If you end up at WalMart over the holiday, you might want to fish around in the $5 DVD bin — because there’s good stuff to be had in there. Image Entertainment has released a slew of triple-feature sets, with three films stuck on a single DVD — at five bucks a pop.
There are no technical specs on the packaging, so I tried one and was happy to find that my five-dollar gamble had paid off — Image has licensed the nice anamorphic transfers that are available elsewhere for more money. There are no extra features of any kind.
In addition to these Western sets, there are collections of war pictures (one has Andre de Toth’s excellent Play Dirty from 1968), a Corman/Poe/Price disc, and lots of Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson things.
I really dig Escort West (1959). You can’t beat black and white ‘Scope. Day Of The Outlaw (1959) is one of the best 50 Westerns of them all — we can spend the holiday weekend arguing that one, if you want. And John Sturges’ Hour Of The Gun (1967) deserves far more credit than it gets.
Whether they’re worth a trip to WalMart is a matter of personal taste.