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Red River [DVD] [1949]

John Wayne , Montgomery Clift , Arthur Rosson , Howard Hawks    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Coleen Gray
  • Directors: Arthur Rosson, Howard Hawks
  • Writers: Borden Chase, Charles Schnee
  • Producers: Howard Hawks, Charles K. Feldman
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jun 2000
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U3XP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,167 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Any short list of the all-time greatest Westerns is bound to include this 1948 Howard Hawks classic about an epic cattle drive. Red River features one of John Wayne's greatest performances. Like his Ethan Edwards in John Ford's 1956 masterpiece The Searchers, the Duke plays an isolated and unsympathetic man who is possessed by bitterness. Wayne is Texas rancher Tom Dunson, who adopts a young boy orphaned in an Indian massacre. That boy, Matthew Garth (played as an adult by Montgomery Clift in his screen debut), becomes Dunson's assistant and heir apparent--until Dunson's temper gets out of control during a long cattle drive and Matt intervenes to stop him. From that moment on, Dunson swears he will kill Matt. Red River has everything a great Western ought to have: a sweeping sense of history, spectacular landscapes, stampedes, gunfights, Indian attacks, and, of course, Walter Brennan as Dunson's crusty old cook and comic sidekick, Nadine Groot. As a special bonus, the film also features the legendary Harry Carey (upon whom Wayne would base some of his gestures in The Searchers) and his son Harry Carey Jr, who became a fixture in Ford and Hawks' Westerns. Red River is essential for anyone who loves Westerns, or movies in general. This one's a real beaut. --Jim Emerson,

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Tom Dunson (John Wayne) and his adopted son (Montgomery Clift) lead the cattle train which establishes the Chisholm Trail. However, father and son argue when it comes to bringing law and order to the Wild West: Tom is tied to an authoritarian approach, whilst his son favours a more liberal stance, refusing to resort to the law of the gun. Howard Hawks directs this celebrated Western.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor transfer 1 May 2008
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The importance and quality of this movie is beyond doubt. But the transfer of this dvd is rather poor. There are mistakes as in an old film-copy, and the resolution especially with bright landscapes ist rather low. The sound is so faint I had to turn the tv on maximum volume.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! 13 Sep 2007
If you can see past the ending of this film (pretty poor...) you will have witnessed one of the best westerns ever made.

ps its in B&W as thats how it was filmed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red River Blu-Ray 19 Nov 2013
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This is the best copy of Red River I have ever seen.The copy is far superior to the standard DVD I have.I have got just about all the John Wayne westerns and this is a great classic.The Blu-Ray is worth the upgrade.

Ken Barrett
Vic Australia
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Blu-Ray 9 Jan 2014
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Howard Hawks film is one of the classics in spite of the corny ending. This Blu-ray in the masters of cinema collection comes with a nice 56 page booklet and a couple of good extras on the disc: the radio adaptation with Wayne and Brennan and a lengthy conversation about the film with a couple of film critics. Trouble is the picture quality is only marginally better than the DVD version I already have, so unless you want the extras I wouldn't bother upgrading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red River - In Colour! 28 Aug 2011
I saw a colourised version of this classic western on tv today, so I am thinking it exists in dvd as well, and may be a Ted Turner Productions version.Can we please have it made available for us to buy?
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SON OF A GUN (-MAN) 5 Feb 2003
Just a scene access and various subtitles as bonus features of the RED RIVER MGM DVD presentation. Meager. Furthermore, the copy chosen is not of the quality one could have expected from an eminent Hollywood studio. Shameful. Howard Hawks's RED RIVER is on my list of the ten best westerns ever made.
Against the legendary John Wayne, Montgomery Clift plays the character of the Duke's adopted son. His low-keyed performance is, in my opinion, unique at that pre-Marlon Brando time. From his first appearance as a young boy on, Howard Hawks characterizes him as -a man with a gun- and gives to this manly attribute a symbolic role throughout the entire movie. Hence, the relation Montgomery Clift-John Ireland can be read at a level invisible for the blind monks of the Hays Code.
A recurrent theme appearing in the Hawksian filmography is the theme of the Strong Woman. So let's admire the character of Joanne Dru who is not disturbed at all by the arrow stuck in her shoulder and who, later in the movie, is the only character who's got the guts to face John Wayne, the granite Father.
RED RIVER is a movie that must absolutely have a place in your library. It's a movie that has influenced a lot Steven Spielberg and company , it's a milestone in Movie History. It's a masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic. 10 Dec 2013
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One of the all time Howard Hawks classics of the western genre. Featuring John Wayne and the young newcomer, Montgomery Clift, in a story based on the forging of the Chisolm Trail from Texas to Kansas. Some marvellous photography. Even without the benefit of CGI the number of cattle especially in the stampede looks awesome. Black and white but, with its gripping story, well worth watching. This Blu-ray version is far superior to the DVD, with its improved resolution, contrast and quality of sound. Among the extras, the tÍte-à-tÍte between Don Sallit & Jaime N. Christley did not do a lot for me but the enclosed booklet was quite interesting. Over all it was well worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Take `em to Missouri, Matt" 23 Mar 2013
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Howard Hawks` 1948 masterpiece Red River is not just a great western, it`s one of the greatest of American movies.
Hawks, in his lifetime, was seldom accorded the respect and admiration he deserved, at least in his native land (never once nominated for an Oscar, despite excelling in several genres) and it took the French and a few discerning UK critics (such as David Thomson, who waxes lyrical about him whenever he has the chance) to trumpet the man`s worth. He was one of the best directors ever to draw breath.
His sense of composition alone marks him out. He could take your breath away with simply a shot of two men on horses against the sky, or Walter Brennan doling out bad food under a makeshift shelter in the rain.
This is a lengthy saga, in glorious black-and-white, of the many years it takes for Matthew Garth (Montgomery Clift, of all people, in his debut film) to attain his rite of passage into true manhood, and for his mentor Tom Dunson (John Wayne, at 40, and at his intense best) to recognise, forgive, and finally give Matt his own cattle brand.
Or it`s the story of a long, long cattle drive from Texas to Missouri, taking in Indian attacks, mutiny, Dunson`s growing tyranny, and a young lady played with candid sensuality by Joanne Dru (in her best role).
There again, it`s a film of treasurable moments. That pre-dawn calm before the cattle drive begins; Clift and John Ireland comparing gun sizes (oh, sure!) like kids; an arrow piercing Joanne Dru`s shoulder blade, her angry conversation with Matt barely interrupted; the shots of cattle hurling themselves at the camera; the chillingly matter-of-fact way Wayne tells two men "...gonna hang ya".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray that could/should have been better...
I've had this a while, but have been so busy on a personal project that I saved it up until it was finished. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian V. Burford
5.0 out of 5 stars Review.
One of the very best westerns. Great performances from Clift and Wayne. Those with a sense of the absurd will love the final showdown when a gay five footer beats up a macho six... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael J. Keenan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good film!
This BD version is really good, considering its age. I believe they've done a good job in transferring it on a BD support. I strongly recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by Mario
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars. Good story, weak ending
In this movie shot in 1946, John Wayne convincingly gives us a study in obsession -- he plays Tom Dunston, a man determined to run a 1000-mile cattle drive his way, and he becomes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Red River
Very good Blu ray transfer. Of course I had already seen the movie. One of John Wayne' best acting efforts, in a par with his performances in The Searchers and The Man Who Shot... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carlos Manuel Durrant Pais
5.0 out of 5 stars A great presentation!
The Masters of Cinema collection almost always does a too notch cjob and this is no exception. They also usually beat the US released by at least a half year or more.
Published 4 months ago by William C. Saul
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie from way back.....
my 94 yr old Uncle thought it was Great! Reminded him of his past cinema trips! He loved it all.
Published 5 months ago by maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne & Montgomery Clift butt heads over a herd of cattle =...
This fine duster, in the way of old, is a great launch vehicle for Montgpmery Clift's movie career. In the established tradition of such films it is top drawer. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars one extra too many.
I agree with other opinions about this great film however I need to add a comment about the "video conversation". Read more
Published 7 months ago by DavidJohnStock
5.0 out of 5 stars Red River.
This dvd arrived on time, perfect packaging. any film with John Wayne has got to be five stars, just like this one,, thanks...
Published 8 months ago by Tony ex REME
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