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Red River (Full Screen)

John Wayne , Montgomery Clift , Arthur Rosson , Howard Hawks    Unrated   DVD
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Any short list of the all-time greatest Westerns is bound to include this 1948 Howard Hawks classic about an epic cattle drive. Red River features one of John Wayne's greatest performances. Like his Ethan Edwards in John Ford's 1956 masterpiece The Searchers, the Duke plays an isolated and unsympathetic man who is possessed by bitterness. Wayne is Texas rancher Tom Dunson, who adopts a young boy orphaned in an Indian massacre. That boy, Matthew Garth (played as an adult by Montgomery Clift in his screen debut), becomes Dunson's assistant and heir apparent--until Dunson's temper gets out of control during a long cattle drive and Matt intervenes to stop him. From that moment on, Dunson swears he will kill Matt. Red River has everything a great Western ought to have: a sweeping sense of history, spectacular landscapes, stampedes, gunfights, Indian attacks, and, of course, Walter Brennan as Dunson's crusty old cook and comic sidekick, Nadine Groot. As a special bonus, the film also features the legendary Harry Carey (upon whom Wayne would base some of his gestures in The Searchers) and his son Harry Carey Jr., who became a fixture in Ford and Hawks Westerns. Red River is essential for anyone who loves Westerns, or movies in general. This one's a real beaut. --Jim Emerson

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New 4K digital restoration of the rarely presented original theatrical release version, the preferred cut of director Howard Hawks, with monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. 2K restoration of the longer version of Red River. New interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich about Red River and the two versions. New interview with critic Molly Haskell about Hawks and Red River. New interview with western scholar Lee Clark Mitchell about western genre literature. Audio excerpts of a 1972 conversation between Hawks and Bogdanovich. Excerpts from a 1970 audio interview with novelist and screenwriter Borden Chase, PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and a 1991 interview with Hawks’s longtime editor Christian Nyby; a new paperback edition of Chase’s original novel, previously out of print.

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4.0 out of 5 stars ***** Movie. ** DVD. Oct. 4 2003
"Red River" deserves the adulation that critics, film scholars, and most importantly audiences have lavished on it since its premiere in 1948. One of the earliest "psychological" westerns, preceded by Selznick's "Duel in the Sun" (1946) and followed by King's "The Gunfighter" (1950), etc., "Red River" maintains interest after half a century due to the unique tensions between its characters, and the supreme skill with which those characters are played. Set against the backdrop of the first cattle drive along the Chisum Trail, the story basically boils down to an epic conflict between two men of different generations. John Wayne is the older sharp-shooter who builds up an empire through ruthless wiles and steely determination; Montgomery Clift, who is equally proficient with a gun, is the young surrogate son who tends to manage through intellect and reason rather than violence. These two opposing personalities and styles eventually erupt into a mortal combat under the strain of driving over 9,000 head of cattle across the hostile terrain of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
As the volatile Dunson, John Wayne gives one of his most finely nuanced performances. Living by a personal code of ethics which doesn't always translate into lawful or even rational behavior, Wayne is neither sympathetic nor deplorable; he's simply human. His performance is bolstered by the contrast provided by the quietly charasmatic Montgomery Clift, whose unspoken love and respect for Wayne's father figure shine through the fear and intimidation he expresses. (Remarkably, this was Clift's first performance in front of the movie cameras; the stage-trained actor seems to have adapted instinctively to the more subtle technique required of film work.
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Howard Hawks' seminal western drama looks pretty spiffy and is given the deluxe treatment with a ton of extras, not the least of which is a book and some very comprehensive documentaries. Great stuff as always from Criterion. A must have/must own for everyone's top shelf.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Comments by Denise Watts June 22 2014
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It is too dark in night scenes. Otherwise, I liked it very much. Would still like to see the color version sometime.
Apparently a color version was made on a VHS tape a few years ago. Is there anyway I could purchase that VHS?
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By M.F.
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Monty is just sublime in this picture as he was in all 17 of his movies. If you haven't seen this, you should!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best June 15 2014
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This is one of the best, if not THE best westerns ever made. John Wayne and Montgomery Clift make a great combination, Throw in Walter Brennon and others and it makes a superb cast.
Honestly, the two women characters were irritating, but luckily they weren't around enough to make too much of a negative impact.
The scenery and storyline were top notch, and the acting was convincing. You could see the changes in Dunson as the movie moved along and you knew it was going to come to a head eventually.
The picture quality was excellent. Criterion Collection did a fine job with the restoration. Having the two versions of the movie was nice. There are things about both versions that I liked. They seem to coincide with what Howard Hawks liked as well. I would have really liked it if there had been a third version created for this set combining the two into a 'definitive' version of Red River with Walter Brennon's commentary and the longer ending, which is far superior. Oh well, it was just a thought.....
There was one thing that I noticed was missing. Years ago I remember seeing the movie on TV somewhere. There is a scene early in the movie where Dunson and Groot were fighting Indians. Near the end of the scene, Dunson goes off to get the last one while Groot stays behind to distract him. In both versions of the movie in this set, the scene cuts off before you hear Dunson doing in the last Indian. In the version I saw that once (and only once) you hear Dunson finishing him off and you can see Groot grimace. I wonder where this scene went in these versions? I assumed that one of these two would have that full scene but it doesn't. Strange. I always notice that when watching the movie. That scene just isn't complete.
Anyway, it's a great movie and well worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne still great June 13 2014
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Not exactly what i thought it would be but it is still a great movie. John Wayne is always great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more thank I expected May 31 2014
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Fabulous and finally thanks Criterion for restoring both versions of this wonderful film. Blue Ray clarity is simply stunning and I Haven't even gotten to the extras yet. If you're a fan of classic films then do not miss the wonderfully re-mastered Red River with narration From Walter Brennan. Thank you Criterion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old time favourite Oct. 4 2013
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This is one of my husband's old time favourites, and he really loves John Wayne in anything. A great old time movie.
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