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Roy Rogers Collection V. 1 (Roan Group)


Picture: C     Sound: C-     Extras: C     Shorts: C+



Roy Rogers is one of the legends of Westerns and The Roan Group has issued a few DVDs of his early work, as have a few other companies.  Their first volume features Days Of Jesse James (a 1939 “history” drama), King Of The Cowboys (a 1943 singing cowboy piece) and Roll On Texas Moon (a 1946 action piece), all of which are among his better hour-long B-movies.


If you never saw his early work or ever wondered why so much of a fuss has been made about him, you can see why he was #2 behind John Wayne at Republic Pictures and what made him so appealing.  The studio came up with the best material to keep his success going and he has a certain innocence back then that is actually charming.  It makes for a fun, entertaining viewing.


The 1.33 X 1 image varies from short to short to extra, but is average overall and not too badly, though they show their age, despite some solid peaks.  The DVD was issued in 1999, so blame part of the problem on age.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is worse, down too many generations and often with more background noise than expected.  Extras include a Cowboys trailer, an alternate take from an Armed Forces print and a 3-Strip TruColor introductory short used at film festivals of Rogers hits.  It also has better sound than anything else on this disc, though the clip has some damage.  TruColor was the one format that could compete technically with Technicolor, but this version did not last long enough, sadly.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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