Jim Brown fans, take note: two of his excursions into the Western genre will make their return to DVD in June via Shout! Factory’s 2-for-1 The Wild West Collection. The first film is actually Brown’s debut, Rio Conchos, and it pairs him with Stuart Whitman and Tony Franciosa. The next film in the set pairs him with Fred Williamson: Take A Hard Ride, a sort of blaxploitation/spaghetti western crossover that was directed by Euro-cult fan favorite Antonio Margheriti. Read on for all the soul-infused sagebrush details…
THE WILD WEST COLLECTION
TAKE A HARD RIDE
AN ACTION-PACKED DOUBLE FEATURE STARRING
FOOTBALL GREAT JIM BROWN
CHARGING ONTO HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES NATIONWIDE ON JUNE 14, 2011 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
Shout! Factory has been releasing a string of memorable cult-classic film gems that deserve much attention. On June 14, 2011, Shout! Factory will release two memorable classic films starring football great Jim Brown, RIO CONCHOS, a film by Gordon Douglas and TAKE A HARD RIDE, a film by Antonio Margheriti in an action-packed double feature DVD presentation. Featuring anamorphic widescreen transfer and insightful bonus content, the RIO CONCHOS / TAKE A HARD RIDE double feature DVD is a must-have for Western movie fans and collectors and is priced to own at $14.97. This DVD is now available to preorder at Amazon.com, ShoutFactoryStore.com, and other online retailers.
Rio Conchos (1964)
In avenging himself against the Apache Indians who have massacred his family, ex-Confederate Army officer Lassiter (Richard Boone) recovers a stolen U.S. Army repeating rifle and finds himself arrested by the U.S. Army in connection with the stolen firearm. Lassiter is offered his freedom if he leads a small group into Mexico , consisting of an Army captain (Stuart Whitman), a Buffalo Soldier sergeant (Jim Brown, in his film debut), a knife-wielding Mexican prisoner (Tony Franciosa) and an Apache woman warrior. After blasting their way through bandits and Apaches, they discover a megalomaniacal Confederate soldier (Edmond O’Brien) selling guns to the Apaches.
TAKE A HARD RIDE (1975)
Take a tough-as-nails trail boss (Jim Brown, The Dirty Dozen), a smooth gambler (Fred Williamson, Black Caesar), a ruthless bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly), a mute martial arts master (Jim Kelly, Enter The Dragon), a desperate prostitute (Catherine Spaak, Cat O’ Nine Tails) and hundreds of greed-crazed gunmen. Turn them all loose in a chase to the Mexican border for a fortune in gold, and you have the action-packed epic Take A Hard Ride. Hollywood legends Dana Andrews (Laura), Barry Sullivan (The Bad And The Beautiful) and Harry Carey Jr. (The Searchers) costar.
TAKE A HARD RIDE:
Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)
New Interviews With Stars Fred Williamson And Jim Kelly