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Winchester '73 (1950)

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NOTE: Available on the Universal's Western Collection in R1. The track is an interview with Mr. Stewart, not a screen-specific commentary track.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Actor James Stewart interviewed by Paul Lindenschmidt Rating:10.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by musíl65 on April 18th, 2011:Find all reviews by musíl65
Don’t miss that track!

This commentary was recorded for laserdisc and has been transferred to DVD. James Stewart talks about this movie and his collaboration with Anthony Mann (at this movie and afterwards) and with Hitchcock. He also talks about his understanding of westerns. There are interesting parts about the working for a big studio like Universal. This movie has been Stewart’s first hit after the war.

The track is not so often directly to the part of the movie we are watching, but this is not bad.

We get also information about his whole carrier and how he got in touch with acting. Form his point of view there is not a great difference from this role to his movies before. During shooting there wasn’t clear, that this is a landmark movie. At 1950 Anthony Mann was not very popular. Stewart has seen some of his westerns before and thought he is a good one.

This track is very very good and at the same time a historic document. I could only compare it to the commentary on A Streetcar Named Desire with Karl Malden. 10 out of 10.