[Our editor, Emily Bloom, brings you the best new releases in her "DVD / Blu Review" article. No filler, no hype, only movies and TV shows we personally buy.]
We pride ourselves at CineWeekly on expressing our true feelings about movies rather than jumping on the internet cult bandwagon or promoting each crappy title that comes along. We also don't pretend to have seen every classic movie to exist in order to appear as the ultimate movie fans. If we haven't heard of a movie, we don't immediately research it on Wikipedia, IMDB, and YouTube to feign extensive knowledge of that particular "classic". That's why I'm coming clean by saying I've never seen the title I chose for this week's Pick of the Week.
The Big Country is the PotW because I have high hopes for it since it stars Gregory Peck in his prime along with Charlton Heston, Burl Ives, and Jean Simmons (though Gene Simmons would also be an interesting movie). Also, the fact that it's a western right in the middle of their populartity (1958) is a major plus. I do, however, know the trailer has looked good and that both Peck and Heston have spoke fondly of this movie over the years. This all reminds me of my shame at still not having seen another well-known Heston movie, 'The Omega Man'. Looks like I have a double-feature in my near future.
With both Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston having passed, it's no wonder the extras on this release are lacking. Heston only died in the last few years so it's a shame that nothing was ever recorded before then. Even the inclusion of the interviews I mentioned earlier would have been nice. But there is a short featurette of the cast and crew hanging out in what I would call a "between-the-scenes" bonus.
I would have really liked to have chosen Hook as PotW but it just doesn't have any special features which it really should. There has to be a made-for-TV behind-the-scenes show out there somewhere and I know none of the child stars are too busy to do some interviews. Ru-fi-o! Ru-fi-o! Ru-fi-ooooo! Spielberg, Williams, and Hoffman should also embrace this movie with the only legitimate snubs being from Julia Roberts or Bob Hoskins (busy filming Super Mario Bros. 2). If you see anything below that you like, click through to Amazon to make your purchase while helping us out at the same time.
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