The Cowboys

The Cowboys

John Wayne
Director: Mark Rydell Cast: John Wayne
John Wayne
, Roscoe Lee Browne
Roscoe Lee Browne
, Bruce Dern
Bruce Dern
Mark Rydell

DVD (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Repackaged)

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Warner Brothers has done well by one of its John Wayne classics with this special edition of The Cowboys. The video transfer offers an anamorphic, remastered image that does a beautiful job of capturing the colors and texture of Robert Surtees's magnificent Cinemascope photography. The film's soundtrack is represented with a Dolby 5.1 stereo mix that is subtle but deploys the rich John Williams musical score with great effectiveness. This special edition also offers a nice set of extras to compliment the film. First is a feature-length commentary track by director Mark Rydell: he does a fine job conveying his fondness for the film as he offers up a steady stream of anecdotes about the production (example: his first choice forJohn Wayne's character was actually George C. Scott), fond memories of the cast and observations on his choices as a filmmaker. He sometimes gets caught up in watching the film but, given its quality, it's hard to blame him. There are also two featurettes: a new retrospective interview piece called "The Cowboys: Together Again" and a vintage making-of featurette. The former reunites many of the cast members with Rydell and the group offers an array of fond memories that will entertain the film's fans. The latter piece is a more standard making-of piece but it offers some nice on-the-set footage. A theatrical trailer is the last part of on-disc features but the disc's packaging adds one last extra: a lovely set of black-and-white publicity photo reproductions included inside the disc case. All in all, this is an excellent package for an excellent film and a must for fans of The Cowboys.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2007
UPC: 0085391145356
Original Release: 1972
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:15:00
Sales rank: 7,164

Special Features

Includes collectible behind-the-scenes photo set; Commentary by director Mark Rydell; New cast/director reunion featurette The Cowboys: Together Again; Vintage featurette The Breaking of Boys and the Making of Men; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Wil Anderson
Roscoe Lee Browne Jebediah Nightlinger
Bruce Dern Asa Watts ("Long Hair")
Colleen Dewhurst Kate
Slim Pickens Anse
Sam O'Brien Jimmy Phillips
Mike Pyeatt Homer Weems
Lonny Chapman Preacher
Matt Clark Smiley
Sarah Cunningham Annie Andersen
Jim Burk Pete
Larry Finley Jake
Jerry Gatlin Howdy
Walter Scott Okay
Margaret Kelly Stuttering Bob's mother
Larry Randles Ben
Tap Canutt Stunts
Chuck Courtney Stunts
Gary Epper Stunts
Kent Hays Stunts
Henry Wills Stunts
Joe Yrigoyen Stunts
Richard Farnsworth Henry Williams
A. Martinez Cimarron
Alfred Barker Singing Fats
Steve Benedict Steve
Norman Howell Weedy
Sean Kelly Stuttering Bob
Clay O'Brien Hardy Fimps
Charles Tyner Jenkins
Allyn Ann McLerie Ellen Price
Nicolas Beauvy Four Eyes
Robert Carradine Slim Honeycutt
Stephen R. Hudis Charlie Schwartz
Tony Epper Rustler

Technical Credits
Mark Rydell Director,Producer
Harriet Frank Screenwriter
Philip M. Jefferies Production Designer
William Dale Jennings Screenwriter
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Irving Ravetch Screenwriter
Kay Rose Sound Editor
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Robert Swink Editor
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Neil Travis Editor
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Tim Zinnemann Associate Producer,Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Cowboys [Deluxe Edition]
1. Overture [2:40]
2. Credits [2:39]
3. Gold Fever [3:11]
4. A Stiff Neck [2:26]
5. The Schoolhouse [3:07]
6. Out of the Corral [2:35]
7. Auditions on Horseback [10:34]
8. Terms of Hire [3:56]
9. Laying Down the Irons [3:10]
10. Lessons for Cowboys [1:37]
11. A Hard Man [5:25]
12. Jebediah Nightlinger [3:13]
13. Bedtime Story [3:57]
14. "Move 'Em Out!" [4:29]
15. After a Long Day [2:47]
16. 3 A.M. [2:09]
17. Cimarron Rescues Slim [2:42]
18. Bob Does It [1:33]
19. A Gift; A Father's Sons [3:44]
20. Whiskey [8:28]
21. Long Hair and Dan [3:42]
22. Intermission [:46]
23. Entr'acte [2:22]
24. Nighthawk Duty [2:51]
25. A Cowboy Laid to Rest [4:40]
26. Boys Meet Girls [6:47]
27. Shadowed [4:48]
28. Long Hair Makes His Move [5:52]
29. Wil vs. Long Hair [4:47]
30. Summer's Over [1:55]
31. "We're Going to Finish the Job" [2:27]
32. Striking Back [4:21]
33. Jebediah's Noose [4:34]
34. Long Hair's Noose [3:42]
35. Trail's End [3:30]
36. Cast List [1:21]
37. Exit Music [1:09]

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