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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
John Ford and the writers have somewhat overplayed their hands. They have taken a disarmingly simple and affecting premise, developed it with craft and skill to a natural point of conclusion, and then have proceeded to run it into the ground. Full Review
Variety
Jul 8, 2010
It is often sentimental and stagy, but it is rarely boring... The screenplay is just the fable Mr. Ford needed for his farewell to the Western. Full Review
Esquire Magazine
Jul 30, 2019
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
Rating: 3.5/4 -- A solid, if overrated, Ford western, one with its share of cliches and predictability. It's still fascinating to watch Wayne and Stewart deal with hellion Marvin in a changing West. Full Review
TV Guide
Apr 29, 2013
[O]ne of Ford's most moving films. It boasts three superb performances.
Sight and Sound
Feb 1, 2004
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
Rating: 2/5 -- A basically honest, rugged and mature saga has been sapped of a great deal of effect by an obvious, overlong and garrulous anticlimax. Full Review
New York Times
May 9, 2005

Product Description:

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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