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Ballad Of Cable Hogue, The
Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns Collection
Genre: Western

Reviewed In Issue 105 (Feb 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Jason Robards, Stella Stevens & David Warner

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 1.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include commentary by Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons, and David Weddle; "The Ladiest Damn'd Lady" 27-minute featurette; the Sam Peckinpah trailer gallery; and a James Dean trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 69388
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $59.92
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1970
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/10/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sam Peckinpah
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
As much a comedy as it is a western, "The Ballad Of Cable Hogue" stars Jason Robards as Hogue. After being left for dead in the middle of the desert, Hogue finds water where there wasn't any. Turning the discovery into a flourishing business, he goes on to find success and happiness when he least expected it. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
Compared to the other DVDs in this set, The Ballad Of Cable Hogue suffers from a more dated appearance. The source element is revealing of film grain, artifacts, discoloration, and scratches. Still, the color scheme is appropriate for a western, and hues can be nicely balanced at times. Details are adequate, but there is some softness and occasional haze in the picture. Pixel breakup is noticed at times, but edge halos are rarely an issue, except in higher contrast scenes. (Suzanne Hodges)

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