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The Quiet Man [Blu-ray] [1952] [US Import]
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
When one thinks of John Wayne they usually imagine Calvary, Indians and the Old West. But John, on occasion, did venture into other areas. In this instance, Ireland, and produced one of his most beloved films. It teams him with long time friends, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen, Arthur Shields and Barry Fitzgerald (Shields & Fitzgerald were real life brothers), in a project that was near and dear to John Ford. If you think the old town patriarch resembles Ford, it's with reason - it was his father. Stocked with wonderful Irish character actors like David Farrar and Sean McClory, the ever delightful Jack MacGowan, Ken Curtis (Festus of TV's Gunsmoke as Dermot Fahy uncredited and singing! Former Sons of the Pioneers!!), Mildred Natwick as the Widow Tillane, along with Wayne's kids at the horse race scene.
Wayne is Sean Thornton, a quite peace loving man come home to Ireland. There is much speculation about the Yanks and why he has returned to the wee humble Irish village where his family was from. He was a fighter in the States named Trooper Thornton, but accidentally killed a man in the ring. Haunted by this he wants to go 'home' to his mother's Ireland and find peace. But his factious neighbours do not understand his reluctance to take on the town Bully Red Will Danaher in order to win the love of his wife O'Hara.
Often this movie is criticised as being the "Brigadoon" of Ireland, and that is so, but it's the Ireland of our hearts and imagination and obvious of Ford's heart and imagination. The dialogue is Witty, full of Irish quirkiness. Beautiful location work and the dynamite teaming of O'Hara and Wayne. With marvelous songs like Turalye Anne, Galway Bay, Isle of Innisfree and The Humour is On Me Now and more ( There is a soundtrack available on CD this movie as well).
For many years the version on VHS was a pale washed out copy, but this version gives you the 40 shades of green of Eire and the brilliant red hair of O'Hara, they way it should be. The DVD is so sharp, it's truly like seeing it for the first time.
At this steal of a price, every DVD should have a copy.
'Tis Grand, Aye, Grand indeed!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2003
The quiet man , (my eye) .
this film is a must for any film buff, it is a master piece of comedy, blarney, tragedy, & most of all just about the best film J.W.& M.O. ever made.
the 1 liners are timless,(he"ll regret it till his dying day ,
if ever he lives that long ) &(do yer see that road down there, well dont take that one, it"ll do you no gud at all ).
all in all an escalating film with a ending to die for.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
There is little point in writing this review. If you are thinking of buying this film you are almost certainly a fan of the "Duke" and you probably know all about this film. If not, then just go and buy it. Undoubtedly my favourite film of all time. I could watch it over, and over again, endlessly.
There are so many parallels between this film and the great Westerns of John Wayne: same cast, same themes (tough guy wants quiet life but baddy won't let him) that you would be forgiven for thinking this film was just like the others. And there's the rub! If it were just formulaic John Wayne I would still love it. But it's not. It is so much more.

The scenery, the gentle Irish humour, the insight into quainter times is just enchanting. Everything I like about a John Wayne film is here but it is somehow better. The beautiful Maureen O'Hara is more attractive in this film than ever. The comedy is priceless. Victor McLaughlin is brilliant and there are equally brilliant performances littered throughout.
Then there is the music. Utterly fantastic, totally contrived diddle-de-diddle-dee-dee Irish folk type music but perfect and infectious. I love it, I love it, I love it! Go buy. It's impossible to regret owning this film.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2002
This is my favourite film. I've had it on video for some time, and expected the DVD version to be much better.
The picture is sharper, and sometimes too sharp when the artificial backdrops really show up - but that's just part of the quality of the time (1952), and not realy an issue.
What is an issue is the obviously sausage machine way that the mastering has been done with occasional green ring marks on the film which, if more carefully monitored would have been removed.
The sound is not great, but acceptable.
The extras are almost non-existant. The US version has more - e.g. the making of ...
Overall the DVD has better picture, and sound than the video, but could have been so much better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2013
This re-master is faultless. I've read what others have said about the Universal versions and was put off buying a copy on account of already owning a slightly iffy print of 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon' on the same label. This Paramount re-master is a totally different kettle of fish. A crisp, vividly defined and colourful picture. Buy a copy. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
With both the Duke, and Maureen O'Hara as his intended love interest plus John Ford returning to the land of his ancestors and directing in Technicolour, this has many ingredients of a decent Western. Whilst this isn't my favourite film to be filmed in - and about Ireland - David Lean's 'Ryan's Daughter' is, The Quiet Man remains one of the most loved, across all generations.

With everything centred around the pub, the colourful characters and fights over women, this is has yet more Western ingredients. Winner of two Oscars (Ford as director and cinematography) plus two venerable and charismatic actors providing much of the irascible blarney - veteran Ford regular Victor McLaglen, though always playing Irish is actually from Kent, England and Barry Fitzgerald as the matchmaking tippler.

If you've holidayed in Ireland, as I have, then that's a nice bonus as it brings back memories and, in for instance, the horse racing scene on the beach, the vast empty sands are a far cry to my jam-packed nearby beaches on the south coast. The scenery in this isn't always sunny and glossy - it's often a bit glum, with rain - this isn't a picture postcard from the Emerald Isle, but a rich slice of Irish life.

John Wayne is measured and sedate as ex boxer Sean Thornton, who has some demons to conquer when he's continually goaded into a fight. Once he gets over them, the fisticuffs at the end are brilliantly - and amusingly staged and well worth waiting for. Maureen O'Hara is as radiant as ever and, dare I say it, the Duke actually looks comfortable as her suitor.

My DVD copy (part of a 3 DVD set, with Rooster Cogburn and Stagecoach) is rather poor quality with a magenta fringe at times and rather a soft definition. I can't say whether transfer's differ for different releases. This does spoil one's enjoyment a bit but the strength of the film easily shines through.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2013
what a great remastered version of the John Wayne classic film with clear vibrant colours ,the best version of it , thoroughly recommended !!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I remembered watching this film on TV when I was younger and thought at the low price of under £4 it would be a steal.

The storyline itself is amusing, and it's nice to see Mr Wayne in something other than a stetson.

However the quality of the film transferred to dvd is very poor. It may be that the master tape they used was dodgy or inferior to the studios' master copy. This fact made me rate what is a rather amusing story a lowly 2 stars.

Perhaps there is a better quality version of this film available on dvd by another distributor.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2006
cracking movie - beautifully shot, well acted, well scripted and dated only in a good way. in all, it's a top drawer wet sunday afternoon movie. plenty soppy enough for the soppy among you, and at the time, the most violent movie ever made (there's a fistfight - a long one). also, a lot of the cast, including the wonderful micheleen flynn can be found putting on dreadful welsh accents in 'how green was my valley'...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2013
The DVD quality is like an old VHS tape. Here is a comparison I made between this release and the newly restored copy available in America. Reference on YouTube /dkdMTeU1BIQ

The left side video and audio is from 'The Classic John Wayne Collection' and the (2006) green cover DVD, essentially the same content in different packaging.
The right side video and audio is from the [US Import] DVD - Obviously the Blu-ray will top this but it's only Region A at the moment.

I hope you find this useful.
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