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The Quiet Man

John Wayne , Maureen O'Hara , John Ford    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie - Horrible DVD transfer Dec 15 2003
Format:DVD
Simply put, this is my favorite movie of all time, and I am sad to say I have to agree with others that the digital transfer to DVD of this film is horrible, let the buyer beware. I have the 40th Anniversary VHS and with all of the limitation of that medium, they started with a far better print of the film and it is actually still far more presentable than the current DVD. I am being vocal on this both to warn fans and potential fans of the film of the lackluster transfer, and to let the powers that be know that this is one beloved film and that I would happily purchase it again when a digitally enhanced high quality transfer struck from the original negative is available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A crime to charge money for this DVD May 3 2004
Format:DVD
There is a tendency when you really like a movie to gloss over any problems with its transfer to DVD. After all, this is a very good movie by the best director that ever lived - John Ford.
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?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Film, Disappointing DVD Sept. 9 2003
Format:DVD
The Quiet Man is a delightful film, one of these cases where everything clicks -the cast, the music, the cinematography...- resulting in a truly breathtaking masterpiece. But that's a widely known statement, and there are lots of well written reviews around already. What a prospective buyer of this DVD most probably wants to know is: how good the DVD transfer is?
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely dreadful DVD of a major classic. March 29 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Trust me; The innumerable complaining reviews of this "Special Collector's Edition" of one of John Ford's greatest films are not exaggerating. This is a disgrace of a DVD. I could go on in detail, but just check the previous reviews; There's no point in my repeating their remarks (except to comment that the reviewer who's furious because it isn't in widescreen needed to check the facts before throwing a fit: It wasn't filmed in widescreen, so a widescreen DVD is unlikely). The video quality is mediocre at best (and this is one of the half-dozen most beautiful movies ever shot, which just makes it worse), the audio is lousy, edgy and shrill...Well, you get the idea. It's awful, just plain awful. Whoever the hack was at Artisan who authorized this trashy product needs to be transferred to the unemployment line ASAP. All I can say is, pray for another, genuinely restored DVD somewhere in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Restored ? Huh ! June 26 2004
Format:DVD
I'm going to keep this short. The Quiet Man is a classic, so why treat it like crap. I have VHS copies of old Disney Afternoon cartoons that are a million times better than this. The transfer is so bad I finally just messed with the color on my set and decided it would be better in black and white.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
He loves the movie, shipping was quick enough.
Published 8 days ago by tiff21300
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied
At first I thought it was a bit expensive but after viewing it I find it to be of very good quality
Published 2 months ago by Frances Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie.
If you like Jogn Wayne, you need to get this disc. The cinematography is amazing. The quality of this film, compared to the lackluster DVD version is astounding. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Z
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quiet Man
One of my favourite Irish movies of all time. Love the Irish scenery. John Wayne and Maureen O' Hara are superb.
Published 2 months ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars classic movie
Got to love John Wayne. This is the best John Wayne movie, and it has the making of the the movie included which is very interesting.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite John Wayne movie.
Have watched this several times over the years. They don't make movies this good anymore. Loved the scenery, the people, the humour.
Published 3 months ago by B. L. Trivers
2.0 out of 5 stars A family classic with restrictive copy protection
This family classic remains as a good memory and unfortunately, the Blue-ray copy protection prevents it from playing on a computer. Read more
Published 6 months ago by gracenews
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular
One of my favorite movies though never seen in a theater - only on TV. Even on broadcast HD I always hoped for better sharpness of image and suffered with frequently washed out... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bobbbo
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful restoration
Just love this corny, romantic movie and to see it in spectular Blu-ray was worth waiting for! Warning however, the cardboard outer sleeve does not identify the movie inside as... Read more
Published 16 months ago by L. Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific twosome battle across beautiful blu ray
Olive Films restoration of this terrific paring of John May e and Maureen O'Hara in John Ford's romantic recreation of his beloved Ireland is a gem and amazing when compared to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Michael Ratcliffe
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