I think it’s time I took at look at a few James Stewart movies. Unfortunately Winchester ’73 (1950) has not yet received a UK Blu-ray release. That means I’m reviewing the imported version. Who doesn’t love a Jimmy Stewart western? In any case here’s my Winchester ’73 blu-ray review.
- Winchester ’73 (1950) – Blu-ray Import
- Genre: Western
- Directed by Anthony Mann
- UK Rating N/A
- Discs: 1
- Released By Shock / Universal
Lin McAdam (James Stewart) arrives in Dodge City and enters a competition to win a perfect Winchester ’73. However it’s not the gun he is really after, rather the man who killed his father that also just happens to be competing for the infamous rifle.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Anthony Mann whilst the cinematography is handled by William H. Daniels. Shot in black and white this western has everything you could want. It’s a well made and fast paced film that delivers plenty of excitement.
Music / Audio Effects
The music perfectly reflects the west that films of the time portray.
Acting / Characters
I’ve always enjoyed films with James Stewart and Winchester ’73 is no exception. He delivers a compelling performance of a man determined to track down an old adversary.
- James Stewart as Lin McAdam
- Shelley Winters as Lola Manners
- Dan Duryea as Waco Johnnie Dean
- Stephen McNally as Dutch Henry Brown
- Millard Mitchell as High-Spade Frankie Wilson
- Charles Drake as Steve Miller
- John McIntire as Joe Lamont
- Will Geer as Wyatt Earp
- Jay C. Flippen as Sgt. Wilkes
- Rock Hudson as Young Bull
- John Alexander as Jack Riker
- Steve Brodie as Wesley
- James Millican as Wheeler
- Abner Biberman as Latigo Means
- James Best as Crater
- Tony Curtis as Doan (credited as “Anthony Curtis”)
Conclusion: Winchester ’73 (1950) Film Review
Winchester ’73 is without doubt a classic western. Furthermore it’s a film I have enjoyed for many years having been a James Stewart fan. I highly recommend this to fans of classic westerns or James Stewart.
If you enjoyed my Winchester ’73 blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Seraphim Falls (2006)
- Breakheart Pass (1975)
- Two Rode Together (1961)
- Shane (1953)
- Broken Arrow (1950)
- My Darling Clementine (1946)
- The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Conclusion: Winchester ’73 Blu-ray Review
Unfortunately the only way to own this classic on Blu-ray is to purchase a foreign version that plays on UK Blu-ray players. The good news is you can do just that and I’ll put an Amazon link to it below.
The picture quality is near perfect without any real noticeably marks. The Image is sharp and clean making this the must have version of the film.
On to my movie rating for Winchester ’73 (1950)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: VERY GOOD
- Extras: NONE
Winchester ’73 (1950) is available now on Blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
That just about concludes my Winchester ’73 blu-ray review, if you have any thoughts on this film you can leave them in the comment section below:
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Summary: Winchester '73 (1950) - Blu-ray Import
Movie title: Winchester '73 (1950)
Duration: 92 mins
Director(s): Anthony Mann
Actor(s): James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, Millard Mitchell, Charles Drake
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
James Stewart is simply excellent in this classic western.
- James Stewart
- Entertaining Western
- Not Available on Blu-ray in the UK
- No Extras