Stagecoach (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: May 25, 2010
- Originally Released: 1939
- Label: Criterion
- Note: New restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompresses monaurak soundtrack
- Audio commentary by western authority Jim Kitses (Horizons West)
- Bucking Broadway, a 1917 silent feature by John Ford, with new nes music composed and performed by Donald Sosin
- Journalist and television presenter Philip Jenkinson's extensive 1968 video interview with Ford
- New video appreciation of Stagecoach with director and Ford biographer Peter Bogdanovich
- New video interview with Ford's grandon Dan Ford about the director and his home movies
- New video piece, featuring journalist Buss Bissinger, about trader Harry Goulding's key role in bringing Monument Valley to Hollywood
- New video homeage to legendary stuntman Yakima Canutt, with celebrated stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong
- Video essay by writer Tag Gallagher analyzing Ford's visual styke in Stagecoach
- Screen Director's Playhouse 1949 radio dramatization of Stagecoach, with John Wayne, Claire Trevor, and Ford
- Theatrical trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, Thomas Mitchell, George Bancroft & John Carradine|
|Performer:||Donald Meek & Tim Holt|
|Directed by||John Ford|
|Edited by||Dorothy Spencer|
|Screenwriting by||Dudley Nichols|
|Composition by||Richard Hageman, Frank Harling, Boris Morros, Leo Shuken, John Leipold & Louis Gruenberg|
|Art Direction by||Alexander Toluboff|
|Story by||Ernest Haycox|
|Produced by||Walter Wanger|
|Director of Photography:||Bert Glennon|
Academy Awards 1939 - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score: Frank Harling, John Leipold, Leo Shuken & Richard Hageman
Academy Awards 1939 - Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Mitchell
Rating: 5/5 -- Classic John Wayne Western masterpiece promotes tolerance. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Action-packed and jaw-droppingly epic, STAGECOACH is the perfect Western to show to people who don't like Westerns. -- Grade: A
A classic as sharply defined and indelible as the sandstone buttes of Monument Valley, John Ford's 1939 Western is in every sense a landmark.
Sight and Sound
[A] thrilling western about a group of travelers whose Arizona stage ride lands them smack in the midst of an apache uprising...
New York Times
Rating: 5/5 -- Modern movies began here. Full Review
[T]he DVD breathes life into Ford's character study of sundry stagecoach passenger types...
Rating: 5/5 -- John Ford has swept aside ten years of artifice and talkie compromise and has made a motion picture that sings a song of camera. Full Review
New York Times
Regarded by many as the best Western ever made, STAGECOACH shot John Wayne to stardom and elevated the prestige of a genre that had hitherto been considered a B-movie province. With rumors in the air of a possible Apache attack, a motley group of travelers in a small New Mexico town board the Overland Stage bound for Lordsburg. Among them are the pregnant Lucy Mallory (Louise Platt); timid liquor salesman Peacock (Donald Meek); Hatfield, an aloof gambler (John Carradine); Gatewood (Berton Churchill), a pompous, embezzling banker; and two who have been exiled from town, alcoholic Doc Boone (Thomas Mitchell) and Dallas (Clair Trevor), a lady of the evening. Along the trail, they pick up the Ringo Kid (John Wayne), an outlaw who's escaped from prison to take revenge on the Plummer brothers for destroying his family and framing him for murder. As their journey progresses, the hypocrisy of the supposedly respectable passengers becomes clear, and it's the tainted outsiders who display courage and humanity. Described by Orson Welles, who watched the film innumerable times before making CITIZEN KANE, as his cinematic textbook, STAGECOACH is superbly made in every respect, layering humor and sharp characterization into an exciting plot that includes a spectacularly photographed chase in Monument Valley.
Under the stress of an Indian attack, the passengers of a stagecoach reveal their genuine personalities.
- Filmed in: Monument Valley, Kayenta and Mesa, Arizona; Kernville, Dry Lake, Fremont Pass, Victorville, Calabasas, Chatsworth, California.
- STAGECOACH was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1995.
- Production Company: Masterpiece Productions Inc.