Stagecoach [Blu-ray]

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Although there were Westerns before it, Stagecoach quickly became a template for all movie Westerns to come. Director John Ford combined action, drama, humor, and a set of well-drawn characters in the story of a stagecoach set to leave Tonto, New Mexico for a distant settlement in Lordsburg, with a diverse set of passengers on board. Dallas (Claire Trevor) is a woman with a scandalous past who has been driven out of town by the high-minded ladies of the community. Lucy Mallory (Louise Platt) is the wife of a cavalry officer stationed in Lordsburg, and she's determined to be with him. Hatfield (John Carradine) is a smooth-talking cardsharp who claims to be along to "protect" Lucy, although he seems to have romantic intentions. Dr. Boone (Thomas Mitchell) is a self-styled philosopher, a drunkard, and a physician who's been stripped of his license. Mr. Peacock (Donald Meek) is a slightly nervous whiskey salesman (and, not surprisingly, Dr. Boone's new best friend). Gatewood (Berton Churchill) is a crooked banker who needs to get out of town. Buck (Andy Devine) is the hayseed stage driver, and Sheriff Wilcox (George Bancroft) is along to offer protection and keep an eye peeled for the Ringo Kid (John Wayne), a well-known outlaw who has just broken out of jail. While Wilcox does find Ringo, a principled man who gives himself up without a fight, the real danger lies farther down the trail, where a band of Apaches, led by Geronimo, could attack at any time. Stagecoach offers plenty of cowboys, Indians, shootouts, and chases, aided by Yakima Canutt's remarkable stunt work and Bert Glennon's majestic photography of Ford's beloved Monument Valley. It also offers a strong screenplay by Dudley Nichols with plenty of room for the cast to show its stuff. John Wayne's performance made him a star after years as a B-Western leading man, and Thomas Mitchell won an Oscar for what could have been just another comic relief role. Thousands of films have followed Stagecoach's path, but no has ever improved on its formula. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
5/25/10 
Studio
Warner Home Video
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 36 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
Video Features
  • New restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompresses monaurak soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by western authority Jim Kitses (Horizons West)
  • Bucking Broadway, a 1917 silent feature by John Ford, with new nes music composed and performed by Donald Sosin
  • Journalist and television presenter Philip Jenkinson's extensive 1968 video interview with Ford
  • New video appreciation of Stagecoach with director and Ford biographer Peter Bogdanovich
  • New video interview with Ford's grandon Dan Ford about the director and his home movies
  • New video piece, featuring journalist Buss Bissinger, about trader Harry Goulding's key role in bringing Monument Valley to Hollywood
  • New video homeage to legendary stuntman Yakima Canutt, with celebrated stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong
  • Video essay by writer Tag Gallagher analyzing Ford's visual styke in Stagecoach
  • Screen Director's Playhouse 1949 radio dramatization of Stagecoach, with John Wayne, Claire Trevor, and Ford
  • Theatrical trailer
Number of Discs
1

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