53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2003
'McLintock' is one of John Wayne's funniest films. It is on a par with 'The Quiet Man'. It is also one of my favourite films. The comments that follow in no way reflect on the film itself. My major gripe is just how hacked about and poor the quality of this DVD is. There is at least 30 minutes missing from this DVD, the colour looks like the contrast is going from one end of the spectrum to the other and the sound is inconsistent. Watching this film on the DVD's that are currently available will just give you a migraine (not to mention a tin ear). The DVD editions to avoid are the ones issued by 'Delta, LaserLight, GoodTimes, and RSS Pictures'. My advice is to either go for the VHS edition which is authorised by the John Wayne Estate or wait for an authorised DVD version.
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2003
The Film itself I rate A1. It is one of John Wayne's most humourest and best. Unfortunately the producers of the DVD have chosen to delate a large proportion of the film out, thereby killing it's appeal.The Original Film is 121 minutes long; the DVD only 90 minutes. In the Original John Wayne's off the screen son Patrick provides his Father-In-Law to be (JW) with an example of how to manage a wife-to-be, JW's on screen Daughter (Stephanie Power). The majority of this has been cut from the DVD, plus much more. In the closing of the Film Wayne takes his S-I-L's way of sorting things, with similar actions as in Wayne's 'Quiet Man', bringing his on screen Wife 'Maureen O'Hara' to Heel. Without the full Patrick Wayne/Stephanie Power influance the Film is well below par. There is no excuse for 'short changing' customers with DVD productions. Surely one of the advantages of going 'DVD' is to provide the custumer with as much material as possible, and at the very least the full film that did the rounds at the Cinema.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Mike Wayne the son of the Duke saw "McLintock" as a sequel to "Hondo" in its treatment of the native American and in the way it extolled the John Wayne ethics, and to an extent you can see this.
"McLintock"(63) is loosely based on Shakespeares "The Taming of the Shrew", and boy does Maureen O'Hara as George Washingtom McLintocks errant wife need some taming! McLintock being played of course by The Duke. GW is the owner of a huge spread. He is rich and even has a town named after him. He has a beautiful and feisty daughter played by Stephanie Powers. What more could he want? Well he could do with his wife back in the marital bed as she has become estranged. He has to win back her favour and champion the Comanche Indian cause at the same time. Chill Wills as Drago a close friend of GW asks of divorce:"Is that where you pay a woman not to live with you?" Very topical! Thankfully things don't get that bad. As you may have gathered the film is much more a comedy than a serious Western. There is much knockabout humour where no one is particularly hurt or offended, despite the Comanche firing a few bullets around. The plot is not that important.
On the set of the film when Duke first espied fouteen Navajo chiefs newly arrived from Monument Valley, he did a double take and quipped, "Hey, didn't I kill you twelve pictures ago?" The chiefs laughed. This demonstrates just how relaxed Duke felt. In the film Wayne is surrounded by familiar faces. The director was Andrew V McLaglen the son of Victor who appeared famously as the drunken Sgt Quincannon in the sentimental "She Wore a Yellow Riobbon"(49). Waynes own son Pat features prominently. Despite Waynes best efforts he could not propel his son to greater stardom, although he did appear as Sinbad in a later film. Wayne was quoted as saying his happiest filming experience was on "The Quiet Man"(52) when he worked on location in Ireland with Jack Ford and Maureen O'Hara and met many interesting people. Here he is reunited with O'Hara and you can see the chemistry. Working with familiar faces did not necessarily bring the best out of The Duke and in this film he just ambles through, although to be fair not too much is demanded of him.
This is an enjoyable family film. It is not one of John Waynes best Westerns and is far from a classic, but it none the less makes very enjoyable viewing. It is not necessary to have something cerebral to watch every time. I liked it and that is what matters. Recommended viewing.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2005
A word of warning for those about to buy 'McLintock' from the John Wayne collection. The film itself is excellent and portrays once more the special Wayne/O'Hara screen magic(for further insights read Maureen O'Hara's recent autobiography). However,the film is ruined by the abysmal quality of the DVD itself. The opening credits are so blurred as to be all but indecipherable and some passages of the film look as though they have been recorded on a home video camera.It is quite disgraceful to foist such a shoddy product onto the open market and the distributors should be ashamed of themselves. DON'T BUY IT.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2005
This new edition from Batjak is a treat, Perfect picture and sound Q. (not like some of the bad copys, you see fore sale )
Story is the same, a ligth western comedy not at-all in the same class as Rio Bravo, The Searchers and Hondo, but still a wayne western.
This new edition is a "most-have" for all Wayne and O´Hara fan´s.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2014
This review concerns ONLY the Scandinavian Blu ray/DVD combo release. At the time of writing this edition was available at a quite low price, which was really just as well. I have other films released in this series and am quite pleased with them, but this McLINTOCK! release is not without problems, all of which are on the Blu ray disc. I've no complaints about the DVD as it's more or less the same as the DVD we've had for some time - minus English subtitles, of course.
There are two problems, both of which are apparent within a few minutes of the film starting. After the the credits, it will become apparent that there has been no attempt at restoration - not that this is in itself a fault, it's just disappointing. But the first thing you will notice is the colour and contrast, which are inferior to the DVD version - compare them and see! The second thing is really weird. The image is stretched. Presented in the 2.35: 1 aspect ratio, the DVD picture looks correct. The Blu ray, however has the image slightly squashed from top to bottom,making the actors look fatter than they should be. The aspect ratio of the Blu ray, unlike the 2.35:1 of the DVD, is closer to 2.55:1. I view films on a Philips 21:9 TV and the DVD image fills the screen on the 21.9 setting. To correct the distorted image on the Blu ray, I have to change the picture setting to 'Super Zoom 16:9' - not something I normally have to do for commercial DVD or Blu ray releases.
This may not bother most people, but it's something to bear in mind if you decide to buy this version. Sadly, the recent US release is region 'A' locked, so I guess we're stuck with this one until a UK region 'B' one becomes available.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
[NB. This is a review of the reissued 2007 full-length DVD with several Special Features, not the truncated previous issue. Why does Amazon persist in lumping all reviews for a film/book/CD together, regardless of the edition!]
I didn`t expect to enjoy this 1963 knockabout comic western as much as I did. For me, the words comedy and western seldom sit happily together - and I`m not talking about blatant spoofs such as Blazing Saddles, but the clunking mirthless 'humour' in, for example, many a Ford western, or films like this one.
But much of McLintock is surprisingly thoughtful, with slapstick interludes that seem almost to have intruded from another, dafter film. There`s an increasingly pointless (though well-choreographed) extended mass fight by a mudslide, allowing everyone to fall down it and get covered in mud (oh, my splitting sides) and a sequence, only a little funnier, in which a drunken Wayne and various others fail to mount the long staircase in his room, and keep tumbling down it. (Laugh? I nearly started.
However, the Duke is at his relaxed best, Maureen O`Hara is hilariously, and I have to say sexily, enraged half the time - though it`s never really explained why she was so angry with estranged hubby Wayne in the first place - and Stephanie Powers is pleasingly tomboyish as their flirty daughter. She has a nice father/daughter scene with Wayne, who could be the tenderest of actors.
That excellent western support Chill Wills scores again as Wayne`s chubby sidekick, and Yvonne De Carlo (a year before she became a Munster!) is a welcome addition to the household, as cook and cause of O`Hara`s reluctant jealousy.
It`s an original screenplay by Wayne`s favoured writer James Edward Grant, and his pithy, unfussy style saves it from being too wordy or facetious. Old hand Andrew V. McLaglen directs with professional ease.
The plot? Who cares... Well, it hangs on two arrivals at the local railroad station, the imperious, worldly-wise Katherine (O`Hara) and the fresh from college Becky (Powers), the former having ostensibly come to see the latter, though of course she wants also to see her husband again.
It`s a strange not-quite-love story, with flame-haired O`Hara (what a gorgeous woman she was - and still with us at 94!) rampaging about the town, while Wayne bides his time, until the Great Spanking. There`s a fair amount of spanking in this movie, and the participants would have us believe it`s all good clean fun, not erotic at all! Mostly they`re right, but it`s somewhat disingenuous to claim such a thing. O`Hara was once voted as having the best legs in Hollywood, and we (just about) see why.
One of the pluses of the film is the gusto with which everyone enters into its spirit. On the excellent Extra Features (which include interviews with O`Hara and Powers, a fascinating short docu about the late Michael Wayne, the Duke`s son and the film`s producer, and an amusing chat with two amiable stuntmen) both Maureen & Stephanie extol the wonders of working with Wayne, whom they adored, and the camaraderie and sheer joy experienced making the movie.
This isn`t what you`d call a Great Western, but it`s a throughly enjoyable, often touching comedy that just happens to be a western. I still don`t know why Katherine is so angry with McLintock, but it`s fun watching these two old friends sparring together, O`Hara frequently getting the better of the iron Duke.
About 3 stars for the film, 5 for this reissue.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
PRECISION: this is the review of DVD issued in 2007, which contains the full (uncut) 126 minutes long version of this film. WARNING: This review includes some minor SPOILERS!
"Mclintock" is one of the very few pure comedies in John Wayne's career. Although officially a western, this film is in fact an absolutely not serious retelling of the "Taming of the shrew", with some slapstick elements.
George Washington "G.W." McLintock (John Wayne) is an extremely rich and somehow aged cattle baron, who owns most of the land, water rights and businesses in and around the good town of Mclintock, named after him of course. The town seems to be situated in Oklahoma in the times when it was still a teritory. McLintock began his life without a penny to his name and he is very much a self made man, something he is very proud about.
However, ever since his wife Katherine (Maureen O'Hara) left him two years earlier, things were clearly kind of hard on him and he started to drink even heavier than usual. He is also in conflict with some local civil servants, beginning with the governor (nominated, not elected) of the territory. And then, all of a sudden, his estranged wife arrives to the town, willing to obtain divorce and sole custody of their daughter Becky (Stephanie Powers). As if that wasn't bad enough already, Ms McLintock finds also that her husband just recently hired an attractive lady (Yvonne De Carlo), officially as a cook...
Even worse, Becky is sweet on one of "G.W." hired hands, Devlin Warren (played by Patrick Wayne, "Duke"s son) and McLintock seems to be ready to accept this young man as his future son-in-law - but that is anathema for Katherine, who dreams of her daughter marrying one of distinguished gentlemen from the East Coast... What follows is a pure comedy, with jokes not always flying very high, but it is still a very entertaining, very relaxing and quite heart warming show.
Made in 1963 this is a rather old film, but I do not think it aged so much (as "Taming of the shrew", which is much older, didn't age either...). Some scenes including Indians are a little bit naive, but on another hand in this western the "Injuns" are also shown as quite noble and tragic characters. At one moment a Commanche chief about to be arrested says to the governor: "We will not just die away, we will go, but not without a fight. It will not be a big fight because there is not many of us left and we have only few guns, but there will be a fight before the Comanches are gone". This is a surprisingly good speech to be found in a slapstick comedy...
A great delight of this film is in its total lack of political correctness. There is a Chinese guy working on McLintock's ranch and every word he says is a pure delight, but of course today nobody would dare make any Chinese speak like that... Many John Wayne's lines seem to come straight from an Ayn Rand book, so if your political opinions are a little bit left from center, watching this film can cause you some hypertension. There also seem to be only three things required from a man to be "real" man - work hard, never ask for any handouts and never, NEVER refuse a challenge to a fistfight... And for the feminists, well, watching this film can be life threatening, as each of the main female characters (and they are both real wildcats) is ultimately "tamed" with a hearty spanking...)))
As far as the technical aspects of this 2007 DVD (the one with red stripes on top and bottom of cover) are concerned, be advised that not only this is the COMPLETE and UNCUT version, but also the film and the soundtrack were restored and cleaned, so the quality of image and sound is EXCELLENT!
Bottom line, I liked this film very, VERY much and I spend a lovely evening watching it. This is a guaranteed remedy against bad mood after a hard day at the office. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
McLintock! is directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and written by James Edward Grant. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Yvonne De Carlo, Patrick Wayne and Stefanie Powers. Music is by Frank De Vol and cinematography by William H. Clothier. It's a Panavision/Technicolor production and locations used for the shoot were Nogales, Old Tucson and San Rafael Ranch State Park, Arizona, USA. A loose reworking of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, plot finds Duke Wayne as cattle baron George Washington McLintock, whose estranged wife Katherine (O'Hara) returns with daughter Becky (Powers) to the family town after a two year absence. Having left George originally on suspicion of him committing adultery, she now wants a divorce and with it full custody of Becky. George isn't keen on the idea and Katherine's arrival in town also signals the arrival of chaos.
Produced out of John Wayne's own Batjac Productions company, McLintock! became one of Wayne's most successful and popular movies of the 60's. Played for laughs, film sees Wayne surrounded by family and friends and this shines thru in the final product. It looks, and was, a fun production, its values may be dated a great deal now, but it's easy to see why the paying public warmed to it. Wayne is in his element as the tough, hard drinking and no nonsense title character, and those playing off of him are in tune with what's needed to make the comedy work. The action is well staged by McLaglen, especially a free for all punch up at a mud pit, and Clothier's photography beautifully brings the Arizona locales out from the screen. A touch too long at just over two hours, it still manages to last the course to deliver the goods for the western/comedy seeker. 7/10
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2009
Some claim you may say? Certainly as full of the most memorable moments and signature JW plot lines, with all the variety of both comedy and western classic. Original plot, deep characterisation, credible (with reservations as it is brought off my JW and Maureen O'Hara, and you realise how formulaic the romantic sub plot is, perhaps only afterwards, but who cares).
Agreed the amazon mixing of media reviews is not helpful and the stars can only be for the film itself. But this is a family archive keeper and no mistake.
Wow! Can't give 6 stars though. Can't even imagine anyone ever giving this less than 5!