Santa Fe Trail DVD

24 Apr

For some reason that I don’t remember, this film is in the public domain and there are many versions of it available. The image below is far superior from the other pictured, and from what I have read its the best version. It also contains another feature as a bonus. Marengo Films puts it out but the copy I received the other day has a different cover than the one shown. As long as its from Marengo you are safe. This is one of Flynn’s better western films and maybe Warners will put out an official version at least as good looking as Virginia City. Has anyone else purchased this film and if so what have you found out? Diamond put out a version of One Eyed Jacks with Marlon Brando and one person has purchased 19 different versions of that film which all come from the laser disc release that was official.

The image below is another version I have and it’s the one to stay away from, a Diamond release. Very poor quality.

— twinarchers


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  1. Inga

    April 24, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Funny they use a poster from San Antonio for the first DVD… the only good version I have found so far is the TV version screened in Germany. I purchased two DVDs and it’s dsappointing – too dark…

  2. Lollie

    April 24, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I have this version of Santa Fe Trail on dvd and the quality is excellent.It is a Region 4 Australian release copy.


    • Tim

      April 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      We may all have to move to Region 4, Lollie! (Any snickering snobs there?)

      Good cover – except for the hack job on Ronnie Reagan! Looks like they got the same artist that worked on the Lee Harvey Oswald Exhibit A photo!


      • Lollie

        April 25, 2014 at 10:50 am

        Yep,plenty of snickering snobs here Tim! :)

        Can you believe they had Errol’s name 3rd! What’s that all about? :P

        • Tim

          April 25, 2014 at 1:43 pm

          Very simple, Lollie. “Obvious to the most casual observer”, as they used to say in engineering school. The reverse order of names in Australia is due to the Coriolis Efffect. In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s Flynn, De Havilland, Reagan.

          As a sailor, Errol would have been very familiar with this scientific principle, of course. It’s also why toilets flush backwards Down Under, a fact Einstein discovered in the early 19th Century, when he studied violin at the New Guinea Conservatory of Music & Dance.

          Suffice it to say that, because of the rotation of the earth, objects deflect right or left depending where they are in relation to the equator. This is why Reagan is to the left of Flynn Down Under, and to the right of him in The States. Simple science.*

          * Maybe Chuckie Higham’s Liography “Errol Flynn: The Untrue Story”, has something to do with that, too!

          • Lollie

            April 26, 2014 at 12:06 pm

            LOL! I think you’re right (or is it left?) Tim. :D


            • Tim

              April 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm

              Perfect, Lollie!!! Very funny!!! Looks like Niven may have borrowed that perky polka dot blouse from Lili…

              From “Dusk Patrol”, right? (Or, as we call it up here in the Northern Hemisphere,”Dawn Patrol”.)

    • twinarchers

      April 24, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Why not just region free? It would make life much easier.

  3. rswilltell

    April 24, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Please be patient a while longer. Sooner or later Warner Archive will put Santa Fe Trail on DVD.


  4. Tim

    April 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    19 different versions of One Eyed Jacks, twinarchers!?!


    • twinarchers

      April 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Yes 19 and he says which version is the best but since it was up for an acadamy award for best photography I will wait for a proper release.

      • Tim

        April 24, 2014 at 7:35 pm

        Smart move, twinarchers. One or more of them might be – in the argot of Brando – nothing more than “a gob of spit”.

        • twinarchers

          April 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm

          tub a guts

          • Tim

            April 26, 2014 at 8:21 pm

            I’d better brush up on my Brando. … I understand he gave a stella performance in One Eyed Jacks … or was that in Street Car on a Hot Tin Roof?


            • twinarchers

              April 27, 2014 at 1:55 am

              no it was jacks. good movie and extra good for sentimental reasons because of my dad. it was originally 4 hours long and was like a greek tragedy but hollywood said no go and did some reshoots and there you go. I would love to see it restored one day.

              • Tim

                April 27, 2014 at 4:53 pm

                Especially wonderful to have such a great sentimental connection to the movie with your Dad, twinarchers! Very nice!!

                I know very little about the film, except that many consider it a Brando masterpiece – and that , paralleling the story perhaps, Marlon was said to have met many a lady in and around Monterrey during it’s filming. (Perhaps that’s why there were so very many hours of filming there!)

                Was the movie inspired by the song?


                • twinarchers

                  April 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

                  no it was based on a book I think.