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#21 of 103 OFFLINE   jim_falconer

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Posted April 22 2014 - 07:12 AM

Let me know what you think. For whatever reason one thing that stands out is that Wayne, who commanded big salaries, was lousy with money--bad business managers and deals, and his own sloppy habits, kept him working much more than many of his contemporaries. He envied more financially settled friends like Bob Hope and Randolph Scott. And he disliked horses.

 

He was also extremely generous to friends (of which he had many over the course of his lifetime).  He always made sure that none of the people he personally knew were ever in a bad way.



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Posted April 22 2014 - 07:52 AM

Let me know what you think. For whatever reason one thing that stands out is that Wayne, who commanded big salaries, was lousy with money--bad business managers and deals, and his own sloppy habits, kept him working much more than many of his contemporaries. He envied more financially settled friends like Bob Hope and Randolph Scott. And he disliked horses.

Well, if it was his loss, it was our gain.  I remember reading that he was worried after the loss he took on the Alamo, that the public would not be interested in seeing an old John Wayne on the screen.  As one of his characters might have said, "The Hell they won't!"



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Posted April 22 2014 - 08:29 AM

Let me know what you think. For whatever reason one thing that stands out is that Wayne, who commanded big salaries, was lousy with money--bad business managers and deals, and his own sloppy habits, kept him working much more than many of his contemporaries. He envied more financially settled friends like Bob Hope and Randolph Scott. And he disliked horses.


That happened to a few stars. Two names that come to mind are...Doris Day, after her husband died she found that she was millions in debt, & Robert Mitchum, who found he was skint (was it his business manager, I can't remember), & had to carry on acting into old age (our gain).

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Posted April 22 2014 - 10:12 PM

The Big Trail is one of the most eye opening films I've ever seen. It's like time travel to the past, yet with a completely modern aspect ratio. Amazing.

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Posted April 23 2014 - 04:23 AM

The Big Trail was on TCM the other day (John Wayne is the Star of the Month), and they showed the Grandeur version.



#26 of 103 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 08 2014 - 03:23 AM

So, I am slowly starting to make my way through the John Wayne

collection that I ordered through FoxConnect over the past week...

 

Sadly, but not surprisingly, I haven't seen a wealth of films from

the John Wayne library.  As a teen, I was never really a fan of his.

As an adult, I am becoming more aware of his films and can finally

say that I am huge fan.

 

Started off this morning with The Comancheros, which I really enjoyed.

Great film!  To top it off, the transfer looked absolutely gorgeous (sans

a few brief establishing shots that were very blurred).  As I and others on

this forum have said many times before, it's classics like these that really

benefit from the Blu-ray format more than any of the modern films.

 

Going to watch The Horse Soldiers in the next few hours and will report back.


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Posted June 08 2014 - 08:50 AM

 

 

Started off this morning with The Comancheros, which I really enjoyed.

Great film!  To top it off, the transfer looked absolutely gorgeous (sans

a few brief establishing shots that were very blurred).  As I and others on

this forum have said many times before, it's classics like these that really

benefit from the Blu-ray format more than any of the modern films.

 

Going to watch The Horse Soldiers in the next few hours and will report back.

 

Be warned: The Horse Soldiers BRD is not in the same league as The Comancheros BRD. 



#28 of 103 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 08 2014 - 09:49 AM

Robin,

 

Glad you said that before I did.

 

Just finished watching The Horse Soldiers.

 

Great film.  Great!  Like it more than The Comancheros.

 

It was good seeing Wayne in a role outside of a cowboy film.

 

However, the transfer?  It's a bit troublesome.  It doesn't look like a great

deal of care was given to cleaning up the film or making it look as good as it should.


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Posted June 08 2014 - 10:48 AM

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The Horse Soldiers has always been one of my favorite JW films.  So much so, that there is a large framed portrait on the wall in my living room, depicting the scene where John Wayne's northern forces, are cutting down the southern troops coming off the train.  It's a powerful scene, in a movie filled with many of them.  Interesting fact about the film, there was a stuntman who died during the filming of the blowing up of the bridge at the end, and John Ford could no longer finish the film.  Supposedly, there was still pages of dialog left to film, with the northern troops returning back again with the division they split from, but UA decided to just end the film at that point.  Even so, a splendid movie.
 
As for the transfer, I'm delighted with the current BD release.  If you've had to endure the awful mess on VHS and Laserdisc previously, you too would think the BD is a revelation of image.  It may not look as wonderful as other films of the era, but it sure looks fantastic compared to what we had before...

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#30 of 103 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 08 2014 - 10:52 AM

As for the transfer, I'm delighted with the current BD release.  If you've had to endure the awful mess on VHS and Laserdisc previously, you too would think the BD is a revelation of image.  It may not look as wonderful as other films of the era, but it sure looks fantastic compared to what we had before...

 

Jim,

 

That's a very important point to make.

 

I have no idea what the previous transfers looked like.  To me, it just looked

like Fox dropped the ball on this one because in all rights, it should look as good

as the other Wayne films in that boxed set.

 

However, from your post, it seems as if the original elements were probably in

very poor shape.  I am sure you are aware there are a few short segments where

it looks as if salvaged footage was inserted.

 

As for the film, I can understand your love for it.  Having just seen it for the first

time today, it certainly won my heart.  It's a fantastic movie.  My love and respect

for Wayne has increased tenfold over the past few weeks as I have been discovering

new movies of his.


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Posted June 08 2014 - 10:56 AM

It's precisely because the stunt in which Fred Kennedy is killed is retained in the film as completed, and thus on the BD, that I find The Horse Soldiers a hard watch. It's second tier Ford, the old man's heart just wasn't in it following the tragedy; even so, it's still streets ahead of The Comancheros - too much misplaced 'humour' therein for me.

 

I'm with Jim regarding the transfer.


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#32 of 103 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 08 2014 - 11:00 AM

It's precisely because the stunt in which Fred Kennedy is killed is retained in the film as completed, and thus on the BD, that I findThe Horse Soldiers a hard watch.

 

John, which stunt/scene in particular was that?

My next venture in this set will be North To Alaska.

 

I was going to buy Rio Bravo (which I have never seen), but Amazon wants $65 for it.

It has been suggested that it's out of stock and that perhaps Warner is planning an 

anniversary reissue of it.  Of course, that is only speculation.
 


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Posted June 08 2014 - 11:06 AM

As for the film, I can understand your love for it.  Having just seen it for the first

time today, it certainly won my heart.  It's a fantastic movie.  My love and respect

for Wayne has increased tenfold over the past few weeks as I have been discovering

new movies of his.

 

That is so wonderful to hear.  Yes, JW was a very popular actor during his life (and after as well), but his skills as an actor have always been questioned.  This has amazed me, as he has always had such range.  My god, the scene where Lukey is shot by the Confederates, never fails to bring tears to me.  JW can convey with his eyes during that scene, what a hundred pages of dialog wouldn't be able to explain.  He truly was our greatest american actor (of course, my personal opinion), and we are so lucky to have his films to enjoy year after year.


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Posted June 08 2014 - 11:09 AM

Ron,

 

The Horse Soldiers is a MGM film with Fox being the distributor so the blame is on MGM.

 

Also, regarding The Horse Soldiers, it's based on an actual raid by Colonel Benjamin Grierson.  He was one of the Union cavalry officers that helped changed the course of the war as previously the South was kicking the North's butt in cavalry engagements.


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#35 of 103 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted June 08 2014 - 11:13 AM

 

The Horse Soldiers has always been one of my favorite JW films.  So much so, that there is a large framed portrait on the wall in my living room, depicting the scene where John Wayne's northern forces, are cutting down the southern troops coming off the train.  It's a powerful scene, in a movie filled with many of them.  Interesting fact about the film, there was a stuntman who died during the filming of the blowing up of the bridge at the end, and John Ford could no longer finish the film.  Supposedly, there was still pages of dialog left to film, with the northern troops returning back again with the division they split from, but UA decided to just end the film at that point.  Even so, a splendid movie.
 
As for the transfer, I'm delighted with the current BD release.  If you've had to endure the awful mess on VHS and Laserdisc previously, you too would think the BD is a revelation of image.  It may not look as wonderful as other films of the era, but it sure looks fantastic compared to what we had before...

 

Very true, it's much better than the DVD.  Next to Red River, The Searchers and Rio Bravo, I've probably seen this film more than any other John Wayne film.


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Posted June 08 2014 - 11:14 AM

John, which stunt/scene in particular was that?

My next venture in this set will be North To Alaska.

 

I was going to buy Rio Bravo (which I have never seen), but Amazon wants $65 for it.

It has been suggested that it's out of stock and that perhaps Warner is planning an 

anniversary reissue of it.  Of course, that is only speculation.
 

It's the scene near the end of the film when they're crossing the bridge.


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Posted June 08 2014 - 11:15 AM

John, which stunt/scene in particular was that?

My next venture in this set will be North To Alaska.

 

I was going to buy Rio Bravo (which I have never seen), but Amazon wants $65 for it.

It has been suggested that it's out of stock and that perhaps Warner is planning an 

anniversary reissue of it.  Of course, that is only speculation.
 

 

It's when they're blowing the bridge towards the end; Kennedy, it's said, was handed the stunt by Ford as a favour, you see him gallop across the bridge before the charges go off, you see him make a simple jump from his mount. He flies through the air...

 

Kennedy hit the ground awkwardly and broke his neck, he was dead, if memory serves, by the time they got him to hospital. He was, perhaps, getting too old for the work; it's the truth that there are no 'old, bold, stunt men...'


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Posted June 08 2014 - 11:17 AM

By the way, some might view this as second tier John Ford, but I don't and think it contains one of Wayne's best performances.  By the way, my favorite character is the Sergeant Major.


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Posted June 08 2014 - 11:20 AM

Many don't see it as 'second tier', in fact, it appears to be gaining favour as the years roll by.

 

For me, Fred Kennedy's death casts a shadow over the whole production; it's just a personal opinion.


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Posted June 08 2014 - 11:22 AM

Many don't see it as 'second tier', in fact, it appears to be gaining favour as the years roll by.

 

For me, Fred Kennedy's death casts a shadow over the whole production; it's just a personal opinion.

It was a Ford favorite of mine long before I even knew about Kennedy's death.  I'm sure most people don't even know about it now.


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