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Big Jake [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Japanese, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: May 31 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B004T0XYN2
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An aging Texas cattle man who has outlived his time swings into action when outlaws kidnap his grandson and wound his son. He returns to his estranged family to help them in the search for Little Jake.

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By jo on Aug. 11 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Excellent product, delivered quickly and as promised.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb3dc169c) out of 5 stars 61 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3c2ee88) out of 5 stars Great Video Quality. Great Movie. July 4 2011
By Cincinnati Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Please describe the audio and video quality of any Blu-Ray you review. Thanks to those who do this.

The video quality was great for an older movie. Not perfect, but great. There was some very fine grain in some of the scenes - more in the dark scenes. But overall, very, very good. I'm not disappointed at all. Aspect ratio looked like 2.4:1.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 was not very good. It sounded okay, there just wasn't much surround sound, if any at all. It was barely better than a mono soundtrack.

This is one of my favorite John Wayne movies.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3c322d0) out of 5 stars Big Jake ... Blu ray version June 5 2011
By James F CotittaSpa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Wow! I have a pretty extensive Blu Ray collection and this one is one of the best. Color is sharp and vivid. I grew up going to see John Wayne movies as a child. My father was a huge fan and the rest of my family used to go and see the movies as a family. Look forward to more John Wayne movies in the Blu ray format and hopefully the same quality. Highly recommend.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3c32324) out of 5 stars STILL TAMING THE WEST AT 64 May 30 2011
By Mark Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
John Wayne remains the most famous icon of the west that has ever existed when it comes to film. His swagger and speech patterns have been copied by many a mimic and fellow actor and his collection of classic western roles has never been matched. During his final years Wayne continued to make westerns and the most amazing thing was that even at 64 years of age he made some that were highly entertaining such as BIG JAKE.

Wayne stars as Big Jake McCandles, a man who does things his own way and who tamed the country that he lived in. When McCandles grandson is kidnapped by a group of mangy looking cutthroats led by John Fain (Richard Boone), McCandles wife Martha (Maureen O'Hara) sends for him. While still married, the two have separate lives due to the fact they both have head strong ways.

A demand of $1 million is made and Jake is set to take the money in trade for his grandson, a child he's never laid eyes on. But this is a changing west and the sheriff and his men set out to catch them first in the newfangled cars that are the rage. Unfortunately the cars also can be easily dispensed with after being shot which happens in an ambush. Waylaid and with no way to get help, Jake leaves them water and tells them to head back while he continues on with his task.

Accompanying Jake are his old Indiana friend Sam Sharpnose (Bruce Cabot) and two of his sons James (Wayne's real life son Patrick) and Michael (Christopher Mitchum, son of Robert Mitchum). While Michael offers his father the respect he is due, James has a problem with him witnessed when Jake first got off of the train when he arrived home. As the story progresses, James learns to have more respect for his father.

The foursome travel down the dusty trail, following the map left them by the kidnappers. One night after setting up camp, Fain rides in to make sure that they are following the instructions given and to provide them with new. As the two men eye each other down you know a final confrontation will eventually happen.

The foursome head to a small town in Mexico where the kidnappers feel safe. But word of their cargo has preceded them and another group stands ready to take the money from them. Needless to say things don't go according to their plans.

With this new trouble out of the way Wayne sets out to follow the final instructions. That showdown between the bad guys and the good guys is all set in motion and all we have to do now is wait to see just who will and who won't survive.

What seems to be a simple story of a kidnapping has more layers to it than one would expect in a John Wayne film. Not only does it tell that story but it shows a world that is changing, much like Wayne's was at the time. The old law of the west was being replaced by real laws and horses were being replaced by machines. But men like McCandle still rode tall in the saddle and made sure that things were done proper.

The movie also shows a character in McCandles that did what he had to do to survive but at the same time realizes what he missed in the process. A grandchild he never saw and sons he never had the chance to be a father for. But there is always time to repair broken walls and to be there for family.

The blu-ray transfer of this film is beautiful, offering some tremendous scenery and some well styled photography. It might appear to be nothing more than what was done for most TV westerns of the time but it gives the viewer the chance to witness all the action that the screen can hold and more.

As I've said before, it's great that these classic John Wayne films are being released in this format. One can only hope that they continue to do so. My guess is that event he black and white films would feel much improved with this format. Now all we can do is sit and wait. But until then we'll have films like this one that we can enjoy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3c3266c) out of 5 stars Big Jake is definetely one of Duke's finest and best films Dec 13 2014
By Sabine Ridée - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
I have no words to express how delighted I am to have my favorite film in the best possible quality. Big Jake is definetely one of Duke's finest and best films and one of his most popular ( see IMDB) to the point of becoming John Wayne last big hit in the 70's. At the time of it's original release, Big Jake topped the Box Office for 3 weeks and allowed Duke to be N°1 of the top 10 for the 4th and last time in 1971. For true Duke's fans, it's hardly surprising when you consider the crème de la crème worked on this film : William Clothier (Photography), Elmer Bernstein (Music), Harry Julian and Rita M.Fink (Screenplay), Albert Withlock (Visual effects), Cliff Lyons ( Second unit director - stunts), Howard Jensen (Special effects)... for the crew. And for the cast, John Wayne at his best and definetely in one of his best performances ( even better than inTrue Grit ) that could have brought him an Oscar if True Grit had not been so close to Big Jake, the great Richard Boone and Gregg Palmer's machete psycho both as Duke's best foes ever to face him, Maureen O'Hara in the short but powerful part of John Wayne's estranged wife, Bruce Cabot as his indian friend, Harry Carey Jr as an evil dirty old man, Patrick and Ethan Wayne as his son and grandson, Chris Mitchum as another son and a galore of familar faces like John Agar, Hank Worden, Chuck Robertson, Chuck Hayward, Jim Davis, Roy Jensen, Jerry Gatlin, etc... And of course, Dog, John Wayne's dog and best friend, always ready to attack on his master's command.
The blu-ray is a pure treat with a wonderful PQ and cristal clear sound to the point that Big Jake never looked so good.
After the VHS and the dvd, it's like watching a truly brand new movie in full HD. Details you missed before appear clearly in the light of this wonderful blu-ray. A must have for all Duke's fans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By George D Neal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Love this Duke classic and watch it endlessly. Great bluray quality enhances the viewing pleasure. I'm actively search for more at these great prices.