The companies will pool their DVD sales and marketing resources, digging into their vast libraries for a total of 48 Wayne films. The lead titles in the promotion are Rio Bravo (one of Quentin Tarantino's all-time faves) in both a Two-Disc Special Edition and Ultimate Collectors Edition; The Cowboys as a Deluxe Edition; and True Grit as a Special Collector’s Edition.
WHV also will debut the John Wayne Film Collection, a six-disc set (also available individually) featuring six films never before on DVD: Allegheny Uprising, Reunion in France, Tycoon, Without Reservations, Trouble Along the Way and Big Jim McLain. Counting titles already in release, there will be a total of 34 Wayne films available from WHV. That's a whole mess o' Duke, pardner.
PHE has a total of 14 Wayne titles on DVD, highlighted by the all-new Special Collector’s Edition of True Grit along with three DVD collections: the John Wayne Century Collection which features 14 films including The High and the Mighty Special Collector’s Edition, Island in the Sky Special Collector’s Edition, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Shootist and Big Jake; the John Wayne Western Collection which features nine films including Hondo Special Collector’s Edition, McLintock! Special Collector’s Edition, El Dorado and Rio Lobo; and the John Wayne Adventure Collection which features five films including The High and the Mighty Special Collector’s Edition, Island in the Sky Special Collector’s Edition and In Harm’s Way.
But wait, there's more: Turner Classic Movies will celebrate John Wayne throughout May by airing several of The Duke's biggest hits. And don't worry, pilgrim: I'll run the complete list of titles as soon as they're available.