She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
Studio: Warner Brothers
Film Length: 103 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
"Don't apologize -- it's a sign of weakness"
I have DVD to thank for making me a John Wayne
fan. I never watched a single film of his until
the release of THE SEARCHERS on DVD. From that
point on, I have added a few Wayne titles to my
DVD collection. This one came recommended, so I
was more than happy to give it a viewing.
Released in 1949, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
is considered by many to be Director John Ford's
masterpiece. It is the best of Ford's calvary
films that began with FORT APACHE (1948) and ended
with RIO GRANDE (1950).
The year is 1876. It is the end of the war and
Captain Nathan Cutting Brittles (John Wayne), a
highly experienced officer, is due to retire in
a few days. He is given an order to bring the
Major's daughter, Olivia Dandridge (Joanne Dru) to
the Poststation, a task he is outwardly opposed to.
The yellow ribbon worn by Dru, is a signal that
she has chosen a boyfriend on the post.
When he arrives there the Indians have destroyed
it and the habitants killed. Brittles, using his
influence with the Old Indian Chief manages
successfully to prevent any further battles by
freeing all the Indians horses with no casualties.
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon "Ribbon" is best
known for its color cinematography by Winton Hoch
which won him an Academy Award.
Out of all the John Wayne films I have seen thus
far (and it's not many), this is my favorite. it's
more of a mild portrait of the old warrior than a
big adventure yarn.
How is the transfer?
I can never say anything negative about a
Technicolor film. I so much love watching these
old technicolor movies filled with beautiful and
vibrant colors. From the deep reddish brown
colors of the Monument Valley landscape to the
deep blue uniforms with red and yellow sashes to
the deep red sunset skies, this film is saturated
with color. The transfer is very clean, but with
a noticeable amount of film speckle throughout.
There is a noticeable amount of video noise fuzz
in the daylit skies. Overall, however, this film
looks incredibly good for its age and its nice to
see that it has been restored to this condition.
The mono soundtrack sounds rather strong across
the two front channels.
A few extra gems are included on this DVD.
Talk about unearthed treasures...one of John
Ford's personal Home Movies are included
Shot in the 1940's while Ford and Wayne were
scouting film locations in Malzatan Mexico, we
see John Wayne at full ease enjoying a beer and
listening to a Mariachi band. The final shot is
of John Ford's yacht.
(length: approx. 4 minutes)
The film's original theatrical trailer is
included as well as a Cast & Crew Filmography
and a screen that lists the Film Awards.
Included John Ford & John Wayne Production
Notes talk about how the two met in the 1920's
when Wayne was a football player at USC. The
rest is history.
This is Ford's very personal look at the West
and the calvary men that inhabited it. You can't
help but to be swept away by the eloquence of
this film. A true classic and one that gets
my fullest reccomendation -- especially for
anyone like me just starting to appreciate John
Release Date: June 4, 2002