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This acknowledged classic of American cinema has been given first-rate treatment on this DVD, which is pretty much a straight conversion of the early '90s laserdisc. Mastered from the restored edition of the movie, the digital disc is a significant improvement over the laser, with none of the intermittent anomalies that afflicted the laserdisc playback. With a complete stable image, this disc is a delight to watch, even for those familiar with the 12-inch disc. Warner Bros. obviously put a lot of effort into this disc, not surprisingly, since the studio also financed the restoration of the movie. It's been given 44 chapter breaks, plus a trailer and multiple supplements derived from the Warner Bros. Presents television series. It isn't as ambitious as the treatment that Giant would receive for its 2003 Special Edition DVD release, but no one knew how viable the format was going to be in 1997 when this release was prepared. The image clarity on the movie is amazingly good, which, strangely enough, isn't always an advantage -- the restoration of the film and the sharpness of the transfer only bring out the sharp contrast between the actual exterior shots and the studio shots in the same scenes (and even between two adjoining shots of the same sequence: in the fight scene at the wedding, in which clouds of dust vanish and then reappear). The rough, dusty images from Monument Valley suddenly give way to shots that are so clean, sterile, and artificial that they look like they were made in Macy's window. There are also hints of some digital artifacts here and there (and they might be more evident on a big-screen monitor), as when the camera pans quickly past a stream following Jeffrey Hunter's running figure, but none of those instances are remotely as intrusive or annoying as the flaws that used to crop up on laser playback or on some early DVD releases. Amid all of that, the sound is clean and well balanced, less "hot" than some recent releases, but smooth and sharp. The movie starts up automatically on playback, and the menu appears at the end. It is easy to maneuver around, and the extras are the same as on the laserdisc: the original trailer plus two segments from the 1956 television series Warner Bros. Presents. The latter include some silly time-filler (and a patronizing profile of the Navajo) from Gig Young and a not very informative interview with Natalie Wood. The behind-the-scenes shots of the Ford company at work, however, are invaluable.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; "Warner Bros. Presents" documentary shorts; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene access; Languages and subtitles: English, Français, and Español
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Described by the director as a "psychological epic", The Searchers (1956) is John Ford's most revered Western, for its visual richness and profoundly ambiguous critique of the genre's (and America's) racism. Ford pushed John Wayne's archetypal Westerner into the realm of antiheroism, as Ethan's five-year quest to rescue his niece from Comanche chief Scar mutates into killing her when he discovers her living placidly as Scar's bride. While Ethan's lethal racism signals his insanity, Wayne's charismatic presence and Ethan's desire to salvage the family unit of "civilized" settlers carries its own sheen of Western heroism. Still, the famous final image of Ethan's departure into the desert reveals that "civilization" has no place for such an uncompromising figure. Shot on location in Colorado and Monument Valley, Ford's vividly arid Technicolor vistas render Ethan a man of the magnificent and punishing landscape, unable to reconcile his inner savagery with domestic constraints. Greeted in America as just another quality Ford oater, the film was first reclaimed by French critics for the unresolved tensions and evocative style of Ford's narrative, elevating it to the status of cinematic art. With U.S. cinephiles following suit, The Searchers deeply influenced the 1970s "film school" generation (Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader transformed it into Taxi Driver in 1976) and has since taken its place among the greatest Westerns ever made.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/1997
  • UPC: 085391465126
  • Original Release: 1956
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Ethan Edwards
Jeffrey Hunter Martin Pawley
Vera Miles Laurie Jorgensen
Ward Bond Capt. Reverend Clayton
Natalie Wood Debbie Edwards, older
John Milius Voice Only
John Qualen Lars Jorgensen
Hank Worden Mose Harper
Olive Carey Mrs. Jorgensen
Henry Brandon Chief Scar
Ken Curtis Charlie McCony
Harry Carey Jr. Brad Jorgensen
Antonio Moreno Emilio Figueroa
Lana Wood Debbie Edwards, younger
Walter Coy Aaron Edwards
Dorothy Jordan Martha Edwards
Pippa Scott Lucy Edwards
Patrick Wayne Lieutenant Greenhill
Beulah Archuletta Look
Shooting Star
Ruth Clifford Deranged woman at fort
Cliff Lyons Col. Greenhill
Peter Mamakos Jerem Futterman
Mae Marsh Woman at fort
Jack Pennick Private
Chuck Roberson Man at wedding
Bill Steele Nesby
Chief Thundercloud Comanche chief
Nacho Galindo Mexican bartender
Robert Lyden Ben Edwards
Danny Borzage Accordionist at Funeral
Technical Credits
John Ford Director
James Basevi Art Director
C. Frank Beetson Jr. Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Beetson Jr. Costumes/Costume Designer
George Brown Special Effects
Merian C. Cooper Executive Producer
Patrick Ford Associate Producer
Victor A. Gangelin Set Decoration/Design
Winton Hoch Cinematographer, Screenwriter
Frank Hotaling Art Director
Hugh McDowell Jr. Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Murray Editor
Frank S. Nugent Screenwriter
Webb Overlander Makeup
Ann Peck Costumes/Costume Designer
Wingate Smith Asst. Director
Max Steiner Score Composer
C.V. Whitney Producer
Howard Wilson Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1--
0. Jump To A Scene
1. Credits (What Makes a Man to Wander?). [1:29]
2. Ethan returns home. [1:38]
3. Aaron, Martha, Debbie and Lucy. [1:16]
4. Martin Pawley. [4:37]
5. Capt. Rev. Sam Johnson. [2:50]
6. One oath at a time. [1:14]
7. Martha's reverie and farewell. [1:13]
8. Search for cattle. [:56]
9. Rider on the rim. [:33]
10. A murder raid. [:40]
11. Mose's Indian dance. [:51]
12. Terror at dusk. [3:00]
13. Shadow of Chief Scar. [:39]
14. Terrible discovery. [2:17]
15. "Put an amen to it!" [1:46]
16. The search begins. [3:19]
17. "That'll be the day." [1:18]
18. Surrounded by hostiles. [4:05]
19. Battle at the river. [6:23]
20. Lucy found: "Don't ever ask me more!" [2:07]
21. A blizzard and a lost trail. [1:30]
22. Return to the Jorgensens. [4:01]
23. A letter for Ethan. [1:16]
24. Laurie and Martin. [4:44]
25. Futterman's Trading Post. [1:31]
26. Ambush in the night. [3:47]
27. Charlie brings a letter. [4:12]
28. An Indian bride. [3:48]
29. On Scar's Trail. [1:34]
30. Buffalo Country. [4:07]
31. A little girl and a doll. [4:27]
32. Reunited with Mose. [:35]
33. Information about Debbie. [2:49]
34. Meeting with Scar. [2:45]
35. Debbie found. [3:55]
36. Surprise attack. [1:58]
37. Last Will and Testament. [2:29]
38. A wedding. [5:50]
39. A fair fight. [5:08]
40. News of Scar. [4:54]
41. Martin's rescue attempt. [3:15]
42. Attacking Scar's camp. [4:05]
43. "Let's go home, Debbie." [1:35]
44. A man alone. [1:54]
Side #2-
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Credits (What Makes a Man to Wander?). [1:29]
2. Ethan returns home. [1:38]
3. Aaron, Martha, Debbie and Lucy. [1:16]
4. Martin Pawley. [4:37]
5. Capt. Rev. Sam Johnson. [2:50]
6. One oath at a time. [1:14]
7. Martha's reverie and farewell. [1:13]
8. Search for cattle. [:56]
9. Rider on the rim. [:33]
10. A murder raid. [:40]
11. Mose's Indian dance. [:51]
12. Terror at dusk. [3:00]
13. Shadow of Chief Scar. [:39]
14. Terrible discovery. [2:17]
15. "Put an amen to it!" [1:46]
16. The search begins. [3:19]
17. "That'll be the day." [1:18]
18. Surrounded by hostiles. [4:05]
19. Battle at the river. [6:23]
20. Lucy found: "Don't ever ask me more!" [2:07]
21. A blizzard and a lost trail. [1:30]
22. Return to the Jorgensens. [4:01]
23. A letter for Ethan. [1:16]
24. Laurie and Martin. [4:44]
25. Futterman's Trading Post. [1:31]
26. Ambush in the night. [3:47]
27. Charlie brings a letter. [4:12]
28. An Indian bride. [3:48]
29. On Scar's trail. [1:34]
30. Buffalo country. [4:07]
31. A little girl and a doll. [4:27]
32. Reunited with Mose. [:35]
33. Information about Debbie. [2:49]
34. Meeting with Scar. [2:45]
35. Debbie found. [3:55]
36. Surprise attack. [1:58]
37. Last Will and Testament. [2:29]
38. A wedding. [5:50]
39. A fair fight. [5:08]
40. News of Scar. [4:54]
41. Martin's rescue attempt. [3:15]
42. Attacking Scar's camp. [4:05]
43. "Let's go home, Debbie." [1:35]
44. A man alone. [1:54]
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      John Wayne
      Jeffrey Hunter
      Vera Miles
      Ward Bond
      Natalie Wood
      Max Steiner
      Wilton C. Hoch
      Frank S. Nugent
      John Ford
   Location
   All in the Family
   "WB Presents" Featurettes
      Behind the Cameras #1
      Behind the Cameras #2
   Theatrical Trailer
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      Soundtracks
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wayne at his best

    This is my favorite John Wayne movie and my favorite Western.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Rip-roaring Classic

    One of the best westerns ever filmed ~~ John Wayne at his best. Superb story set against a Texas frontier backdrop complete with a colorful cast of characters. The story ~~ a 'search' for a child kidnaped by Indians ~~ is told with feeling and a reverence for the Old West.This is a movie to savor; superbly crafted by everyone involved. And, best of all ~~~ 'Duke' gives a performance that towers in western film lore. If you aren't familiar with 'The Searchers', saddle up & join them. You won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John Wayne should been given the Oscar for The Searchers

    I believe in my heart that this was not only John Wayne's best picture he ever made, but I believe it is the best western ever made. I am here to tell you I have seen allot of them and this takes it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a searching impossible to cease

    This movie deals in it external form about the search of Debbie, a girl kidnapped by the Indians after the assassination of his parents and brothers. Much of these action occurs in impressive landscapes, but the plot are superbly carried over all by two figures. The main one is Ethan Edwards, the uncle of Debbie, accompanied shortly by Brad Jorgensen, the fiancé of his sister Lucy, but who has soon to be killed driven to despair by Lucy's terrible murder. The other is the adopted nephew of Ethan, Martin Pawley, a half-indian. But these external pursuit goes parallel to another interior one, because these searchers are going to change themselves in the course of the same. Martin suffers the most complete evolution, because he passes from being inexpert and childish to a mature person. But in the case of Ethan, I think his search doesn¿t finish with the movie, but possibly it began before, continues during it all and probably it never ends or we don¿t know in what. Ethan is a complex personage. At the beginning he¿s shown as an experienced tough man, a loser officer of the American Civil War and another battles in Mexico and more. But he hides another face, asocial and with uncontrollable violence. He seems have to yield his love Martha to his brother Aaron when gone to the war, an neither shows affection by money or material possessions. Truly we don¿t know what Ethan prosecutes really in the search, if to save Lucy, or to kill her for having been converted into an Indian, or if he¿s perhaps in search of himself or what. Martin gets to understand the problem with Ethan: he values his knowledge and great ability for fighting, but fears his dark side not far of madness, so he decides he has to continue in the search and simultaneously to take care of his uncle. Curiously, Scar, the Comanche chief author of the crimes seems to share some characteristics of Ethan. The seekers fulfill his aim in finding Lucy though it takes them several years and a lot of penalties, but significantly, at the end Ethan remains alone and outdoors. The others don¿t need him anymore while his personal search hasn¿t finished. Superb film, so, if you are a searcher of good cinema I¿m afraid you have a task as hard as in the screen because today it¿s practically impossible to find movies as good as this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Among the very best movies of all time

    You don't have to be a fan of Westerns or John Wayne to enjoy this great film. There is not a wasted line or scene in this movie. From the great look of the American West, John Fords immense vision and direction, to outstanding and believable performances and dialogue, this is truely a great film. Right from the start, the acting and writting leaves you with an impression that the characters had a previous and eventful life together, not one created out of the Holleywood blue. John Wayne's portrayal is stark and by far his best. He does not hesitate to imbue his character as faulted, racist and vengefull. But every performance in this movie is perfect. The West is portrayed as a hard, challenging world, and it's inhabitants are a mix of young and old, experienced, naive, native and immigrant. Each scene is a work of visual art. If ever a film deserved to be re-released on the big screen, this is it. This is a must have movie for any true fan of American film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Second Greatest Western Ever Made

    You don't have to say more than the title. This is the second best western that was ever made. Get it. See it and enjoy.

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