Nevada Smith 10/07/23

KL Studio Classics

Big budget westerns from the past are looking better than ever — the fine cinematography and big-star casts dazzle as contemporary films never do. Steve McQueen took a leap to stand-alone action stardom in Henry Hathaway’s prequel to The Carpetbaggers, telling a western backstory. The film’s violence is extremely rough for 1966, and an impressive roster of actors brings the drama to life: Brian Keith, Karl Malden, Arthur Kennedy, Martin Landau, Suzanne Pleshette, Janet Margolin, Raf Vallone and many others. The new disc’s audio commentary is highly informative, too. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.