I was brought up watching Westerns on the TV, in those days there seemed to be hundreds of them. But when a big screen movie came onto the telly, well that was an event and The Searchers was one of those events all those years ago.
Anyway, most people know what a great western it is, what a travesty it was that Wayne didn't get a best actor Oscar for his role of Ethan Edwards, and what a wonderful piece of film-making it is.
But this review is about the transfer to blu ray. Which is top notch.
I've got a few blu rays of older films and haven't been overly impressed by them, but this is stunning. It must be like, or damned near as close as you can get to seeing it at the cinema when it was first released. The picture is sharp, and the film's awe-inspiring locations have never looked better. The colours, the use of light and shadow, and the photography is simply something to be seen. Many have said that The Searchers is one of the best films of all-time because of its production alone, and with this blu ray you can certainly see John Ford's unique talents like never before.
Someone has asked if its a true widescreen. I'm not that technical but I don't think it is because the letter box scenes are used in the documentary on the extras - which are really interesting as well - but not the feature. Nonetheless, this doesn't at all detract from the quality and The Searchers has never looked so good on your telly.
So get rid of that disappointing DVD, and buy this, you won't regret it and certainly worth the current price on Amazon. In fact, if you only ever buy one western on blu ray, make sure it's this one.