The Quiet Man [Import]
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Blarney and bliss, mixed in equal proportions. John Wayne plays an American boxer who returns to the Emerald Isle, his native land. What he finds there is a fiery prospective spouse (Maureen O'Hara) and a country greener than any Ireland seen before or since--it's no surprise The Quiet Man won an Oscar for cinematography. It also won an Oscar for John Ford's direction, his fourth such award. The film was a deeply personal project for Ford (whose birth name was Sean Aloysius O'Fearna), and he lavished all of his affection for the Irish landscape and Irish people on this film. He also stages perhaps the greatest donnybrook in the history of movies, an epic fistfight between Wayne and the truculent Victor McLaglen--that's Ford's brother, Francis, as the elderly man on his deathbed who miraculously revives when he hears word of the dustup. Barry Fitzgerald, the original Irish elf, gets the movie's biggest laugh when he walks into the newlyweds' bedroom the morning after their wedding, and spots a broken bed. The look on his face says everything. The Quiet Man isn't the real Ireland, but as a delicious never-never land of Ford's imagination, it will do very nicely. --Robert Horton
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Well, I would answer this using a single word which would accurately express what you will find if you buy this one -in fact, I *UTTERED* that very word shortly after I slipped this DVD inside the player and pressed the play button- but I'm afraid this review would be banned if I did so. So, to make a short story long, I'll say that the DVD transfer is pitiful. Terrible. It looks like if they had used some (poor) VHS tape as a master and fiddled with the color sliders, so what you finally have is a blurry picture with annoying, garish colours which results in a completely disappointing and shameful viewing experience, to say the least. I'll have to treasure my VHS copy which -sad but true- has got far more decent colour and definition.
It's a pity that a classic of this calibre had been mistreated this way -they even packed it lavishly with a nice carton frame with an engraved "Collector's Edition DVD" silver badge which completes the mockery. I expected far more from Artisan, as I had previously bought their excellent DVD edition of "High Noon", with razor sharp picture, THX certification and all the bells and whistles. So I feel completely cheated and worried, not just because of the 17'99 bucks down the drain, but, most of all, for the fact that once a film has been released on DVD, chances that it'd be released again soon, in a *PROPER* condition, become scarcer.Read more ›
STAY AWAY FROM THIS VERSION. If it were a car it would be recalled. Do not let your affection for the material convince you it is acceptable.
On my TV, using component video imputes, it has the worst color of any DVD I've seen - with the possible exception of $4.99 bargins. The color saturation varies, going up and down at intervals. The detail is lousy. This looks like a third generation video copy. While the problem gets a little better towards the end, it is still very bad. This kind of treatment for a film that won an Oscar for cinematography? Ah, the profit motive.
If you would like to see a great John Ford film on DVD where some care has been spent on restoration, try "My Darling Clementine," "The Searchers" or "The Grapes of Wrath."
Leonard Maltin hosts a "making of" short on the DVD. Is his presence a tacit endorsement of the transfer? And if so, does he not carry some responsibility?
Theatrical Trailers? That's what the box says, but there are only three "trailers" on the disc, and none are theatrical. they are all commercials for other Artisan discs, which makes no sense as anyone who sees what a terrible job they did to this classic will be very wary before they ever pick up another Artisan disc. Can you imagine the outcry if they did this to Wizard of Oz or any ohter film classics.
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Love, love, love, the Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. A beautiful love story between a man who overcame the tragedies in his life and a beautiful woman who held fast... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Alanamarie Procyk
Haven't watched the movie yet but seen it many times. Great movie.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
The order arrived on time and in good condition. It is a good movie but I was very disappointed that it does not have subtitles, which would be a benefit since some actors have a... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Snowman
John Wayne is known for his westerns, but to me this is his best movie.Published 16 days ago by Kathryn A. Gowan
Always really loved this movie its such a fun and beautiful romance story you can not beat seeing John Wayne and Maureen O Hara moviesPublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Olive Films 60th Anniversary Special Edition of the Quiet Man on Blu-ray is excellent, this remastered edition has excellent colour compared to the Artisan DVD edition which... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Inkspot
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