Hugely entertaining, beautiful cinematography, wonderful cast (sans Reynolds). It's the definitive epic western. You must make a pilgrimage to see it at a Cinerama theater like I did to see it properly.
Genuinely grand and epic film. Old fashioned to be sure but Carroll Baker is old time Hollywood gorgeous and Debbie Reynolds puts on a show. Funny that old ass Peck and Stewart get the Dames but this is that type of flick. The cinerama is outstanding and while I don’t think I’ll have the chance to ever see its magnificence in a theater the new transfer on TCM was a pretty good secondary
Watched the restored version showed on BBC and it looks better than any pre-21st century film I have ever seen, it terms of cleanliness, polish. It's a bit of a mess, and doesn't all go together that well, the ending seems to belong in a another film for example, but certain parts are fantastic. Ford's segment is good, and at times makes good use of the three cameras, but it's too short for me to get emotionally...
Sometimes kitsch/archaic for 1962 (predictable, hollywoodian, not very clear story and theatrical, overplayed acting), sometimes offering nice scenes (beautiful landscape, some nice framing and a few impressive action scenes), I have the impression this film was especially made around Cinerama (I saw it on a flat screen with the Cinerama format, a curiosity in itself).
Only one way to see "How The West Was Won" and thats in 3-strip Cinerama ! Just had the opportunity to see it, at the recent "Bradford International Film Festival's Widescreen Week-end".An excellent print,with terrific sound.You should have felt the auditorium shake during the river rapids and buffalo stampede sequences.The viewing experience,turns a good film,into a great film.