Just received some press information on the upcoming Hondo (1953) Blu-ray. It’ll be presented in anamorphic widescreen, a significant upgrade over the old DVD (there’s also those extra lines and pixels and stuff).
3-D pictures back then typically gave projectionists the option of a standard (1.33) or cropped (1.85) presentation. If you’ve ever studied the Hondo DVD, or played around with the zoom on your 16×9 TV, you know what a difference the cropping will make.
Of course, there’s no need to tell you much about the film itself. It’s a terrific 50s Western, and if it wasn’t stuck in the same decade as The Searchers (1956) and Rio Bravo (1959), it would be more widely hailed as one of Wayne’s best. It’s one of his most well-developed characters — much like the typical Randolph Scott hero of the late 50s, we learn more and more about his past and demons as the film plays out — and Wayne’s underplaying accomplishes so much.
I posted on this release about three minutes after hearing about it back in March. Its release date is June 5. To say I’m stoked is an understatement.
Thanks to Henry Cabot Beck for the scoop.