WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Big Country, The
Genre:Western

Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 1.5
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Supplementals
Included are filmed interviews with Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston and Billy Wilder, plus other rememberences, behind-the-scenes featurette, Fun In The Big Country and still archive.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ID7352 MG
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $79.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 166
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1958
(LD Release Date): 2/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): William Wyler
(Screenplay/Written By): James R. Webb, Sy Bartlett & Robert Wilder (Screenplay) Jessamyn West & Rovert Wyler (Adaptation)
(Story): NA
(Music): Jerome Moross
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(Production Designer): Frank Hotaling
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(Editor): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): William Wyler & Gregory Peck

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Donald Hamilton, William Wylerís The Big Country stars Gregory Peck as Jim McKay, a peace loving gentleman who moves west to be with his fiancť, Patricia Terrill (Carroll Baker), and meet her family. He is quick to learn that Patís father, Major Terrill (Charles Bickford) and his men, and Rufus Hannassey (Burl Ives) and his sons have been feuding for years over a slice of land known as the Big Muddy, owned by a neutral friend Julie Maragon (Jean Simmons). The two families see no other way around their problem except fighting and donít listen to McKayís reasonable way of solving itóuntil itís almost too late.

LaserDisc Picture:
The transfer at 2.35:1 does justice to the expansive blue sky photography, and exhibits good picture quality with natural and vivid colors, accurate fleshtones and deep, solid blacks. While sharp, detail is wanting and there is slight noise but no distracting artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished mono, but enjoyable due to Jerome Morossí magnificent expansive music score which dominates the film and was in stereo theatrically.
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