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The final episode of John Ford’s cavalry trilogy, Rio Grande is a film of which I never tire.

Previously available from Olive on Blu-ray, this is a new edition, under their signature label,
and while I’m not seeing any substantive upgrades via digital restoration, it does have two
things going for it.

The main titles are no longer window-boxed, and there are plenty of extras worth viewing.

Beyond the window-boxing, I don’t recall any problems with the original Blu-ray, licensed
from Paramount as part of there Republic library.

It’s still pretty much a stunner. Accurate grain structure. Nice shadow detail land blacks, and a
nicely stable image. Nary a problem in sight.

For those who already have the first Blu-ray, this may not be an upgrade. For those who
don’t it should be a must own.

Image – 4.75

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from previous Blu-ray – For loss of window-boxing and some quality extras

Highly Recommended


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Robert Harris


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Robert Crawford

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Dec 9, 1998
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I've been meaning to watch this Blu-ray for days now. I have the first BD release, but mainly bought this one for the extras because I love this movie so much. I'm so behind my disc viewing. Just too much to watch and not enough time to do so.


Senior HTF Member
May 6, 2015
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I am looking forward to this purchase.

Thanks for the review.


Senior HTF Member
May 26, 2016
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Mine arrived Saturday 12/05 and I watched it Saturday evening. It may just be my system but, I noticed some minor over-modulation in the louder music passages in the first reel - but I suspect that would be the source and typical for playback equipment of the era. Otherwise - picture looks like it was shot yesterday with no scratched or "minus-density" that I could see.

Those wanting to save space can completely jettison the chipboard slipcase. I it exactly duplicates the clear blu-ray case. On mine the sides overlapped the case by about 1/4 of an inch.
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