For as long as I can remember Death Rides a Horse has only been available in a terrible worn out pan scan version. This is how I originally saw the movie on VHS in the early 90's. It wasn't until the mid-90's that I saw a much better print on US television (still pan scan however).
The film can be found easily on DVD, possibly due to the film being in the public domain. Every cheap DVD company tends to put this one out, and it can be found in pretty much every LVC budget collection. No real difference from the VHS copies from the 90's.
In 2005 MGM released a widescreen version of DRAH on DVD in the UK (region 2). Unfortunatly most of us in the US cannot play these discs on our home players, not to mention that we would have to import it.
Finally Wild East in 2011 released in the US a 2:35 anamorphic transfer. Unlike some other DVD comparisons where there are subtle differences, there is no comparison here between other US discs. Wild East hits this one out of the park and puts every other US DVD version to shame. Even the UK version seems a bit more compressed, causing a more jagged transfer (although this could have more to do with the PAL conversion)
See comparison below. Make sure to click on the pics to enlarge
Common pan scan print
2011 Wild East transfer
2005 UK transfer
The Wild East version also contains-
- Theatrical Trailer
- Television Spots
- Photo Gallery
- Audio interview with John Phillip Law
What more could you ask for? Well... Blu-ray of course... but let's not get too greedy... yet...