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Rio Bravo [HD DVD]

John Wayne , Dean Martin , Howard Hawks    Unrated   HD DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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When it comes down to naming the best Western of all time, the list usually narrows to three completely different pictures: John Ford's The Searchers, Howard Hawks's Red River, and Hawks's Rio Bravo. About the only thing they all have in common is that they all star John Wayne. But while The Searchers is an epic quest for revenge and Red River is a sweeping cattle-drive drama ("Take 'em to Missouri! Yeeee-hah!"), Rio Bravo is on a much more modest scale. Basically, it comes down to Sheriff John T. Chance (Wayne), his sobering-up alcoholic friend Dude (Dean Martin), the hotshot new kid Colorado (Ricky Nelson), and deputy-sidekick Stumpy (Walter Brennan), sittin' around in the town jail, drinkin' black cofee, shootin' the breeze, and occasionally, singin' a song. Hawks--who, like his pal Ernest Hemingway, lived by the code of "grace under pressure"--said he made Rio Bravo as a rebuke to High Noon, in which sheriff Gary Cooper begged for townspeople to help him. So, Hawks made Wayne's Sheriff Chance a consummate professional--he may be getting old and fat, but he knows how to do his job, and he doesn't want amateurs getting mixed up in his business; they could get hurt. This most entertaining of movies also achieved some notoriety in the '90s when Quentin Tarantino (director of Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Jackie Brown) revealed that he uses it as a litmus test for prospective girlfriends. Oh, and if the configuration of characters sounds familiar, it should: Hawks remade Rio Bravo two more times--as El Dorado in 1967, with Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and James Caan; and as Rio Lobo in 1970, with Wayne, Jack Elam, and Christopher Mitchum. --Jim Emerson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By falcon
Format:DVD
i really like this Western.it stars John Wayne,Ricky Nelson,Dean martin
and Angie Dickinson,to name a few.the acting is superb in this
movie.but what i really like is the dialogue and the unique mix of
characters.the story is also good.it's straightforward and
simple.Unlike The Searchers,another John Wayne movie.Rio bravo is not a
sweeping,grand epic.it takes place in basically one town.nevertheless,i
found it engaging and compelling.this edition contains a raft of
extras,including two documentaries and a short featurette.Like the
Ultimate edition of The Searchers,here is also a reproduction of the
1959 Dell comic book,a reproduction of the original press book from
1959,and 8 full colour lobby cards.as for the movie itself,i think it's
pretty well done,and deserves a 3.5/5.the collection is definitely worth
having,and i give that a 4/5
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rio Bravo [blu-ray] July 5 2007
Format:Blu-ray
The quality of the transfer is much better than the regular DVD, in particular the colour benefits from 1080. There are a couple of scenes which are still a bit grainy, but that may be from the original film quality. It is well worth the price to upgrade to the 1080 version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accurate description for import edition Dec 11 2013
For those of you who wants to own this title on Blu-ray at a reasonnable price, get the german import (import allemand wich is the release for all Europe))avalaible from some sellers at this moment. I bought it and I can confirm it plays in north american region A player(it's an ABC blu-ray). Actually I'm quite sure it's the same master as the north american release sold at high prices in Canada (probably OOP). In fact the disc menu is all english. The only drawback I see is the artwork wich is in german on the backside and the classification symbol that takes too much place on the front. Hope this can help you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Dec 26 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Rio Bravo is a breath taking visual master piece. The cast is unforgetable, the music wonderful. John Wayne, Dean Martin. Ricky Nelson what a team. Great movie for the young and the old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rio Bravo Feb. 1 2014
By sheri
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Got this very quickly thank you. We were expecting something else in the mail and we got this first! Husband was very happy. He is an old movie buff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Rolled the Dice Jan. 14 2014
By Dave
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I rolled the dice on this import hoping it would work on my Blu ray player (I am in Canada the disc came from Germany).

Great quality and shipped in a very timely manner.

Highly suggest the blu ray and the distributor
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By Book Buff TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I enjoy John Wayne movies, and this one (amongst many) I enjoyed a lot. I'm also a big fan of Wayne's "True Grit" and "In Harm's Way" and others, but this one is a particular favourite. Maybe it's the strong cast, or the simple story line, but I find this one easily re:watchable. Definitely thumbs up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film making at its best! Feb. 1 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great lighting, costumes, cinematography, laid over a story that examines the meaning of authority and power, in a western setting.
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