Western Classic “Catlow” Finally Coming to DVD

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Leonard Nimoy fans can rejoice now that the 1971 Western classic “Catlow” is finally coming out on DVD on June 23, 2009. The film, which is based on the Louis L’Amour novel of the same name, co-stars Leonard Nimoy, Yul Brynner and Richard Crenna and was directed by Sam Wanamaker. I was pleased as punch when I finally saw that his was heading for DVD and couldn’t wait to see what extras they might include on the disc.

Sadly the movie, which had been languishing in VHS hell, for years has been ported pretty much “as is”, with little extras save for the films theatrical trailer. I would have loved some commentary, especially from Nimoy who has mentioned on multiple occasions that this was one his favorite acting jobs ever because it allowed him to play against his type and shed his Spock persona for a while.

In the movie Richard Crenna plays a marshal hunting for Yul Brynner who plays the title outlaw, Catlow. Leonard Nimoy, who although has equal billing on the film does not have nearly the same amount of screen time, plays a bounty hunter named Miller out to kill Catlow. All three actors do a great job in the film and look like they are having a ball making it. The big problem with the movie is that the plot is a bit light-hearted which does not allow any real sense of danger to build and it under-utilizes the very cool Miller character to an infuriating extent.

When Nimoy is on the scene, you not only get his gravitas, but also some drama. Fans of Nimoy will enjoy seeing him as a grizzled gunfighter with a dark streak a mile wide. Depending on your level of fandom you might also enjoy the gratuitous nudity in which Mr. Nimoy participates.

As you might know already, Catlow’s big claim to fame is a fully nude (Nimoy) fight scene between Miller and Yul Catlow. It is all very tastefully done, with all of shots of Nimoy from the side or rear in low light. If you have not seen it, picture a toned down, PG rated version of the fight scene from “Eastern Promises”.

Despite my complaints this is a fun movie to watch and is done in the style of spaghetti westerns of the time and it is a must own for Leonard Nimoy fans. The film comes out on DVD on June 23, 2009 and is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. So pre-order your copy today.


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