WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Cowboys, The

Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11213
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 135
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1971
(LD Release Date): 06/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Mark Rydell
(Screenplay/Written By): Irving Ravetch & Harriet Frank Jr.
(Story): NA
(Music): John Williams
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Philip M. Jefferies
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Anthea Sylbert
(Editor): Robert Swink & Neil Travis
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo & 70mm 6 Track Mag Stereo
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Wayne stars as a tough rancher who has to resort to using 11 greenhorn schoolboys on a 400-mile cattle drive when his regular help up and quit him. Naturally Wayne makes the best of it, bullying the boys into becoming men. As was his wont.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.35:1 picture is excessively bright in several scenes and lacks contrast. Color appears washed out although fleshtones are naturally rendered.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is essentially mono (no directionalized dialogue and effects) but this edition has the original stereo Overture, EntrŽActe and Exit Music of John Williams’ marvelous score. The soundstage is expansive and the music well recorded.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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