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The Searchers [Blu-ray] [1956] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles, Ward Bond
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Producers: Merian C. Cooper
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Dubbed: French, German
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Dec. 2006
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KC86KO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,412 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Thought by many to be director John Ford's masterpiece, 'The Searchers' tells the story of Ethan Edwards (John Wayne), an ex-confederate soldier who swears revenge after his brother's family is butchered by Comanches and his niece (Natalie Wood) is kidnapped. Accompanied by Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), a young foundling raised by the family, Ethan sets out on a epic seven-year search for the missing girl. But as their quest draws to a close, Martin begins to realise the extent to which Ethan has been dehumanised by his own thirst for revenge.

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A favourite film of some of the world's greatest filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, John Ford's The Searchers has earned its place in the legacy of great American films for a variety of reasons. Perhaps most notably, it's the definitive role for John Wayne as an icon of the classic Western--the hero (or antihero) who must stand alone according to the unwritten code of The West. The story takes place in Texas in 1868; Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a Confederate veteran who visits his brother and sister-in-law at their ranch and is horrified when they are killed by marauding Comanches. Ethan's search for a surviving niece (played by young Natalie Wood) becomes an all-consuming obsession. With the help of a family friend (Jeffrey Hunter) who is himself part-Cherokee, Ethan hits the trail on a five-year quest for revenge. At the peak of his masterful talent, director Ford crafts this classic tale as an embittered examination of racism and blind hatred, provoking Wayne to give one of the best performances of his career. As with many of Ford's classic Westerns, The Searchers must contend with revisionism in its stereotypical treatment of "savage" Native Americans, and the film's visual beauty (the final shot is one of the great images in all of Western culture) is compromised by some uneven performances and stilted dialogue. Still, this is undeniably one of the greatest Westerns ever made. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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One of John Wayne's best films,shows a different side to him,it is a great story full of action. A young Natalie Wood plays the captured niece by the Indian chief Scar, there is a touch of light heartedness thrown in from Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles,Ward Bond and so on. Watch it then watch it again Superb
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Brilliant DVD John Wayne at his best if you like westerns then this is for you just great so buy it
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Great film, great price
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Classic John wayne
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For those that believe john Wayne can't act this film is an utter revelation. Wayne's Ethan Edwards is a perfect amalgam of old style heroics and bitter, twisted psychology. This lengthy journey to find a young girl solen by Indians cuts a swathe through the rosy myth of old time America that Ford himself largely created. For those who have eyes to see Ethan represents all that is great in the American myth and, in his stubborn egotistical blindness, all that is bad. The final shot of an isolated Wayne standing alone in the desert viewed through a closing doorway must surely be the most poignant image in the cinema of the western - perhaps the most moving final image in any film. Brillant and uplifting with a shadow over its heart, this is a must-see film.
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'John Wayne' teams up for the 14th time with legendary Director 'John Ford' for this Classic 50's Western.
'Ethan Edwards' (John Wayne) returns home after the Civil-war if but three years after it had finished with
the hope of building a family life with his Brother and his family.
However it all goes horribly wrong whist out on a patrol with 'Rev, Captain Samuel Johnston Clayton (Ward
Bond) and his deputy's a band of Comanche's attack the farmstead killing all but 'Ethan's' nieces which they
took captive.
'Ethan' doesn't think twice he's determined to rescue 'Lucy' and younger sister 'Debbie' alone, however 'Lucy's'
boyfriend 'Ben' and the girls alone, however 'Ben' 'Lucy's' boyfriend and the girls adopted brother 'Martin'
(Jeffrey Hunter) insist on joining him.
Soon into the search 'Ethan' finds 'Lucy's' body, 'Ben' incensed with both anger and grief rushes toward the Indian
encampment guns blazing leaving 'Ethan' and 'Martin' to continue the quest to now, rescue 'Debbie' before it's too
late to do so.
Winter snow loses the trail making locating the rogue Comanche Tribe more difficult in fact months turn into years,
trouble is, the longer it takes the more unlikely it is that 'Debbie' will be able to rejoin the life she'd been abducted
from.
This is typical 'John Wayne' Western-Action.
Considering the film is now 60 years old it really does stand the test of time and if not seen for some time or never,
if a fan of 'John Wayne' or indeed 'John Ford' movies - This is a Classic of it's day, well worth a viewing.
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