Rio Bravo [HD DVD] [Import]
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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.
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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
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!
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
One of my favorite John Wayne movies. Truly enjoy every minute of watching it. I have it on VHS and wanted to make sure I had it on DVD/Blu-Ray.Published 7 months ago by Cher H
A great John Wayne western with Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan and Ricky Nelson. A fun shootem' up western.Published 7 months ago by Paul
I am glad to be able to obtain this classic movie; it is one for which I have been looking a while.Published 10 months ago by Karl Waltz
This is another great picture with an all star cast and superb acting. Worth the buy!Published 12 months ago by Ladybird
A story that is beautifully told with many character studies of each person in the story.Published 15 months ago by John Connolly
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