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Rio Bravo [HD DVD]

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Writers: B.H. McCampbell, Jules Furthman, Leigh Brackett
  • Producers: Howard Hawks
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: June 5 2007
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P6XU56
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,444 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By falcon on Oct. 16 2007
Format: DVD
i really like this 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's straightforward and
simple.Unlike The Searchers,another John Wayne movie.Rio bravo is not a
sweeping,grand 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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claude V. on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Gillies on 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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This review mostly concerns the quality of the Blu-ray version. The other reviewers have provided a synopsis of the excellent story. I have purchased quite a few older movies converted into Blu-ray and some look great and some don't look much better than the DVD. (As an example Capricorn One which came with both DVD and Blu-ray had almost no discernible difference in the quality of the video in either format. The Blu-ray version of The Fantastic Voyage was a terrible Blu-ray conversion with heavy grain throughout).

This is definitely one of better quality Blu-ray conversions. As always there is a bit of grain, but it's hardly noticeable, I was quite surprised as to how clear most of the video was. Some scenes were remarkably void of any grain. The Blu-ray enhances the detail so everything is fairly sharp. As a tiny minor complaint the conversion to Blu-ray in this instance produces a slightly higher contrast in the image meaning the brights are slightly brighter with a tiny loss of the middle tones. Unless one is looking for that I don't think most viewers would notice that. The colours are bright and strong no washout in any scenes. Also this seems to be designed to fit a full 1080 screen so there are no black bars anywhere.

Not too many extras but they include a couple of commentaries and a documentary of Howard Hawk's making of Rio Bravo. Didn't watch them so can't attest as to their quality.

This is one of my favourite movies and I know I'll be watching again now and then so very happy to have it in this high quality Blu-ray version. The Blu-ray really does enhance the experience. Great movie, great Blu-ray!
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By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 29 2015
Format: Blu-ray
RIO BRAVO [1959] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Arguably Howard Hawks’ Greatest Film! Beautifully Acted, Wonderfully Observed and Scripted with Enormous Wit and Generosity!

On one side is an army of gunmen dead-set on springing a murderous cohort from jail. On the other are Sheriff John T. Chance [John Wayne] and two deputies: a recovering drunkard and a crippled codger. Also in their ragtag ranks are a trigger-happy youth and a woman with a past and her eye on Sheriff John T. Chance. Director Howard Hawks lifted the Western to new heights with ‘Red River.’ Capturing the legendary West with a stellar cast in peak form, he does it again here.

Cast: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Rick Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond, John Russell, Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Estelita Rodriguez, Claude Akins and Malcolm Atterbury

Director: Howard Hawks

Producer: Howard Hawks

Screenplay: Jules Furthman and Leigh Brackett. Based on the novel "Rio Bravo" by B. H. McCampbell

Composer: Dimitri Tiomkin

Cinematography: Russell Harlan

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Mono, English: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo, French: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, German: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, Italian: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono and Spanish [Castilian]: 1.
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