The Grapes of Wrath (Blu-ray)

The Joads step right out of the pages of the novel that has shocked millions!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 9 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: June 5, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1940
  • Label: 20Th Century Fox
  • Note: Commentary by Joseph McBride (film scholar) and Susan Shillinglaw (John Steinbeck Scholar)
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  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - French, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1940 - Best Director: John Ford
Academy Awards 1940 - Best Supporting Actress: Jane Darwell

Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 24,260
The Grapes of Wrath is, in fact, the greatest master- piece the screen has ever produced; in it John Ford has established in vivid and inescapable terms the knowledge of good and evil. Full Review
The Spectator
Nov 3, 2015
[T]he director's most artistic work...
Uncut
May 1, 2005
The Grapes of Wrath is Hollywood's most distinguished offering. Full Review
The Nation
Jan 14, 2013
Ranked #17 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- One of Ford's most beautiful films, and Fonda's performance is an essay in layered minimalism...
Uncut
Jan 1, 2006
Captures the stark plainness of the migrants, stripped to a few possessions, left with innumerable relations and little hope. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
The message is boldly displayed....The movie was based on John Steinbecks' novel arguably the most effective social document of the 1930s...
Chicago Sun-Times
Mar 31, 2002
As son Tom Joad, Henry Fonda gave the screen performance of his career.
USA Today
Apr 9, 2004

Product Description:

John Ford's memorable screen version of John Steinbeck's epic novel of the Great Depression--often regarded as the director's best film--stars Henry Fonda as Tom Joad. After having served a brief prison sentence for manslaughter, Joad arrives at his family's Oklahoma farm only to find it abandoned. Muley (John Qualen), a neighbor now nearly mad with grief, tells Tom of the drought that has transformed the farmland of Oklahoma into a desert and of the preying land agents who have plowed under the shacks of the sharecroppers. Joined by former hellfire preacher Casy (John Carradine), Tom finds his extended family, including Pa (Charles Grapewin) and his indomitable Ma (Jane Darwell), packing their ramshackle truck to seek work in the fields of California. As the family treks across the country, their dissolution begins with the deaths of Tom's grandparents at close intervals. When they arrive in California, the Joads find only an abundance of poverty-stricken migrants like themselves and little in the way of potential work. Yet, ever resilient, they maintain their dignity, hoping for the best.

Among the talented cast, Fonda does perhaps the best work of his career, as does Qualen in the film's most haunting sequence. Director of photography Gregg Toland captures the suffering and the weathered, luminous nobility of the Joads and the other uprooted, drifting families, creating striking images equal to the best work of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans. In a stirring film that stands as a microcosm of the depression experience of millions, Ford gives poverty a human face in a way that was rare then and even rarer in the decades to follow as Hollywood films with a sense of class consciousness dwindled like a species nearing extinction.

Plot Synopsis:

Based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1939 novel, the story follows an Oklahoma family's escape from the dust bowl to join the migration to California's fruit harvest.

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Production Notes:

  • THE GRAPES OF WRATH was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.
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  • Sales Rank: 24,793
  • UPC: 024543773160
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