Utpal Borpujari

August 8, 2010

DVD Review: How the West Was Won

By Utpal Borpujari

This 1962 film, starring James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck and Debbie Reynolds, is everything that grand scale Hollywood cinema is. Its panoramic scene taking makes it a must watch on the big screen, but since it will be but a rare occasion when one might get to watch it that way, the next best option is your home video system.

This grand spectacle is so wide in scope that it required three directors to capture the multiple stories spanning half a century of American history during the Civil War, from 1839 to 1889, seen in the backdrop of a woman’s life story.

Though a bit sluggish in parts, this film was filmed using the Cinerama technique, which required simultaneous projection of its images on three adjacent screens. This special pack consists three DVDs, including one that tells the story of making of the film.

How the West Was Won; English; Dir:  John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall; Rs 699; Big Home Video

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 08-08-2010)



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