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The restoration of the original film pops in all its black and white glory! This is why I get Criterion films, it looks like it was just shot only a couple of months ago. The cinematography is beautiful both in the actual visuals and in the framing of the shots with very subtle use of the setting. Just look at the cover! You don't often see movies shot this well, period.
John Ford deserved his reputation as a great director, Henry Fonda was brilliant! How much can I say that's good about this film?
My favorite scene, without giving anything away, is when Wyatt Earp meets Doc Holliday and they are kind of at odds. You don't quite know who's who in this meeting/confrontation so you aren't quite sure who has the upper hand or what either man is capable of. The tension is fantastic, and they let you know who the better man is later on in spectacular fashion!
So much is expressed in this film by action rather than words, a look, a pause, a nervous motion says volumes! Even where the actors are standing with respect to the set pieces speaks, its everything a film should be. All of this speaks volumes to the ability of the actors and director. Such a rare film is this that I can't help but gush!
The plot is simple and even a bit predictable but it doesn't matter because you don't need a complex plot when you are making a film this well crafted.
I mean, you know there is a conflict that will come to a head at the end, but how will we get there? You know the good guys are going to win, but against these odds, how?Read more ›
TRANSFER: KUDOS to Fox. Their DVD is head and shoulders above previously issued VHS and laserdisc versions of this eternal classic. The black and white picture is very well balanced, with solid blacks and an exceptional spectrum of tonal grays. Film grain is evident throughout - as it should be. There are no digital anomalies for a picture that is smooth, solid and wholly enjoyable. Occasionally there is a slight jump in the image, during certain splices or cuts from one scene to the next, but these are vintage imperfections which do not detract from your visual enjoyment. The audio has been remixed to stereo and is nicely balanced.
EXTRAS: We get the original theatrical cut and the preview cut of the film. Apparantly, Darryl F. Zanuck was none too impressed with John Ford's original version - cutting it down by a half hour and altering several key scenes. These are painstakingly re-created by film archivist, Robert Gitt, in a mini-documentary on the making of the film. Very nicely done.
BOTTOM LINE: An absolute must for film lovers and DVD collectors.
Well scripted, well acted, a western that should appeal even to those who normally wouldn't watch a western. The good guys are well developed, multi-dimensional and likable.
The bad guys, especially usually lovable Walter Brennan, are obviously evil. Enough action, enough intrigue, enough romance.
Criterion has done s masterful job on restoring the film to HD quality, stunning B&W. And not only that, bonus features that tell the real story of the Erp family and how the "legend" came to life.
My Darling Clementine is fundamentally about the shootout at the OK Corral, arguably the most famous 30 seconds in American history. But in John Ford's loving hands, the story takes its time getting there and, in the process, becomes as graceful and easily beautiful a piece of film-making as you will ever see.
In this age when movie goers prize realism, sheer violence, and de-mythology, Ford has become something of a whipping boy for those who point out the glaring historical inaccuracies present in Hollywood's traditional portrayal of the American West. These folks miss the larger picture and are the poorer for their narrow, fashionable view. In this archetypal story of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, and the Clanton family, Ford was not interested in historical detail. He was creating legends, not historical accounts for the archives.
Ford was a film maker. When a movie lover approaches a Ford film, it becomes necessary to give oneself over to the power of film. Once one does that, tremendous pleasures await. Such as: the townspeople of Tombstone having a dance around the skeletal frame of a half-built church while the huge, flat buttes of Monument Valley tower in the background; or Henry Fonda as Earp watching with great sympathy as Victor Mature (Doc Holiday) recites Hamlet's suicide soliloquy in a barroom (as hokey as this sounds, it is Fonda's expression that will move you, I guarantee).Read more ›
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a must see if you are a western movie fan
not as good as I remember it
I probably won't watch it again
Any affecianado of old Western classics should have this movie !
Thorough enjoyment from start to finish.I'd rank this is in the top 5 of all time western classics.
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