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DVD Review: Gary Cooper - The Signature Collection

Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2006. Last Updated on Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 4:51 PM by Scott Jentsch

Front Cover ArtworkGary Cooper - The Signature Collection
DVD - 5-movie box set
Warner Bros. 82993 - Region 1

List Price: $49.98 (Check Price at Amazon.com)

Not Rated

While it doesn't contain Cooper's most well-known movie, "High Noon," this is a packed set that any Gary Cooper fan will want in their collection.

This box set contains the following movies starring Gary Cooper:

  • Sergeant York (1941)
  • The Fountainhead (1949)
  • Dallas (1950)
  • Springfield Rifle (1952)
  • The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

Sergeant York

1941, Black & White, 134 mins.

 Theatrical This DVD
Aspect Ratio:1.37:1 1.33:1
Audio:

Mono

Dolby Digital 2.0 (Mono)

Disc 1

  • Movie
  • Commentary by Jeanine Basinger
  • Feature: "Lions for Sale" (Color)
  • Feature: "Porky's Preview" (animated cartoon)
  • Gary Cooper Trailer Gallery
Disc 2
  • Featurette: "Sergeant York: Of God and Country"
  • Biographical Profile: "Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend"

About the Movie

Gary Cooper was hand-picked by the real Alvin York and picked up the Best Actor Academy Award® for his work in this movie. It was released in 1941, when the U.S. was on the brink of war, and inspired many enlistments. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won for Best Film Editing.

How Does it Look?

For a movie made 65 years ago, the picture looks very good! No complaints given the source material.

How Does it Sound?

Sound is mono, which is true to the original. Dialog is easy to understand and no distracting problems were noticed.

The Fountainhead

1949, Black & White, 112 mins.

 Theatrical This DVD
Aspect Ratio:1.37:1 1.33:1
Audio:

Mono

Dolby Digital 2.0 (Mono)

Disc 1

  • Movie
  • The Making of The Fountainhead
  • Theatrical Trailer

About the Movie

Gary Cooper portrays architect Howard Roark who stands against conventional wisdom.

How Does it Look?

Once again, the black & white picture looks very good for a movie made in 1949.

How Does it Sound?

The mono sound is good, with no distracting audio artifacts.

Dallas

1950, Color, 94 mins.

 Theatrical This DVD
Aspect Ratio:1.37:1 1.33:1
Audio:

Mono

Dolby Digital 2.0 (Mono)

Disc 1

  • Movie

About the Movie

Gary Cooper plays an ex-Confederate soldier who goes after the people who wronged him near Dallas, Texas.

How Does it Look?

The Technicolor image looks very good, with just a little bit of bob (vertical jump), but not to the point of distraction.

How Does it Sound?

The mono sound is good, with no distracting audio artifacts.

 

Springfield Rifle

1952, Color, 93 mins.

 Theatrical This DVD
Aspect Ratio:unknown
1.33:1
Audio:

Mono

Dolby Digital 2.0 (Mono)

Disc 1

  • Movie

About the Movie

Gary Cooper plays Lex Kearny, a U.S. Army major posing as a Confederate sympathizer, and unmasks rustlers of Union horses.

How Does it Look?

The color picture is good with no distracting video artifacts.

How Does it Sound?

The mono sound is good, with no distracting audio artifacts.

 

The Wreck of the Mary Deare

1952, Color, 105 mins.

 Theatrical This DVD
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
2.35:1
Audio:

Mono

Dolby Digital 2.0 (Mono)

Disc 1

  • Movie

About the Movie

Charlton Heston joins Gary Cooper in this tale of the Mary Deare, a freighter that is adrift in stormy seas.

How Does it Look?

The color picture is good with no distracting video artifacts.

How Does it Sound?

The mono sound is good, with no distracting audio artifacts.

 

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