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Criterion Collection: Stagecoach [Blu-ray] [1939] [US Import]

John Wayne , Claire Trevor , John Ford    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Writers: Ben Hecht, Dudley Nichols, Ernest Haycox
  • Producers: John Ford
  • Format: Black & White, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00393SFWU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,768 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Synopsis

Regarded by many as the best Western ever made, Stagecoach shot John Wayne to stardom and elevated the prestige of a genre that had hitherto been considered a B-movie province. With rumours in the air of a possible Apache attack, a motley group of travellers in a small New Mexico town board the Overland Stage bound for Lordsburg. Among them are the pregnant Lucy Mallory (Louise Platt); timid liquor salesman Peacock (Donald Meek); Hatfield, an aloof gambler (John Carradine); Gatewood (Berton Churchill), a pompous, embezzling banker; and two who have been exiled from town, alcoholic Doc Boone (Thomas Mitchell) and Dallas (Clair Trevor), a lady of the evening. Along the trail, they pick up the Ringo Kid (John Wayne), an outlaw who's escaped from prison to take revenge on the Plummer brothers for destroying his family and framing him for murder. As their journey progresses, the hypocrisy of the supposedly respectable passengers becomes clear, and it's the tainted outsiders who display courage and humanity. Described by Orson Welles, who watched the film innumerable times before making Citizen Kane, as his cinematic textbook, Stagecoach is superbly made in every respect, layering humour and sharp characterisation into an exciting plot that includes a spectacularly photographed chase in Monument Valley.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars two disc edition 21 Dec 2008
Format:DVD
I recently purchased the region 1 s/e that is shown in the above graphics and thought some one should give a review of the special features.They consist of a commentary by author,the life and times of john ford,Scott eyman,which is very informative and enjoyable,a new 84min documentary on ford/wayne parternership,which is excellent and a new 30min retrospective on the making of the movie,which unfortunately is narrated by scott eyman and therefore covers most of the same ground of the commentary.I hope this will help prospective buyers make up their minds about which edition to buy.I posted this because in so many movies the reviews seldom review the actual edition shown and it is hard to know which to buy.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Affectionate look at Wayne's first big film. 10 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The classic western, Sfagecoach, launched John Wayne as a major screen star and was the first of 10 epic films Wayne and director, John Ford made together.The first of a new sophisticated type of western, it re-established the genre as a box office draw. The spectacular Monument Valley is the backdrop as the drama of the stagecoach journey unfolds. A party of misfits; a drunken doctor,woman of ill-repute,a card shark, a whiskey drummer and an ailing cavalry officer's wife are enroute to Lordsburg,across Apache territory. Geronimo has jumped the reservation and is on the warpath. John Waynes entrance to the film is one of his most memorable scenes, and the swinging of the winchester" so effctive, was improvised by him. The Ringo Kid, Wayne, has broken out of jail to avenge the murders of his brother and father. He hijacks the stage only to find the marshall riding shot gun. The simple plot is enhanced by the class conflict amongst the passengers and the thrilling action scenes directed by Ford. The long expected attack by the Apaches, provides the first extensive Indian chase in western history. Yakima Canutt delivered the daring stunts.As Wayne later said, no such chase could ever have happened as the Indians would have shot the lead horses and that would have been that.Holywood never let truth get in the wy of a good scene The cavalry save the day and Ringo gets his just deserves. As the Ringo Kid ,Wayne begins to develop the character which became his own. The "diamond in the Rough" the tough, loner exterior with the heart of gold. A man who did not judge others by their reputation but by their deeds and words. A true gentleman when others fail the test. He is gentle and protective towards women but not pushy, usually tongue and reticent. Read more ›
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film, awful DVD 7 Nov 2006
By Lantrin
Format:DVD
One of the great Westerns is done no justice by this dreadful Universal Pictures 2006 DVD release. This is such an important film, featuring one of cinema's most popular stars, that it deserves a proper restoration. Watch the astonishing Warner special editions of Casablanca and The Adventures Of Robin Hood to see what can be done with films from this era.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is an important film in the history of cinema - it was the first of a new generation of `adult' Westerns, which portrayed real characters with all their flaws and where the line between hero and villain started to get a little blurry, less black and white. It also introduced John Wayne to the world, with that iconic shot where he stands in the middle of the trail cocking his Winchester.

More than just historically important, this is a film that still entertains even today. It's a darned good romp mixed with a fascinating character study and some stunning photography. The entertainment value is probably the real reason it is still so well remembered and well loved today.

The story tells of a stagecoach crossing Indian territory to Lordsburg. Aboard is a motley set of passengers - a drunkard doctor and a lady of ill repute cast out of their previous town by a moral standards committee. The wife of a soldier travelling to join him, but who has a secret that could imperil everyone. A Southern gambler who is, above all, a Gentleman, a travelling salesman, a bank manager with a precious cargo and finally the Ringo kid, an outlaw escaped from jail who is out for revenge on his family's murderers.

Everyone on the coach has their own secrets, and are looking for some form of redemption. Some find it, some do not. Part of the joy of the film is the way in which the layers are peeled back as the characters, confined in a tight space, have to find some way of working together to get through alive to their destination. Ford manages to contrast the confined coach setting with the sweeping grandeur of Monument Valley perfectly. On top of this there are some thrilling action sequences - mainly the Indian chase and the final shootout between Ringo and the Plummer boys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Ford hits the deck running 13 Jun 2010
By bernie VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
I will not go through much of the story as that is why you are buying the movie. Alternatively, of course, like me you just want to see what they did with the movie and the Criterion extras. Just having a newfangled 46" TV helps in its self.

Looks like several passengers are going to Lordsburg for their own various reasons. Like an Agatha Christie movie, we are introduced to the major players in the story. On the way, we get to know the passengers a little better. In this version, Ringo Kid (John Wayne) is picked up on the way instead of being intruded with the original passengers. John Wayne actually inters with what is now his signature close-up. An Apache uprising threatens the stagecoach. Yet there is a lot more to the film after this Arrowing incident.

Be sure to go through the DVD extras including the voice over commentary. Recorded exclusively for the Criterion collection in 2009, the commentary features film historian and Western scholar Jim Kites (Horizons West). He is a little wordy in his commentary but he does pick up the high points. Moreover, sometimes you need somebody to tell you when your shoe was untied I used to get him to tell me what I was looking at and missing. Even after this commentary, you need to watch the supplement named "Dreaming of Jeanie".

On a different note, I saw Monument Valley on a vacation. Therefore, I can tell that they keep driving back and forth in a small aria on their imaginary trip to Lordsburg.

I am and new fan of Ernest Haycox and read some of his books. However, I missed "Stage to Lordsburg". It is now on my list to read. After watching the Criterion Blu-ray versions where they pointed out the differences between the book and film I want to read more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Western
A film i can appreciate even more now that i've been to Monument Valley. Simply timeless. "Get off your horse and drink your milk" ... not actually from this film.
Published 1 day ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love John Wayne movies
Arrived in time and loved this DVD many thanks. Love the author Ernest Haycox read any of his books if you like westerns you can get them through Amazon - ex library books.
Published 17 days ago by WendyH
5.0 out of 5 stars "Stagecoach” on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues For UK Buyers With The...
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of John Ford’s revered 1939 Western “Stagecoach”. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
1.0 out of 5 stars Stagecoach DVD Zone 1
The film is of course great. A classic.
But I was mislead on byuing it: I assumed Criterion was a British label and its DVDs /Blu rays would all be Zone 2 compatible unless... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carlos Manuel Durrant Pais
4.0 out of 5 stars Stagecoach
A present for my grown up kids who have not seen it before. Arrived promptly and well packed. I certainly order from here again.
Published 3 months ago by Mr Brian R Knott
4.0 out of 5 stars It should be in everyone's western film collection.
A very good film that features all the scenes which we now regard as standard western clichés, but which were at that time innovative; the wonderful Monument Valley scenery,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Speedygee
5.0 out of 5 stars John plays Ringo
Takes a while to get to the action, but worth it to see the Fordian blueprint so confidently established of good-hearted prostitutes, good-hearted former villains, good-hearted... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing characters!
Loved it! Excellent, classic western, albeit without English subtitles. Will watch it again and again, but a remastering and repackaging wouldn't be a bad idea...
Published 6 months ago by NIKOLAS PAPAGEORGIOU
5.0 out of 5 stars Old time classic
This was the cowboy film that set the standard. An all time classic, where the pace barely slackens. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael J. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dads favourite
My dad loves John Wayne in any shape or form. This reaaly is a true classic, any fan of John Wayne will enjoy.
Published 17 months ago by devarro
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