Chris Willman
September 12, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

How the West Was Won

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
164 minutes
performer
Henry Fonda, Debbie Reynolds, Jimmy Stewart, Carroll Baker, Gregory Peck
director
John Ford, Henry Hathaway
distributor
MGM
genre
Western, Romance

We gave it an A-

Three directors (John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall)! A three-lens Cinerama camera! Three concurrently running projectors! Okay, as an omnibus drama, How the West Was Won wasn’t triply great. But despite wooden performances, the final feature filmed in true Cinerama is great fun and holds a wiiiiiide spot in cineasts’ hearts. It always looked goofy on video, with blurry ”join lines” trifurcating the screen, but those distractions have been digitally erased in this three-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The buffalo stampede, rapids run, and train robbery sequences are seamless at last. A-

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