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Louis L’Amour Collection (The Sacketts/Conager/Catlow/Warner Bros. DVD set)


Picture: C+ (Conager: C)     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Main Programs: C+



Warner has reissued some of their Louis L’Amour productions on DVD as The Louis L’Amour collection, though we only had a chance to look at the one theatrical feature film in the set before, Catlow:




That leaves two TV productions that are not bad, with The Sacketts being the better and more elaborate.  A tale involving a battle between two families while the title family does what it can to survive is a TV mini-series that is not bad.  The cast includes Tom Selleck, Jeff Osterhage, Sam Elliott, Glenn Ford, Ben Johnson, Mercedes McCambridge, Gilbert Roland, John Vernon, Jack Elam, Ruth Roman, L.Q. Jones, Slim Pickens, Paul Kosko, James Gammon and Ana Alicia.  It is made for Western fans, but is rich enough that anyone would enjoy it.


Conager was co-written by its co-stars Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross with Jeffrey M. Meyer, delivering the typical story of a family trying to survive violent Native American tribes on the one side and greedy land thieves (including the kind backed by big money) on the other.  Smart enough to be under two hours, it also stars James Gammon, Barry Corbin, Paul Kosko, Gavan O’Herlihy and Buck Taylor.  Genre fans will enjoy it too.


The 1.33 X 1 image is good on Sacketts, but weak on Conager, which looks like a filmed production finished on old analog videotape.  Both have some money in them and can look good.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on the TV productions are simple at best and can have some good sound moments, but don’t expect much in the way of great fidelity.  Extras are only on Catlow and that is only a trailer while the disc offers the same picture and sound quality as the older DVD.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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