Paul Newman, nominated for Oscars nine times, was way overdue when he finally took one home for The Color of Money in 1987. My favorites include: Cool Hand Luke, Hud, The Hustler, The Sting, The Verdict, Nobody’s Fool, Slapshot, even Cars, where he played the same Hudson model he drove, as Fast Eddie Felson, at the beginning of The Hustler, 45 years earlier.
But if you were to ask a Westerns fan for his or her favorite Newman Western, it’s a no-brainer: 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or Elmore Leonard’s 1967 Hombre, both of which can be found in this big, impressive box set. Newman made other Oaters, beginning with 1958’s The Left Handed Gun, as well as 1972’s The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and Robert Altman’s dour 1976 satire, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (which is included here). This 17-disc set also includes a well-illustrated 136-page book, and of the 13 films offered here, Butch & Sundance, The Hustler, The Verdict and The Towering Inferno each come in two-disc collector’s editions with loads of extras, documentaries and commentaries.
The two great Westerns included here, as well as several other first-rate Newman performances, and the book, make this a package worth owning.