"Christopher Caliendo had formerly re-scored Sam Peckinpah's 'Major Dundee' for Sony Pictures, and with his infectious spirit and enthusiasm, he took on the challenge of a new score for 'The Iron Horse and Four Sons. Fox Home Video Lab West got to witness the new version of 'The Iron Horse' - and the effect was sublimely moving. Visions of Abraham Lincoln filled the giant screen. Mr. Caliendo has delivered a full, robust score, with outstanding themes for Davy Brandon and his love interest, Miriam Marsh, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickcok, wonderfully evocative instrumentations for the Indian themes and cacophony of tubular bells accompany the completion of the Transcontinental Railway at Promontory Point, Utah
"Having watched "The Iron Horse" in the new Fox version, with its
excellent orchestral score by Christopher Caliendo, I can say with some
confidence that Ford's epic remains an astounding achievement, a suite
of embedded narratives that expand and comment each other, as audacious
in its way as Griffith's intolerance.
"It's great to see Fox embracing its studio heritage with such scholarly dedication and serious financial commitment. Two more excellent films, Lucky Star and Street Angel are included here. Of the 12 features in the set, only "Sunrise" has been previously released in the US.
"One particular standout is Murnau's rarely seen follow-up to "Sunrise", the rural drama "City Girl" (1930), with Farell and Mary Duncan."
––The New York Times - Dave Kehr
"Caliendo, a prolific composer, wrote a mostly traditional score, with some engrossing detours into traditional (roots) music, the overall impression is of silvery, richly retailed images. This should not be missed."