Chance. Rio Bravo will feature a new digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements.
This deluxe edition has been newly restored and remastered, and features a new cast/director featurette. The Cowboys gave Wayne one of his juiciest roles as a leather-tough rancher who, deserted by his regular help, hires 11 greenhorn schoolboys for a cattle drive across 400 treacherous miles. When the dust settled, Wayne had given one of his best performances. "In The Cowboys," Rex Reed wrote, "all the forces that have made him a dominant personality as well as a major screen presence seem to combine. Old Dusty Britches can act." Co-starring the equally memorable Roscoe Lee Browne, Colleen Dewhurst and Bruce Dern, The Cowboys was directed by Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond).
Also available May 22 in standard definition will be Rio Bravo in both a Two-Disc Special Edition and Ultimate Collectors Edition, The Cowboys as a Deluxe Edition. WHV also will debut the The John Wayne Film Collection, a six-disc set (also available individually) featuring six films never before on DVD: Allegheny Uprising, Reunion in France, Tycoon, Without Reservations, Trouble Along the Way and Big Jim McLain. Already released titles will be available for $12.97 SRP in commemorative packing including the 2006 remastered version of The Searchers and Stagecoach. The John Wayne Legendary Heroes Collection is also available for at a new price of $46.92 SRP