There is not much I can add to all that's been written & said about this classic Ford & Wayne western, with strong supporting cast & crew but I can say the 2 disc(2006) Warner Brothers edition(usually with red cover & Wayne + Monument Valley image) is well worth obtaining.
On disc1 is the film in a stunning ,digital restoration of the Technicolor /Vistavision print, film ratio 1.85:1 widescreen.The audio is in mono but sounds clear. The film also has German & Spanish language versions with subtitles available in the 3 available languages +6 others. Theres an option to have the film introduced by Patrick Wayne who at fifteen played the slightly comic cavalryman in this film(& does it well).
Disc1 also has a trailer & most importantly a good commentary by director/actor/John Ford biographer/all round 'film expert' ,Peter Bogdanovich.
Disc2 has 4 short black & white 'behind the cameras' promotional features (available on some single disc issues)that were shown on U.S. TV when the film was released & are fascinating glimpses of that era & contain some good footage. There are two very good documentaries on the film (31 & 33mins) which have plenty of relevant information on the book, the filming, Wayne & Ford + much more & include unseen footage & all extras are also subtitled in a dozen languages.These docs' have input from directors Martin Scorcese,Curtis Hanson & John Milius.
When this was released there were also single disc issues that had these extras listed on the misprinted cover, the disc actually just had the 'behind the scenes' segments & was was playable on both sides: 'widescreen' on one,4:3 ratio on the other .
So will you regret spending those few extra pennies to get this 2disc edition?,as Wayne might say: "The hell you will".
- Format: Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Color, Multiple Formats, Dubbed, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: WarnerBrothers
- DVD Release Date: 22 May 2007
- Run Time: 119 minutes
- Customer Reviews: 807 customer ratings
- ASIN: B000O599ZS
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