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  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0067YF0BM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,842 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 2001
Format: DVD
"Rip off" is the phrase that came to mind when I started to watch this DVD. Having owned and watched the budget priced VHS copy many times, I was looking forward to a top quality picture and soundtrack. What you get is a print far inferior to the tape version with lots of jumps, scratches and more grain than you'll see in a field of wheat. The soundtrack is no better with background noise and distortion. With both Rio Grande and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon due for release shortly by this distributor, they have an opportunity to restore their reputation having damaged it with this release and The Quiet Man (another disappointment). I hope that they rise to the occasion.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Evered on 5 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
FORT APACHE (1948) was John Ford's and John Wayne's first western together since STAGECOACH (1939) they would go on to make six more culminating in THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962). This film was also the first of what became known as Ford's Cavalry Trilogy. The others were SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949) and RIO GRANDE (1950) and were Ford's splendid tribute to the U.S. Cavalry and as such deserve to be judged as a body of work that as yet has no equal!

Wayne in this film shares top billing with Henry Fonda who a couple of years earlier had starred as the hero Wyatt Earp in John Ford's marvellous My Darling Clementine (1946) this time Ford has him cast as the unsympathetic martinet Lt Col Owen Thursday against the experienced Captain Kirby York (John Wayne). Incidentally when Wayne reprised this role for the last outing in the trilogy in Rio Grande he not only gained promotion but an extra letter to his name by becoming Lt Col Kirby Yorke. Also starring Shirley Temple and John Agar as the young lovers (who were actually married at the time of filming) and last but not least Victor McLagen for his Irish Sergeant part in the trilogy

As with the rest of the trilogy the story is taken from a novel by James Warner Bellah story is basically a study of frontier life against the backdrop of the Indian Wars and the end bears more than a passing resemblance to Custer's Last Stand with the Fonda character leading his men into an Apache massacre from which few return. The final theme when it's all over was "when the legend becomes fact, print the legend" which would be used to such good effect in another James Warner Bellah story the aforementioned THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE some fourteen years later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 April 2011
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Fort Apache is the first film of what came to be known as John Ford's US Cavalry trilogy. Just like the other two, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon & Rio Grande, this is also based on a short story by James Warner Bellah. Originally intended to be shot in colour, it was however done in black and white with Ford still making spectacular use of the Monument Valley location. The story primarily deals with opposite factions within the same army. On one hand is Lt. Col. Owen Thursday {Henry Fonda}, stiffly rigid in his beliefs, a stickler for the rules and pig ignorant and hostile towards the Indians he has been sent to control. On the other hand is Captain. Kirby York {John Wayne}, more relaxed towards those under his command, he's also knowledgeable about, and respectful towards, the Indian race. Thursday is also something of a chauvinist and a snob, he is determined to stop a burgeoning union between his daughter Philadelphia {Shirley Temple} and Lieutenant O'Rourke {John Agar}, with O'Rourke's homely family seen as too low for his daughter. All of this is played out in a far out military outpost, something else that Thursday also resents; that he was sent here instead of some place where a chance of glory was imminent.

Ford's film is also intriguing in its view of army life for the women at the post. As the men go about their military chores, the women have to remain lady-like even in the face of stupidity and ignorance. And Ford also occupies much of the piece with military etiquette, rank and file and social standing. This is also one of his most overtly sympathetic movies as regards the Indians.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. J. Marshall on 23 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I bought a copy of this film on blu ray from the states and it plays perfectly well on my region B player.I had the film years ago on vhs and the blu ray version is a tremendous improvement on any other version i have seen,either on tape or television.The picture is crystal clear and monument valley looks stunning.The soundtrack is clear and fully complements the film.This film goes beyond the usual run of the mill cavalry versus indians oater.Henry Fonda is very good as the unsympathetic commander trying to stir up trouble with the indians in an attempt to win back his former glory.John wayne excells in a role which goes beyond his usual romantic lead.His performance shows a depth of maturity inn his acting and prepares him for later roles in many of his other great westerns.This performance,along with many others ie red river,the searchers,yellow ribbon,rio bravo,sjould have been oscar nominated.In supporting roles both ward bond and shirley temple stand out in an exemplary cast.This is one of the great westerns of the forties and fully deserves it"s release on blu ray.
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