The Long Gray Line

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Overview

John Ford's inspiring The Long Gray Line comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. While this disc may be short on extras, the care taken ...
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Overview

John Ford's inspiring The Long Gray Line comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. While this disc may be short on extras, the care taken with the picture (especially for a film as old as this one) earns Columbia/TriStar much credit.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Audio: English 3.0 [Surround]; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While not among John Ford's very best films, The Long Gray Line has more than enough to recommend it, especially for devotees of the director's work. Although Ford reportedly had an intense dislike for Cinemascope, that certainly is not evident from Line. The director uses the wide screen to exceptionally good effect, creating vistas of stunning beauty for the "big" scenes, and using the trick of keeping interiors full of detail in such a manner that it "closes in" on the human subjects for those scenes that are more intimate. As is expected of Ford, almost every shot is beautifully composed, with an almost unerring eye for placement and impact. Line also features a sterling performance from Tyrone Power, demonstrating that he could do a good deal more than swashbuckle when given the chance, and an equally fine one from Maureen O'Hara. The supporting cast is quite solid, with special mention going to Betsy Palmer and Donald Crisp. Where Line comes up a bit lacking is in the screenplay. While the flashback framing works well, the earlier chronological portions of the film are played rather jarringly for laughs, and the latter sections go too far in the other direction, lapsing into sentimentality that doesn't always ring true. Still, it's worth putting up with these problems for Ford's firm, sure handling of it and for the cast.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/2/2002
  • UPC: 043396065468
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:17:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,943

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power Martin Maher
Maureen O'Hara Mary O'Donnell
Robert Francis Red Sundstrom Jr.
Ward Bond Capt. Herman J. Koehler
Donald Crisp Old Martin
Betsy Palmer Kitty Carter
Philip Carey Chuck Dotson
William Leslie Red Sundstrom
Harry Carey Jr. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Patrick Wayne Cherub Overton
Sean McClory Dinny Maher
Peter Graves Capt. Rudolph Heinz
Milburn Stone Capt. John Pershing
Fritz Apking
Don Barclay Maj. Thomas
Richard Bishop
Willis B. Bouchey Maj. Thomas
Chuck Courtney Whitney Larson
Ken Curtis Specialty Bit
Lisa Davis Eleanor
Diane DeLaire Nurse
Harry Denny Priest
Mimi Doyle Nun
Robert Ellis Cadet Short
John Ford
Tom Hennessy Peter Dotson
Philip Kieffer Superintendent
Martin Milner Jim O'Carberry
Jean Moorhead Girl
Donald Murphy Army Captain
Don Murphy Army Captain
Erin O'Brien-Moore Mrs. Koehler
Pat O'Malley Priest
Jack Pennick Recruiting Sergeant
Robert Roark Cadet Pirelli
Mickey Roth Cadet Curly Stern
Mickey Simpson New York Policeman
Technical Credits
John Ford Director
Robert Arthur Producer
George Cooper Sound/Sound Designer
George Duning Score Composer
Edward Hope Screenwriter
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Lyon Editor
Robert A. Peterson Art Director
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer
Frank A. Tuttle Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:27]
2. Urgent Business [1:40]
3. Fresh off the Boat [2:41]
4. Paddy the Waiter [4:26]
5. Marty Enlists [8:53]
6. Master of the Sword [2:09]
7. Mary O'Donnell [4:56]
8. The Silent Treatment [3:51]
9. A Happy Accident [3:13]
10. Devilish Plot Victims [5:59]
11. $300 Investment [3:46]
12. The Swim Instructor [5:18]
13. Sunday Supper [4:08]
14. Army vs. Notre Dame [:28]
15. Grandfather of a Boy [12:54]
16. Premature Celebration [2:29]
17. "Forgive Me, Martin." [6:57]
18. Class of 1915 [3:15]
19. Off to War [2:42]
20. Some Die Young [11:50]
21. Payment in Full [3:30]
22. Red Sundstrom, Junior [3:33]
23. Broken Oath [6:01]
24. A Prize Recruit [4:22]
25. Sneering at the Academy [1:59]
26. The Parade Passes By [4:33]
27. Merry Christmas [4:34]
28. "This Is for You, Marty." [8:58]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:27]
2. Urgent Business [1:40]
3. Fresh off the Boat [2:41]
4. Paddy the Waiter [4:26]
5. Marty Enlists [8:53]
6. Master of the Sword [2:09]
7. Mary O'Donnell [4:56]
8. The Silent Treatment [3:51]
9. A Happy Accident [3:13]
10. Devilish Plot Victims [5:59]
11. $300 Investment [3:46]
12. The Swim Instructor [5:18]
13. Sunday Supper [4:08]
14. Army vs. Notre Dame [:28]
15. Grandfather of a Boy [12:54]
16. Premature Celebration [2:29]
17. "Forgive Me, Martin." [6:57]
18. Class of 1915 [3:15]
19. Off to War [2:42]
20. Some Die Young [11:50]
21. Payment in Full [3:30]
22. Red Sundstrom, Junior [3:33]
23. Broken Oath [6:01]
24. A Prize Recruit [4:22]
25. Sneering at the Academy [1:59]
26. The Parade Passes By [4:33]
27. Merry Christmas [4:34]
28. "This Is for You, Marty." [8:58]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Fran├žais
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
      Subtitles Off
   Theatrical Trailer
Side #2 -- Full Screen
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Fran├žais
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
      Subtitles Off
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They don't make 'em like this anymore

    Many long years ago when I was still in grade school and it was spring. The Ursuline Sisters who taught us at Rosary Cathedral School elected to give everyone &quot the afternoon off&quot and ran the movie Long Gray Line. I am of Irish descent so some predjudice applies. All the same it is a testimonial to what all immigrants went through trying to better their lives. Anyone who wants a taste of the history of the Irish and West Point would do themselves a favor in seeing John Ford's The Long Gray Line. All the aspects of life are covered and none of it is gratuitous. What a welcome relief from what is available now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of John Ford's Best

    As the previous review writer is, I am also an Irish Catholic and, hence, admittedly biased about The Long Gray Line. I also attended a Catholic grade school in the Fifties, and we students were also treated to an afternoon from classes to watch The Long Gray Line in the auditorium. It held a special meaning for me because my brother had just graduated from West Point the previous spring and was among the cadets who were filmed marching for the parade scenes in the movie. Shortly after the graduation ceremonies, my father took me to meet the real Marty Maher in a pub in, I believe, Highland Falls. The Long Gray Line is a timeless and powerful story of legitimate immigration.

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