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The Red Pony

3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Louis Calhern, Shepperd Strudwick, Peter Miles
  • Directors: Lewis Milestone
  • Writers: John Steinbeck
  • Producers: Lewis Milestone, Charles K. Feldman
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • Release Date: July 22 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00009NH9W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,166 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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By A Customer on Oct. 12 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Even though the box claims a digital transfer, the source elements must be poor. Sections of the film are too dark, and it is noisy and grainy throughout. This film needs a more serious restoration than provided here.
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It was a great movie and I watched it cause I read the boo
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa4e5c0b0) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4de2d5c) out of 5 stars Beautiful and touching Sept. 14 2005
By Bomojaz - Published on
Format: DVD
Excellent screen version of John Steinbeck's short novel, with effective and renowned Aaron Copeland score to match. It's more than just a story about a boy and his love for his pony that gets sick and dies; it's about life and fitting in, about who we are and how we choose to be accepted. Everyone does a fine job on the screen. Best perhaps is Louis Calhern as Grandpa, who once led a wagon train across the plains. Robert Mitchum is the laconic ranch hand Billy Buck. Definitely worth a watch.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4de2db0) out of 5 stars Unhappy family working out its issues through horses Aug. 22 2005
By grrlpup - Published on
Format: DVD
I was told that this movie, unlike Steinbeck's original story, had a happy ending. Well... yes and no. At the very end of the film, everybody's laughing. (A little manaically, in my opinion.) But the movie is still about an unhappy family, and it's full of tense, strained scenes at the breakfast table. Nor does "happy ending" mean that we escape the bad things that happen in the book.

There were some nice wildlife and scenery shots of Steinbeck country, but I could have used more.

The children in the film, except for the main character, are horrible yelling little bullies. I took positive delight in their oppression by the very recognizable Wicked Witch of the West as their schoolteacher.

Robert Mitchum's character, who at first is presented as the hero who knows everything there is to know about horses, is gradually revealed as someone who promises more than he can deliver. The uncovering of his flaws and instability is very well done. In general, the movie avoids too much cliche (except in the hokey daydream sequences), and examines its own stereotypes (the old settler, the perfect horse trainer, the incompetent city slicker) in interesting ways.

The parents and grandfather are slightly strange characters, who give the little boy so many conflicting and unspoken commands that I felt very sorry for him trying to grow up in such a crazy environment. Yet it's all under the surface of a wholesome and respectable ranch life. Myrna Loy is cold and gives orders to everyone; she'd be right at home with a riding crop in her hand. She's in the middle between her husband and her father, who have little patience for one another. Mealtime scenes are authentically tense, if not exactly fun to watch.

Aaron Copland's music is given high billing, but if you've heard the suite, you've heard all the good stuff. A lot of the score is boilerplate with just a hint of Copland's style.

This movie is not for kids. It's quite disturbing in a subtle way that gets under your skin. I'll be thinking about it long after watching it.

The DVD has no features other than "play movie" and scene selection. The movie is in Technicolor.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4a74204) out of 5 stars Poor transfer Oct. 12 2002
By A Customer - Published on
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Even though the box claims a digital transfer, the source elements must be poor. Sections of the film are too dark, and it is noisy and grainy throughout. This film needs a more serious restoration than provided here.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4a74228) out of 5 stars Finally A Gorgeous Print Of This 1949 Classic! Oct. 22 2013
By Chip Kaufmann - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Republic Pictures was at the top of the heap down on Poverty Row. They were the "A" studio of "B" pictures who specialized in Westerns (John Wayne & Gene Autry got their start there) and Serials (THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, THE LONE RANGER). The company was founded in 1935 and produced and released films until 1959. Their trademark logo of a giant eagle perched atop a craggy mountain peak is still in use today. After World War II Republic began to produce the occasional "prestige" picture which had a bigger budget and name stars and directors. John Ford did THE QUIET MAN (1952) there, Orson Welles did a highly stylized version of MACBETH (1948), Fritz Lang made the creepy and disturbing HOUSE BY THE RIVER (1951), and Lewis Milestone (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT) made this film in 1949. It was one of the few color movies to come from Republic (THE QUIET MAN is another). I see that here and on imdb that a number of people point out that it isn't faithful to John Steinbeck's book. That is true but as Steinbeck himself wrote the screenplay, then at least he had a hand in the finished product and he didn't complain about it.

For years THE RED PONY has only been available in washed out, substandard prints first on VHS and then later on low budget DVD. This new version from Olive Films goes back to the best source material and looks and sounds gorgeous. The sound is equally important for the film's score was written by Aaron Copland. Now it can be heard in all of its glory. If you know the orchestral suite than you'll recognize it immediately throughout the film. The casting is perfect with Myrna Loy wonderfully understating the role of the mother who is estranged from her husband. Veteran thespian Louis Calhern makes the talkative grandfather come alive, and Robert Mitchum (31 when this film was made) gets the opportunity to play a gentler character much like he would later do in RYAN'S DAUGHTER. The story of a young boy learning to raise a pony and the responsibilities it entails never becomes too sentimental or cloying thanks to Steinbeck's screenplay and Milestone's creative direction. It is quite obvious that Walt Disney, who had yet to produce a full length live action feature, took this movie as his template. If you've never seen THE RED PONY or haven't seen it in years then you need to see this version. It looks even better now thematically as well as visually then it did in 1949.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4a74348) out of 5 stars Very good movie, great musical score, so-so transfer July 22 2005
By Cuthbert J. Twiddle - Published on
Format: DVD
This is a fine family film with a first rate cast, based on Steinbeck's short stories of course. The score by Aaron Copland is just great, as is the photography by Tony Gaudio. It's one of the very few times Republic Pictures used Technicolor instead of their inferior two color Trucolor system. Even though the packaging proclaims "Digitally Mastered from the Original Film Negative", it's just so-so quality wise, about equal to the earlier Laserdisc release. Technicolor can and should look much better than this! The packaging also indicates the original theatrical trailer is included (as it was on the Laserdisc) but I couldn't find it on the DVD. Apparently Artisan just doesn't care much about their classic film library, unless John Wayne is involved, and even there some of the end product is mediocre (such as "The Quiet Man"). Don't hold your breath waiting for a restoration or special edition from these clowns. It's a very good film and the price is right. Buy it!