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Sons Of Katie Elder, The
Genre: Western

Reviewed In Issue 53 (Oct 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer & Michael Anderson, Jr.

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes a trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 06729
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 122
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1965
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/05/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Henry Hathaway
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Four brothers return to Clearwater, Texas to pay their last respects to their mother. There they reunite after years of being apart. John Elder (Wayne), is a fast gunfighting drifter, Tom (Martin) is quick with a deck of cards and a gun if he has to, Matt (Holliman) is the tough quiet one and Bud (Anderson, Jr.) is the youngest and most respectable. When word gets out that John Elder is back in town, he

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD has the typical look of westerns in terms of color fidelity. Hues are well balanced, with lots of browns and brownish fleshtones. Blacks are quite deep overall. Images are generally sharp, but fine details and definition are wanting. At times the picture has a slightly flat appearance. While most scenes are free from edge enhancement, at times its presence is distracting. The source element is revealing of artifacts and dirt. The DVD picture is preferred over the previously reviewed LaserDisc (Issue 30) in terms of sharpness, definition, and color balance. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack is big fat mono. When ProLogic-decoded, the audio is properly placed in the center channel. The vintage audio, like other classic John Wayne reissues from Paramount, has been very nicely restored. Though the inherent shortcomings of the original soundtrack, such as distortion and limited fidelity can