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Light years ahead of the recent remake.
on 25 January 2017
This is a review for True Grit [DVD].
A classic western. John Wayne is playing an enjoyably larger than life version of himself. Strother Martin is a hoot. Kim Darby and Glenn Campbell do well. Elmer Bernstein's score is suitably majestic and moving (the scene with Mattie holding her late father's pocket watch to her cheek). Gorgeous cinematography.
What makes this version so much better than the remake is it can be both serious and light. The remake/reboot/re-imagining takes itself far too seriously. Also, you can understand every single word spoken by the actors in this original version without resorting to the subtitles - unlike the mumblings of Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, et al in the new film.
Film ratio is 1.78:1. Audio is mono. Picture quality has some grain and the usual amount of dirt, scratches, specks, etc. The sound is serviceable.
Extras - a trailer. Languages - English, Spanish, French and Italian. Subtitles -
English, French, German and many, many more.
This is one of John Wayne's best films and one of the best western films ever made. As an added bonus (for Trekkies/Trekkers mainly), try and spot all the cast members who made a guest appearance in Star Trek The Original Series - there's quite a few!