Red River

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Overview

The changing perceptions about this DVD shows what has happened to the market for the format since it debuted in 1997. Howard Hawks' Red River was out twice on laserdisc before the producers got it to look right, and this DVD is visually superior to the best of those laser editions, at only 40% of the price. And that sounds like plenty, but it isn't. First, as an older (circa 1997) DVD release, the sound is lacking in volume and some richness compared to the best laser edition of this movie. Second, Red River was...
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Overview

The changing perceptions about this DVD shows what has happened to the market for the format since it debuted in 1997. Howard Hawks' Red River was out twice on laserdisc before the producers got it to look right, and this DVD is visually superior to the best of those laser editions, at only 40% of the price. And that sounds like plenty, but it isn't. First, as an older (circa 1997) DVD release, the sound is lacking in volume and some richness compared to the best laser edition of this movie. Second, Red River was the first great postwar Western, and one of the best Westerns ever made, and it deserves some extras beyond the French and Spanish subtitles available here -- a trailer, at least, might have been nice and an audio commentary track would have been appropriate. There is so much in this film that later appears in other Hawks movies like Rio Bravo that it's worth looking at on that basis, if not for the range of actors and the complexity of the story and characters. Unfortunately, MGM/UA put this out in the days before there were special supplements on DVDs. It feels somewhat incongruous watching this film without any extras, when it's now common for even bad comedies to have their directors yammering away on the DVD secondary audio track. The film begs for it in this story about the first great cattle drive from Texas to Kansas after the Civil War, and about a man (John Wayne) whose stubborn nature helps get him (and nearly costs him) the biggest herd in Texas (as well as the life of the woman he loves and the man (Montgomery Clift) who could have been his son. It's a lot more than cowboys and Indians and cattle stampedes. This disc is the way to see the movie and, with a boost on an amplifier, the way to hear it, but a lot more could and should be done. Indeed, the makers could at least have included the shorter, 125-minute cut of the movie (the one Hawks approved for release, with narration by Walter Brennan), along with the now standard 133-minute pre-release version.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
In his first collaboration with John Wayne, Howard Hawks examines capitalism and dueling masculinities in the rousing context of a Western cattle drive. A Mutiny on the Bounty for Big Sky country, Red River features a challenge between Montgomery Clift's Matthew Garth and Wayne's Tom Dunson that becomes a contest between new and old models of Western manhood -- a clash enhanced by the different performance styles of ambiguous, Method-acting, proto-rebel Clift and stolidly imposing star Wayne. Young and adaptable, Garth sees the necessity of finding new markets and cooperating with a community, including such potential adversaries as John Ireland's gun-loving Cherry, while Dunson's Old West individualism becomes an inflexible, economically ruinous monomania. The unsympathetic Dunson challenged the traditional Wayne persona, presaging the disturbed Western heroes that proliferated in the 1950s and 1960s, including Wayne's later role as psychotic Ethan Edwards in John Ford's The Searchers (1956) and in the films that Red River writer Borden Chase wrote for director Anthony Mann. Powered by Russell Harlan's dynamic yet moody black-and-white cinematography and Dimitri Tiomkin's score, Red River became a substantial hit, confirming Clift's star quality in his film debut and earning Oscar nominations for Chase and action editor Christian Nyby; it still stands as one of Hawks's top Westerns.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/1997
  • UPC: 027616604224
  • Original Release: 1948
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:13:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,942

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Tom Dunson
Montgomery Clift Matthew Garth
Joanne Dru Tess Millay
Walter Brennan Nadine Groot
Coleen Gray Fen
John Ireland Cherry Valance
Noah Beery Jr. Buster McGee, Muster McGee
Harry Carey Mr. Millville
Harry Carey Jr. Dan Latimer
Paul Fix Teeler Yacey
Mickey Kuhn Matthew as a Boy
Chief Yowlachie Quo
Ivan Parry Bunk Kenneally
Ray Hyke Walt Jergens
Hank Worden Sims Reeves
Dan White Laredo
Bill Self Wounded Wrangler
Hal Taliaferro Old Leather
Lane Chandler Colonel
Paul Fierro Fernandez
George Lloyd Gambler
Lee Phelps Gambler
Glenn Strange Naylor
Tom Tyler Quitter
Wally Wales Old Leather
Shelley Winters Dance Hall Girl
Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director, Producer
John Datu Arensma Art Director
Borden Chase Screenwriter
Richard DeWeese Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Greenway Makeup
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
William McGarry Asst. Director
Christian Nyby Editor
Charles Schnee Screenwriter
Don Steward Special Effects
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Williams Stunts
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title [1:02]
2. Introduction [:17]
4. An Ominous Sight [4:20]
3. Leaving The Team [:28]
5. Indian Attack [2:01]
6. Meeting Matthew [1:00]
7. Founding The Ranch [1:33]
8. Defending His Land [3:38]
9. Fourteen Years Later [1:50]
10. The Shooting Contest [1:02]
11. Dunson's Speech [2:45]
12. The Journey Begins [5:22]
13. No Water, No Rest [3:50]
14. Dan's Dream [4:24]
15. Stampede! [:22]
16. Deadly Aftermath [1:59]
17. Confronting Buck [5:47]
18. Fighting The Storm [3:34]
19. Rations Running Low [2:05]
20. Divided Loyalties [2:26]
21. Three Men Short [3:29]
22. Crossing Red River [3:19]
23. Matthew Takes Over [2:17]
24. Dunson's Warning [:43]
25. Wagon Train Rescue [4:42]
26. Removing The Arrow [2:36]
27. Tess Finds Matthew [:50]
28. Dunson In Pursuit [3:18]
29. The Proposal [3:48]
30. Abilene At Last [3:40]
31. Unexpected Visitor [3:13]
32. The Showdown [1:03]
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Menu

Side #1
   Captions & Subtitles
      English
      French
      Spanish
      English Captions For The Hearing Impaired ON
      English Captions For The Hearing Impaired ON
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This john wayne movie was disappointing!!

    I like John Wayne but this movie just didnt have what his others have and that is good character actors, and a nice scenes. This was a bummer to watch. I do not recommend this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Only 4 Stars because...

    it's really stretching reality to think that Clift, under any circumstance could knock The Duke off his feet. But hey, that's what movies are all about. The casting of Joanne Dru along with her dialogue is simply distracting. Otherwise a great film. Someday when you have nothing to do, watch this film and follow it up with 'Lonesome Dove'.

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