|Another technology upheaval is occurring and streaming is becoming the norm for movies and TV.|
Here's a couple October, 2023 articles about Best Buy exiting the physical media business in 2024:
|Lots of ol' westerns were made available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment through their Warners Shop / WB Shop. But the WB Shop closed in April, 2021. And the Warners Archive library of DVDs and Blu-Rays are now being handled on Amazon.|
Link to an article on the closing of the Warners Shop: https://thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/040121-1500
Link to the Warners section at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/B4C09CA5-2315-4DD6-9632-1C7371C63D2B
Here's a link to the leftovers at the old WB Shop website: https://wbshop.com/
|Tom Goethe e-mailed about Roy Rogers final film, MACKINTOSH AND T.J. (1975), which was released May, 2021 on DVD and Blu-Ray by MVD Visuals. Newly created trailer is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvrJwwNdkZo|
Roy was in his mid sixties when he starred in this. It's a tale of an aging drifter (Roy) and a 13 year old runaway played by future ProRodeo Hall of Famer Clay O'Brien. Other cast members were James Hampton, Joan Hackett, Billy Green Bush, and Andrew Robinson. Extras include video and audio remembrances from several of the cast.
Blu-Ray is about $18.00 and DVD about $10.00 at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mackintosh-T-J-Blu-ray-Roy-Rogers/dp/B08SPM81D4
Oldies.com has it for about $20.00 and $12.50: https://www.oldies.com/product-view/54245T.html
|Earnie Price e-mailed about Critics Choice video releasing a three film DVD of Bill Elliott westerns from Columbia Pictures.|
Titles are: ACROSS THE SIERRAS (1941), HANDS ACROSS THE ROCKIES (1941) and THE RETURN OF DANIEL BOONE (1941).
The DVD Is about $10.50 and there's more about the collection at the Critics Choice website: https://www.ccvideo.com/bill-elliott-western-triple-feature/683904549570
|Tom Goethe e-mailed about Alpha Video / oldies.com releasing seven obscure, ultra low budget B westerns on MOD DVD. Titles are:|
You can purchase the titles individually, or get the seven film set on five DVD-Rs for about $31.00: https://www.oldies.com/product-view/9874D.html
|In late November, 2020, VCI released DVD and Blu-Ray versions of another serial, the 15 chapter RIDERS OF DEATH VALLEY (Universal, 1941).|
Dick Foran is the hero, ably assisted by Buck Jones, Leo Carillo, Noah Beery Jr., Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams and Glenn Strange. The story has the good guys battling Charles Bickford, Monte Blue, and James Blaine over gold and a lost Aztec mine. And watch for Lon Chaney Jr. as one of the henchmen.
Amazon has the DVD and Blu-Ray versions for $14.00 - $18.00: https://www.amazon.com/Riders-Death-Valley-Blu-ray-Various/dp/B08DBHCYDB
|In late October, 2020, Critics Choice video brought out a nine film / three dvd set of Buck Jones' westerns.|
Titles are: MEN WITHOUT LAW (1930), THE AVENGER (1931), BRANDED (1931), THE DEADLINE (1931), THE RANGE FEUD (1931, with John Wayne), FORBIDDEN TRAIL (1932), THE THRILL HUNTER (1933), THE CALIFORNIA TRAIL (1933) and UNKNOWN VALLEY (1933).
The DVD set is about $19.00 and you can read more about the collection at the Critics Choice website: https://www.ccvideo.com/buck-jones-western-collection/683904549310
|Three Hal Roach "streamliners" are available from Classic Flix. In 1942 - 1943, Will Rogers' son Jimmy Rogers was partnered with Noah Beery, Jr. in three comedy westerns: DUDES ARE PRETTY PEOPLE (1942, 46 min.), CALABOOSE (1943, 45 min.) and PRAIRIE CHICKENS (1943, 47 min.).|
Left to right in the DVD cover photo are Jimmy Rogers, Mary Brian and Noah Jr. in CALABOOSE.
The DVD is about $15.00 and more about the collection at the Classic Flix website: https://www.classicflix.com/products/the-complete-hal-roach-streamliners-collection-volume-2-the-westerns-classicflix-silver-series
Available from Amazon for about $12.50: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Roach-Streamliners-Collection-Westerns/dp/B085K9RH61/
|In June, 2020, Kit Parker Films and VCI released "Laurel and Hardy: The Definitive Restorations" collection. The set includes seventeen shorts, two features ("Sons of the Desert" and "Way Out West"), and many extras (rare photos, posters, studio files, interviews).|
Lots of details on the restoration and collection at: https://www.vcientertainment.com/product/laurel-hardy-the-definitive-restorations/
Available at Amazon - DVDs are about $43.00 and Blu-Ray is about $60.00: https://www.amazon.com/Laurel-Hardy-Definitive-Restorations-Blu-ray/dp/B084P3S7NJ
|Cowboy Collection volume 10 was released in mid October, 2019 by Warners. It has nine Johnny Mack Brown Monograms on a three (MOD) DVD set. Titles are THE HAUNTED MINE (1946), VALLEY OF FEAR (1947), CROSSED TRAILS (1948), TRIGGERMAN (1948), BACK TRAIL (1948), GUNNING FOR JUSTICE (1948), TRAILS END (1949), RANGE JUSTICE (1949), and WESTERN RENEGADES (1949).|
About $27.00 from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XK5QB1T/
|A few years back, VCI released several of the Red Ryder features starring Bill Elliott, Allan Lane, and Jim Bannon.|
Bannon did four Ryders - all in Cinecolor - but only two were put on DVD by VCI.
Good news - in Summer, 2019, VCI released all four Bannon films on a two DVD set.
Priced at about $14.00 at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ryder-Westerns-Color-Complete-Collection/dp/B07PQTXDCM
|Long time ago, VCI released a DVD of the two Lone Ranger movies starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels.|
THE LONE RANGER (1956) and THE LONE RANGER AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD (1958) are now available on DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Bargain priced at about $6.00 at Amazon:
|April 7, 2019 ... and great news: On the Classic Horror Film Board Forum, Tom Weaver had news from Robert Blair at VCI that they have a whole bunch of Universal serials to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray.|
List of Universal serials and more details at:
And more on VCI and those Universal serials: http://inthebalcony.com/speaking-of-serials.html
Buck Jones' THE RED RIDER (Universal, 1934) and THE ROARING WEST (Universal, 1935) are the first of these to be released - see below.
|Warners is releasing a DVD of the 1938 Dick Foran mountie adventure HEART OF THE NORTH ... in glorious Technicolor.|
Priced at about $20.00 from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-North-Dick-Foran/dp/B07LD4R5WS/
|Tom Goethe e-mailed about Alpha Video / Oldies.com releasing a collection of five Jack Randall Monogram westerns on DVD-R. |
Films are GUNSMOKE TRAIL (1938), MAN'S COUNTRY (1938), THE CHEYENNE KID (1940), COVERED WAGON TRAILS (1940), and PIONEER DAYS (1940).
The five DVD collection is priced at about $31.00 plus U. S. postage direct from Alpha / Oldies.com: https://www.oldies.com/product-view/9815D.html
|Tom Goethe e-mailed about Alpha Video / Oldies.com releasing a collection of eight Jack Perrin oaters on DVD-R.|
Titles are: PHANTOM OF THE DESERT (1930), LOSER'S END (1934), WOLF RIDERS (1935), TEXAS JACK (1935), HAIR-TRIGGER CASEY (1936), WILDCAT SAUNDERS (1936), DESERT JUSTICE (1936) AND GUN GRIT (1936).
The DVD collection is priced at about $25.00 plus U. S. postage direct from Alpha / Oldies.com: https://www.oldies.com/product-view/9816D.html
|Appears that Mill Creek Entertainment is re-releasing a a 20 film DVD set that was issued several years ago by Timeless Media.|
The original DVD collection had some "warts" and I've included the review / comments below. You may want to consider purchase of this newly released set since it is inexpensive.
Mill Creek Entertainment for about $20.00: https://www.millcreekent.com/roy-rogers-the-happy-trails-collection-dvd-digital.html
Oldies.com for about $12.00: https://www.oldies.com/product-view/56362R.html
Amazon for about $12.00: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LD4P387/ref=sspa_dk_hqp_detail_aax_0?psc=1
The earlier set from Timeless Media had some issues:
|Jack Tillmany bought this DVD collection, was completely disappointed, and e-mailed me with a BUYER BEWARE! warning for those who might be considering purchasing this. Thankfully, Jack's comments arrived in time as ye Old Corral webmeister was about ready to order the set.|
This six DVD / 20 film "Roy Rogers - King of the Cowboys" collection is from Timeless Media Group and labeled as "Authorized by the Roy Rogers Estate", "Licensed by the Roy Rogers Family Trust", "Digitally Remastered for the Best in Audio and Video Quality", and "Compiled with the assistance of Roy 'Dusty' Rogers Jr. and Jeffrey Kramer".
With all that fanfare, the expectation is that the films would be high quality, certainly better than other versions of Roy's films that have been churned out over the years on VHS and DVD from various bargain priced vendors and collectors. Checking the backs of the DVD covers, every movie is listed with running times between 62 minutes and 78 minutes, which implies that you're getting full length features, not 52 - 54 minute cut-down versions that fit a one hour time TV slot.
Originally priced at around $60.00 - $70.00 at online stores such as amazon.com and Barnes and Noble, this set is expensive ... and a very disappointing mix of B&W and Trucolor oaters, many of which are not in great shape. Most are not full length but are shortened versions with the Happy Trails Theater interviews and wraparounds that were done by Roy and Dale on The Nashville Network many years ago.
The creators of this DVD are even confused - for example, they list SONS OF THE PIONEERS (1942) as 64 minutes long and in Color (the original film was about 55 minutes and in B&W). The B&W SONS version in the set is 52 minutes long. Add in Roy, Dale and Ruth Terry doing Happy Trails Theater and the whole shebang totals about 61 minutes. Yet COWBOY AND THE SENORITA (1944) is complete at about 78 minutes and includes the Republic logo and opening/closing titles, but no Happy Trails chit-chat before or after.
On the positive side, there are the Happy Trails Theater interviews, a tour of the now closed Roy and Dale Museum, and some other special features.
|There's a discussion about this DVD set at the Nitrateville website: http://nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?t=5838|
|Warners is re-releasing the 1948 and 1950 Superman serials with Kirk Alyn. These are made-on-demand (MOD) DVDs.|
No mention of a Blu-Ray version.
Priced at about $29.00 from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Superman-Serials-Complete-1948-Collection/dp/B07HGKPNHH
|Tom Goethe e-mailed about Alpha Video / Oldies.com releasing a collection of seven Yakima Canutt silent starring oaters which he made in the 1920s for producer Ben Wilson. The set contains four made-on-demand (MOD) DVDs.|
Films are BRANDED A BANDIT (1924), WILD HORSE CANYON (1925), HELLHOUNDS OF THE PLAINS (1926), DESERT GREED (1926), THE OUTLAW BREAKER (1926), THE IRON RIDER (1926) and BAD MEN'S MONEY (1929).
The DVD collection is priced at about $25.00 plus U. S. postage direct from Alpha / Oldies.com: https://www.oldies.com/product-view/9790D.html
Was not yet available at Amazon.
|Mill Creek Entertainment released a "Superhero Origins" three DVD set with Columbia's THE SHADOW (1940), BATMAN (1943) and the BATMAN AND ROBIN (1949) serials. Apparently, Mill Creek released these back in 2016 ... but I missed it.|
Appears these are no longer available from Mill Creek. Used copies are available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Superhero-Origins-Three-Classic-Serials/dp/B06WP79QZ9
|Earnie Price e-mailed about Alpha Video / Oldies.com releasing a made-on-demand (MOD) DVD with the lost / missing DESERT MESA along with Lane Chandler's THE TEXAS TORNADO (TV title: RANCH DYNAMITE). In the mid 1930s, and calling himself 'Tom Wynn / Wynne', prolific stuntman and henchie Wally West had a very brief fling at playing a hero when he starred for Victor Adamson / Denver Dixon in DESERT MESA (Security, 1935) and MORMON CONQUEST (Security, 1939).|
Renown Pictures Ltd in the UK recently released a DVD set which included DESERT MESA. The Alpha / Oldies.com description notes that their MESA print came from the collection of Adamson family friend, Samuel M. Sherman.
Priced at about $7.00 direct from Alpha / Oldies.com: https://www.oldies.com/product-view/8026D.html
Also available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Western-Double-Feature-Dynamite/dp/B07987KGG6
|Got an e-mail from Tom Goethe with news that Mill Creek Entertainment will be releasing a DVD set containing 10 Charles Starrett / Durango Kid adventures and the price is about $15.00.|
I believe all ten titles were previously released on DVD under Sony Pictures Choice Collection brand. Two films in this set, LIGHTNING GUNS and THE HAWK OF WILD RIVER, were among the lost/missing Durango Kids and came out on DVD in 2014.
More details including a list of the titles is at: http://www.millcreekent.com/the-durango-kid-collection-10-classic-westerns.html
Amazon has it for under $10.00: https://www.amazon.com/Durango-Kid-Collection-Classic-Westerns/dp/B076F6VMWM
|The lost / missing DESERT MESA has been found and is now available from Renown Pictures Ltd in the UK.|
In the mid 1930s, and calling himself 'Tom Wynn / Wynne', prolific stuntman and henchie Wally West had a very brief fling at playing a hero when he starred for Victor Adamson / Denver Dixon in DESERT MESA (Security, 1935) and MORMON CONQUEST (Security, 1939).
DESERT MESA is part of a DVD set containing Bob Steele - A Demon for Trouble; Rex Lease - Fighting Caballero; Guinn Williams - Big Boy Rides Again and The Invisible Message (UK title for Gun Play); Jack Perrin - The Cactus Kid; Fred Scott - In Old Montana and Knight of the Plains; Tom Tyler - Law and Order (UK title for Fast Bullets); Bill Cody - Frontier Days and The Call of Justice (UK title for Outlaws of the Range.)
Amazon link below mentions a compatibility issue: "This disk may not play on most DVD/Blu-Ray players sold in the US due to region encoding incompatibility. This item may require a region specific or multi-region DVD/Blu-Ray player and compatible TV. Please check compatibility before purchasing. This product is sold and shipped from the UK, customs cleared and delivered straight to you."
Details on the DVD collection is at: https://www.renownfilms.co.uk/product/the-early-cowboy-collection-volume-1/
Checked in May, 2021, and Amazon has the collection for about $33.00: https://www.amazon.com/Early-Cowboy-Collection-DVD/dp/B0716TDSX9
|Another great serial from Kino Lorber, and available in DVD and Blu-Ray versions. ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL (Republic, 1941) stars Tom Tyler, Frank Coghlan Jr. and Louise Currie vs. Harry Worth as "the Scorpion".|
Directed by William Witney and John English and lots of great stuntwork by Dave Sharpe, MARVEL is considered among the greatest of the sound era cliffhangers.
The Kino Lorber description says their source material is "Newly re-mastered from a 4K Scan by Paramount Pictures Archives".
Prices run from about $10.00 - $20.00 for DVD and Blu-Ray versions.
From Kino Lorber: https://www.kinolorber.com/product/view/id/4600
Available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Captain-Marvel-Chapter-Blu-ray/dp/B073LWR973
|Sprocket Vault / Kit Parker Films has released a wonderful DVD of the 1928 silent serial THE MYSTERIOUS AIRMAN, a ten episode "Super Chapterplay of the Air" starring silent era serial superstar Walter Miller and Eugenia Gilbert and produced by the Weiss Brothers.|
Digitally remastered from a tinted 35mm nitrate print, the only missing piece is the beginning of Chapter 9.
There's a commentary track by film historian Richard M. Roberts and a new piano score is by Dr. Andrew Simpson, main accompanist of the Library of Congress, Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia. There's several extras: "Flying Cadets" (1928) two-reel short with vintage plane shots and filmed at Brooks Field, Texas; New York Censor Board Files (as some scenes had to be cut for the serial to be shown in the State of New York); a gallery of posters and lobby cards.
Am doing one chapter an evening and have viewed the first three episodes ... and the quality is absolutely marvelous. Screen capture below from Chapter 2.
An overview of the serial is at Sprocket Vault's website: http://thesprocketvault.com/product/the-mysterious-airman/
Sprocket Vault sells their DVDs exclusively through Amazon and the price is about $25.00: https://www.amazon.com/Mysterious-Airman-Walter-Miller/dp/B06Y4GLV4C/
|Another great cliffhanger was released by Kino Lorber in late April, 2017 in DVD and Blu-Ray versions. DAREDEVILS OF THE RED CIRCLE (Republic, 1939) stars Charles Quigley, Herman Brix and stuntman Dave Sharpe as circus performers pitted against Charles Middleton as "39013". Pretty Carole Landis is the heroine and direction by John English and William Witney. DAREDEVILS is among the finest of the sound era serials.|
Priced at about $35.00 from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Daredevils-Circle-Chapter-Serial-Blu-ray/dp/B06X3XM3JG
|Olive Films has much of the Republic film library. In February, 2017, Olive released DVD and Blu-Ray versions of the twelve chapter PANTHER GIRL OF THE KONGO (Republic, 1955) which stars Phyllis Coates and Myron Healey. Ye Old Corral webmeister is not a great fan of jungle serials, so I did not order a copy. But a couple movie buddies did purchase PANTHER GIRL and said the quality was quite good.|
More on PANTHER GIRL at the Olive Films website: https://olivefilms.com/product/panther-girl-of-the-kongo/
Available from Amazon for about $20.00: https://www.amazon.com/Panther-Kongo-Blu-ray-Myron-Healey/dp/B01MTZ9138
|Tom Goethe was at K-mart and came across a new 12 movie Lash La Rue two DVD set from Echo Bridge Entertainment which was released in May, 2013. K-mart had it in their discount bin for $7.50.|
These are not Lash's films at PRC, but the dozen he and Al 'Fuzzy' St. John did for producer/director Ron Ormond and his Western Adventure production company during 1948-1952.
E-mail from pal Minard Coons: "I bought the Lash La Rue Collector's Set from Echo Bridge through Amazon. Disc one has Great picture quality, but the sound is fuzzy. Disc 2 has great picture and sound. I haven't been through disc 2 all the way and have only found one flaw in it. During the film transfer of THE DALTON'S WOMEN (1951), they got reel 2 and 3 reversed, so story goes from reel one to reel three and then reel two. After that it is okay. But it is a great Lash La Rue set for any La Rue fan."
As of early 2020, appears that new versions of this DVD collection are no longer being produced. You may want to check eBay. And Amazon has new and used DVDs available: http://www.amazon.com/Lash-LaRue-Collectors-Set/dp/B00BG4RJG2/
|Several years ago, the Video Kart, Ltd./Films Around The World began issuing DVDs which you could buy via their Video Kart website, and we had that info on this videotape/DVD webpage.|
Times have changed ... and DVD MOD (made on demand) seems to be the current rage. In 2012, Films Around The World started a new label called "Mr. FAT-W Video", discontinued their Video Kart website, and partnered with Amazon.com to manufacture DVDs to order, as well as offering downloads, streaming, etc. They have several hundred films available through amazon, and that includes about 60 westerns (John Wayne Lone Stars as well as PRC oaters with Dean, Lash, Wayne, Crabbe, Steele and the Texas Rangers). Films Around The World is also the source on all/most all of the Dean, Lash, Crabbe, Wayne/Lone Stars and Steele/PRCs shown on Encore's Westerns channel.
Their MOD DVDs are about $10.00-$20.00 each, and the following link will take you to amazon.com and the list of westerns:
|Circa 1976, MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH was released on videotape, and I got it on either a Beta or VHS tape. This B western compilation/tribute was a collaborative effort of Packy Smith and Richard Patterson - Richard directed and Smith provided his B western knowledge, selected the heroes and film clips, etc. For those who had the original videotape - and for those who didn't - this compilation consists of scores of B oater movie clips put together into a wild and crazy western plot that runs nearly 90 minutes long. Pat Buttram does the narration.|
There's good news. The original 35mm source material was re-used to create a new DVD-R titled MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH - THE ORIGINAL DIRECTOR'S CUT. What's great is that you can turn on the DVD subtitle option and the original film title will be shown under the clips. And I'm bettin' that you'll have a smile on your face watching lots of saloon brawls, cattle stampedes, and Indian attacks.