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  • Aug 1, 2004
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First let me say that there is flaw on my Lonesome Dove disc - the voice and mouths don't match up. I have other movies that are like this, and some that are not, so I don't know if it's shoddy quality of this disc or my DVD player, or both. So, I'm discounting this in the following review. I've read enough that the two-disc version that you get if you buy just Lonesome Dove by itself has better quality. That said, it is hard to beat the price of this set for what amounts to about 14 hours, I think, worth of movies.

First, Lonesome Dove is one of the best mini-series and westerns of all time. It is just an absolutely fabulous small screen rendition of Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize winning Lonesome Dove. The acting by Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, Ricky Schroeder, Danny Glover, Robert Urlich, and the whole cast is just top notch. It's the story of two ex-Texas Rangers who go on a quixotic cattle drive to Montana and the travails that follow. It sounds like a simple plot but the quest is fraught with danger and intrigue. It's a fabulous mini-series.

Dead Man's Walk and The Street of Laredo are not nearly as good as Lonesome Dove. Dead Man's Walk is the story of a much younger Gus McRae and Woodrow Call who are captured by Mexican troops and then, of course, eventually escape with a little help from a clever woman whom they help escape and some frontier smarts (as opposed to street smarts). The movie is pretty slow going and is not that good, really.

Streets of Laredo find an aging Woodrow Call called upon to chase down a young Mexican serial killer. At first it was hard to picture James Garner as Call given the fine job Tommy Lee Jone's did in Lonesome Dove. While no Tommy Lee Jones, Garner does a very good job of it. The movie is slightly above average as it reveals the weaknesses and humanity of Call.

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Lonesome Dovebegan life as a Larry McMurtry screenplay written for the big screen, with John Wayne, James Stewart, and Henry Fonda in mind for the roles of aging Texas Rangers Gus McCrae, Woodrow Call, and Jake Spoon. That too-good-to-be-true project never happened, and McMurtry shelved the story for some years and then revived it as a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The latter was subsequently adapted for the glorious 1989 television miniseries starring Robert Duvall as Gus, one of the most endearing and heroic figures to come out of Old West mythology, Tommy Lee Jones as the equally noble but taciturn Woodrow, and Robert Urich as their fallen comrade, Jake. Set in the late 19th century in a sleepy Texas town, we meet Gus and Woodrow long after they put their days of settling the West behind them. Busy as cattle ranchers yet spiritually idle, the two head out on one last great adventure to set down new stakes in Montana, a journey that is fraught with terrible dangers, reunions with old loves, and unexpected collisions with destiny. An exemplary and moving Western drama with magnificent performances from Duvall and Jones (and great support from Anjelica Huston, Rick Schroder, Danny Glover, and Diane Lane),Lonesome Dovepaved the way for three sequels, two of which are in this collection.Streets of Laredofeatures James Garner this time as Woodrow Call, who is hired by a railroad company to track down a young criminal and comes face to face with his own past. The other isDead ...
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Genre: Westerns
Studio: Lions Gate
DVD Release Date: April 30, 2002

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