The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Blu-ray)

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  • Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: September 26, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1962
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region A
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby True HD 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Certified Fresh93%

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User Ratings: 23,626
[The film offers] a bittersweet look at the closing of the frontier by focusing on two strikingly different men who help one town choose law and order over the chaos of the open range.
A.V. Club
Jun 3, 2009
A great film, rich in thought and feeling, composed in rhythms that vary from the elegiac to the spontaneous. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Apr 24, 2009
Rating: 4/4 -- Merely one of the greatest Westerns ever made, John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a genuine masterpiece, notable for (among other attributes) the immortal line, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Full Review
Creative Loafing
Oct 17, 2015
With all the Ford requirements and the Ford mystique, including John Wayne and James Stewart off- setting each other's archetypal physiques, presences, worlds and implications; and Edmond O'Brien, at his uproariest. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 17, 2018
...Director John Ford's last masterpiece, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, features a killer cast...
USA Today
Jun 8, 2001
Ford's purest and most sustained expression of the familiar themes of the passing of the Old West, the conflict between the untamed wilderness and the cultivated garden, and the power of myth. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
John Ford's last great film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is also one of the last classic Westerns to come out of Hollywood. Full Review
Film4
Apr 29, 2013

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In John Ford's stark, melancholy swan song for the conventional frontier Western, aged Senator Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) returns to the small town of Shinbone with his wife, Hallie (Vera Miles), for the funeral of his friend, Tom Doniphan (John Wayne), where he recounts for reporters his relationship with the man. His arrival in the town years earlier as a newly minted lawyer had been welcomed with a vicious beating by Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin), a flamboyant thug hired by powerful business interests fearful of the lawyer's intentions to stump for statehood. Doniphan, a rancher and feared gunman, finds Stoddard unconscious, takes him into town, and continues to protect him, particularly after coming to realize that the woman he loves cares more for the lawyer. Despite Doniphan's warnings that the only law in the region comes at the end of a gun barrel, the stubborn lawyer insists on teaching the illiterate townspeople about the rule of law in a democratic society. When Stoddard is elected as the regional delegate to the territorial convention, Valance baits the politician, a notoriously inept gunman, into a showdown.

The film, which plays like a Western version of Freud's CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS, reflects the aging director's ambivalence about many of the beliefs that had animated his earlier work. Shot on two soundstages because of a limited budget and Ford's poor health, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE blends a stripped-down look with an intentionally fractured, ambiguous narrative to stand as a haunting elegy for the fearless gunman, the endless wilderness, and the loss of freedom their vanishing betokens.

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  • UPC: 032429283665
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