John Wayne Film Collection (Fox; $49.98)

western-dvd-reviews_john-wayne-collectionThis new Duke collection features Red River, The Alamo, The Comancheros, The Horse Soldiers, The Undefeated, The Big Trail and North to Alaska, among the Westerns.

Yet a lot of these pictures are already available as Blu-ray discs, which look and sound far better than DVDs, plus they often come with commentaries. The Big Trail, Wayne’s first important movie, is stunning in high-definition. The Comancheros, which came out in Blu-ray a year ago, is worth noting the fantastic Utah scenery. The 50th Anniversary DigiBook also has a documentary on the history of the actual Comancheros, and another on the Duke’s career at Fox.

Bottom line, if you own a Blu-ray player, I’d go for the better-looking movies. But if you don’t, this 10-DVD collection is a pretty nice deal.

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