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How Green Was My Valley [Blu-ray] [1941]

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  • Actors: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee, Donald Crisp, Roddy McDowall
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009T0CSXY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,009 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (Donald Crisp), this “Hollywood milestone” (Halliwell’s Film Guide) from producer Darryl F. Zanuck and director John Ford is “one of the finest” pictures ever made (Variety).

Seen through the eyes of a boy (Roddy McDowall), How Green Was My Valley is the inspiring yet heart breaking story of young parents (Donald Crisp and Sara Allgood) struggling to keep their family together as they endure severe hardship in a small Welsh mining town. Co-starring Maureen O’Hara and Walter Pidgeon, this acclaimed classic captures the sentiments and issues of its time while reminding us of the dreams, struggles and triumphs that can touch every family.

Winner of 5 Academy Awards. 1941 Actor in a Supporting Role; Art Direction (Black and White); Cinematography (Black and White); Directing and Outstanding Motion Picture.

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John Ford's beautiful, heartfelt drama about a close-knit family of Welsh coal miners is one of the greatest films of Hollywood's golden age--a gentle masterpiece that beat Citizen Kane in the Best Picture race for the 1941 Academy Awards. The picture also won Oscars for Best Director (Ford), Best Supporting Actor (Donald Crisp), Best Art Direction, and Best Cinematography; all of those awards were richly deserved, even if they came at the expense of Kane and Orson Welles. Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, the film focuses its eventful story on 10-year-old Huw (Roddy McDowall), youngest of seven children to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan (Donald Crisp, Sarah Allgood), a hardy couple who've seen the best and worst of times in their South Wales mining town. They're facing one of the worst times as Mr. Morgan refuses to join a miners union whose members have begun a long-term strike. Family tensions grow and Huw must learn many of life's harsher lessons under the tutelage of the local preacher (Walter Pidgeon), who has fallen in love with Huw's sister (Maureen O'Hara). As various crises are confronted and devastating losses endured, How Green Was My Valley unfolds as a rich, moving portrait of family strength and integrity. It's also a nod to a simpler, more innocent time--and to the preciousness of memory and the inevitable passage from youth to adulthood. An all-time classic, not to be missed. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Classic tale of family life in a Welsh valley at the beginning of the 20th Century. It's the story of Huw Morgan, son of a Collier in a small Welsh village, and his family. It depicts life in a small mining village at the turn of the Century, and how the lives of the Morgan family changed with the times. It also shows how the mines changed the Welsh landscape.
A film with humour, romance, courage, hardship and sadness, this film is one of all the time classics, and a must to watch.
Excellent performances by Walter Pigeon, Maureen O'Hara and the young Rodney McDowell, amongst others.
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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2009
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"How Green Was My Valley"(41) is almost a companion piece to Ford's "The Grapes of Wrath" made a year earlier. They both wrestle with the big themes of social injustice and family bonds. They are also both based on famous novels. How Green is based on a famous novel by Richard Llewellyn, who strangely enough was an Englishman. This film chronicles the lives of the Morgan family in the South Wales coalfield at a time of great social and economic upheaval. We follow the loves and many hardships as their fortunes fluctuate. Again we see the close family bonds that John Ford the director was so concerned with throughout his long career in Hollywood. Walter Pidgeon and that Ford female stalwart Maureen O'Hara star with the youngest family member played by a young Roddy McDowell providing the narration.

The film was interestingly made in Hollywood due to WW2, which does give it a rather false look. The Welsh accents are a strange Hollywood Welsh, like nothing I have heard in the Valleys. Funny that the same happy band of actors from Ford's stock company took those very same accents to Ireland for "The Quiet Man" eleven years later. This was actually filmed on location and you can see the difference! "How Green Was My Valley" is probably a little over sentimental for my tastes which is why I cannot give it 5 stars. It is also not as fine a film as Ford's classic "The Grapes of Wrath" which I have given 5 stars. It is however a very good film and well worth watching.
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"How Green Was My Valley" is one of John Ford's best films, the sentimental story of the Morgans, a family of Welsh coal miners. Adapted by screenwriter Philip Dunne from Richard Llewellyn's best-selling novel, this is the story of a close-knit, hard-working family at the turn of the last century that sees its livelihood at the mine start to slip away and the family starts to fall apart. The story is told in flash back by the youngest boy, Huw (Roddy McDowall, with the actual narration by Irving Pichel), who wants to grow up to be just like his father (Donald Crisp, in his Oscar winning role) and older brothers, at a time when that way of life is no longer viable.
This is a gloriously beautiful black and white film, with several foundations for that beauty. First, there is the Oscar winning set design of Richard Day, Nathan Juran and Thomas Little, who recreated a totally believable Welsh town on the side the Santa Monica Mountains at Brent's Crags, near Malibu (plans to film the movie in Wales were abandoned when World War II broke out). This is one of the most memorable built sets in Hollywood history. Second, there is the Oscar winning photography of Arthur C. Miller, who would go on to win Oscars for cinematography of "Song of Bernadette" and "Anna and the King of Siam." Third, there is the singing of the Welsh Singers, who set the tone during the opening credits of the film (the same song that is song in a great moment in "Zulu," except this time it is sung in Welsh). Fourth, there is the young Irish actress Maureen O'Hara as the one daughter in the Morgan household. The only regret that this film is not in color comes from being denied the sight of O'Hara's red hair.
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Who would know now that this film picked up the oscar for movie of the year in 1941 (maybe '42 when the ceremony was held)? It doesn't seem to have stayed in the public conscious like other classics from the era.

The story told in flashback, is one of nostalgia and longing for childhood and the love of family. The narrator misses a simpler, more innocent age. He educated himself out of his humble coal mining background, yet now, that is all he wants. In our time, we can feel the same about our childhoods, long after this film was even made. For me this laces it all with a double irony, and speaks volumes about human nature.

Yes, it is sentimental, and tugs on the heart strings, but it is honest and faithful in it's intentions. The parents, played by Donald Crisp, who picked up a supporting role oscar, and Sara Allgood are wonderful characters. They raise their family with much love and discipline, and an overpowering sense of belonging.

One flaw for me in the movie is the dodgy Welsh accents. As an Englishman they grate on me, so I can imagine it is worse for the Welsh. If you can get past them, then this is the perfect old movie.

Nostalgia aint what it used to be, or maybe it is for a lot of us.
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