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#141 of 149 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 28 2014 - 08:34 PM

Doug,

 

Take it from a newbie who saw this for the first time via Criterion....

 

You will love this film.

 

I watched the longer version.


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#142 of 149 OFFLINE   dpippel

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Posted July 29 2014 - 10:20 AM

LOVED IT Ron! I can't believe that I've never seen Red River before last night. I'd rank Wayne's performance right up there with his best, and Montgomery Clift was great as well. Loved the script and the cinematography too. Hard to believe this was released in 1948. I'd say it was a very innovative film for it's time. This is now my favorite Howard Hawks effort.


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#143 of 149 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 29 2014 - 10:22 AM

Doug,

 

Great to share that initial reaction with you.

 

Stay close to Crawdaddy.  He's recommending some great westerns.

 

Next biggie on my list is Kino's The Unforgiven.

 

Another blind purchase thanks to Robert Crawford.


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#144 of 149 OFFLINE   dpippel

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Posted July 29 2014 - 11:05 AM

Thanks for the tip Ron. I'll do that, and if you haven't picked up Jubal yet that's another western I think you'd probably enjoy. Glenn Ford is great in the film.

 

You know, as I was perusing the special features on Criterion's Red River release I was disappointed to see that there's no commentary. This film is ripe for a commentary track.


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Posted July 29 2014 - 11:41 AM

Yeah, Jubal has been on my wish list.  Perhaps finally, next month, 

I will purchase it.


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#146 of 149 ONLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted July 29 2014 - 12:33 PM

I reviewed Jubal when Criterion put it out a year or two ago. I had never seen before then, and I enjoyed it very much.



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Posted July 29 2014 - 01:06 PM

LOVED IT Ron! I can't believe that I've never seen Red River before last night. I'd rank Wayne's performance right up there with his best, and Montgomery Clift was great as well. Loved the script and the cinematography too. Hard to believe this was released in 1948. I'd say it was a very innovative film for it's time. This is now my favorite Howard Hawks effort.


Kind of amazing the film didn't sweep the oscars in '48, isn't it?

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Posted July 29 2014 - 01:22 PM

Red River was fantastic!  Easily one of the best John Wayne movies I have ever

watched.  His performance in this film was memorable.  True, I haven't seen enough

Wayne movies to proclaim this his very best, but I think it would be difficult for me to

find another of his films as enjoyable as this one.

 

Not necessarily complaining, but I am fighting for shelf space in my home to store

all my Blu-rays and DVDs.  

 

The best western ever made, i'm glad you enjoyed it.

 

I know what you mean with shelf space issues, i have run out and i am trying to figure out what to do, i'm not much of a DIY person so putting shelves up is not ideal, right now i have quite a few blu ray titles just stacked on top of each other sitting around.


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Posted July 29 2014 - 01:50 PM

Kind of amazing the film didn't sweep the oscars in '48, isn't it?

 

Well it WAS up against some pretty big contenders - Hamlet, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The Red Shoes. Still, I think that Red River was robbed. Hawks, Wayne, and Clift weren't nominated for anything and the film itself only for editing and writing.


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