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I remember seeing Ruby listed on the Drive In Marquee in my hometown when it came out,unfortunately I do not remember seeing it at that time but that's been a long time ago to remember. I just watched the DVD version and it was like seeing a new Ruby. Great incredible transfer and never before scenes. I also happened to pick up the Congress Video Group VHS that has been around for years and compared both. The VHS is very grainy and not watchable especially after being treated to the DVD Version.
But what is interesting is that there are some scenes that do not appear in the DVD version which involve the local sheriff's and some of the other characters in the film. So I was happy to see some of those. However this particular VHS version has omitted all the gore and violence for the most part and some scenes do not make sense (no wonder the director did not claim it). I just cant imagine why they would not show any of this. The box cover gives credit to Alan Smithee which was an official pseudonym used by film directors who wish to disown a project.
I highly recommend the DVD Version and if you can find a cheap VHS grab one up to see some of the missing scenes not found on the DVD.
Dakota was filmed in the spring of 1987 and some of the Texas Filming Locations included The McKinney Town Square, Collin County Grain Mill & Elevator,Westminster-Anna ( Aunt Zards), Allen Water Tower, The Circle T Ranch in Roanoke, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area near Fredericksburg. Most of the cast and crew were from Texas with the exception of Actress Herta Ware who plays Aunt Zard. Actors Eli Cummins, Lawrence Montaigne and Helena Humann (scenes deleted) had a list of credits to their names. At the time Lou Diamond Phillips had already filmed La Bamba and had completed filming The Los Lobos Music Video La Bamba for MTV. The Movie Premiere of Dakota took place November 1,1988 at The Northpark III in Dallas.
Breaking Home Ties (1987)
Filming Breaking Home Ties NOW on DVD
EMAIL me for details on how to get a DVD copy of this film at superbowldriver at yahoo dot com. Be sure to check out my behind the scenes pictures of the making of Breaking Home Ties in Dallas,Ferris and Waxahachie Texas. I worked on the film as a driver and also as an extra at Bubbas on Hillcrest near SMU (Southern Methodist University. Dallas Texas in 1987.If you go to the Flickr web site and do a search on Breaking Home Ties it will direct you to the pictures page. I really enjoyed this film not because I was a part of it but it truly is a good story with some excellent acting and great locations and photography.I really like the period piece setting with cars,the train,wardrobe,etc. Be sure to check out this gem.