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Criterion Collection: Red River [Blu-ray] [1948] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IGK6TGU
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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, Amazon.com

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Howard Hawks' masterful 1948 cattle drive epic 'Red River' stampedes its way onto a UK Blu ray courtesy of Eureka Entertainment as part of their much lauded Masters of Cinema collection. For whatever reason Eureka have only made the longer 133 minute pre release edit available on this disc despite Howard Hawks himself proclaiming to prefer the shorter 127 minute cut. Including both versions would have been preferable.

Synopsis:
In a quest to fullfill his dreams of being a cattle rancher Tom Dunson (John Wayne) ignores his wagon master who's train they had joined en route to California and heads off to Texas with his right hand man Groot Nadine (Walter Brennan) with one bull and two cows leaving his sweetheart Fen (Coleen Gray) in the protection of the wagon train on the promise that once the ranch is set up he will send for her. Only a night into their journey a distant plume of smoke indicates that the wagon train has been attcked by indians. When the same Indian scouts catch up with Dunsan and Goot the pair fight them off only to prove Dunsan's worst fears.......his girl has been killed indicated by one of the slain indians wearing her bracelet, the same bracelet Dunsan had given her which had been left to him by his late mother. The two continue their journey and eventually reach the Red River, the border between Texas and Oklahoma where they meet up with a delirious and fiesty young boy Matt Garth who has survived an indian attack that killed his family and whose sole possessions are a cow and a small pistol. Admiring his pluck and courage Dunsan takes the boy under his wing promising that if he works hard he will make him a partner in his planned ranch and add his initial to the cattle brand.
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It has been said that this is a Western for people who don't like Westerns - as well as being one of the greatest for those that do - and it would indeed be hard not to be swept along by this epic road movie before roads were part of the US landscape. Into the story of how 9000 cattle were driven from Texas to Abilene, Kansas, there to be sold to a beef merchant, Howard Hawks has woven a tale of a group of men, of two women left behind who continue to affect the action in the most fundamental ways, of a surrogate father-son relationship. It all gels fantastically, bringing in episodes including a stampede, attack by Indians, desertion, shootings, mutiny, falling in love - it's all in there. John Wayne is very well cast as Tom Dunson, a man who spent 14 years building his cattle stock only to discover no one will buy beef in Texas following the American Civil War. His adopted son Matt, whom he took under his wing as a teenager, has come back from fighting for the Southern cause, and with Groot, his commonsensical right-hand man, they hire a number of other local men, including Cherry Valance, the best shot this side of San Diego, it seems. The banter between the two younger men is fairly electric and hints at certain ambiguities, starting with the famous scene where they compare guns. Given that both actors are very good-looking (Montgomery Clift and John Ireland), this is very effective. When Joanne Dru appears, and immediately gets an arrow through her shoulder (which she takes in her stride), who is also quite a looker, you feel all the archetypes are somehow in place, and we could be in some kind of myth.

The heart of the film, though, is the rapport between Wayne and Clift.
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I have seen this film once before but, it was many years ago back in the mid 50's. Yes it's in black and white, but is still good film to watch.
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I dont know what happend but this one did not turn up. Got the John Wayne bit correct but the title was Horse riders and it played very good. Now I must another Red River
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Good quality! One of the best Western! Montgomery Clift in an outstanding performance!
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TIPICAL JOHN WAYNE VERY GOOD FILM
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Awesome Thanks...
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brilliant
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