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The Quiet Man [Import]

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Writers: John Ford, Frank S. Nugent, Maurice Walsh
  • Producers: John Ford, Merian C. Cooper
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • VHS Release Date: Feb. 17 1998
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6302320496
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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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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 earlier and very disappointing DVD transfers. Thank you very much Olive Films for giving me this perennial favourite back in such great condition. This film has t been seen looking this good in the 60 years I have been watching it. If you love this classic or want to discover what the John and Maureen screen chemistry was all about this is the film and blue day to see. Great fun, love and joy.
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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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I've been anticipating a blu-ray of The Quiet Man for years and it's finally here. Sure, there's no subtitles, commentary, or other significant extras you would find on a Criterion release; but the film itself looks and sounds great. Movie: 5 stars, Blu-ray: 4.5 stars.
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Format: DVD
I agree with the other critics on the dispicable transfer to DVD of this classic film. This is another service Amazon could provide its customers with if they want to call themselves the worlds best and biggest provider of products. What I am trying to say, is pre-view the product the wholesaler or manufacturer is wanting you to buy before you do so. This is what Wal-mart does, and if they don't like it, or is not to their specs., the supplier does not get the order. I also have the VHS copy and it is 100% better print. I think my suggestion is a good one and should be followed through on. As your other customer states, " I would gladly purchase it again" if the made a decent transfer, as I'm sure a lot of customers would. Ps My VHS copy gets 5 stars.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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 looks like a colorized black and white movie. This is one of my wife's favourite movies, we have purchased the VHS and the Artisan DVD in the past but I treated her to this Blu-ray edition which simply blows the Artisan edition away. This edition also comes with the Leonard Maltin "the Making of the Quiet Man" documentary. Highly recommended.
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Format: VHS Tape
Sean Thornton has returned to the ancestral seat of the Thorntons of old after living in Pittsburgh as a boxer. His being named after his grandfather, a well-respected man in the parts despite his later going to Australia as a convict, aids him in being well-liked in Inisfree. He is made most welcome by elderly and impish Michaleen Flynn, the local matchmaker and pub regular. Actually, they all are, but Flynn seems out of place without a whisky or beer in his hand.
Soon, Thornton meets the fiery-spirited and -haired Mary Kate Danaher, a spinster living with her bullheaded bully of a brother Will. He initially refuses permission for Thornton to court Mary Kate, mostly out of spite. Seems that he wanted the old Thornton cottage for himself, but his abrasiveness peeves the owner, the Widow Tillane so much that she sells it to Thornton.
However, conspiracies lead to the courtship and eventually the wedding. The pivotal point comes when Will becomes aware of the conspiracy during the wedding banquet and refuses the dowry of 350 pounds. Thornton thinks that it's just money, but he doesn't understand that the dowry also represents Mary Kate's honour and dignity.
Nowadays, a dowry is virtually nonexistent, but back then, it was a big deal. It's datedness and lack of female emancipation may not go well with women today. What is the thrust of this movie is Thornton realizing the difference between American and Irish culture, such as the courting and matchmaking functions, taken so seriously in Inisfree. And in a place like Inisfree, secrets are hard to keep in this small village, plus it's that group mentality that can be helpful or not to a person.
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Format: VHS Tape
If you're like me, once you view "The Quiet Man", you will want to take it out each year on St. Patrick's Day and laugh, cry, and revel in it's genius! This may be the best non-western movie that John Ford ever directed, as this is truly a masterpiece. Filmed on location in Ireland, Ford used the beautiful green countryside to frame his story of a former boxer, Shawn Thornton (John Wayne) who leaves America for Ireland after he accidently kills another fighter in the ring. In Ireland, he quickly falls for the bewitching beauty of Mary Kate Dannaher (Maureen O'Hara). Unfortunately for Thornton, he is not aware of the courtship rituals of Ireland! After a plot is hatched by members of the local clergy, Shawn and Mary Kate are finally married. However, there is one more problem, Mary Kate's brother refuses to deliver her dowry and Shawn, disgusted with money in general, refuses to press the issue. Thinking her husband does not care for her and is a coward, Mary Kate decides to leave her husband to shame him. This is the last straw for Shawn and the end of his "quiet-man" ways. The last 30 minutes of the film is a hillarious romp through the contryside, first to retrieve his wife, and second, to fight Mary Kate's brother for the dowry. A marvelous finish it is.
The movie's score is wonderfullly Irish (of course), and I guarantee you will be humming this ditty long after the movie is over.
The main character casting is excellent and unforgettable. Wayne is superb as the American Yank Shawn Thornton, and O'Hara matches him scene for scene as the fiery and fiesty Mary Kate. Their on-screen chemistry is obvious, and it is apparent both actors truly enjoy each others company and work. The supporting cast is superb as well, with Ford gathering his "family" of actors around him to make "The Quiet Man" a movie you will want to own in your film library.
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