I have seen 'Neath the Arizona Skies many times, and I have suffered through numerous bad transfers with extremely poor pictures and terrible sound. But now Olive Films has released this low budget film with a beautiful print and strong, steady sound.
Jonathan C. Pytko's review of this release of John Wayne's 1934 classic "Lone Star" Western in blu ray is right on target. I agree with his insightful review of 'Neath the Arizona Skies wholeheartedly, so please take a few minutes to read it.
While the quality of 'Neath the Arizona Skies is not TCM perfect, it is vastly better than any other version of this film that has been previously released by other companies.
The fact that Olive Films has apparently found good source materials for 'Neath the Arizona Skies is astounding, and I am hopeful that better source materials from more of John Wayne's early films still remain to be discovered.
The storyline in 'Neath the Arisona Skies is of a very warm and human nature. Wayne is the guardian of a young Native Americsn girl named Nina Merrell, and he has cared for her since she was born.
The baby's mother died when she was born and her father then abandoned the child. Wayne, who knew both parents, was present when the baby was born and vowed to raise the child as his own.
When the film opens ten years later, the young girl calls Wayne "Daddy Chris" and obviously loves him dearly. Wayne feels the same for his young ward, but wants to find her "no good" father and confront him about a number of issues.
Oil has been discovered on land owned by her birth father who has now been missing for years. If the girl's father is pronounced dead, then she will be awarded a government "oil" check for $50,000, a huge sum in 1934. In fact, that would be over $900,000 in today's dollars.
Actors John Wayne, Sheila Terry, George "Gabby" Hayes, Shirley Jane Rickert, Yakima Canutt, and the rest of the cast are all great in 'Neath the Arizona Skies. And the cinematography in this so-called "Poverty Row" Western is amazing, showing a variety of rugged Western scenery. And this Western contains plenty of medium shots and close-ups, a rarity in many films of this type.
So saddle up, cowboys and cowgirls, for 53 minutes of non-stop Western adventure with the Duke, his big white stallion, a cute Native American girl, beautiful Sheila Terry, and good ole Gabby Hayes. Please, Olive Films, keep these great releases coming.
- Aantal disks: 1
- Klantenrecensies: 6 klantbeoordelingen
- ASIN: B00005LKKG
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