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Sunset In The West Blu-ray Review


“Sunset In The West” is a perfectly watchable B movie western.

The Story: Amidst a flurry of train hijackings, murders, and weapon thefts, former deputy Roy Rogers offers to help his pal Sheriff Ted Osborn to investigate the deeply troubling gun running operations led by an unknown individual and his hired gang.

When it comes to the western genre, most people think of John Wayne or Clint Eastwood, but Roy Rogers was also a huge star in the genre. While none of his films have really achieved masterpiece status, they have entertained and comforted audiences for decades now. With the 1950 film “Sunset In The West,” it’s easy to see why Roy Rogers and Trigger movies were such a draw. Truth be told, the movie has everything for a mere 67 minute runtime. There’s the likable and charming Roy Rogers as himself, goofy humor, numerous songs included   “Sunset In The West,” “When A Pretty Girl Passes By,” and “Rollin’ Wheels,” a bad-ass dog named Sherlock, and plenty of shootout action to boot.

As much of a crowd pleaser as the movie is, however, it’s certainly not without its flaws. The cheesy pointless narration (which strangely only appears a few times), the hiccuping barber/deputy Splinters, the pedestrian plot, and the clunky and rushed climax do stick out like a sore thumb. Thankfully, they don’t ruin the film.


Presentation: 1.33:1 1080p. How does it look? “Sunset In The West” has been remastered from a 4K scan, but the transfer is slightly disappointing here. While solid overall, the colors sometimes look so bright that they appear washed out.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The dialogue and action sounded good to this reviewer.

* Trailers for “Man of the West,” “Broken Arrow,” “Young Billy Young,” and “Sam Whiskey.”
* An informative fact filled commentary by western historian Toby Roan.

Overall Thoughts: While flawed, “Sunset In The West” is an enjoyable product of yesteryear.


May 14, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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