I have a good feeling about the Dodgers this year. Baseball’s a game with plenty of superstitions, so let’s hope posting this photo of John Ford, his Dodgers cap and Monument Valley does as well for them this year as it did in 2016. Play ball!
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Posted in 1950, 1952, 1954, 20th Century-Fox, Barton MacLane, Ben Johnson, Beverly Garland, Budd Boetticher, Burt Kennedy, Claud Akins, Criterion, DVD/Blu-Ray News, Edwin L. Marin, Elisha Cook, Jr., Ernest Borgnine, Frank Ferguson, Fritz Lang, Gregory Peck, Hank Worden, Harry Morgan, Jesse Hibbs, Joel McCrea, John Ford, John Ireland, John Wayne, Katy Jurado, Kino Lorber, Monogram/Allied Artists, Nancy Gates, Nicholas Ray, Olive Films, Paul Fix, Post-1959, Pre-1950, Randolph Scott, Republic Pictures, Richard Widmark, RKO, Scott Brady, Sterling Hayden, Thomas Carr, Universal (-International), Warner Archive, Wayne Morris, William Wellman, Zane Grey on January 27, 2017| 15 Comments »
Back in 2014, gathering everybody’s favorite DVD and Blu-Ray picks for the year turned out to be a lot of fun. It’s since become an annual thing.
Thanks to everybody who sent in their picks for 2016. This was a great year for 50s Westerns on DVD and Blu-Ray (and 2017 is shaping up to be just as good, or maybe better). Here’s the Top 10, according to your votes.
10. Desperado (1954, Warner Archive, DVD)
It was a tie between this Wayne Morris picture and his earlier Desert Pursuit (1952). They’re both solid, offbeat little Westerns — and it’s real treat to have them available in such stellar condition.
9. Yellow Sky (1948, Kino Lorber, Blu-Ray)
Thanks to William Wellman, we didn’t have to wait till the 50s for Hollywood to start making 50s Westerns. The town of Yellow Sky is populated by only an old prospector and his daughter — until some slimy outlaws come riding up.
8. Western Union (1941, Kino Lorber, Blu-Ray)
Randolph Scott in Fritz Lang’s second Technicolor movie. There’s so much cool stuff in this movie, and it looks wonderful.
7. Black Horse Canyon (1954, Universal Vault, DVD)
For years, Joel McCrea’s Universal Westerns were missing on DVD. It’s great to have them so easy to track down. This is a good one.
6. Comanche Station (1960, Explosive Media, Blu-Ray)
The last of the Scott-Boetticher Westerns turns out to be the first to make its way to Blu-Ray, and as I see it, the others can’t get here soon enough. This thing’s incredible.
5. She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1948, Warner Archive, Blu-Ray)
John Ford’s She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1948, above) is one of the most beautiful color movies ever shot. The proof is pressed oh-so-magnificently into this Blu-Ray. It also features one of John Wayne’s finest performances.
4. Roughshod (1949, Warner Archive, DVD)
This gets my vote as the best of the “noir Westerns.” I was real happy to see the response this picture got. It’s a shame it’s not better known.
3. Cariboo Trail (1950, Kino Lorber, DVD/Blu-Ray)
The transfer here is a minor miracle, demonstrating how good CineColor can look. They wisely didn’t go overboard with the cleanup, so it still retains its true film look. And, of course, this is a solid picture from Edwin Marin and Randolph Scott.
2. Johnny Guitar (1954, Olive Films Signature Edition, DVD/Blu-Ray)
Olive’s new Signature edition is a marked improvement over their old release, which was terrific. The restored 1.66 framing makes a big difference, and the supplemental stuff is excellent.
1. One-Eyed Jacks (1961, Criterion Collection, DVD/Blu-Ray)
Opinions of Marlon Brando’s Western are all over the place, so I was really surprised to see it land in the top spot. However, judging it simply in terms of its superb presentation, I don’t see how anything could beat it. It’s stunning, a big fat reward to all of us who’ve suffered through those awful tapes and discs over the years. I’m proud and honored to have been involved with Criterion’s work here. (Note: Having worked on the One-Eyed Jacks extras, I did not feel comfortable taking part in the vote this time around.)
In closing, the discs on this list highlight the impact the video presentation can have on our appreciation of these old movies. Many of these have been available, in some form, for years. One more thing: your reasons for not buying a Blu-Ray player are rapidly running out.
Directed by John Ford
Starring John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr., Victor McLaglen, Mildred Natwick, George O’Brien, Arthur Shields
A spiffed-up restoration of John Ford’s She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949) was unveiled at this year’s TCM Festival. I heard it was gorgeous.
Warner Archive is bringing that same transfer to our Blu-ray players soon. It’ll be a real treat to see Winton C. Hoch’s Technicolor cinematography in high definition. Lest we forget what an incredible artist he was.
UPDATE: Ford’s They Were Expendable (1945) is also coming to Blu-ray from Warner Archive the same day. In my opinion, which is worth pretty much nothin’, it’s the greatest war movie ever made.
I just love this photo of John Ford sitting in Monument Valley in his Dodgers cap. When I posted it last year to mark the start of the baseball season, I decided it was going to become a tradition around here.
The Dodgers don’t play their first regular-season home game till April 12th, and I ain’t waiting that long. Go Dodgers!
Posted in 1950, 1953, 1954, Andy Devine, Clayton Moore, Dale Robertson, John Doucette, John Ford, John Wayne, Lesley Selander, Marie Windsor, Republic Pictures, Robert Mitchum, Roy Barcroft, Skip Homeier, Vera Ralston, Ward Bond, Whit Bissell, William Elliott, William Witney on September 18, 2015| Leave a Comment »
Welcome to The Republic Pictures Blogathon. Over the weekend, we’ll be celebrating the studio’s incredible talent roster, wonderful output and lasting legacy. This page will serve as its hub, and you’ll be able to reach all the posts here. Keep checking back.
One of my earliest movie memories, maybe the earliest, is of a 16mm print of John Ford’s Rio Grande (1950). So Republic has always been a huge part of my movie world.
It was formed by combining a number of the Poverty Row studios, and the goal of its head, Herbert J. Yates, was always commerce over art. So in a way, it’s surprising their films displayed the level of craftsmanship that they did. That craft may be what, in the end, sets them apart. After all, there were lots and lots of B Westerns and serials out there. But there’s a polish to a Republic picture — from the camerawork to the editing to those wonderful special effects to the performances to the stunts, that’s very special. It’s easy to see why their films are still so popular. If only they were readily available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Over the next few days, we have plenty to celebrate. The cowboy movies. The serials. The crime pictures. And on and on. Some great movie bloggers have saddled up or strapped on their rocket suit to be a part of this whole deal — and I really appreciate their efforts. This should be fun, folks!
Click on the images below to be linked to the appropriate blog.
Angel And The Badman (1947) – The Round Place In The Middle
Ride The Man Down (1952) – 50 Westerns From The 50s
City That Never Sleeps (1953) – Speakeasy
Radar Men From The Moon (1952) – The Hannibal 8
The Fabulous Texan (1947) – Blake Lucas at 50 Westerns From The 50s
Hoodlum Empire (1952) – Jerry Entract at The Hannibal 8
Jubilee Trail (1954) – Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings
Rock Island Trail (1950) and California Passage (1950) – The Horn Section
The Outcast (1954) – Jerry Entract at 50 Westerns From The 50s
Blackmail (1947) – John Knight at The Hannibal 8
Angel And The Badman (1947) – Thoughts All Sorts
The Red Pony (1949) – Caftan Woman
Dakota Incident (1956) – Riding The High Country
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Starring John Ford, John Wayne, James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Harry Carey, Jr. Peter Bogdanovich, Orson Welles (narrator)
Some of my all-time favorite movie dialogue comes from this documentary.
Peter Bogdanovich: Mr. Ford, you made a picture called Three Bad Men which is a large scale western. You had a – quite elaborate land-rush in it.
John Ford: Mmm hmm.
Bogdanovich: How did you shoot that?
Ford: With a camera.
That pretty much sums up Directed By John Ford (1971). It’s a wonderful film, though I always come away from it glad I’m not Peter Bogdanovich (though I’d love to lay claim to What’s Up, Doc?). Bogdanovich’s documentary is coming to DVD from Warner Archive. If you don’t have it, you need it. (This would make a great pairing with the upcoming Blu-ray of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.)
Love that Dodgers cap! Hope they make it to the Series this year.