Jim Brown fans, take note: this a disc for you. The Wild West Collection moniker is truthful, as this represents a pair of westerns for 20th Century Fox’s back catalog, but it’s also a double bill of movies with Jim Brown. However you slice it, it’s another strong catalog release from Shout Factory that is likely to entertain budget-conscious cult movie fans.
Both films are presented in anamorphic transfers here. Rio Conchos is presented in its full Cinemascope format, a first for domestic home video, and it looks suitably sharp and colorful. Take A Hard Ride, which had previously been issued on disc by Anchor Bay Entertainment, also looks nice in this presentation. Mono mixes are used for both films, presented in Dolby Digital, and both sound fine.
In terms of extras, trailers are provided for each film: the trailer for Rio Conchos comes from a rough-looking element and Take A Hard Ride comes from a video source but both are a fun view for fans. There are also a couple of new extras included with Take A Hard Ride in the form of interviews with Jim Kelly and Fred Williamson. Kelly gives the viewer a thumbnail sketch of how his career began and offers a few choice memories about the shoot in a gentle but articulate style. Williamson’s interview is a little longer and features him discussing his love of westerns, what it was like to work with Jim Brown and how he and Brown choreographed their own fight at the end of the film. As always, Williamson is an energetic raconteur and fun to watch.
In short, the presentation is nice on both titles and a few extras further sweeten an already generous deal. Whether Jim Brown movies or westerns are your thing, this double-bill of Rio Conchos and Take A Hard Ride offers something for a broad swath of cult movie fans.