Johnny Guitar [Olive Signature] [DVD] [1954]

  • SKU: 31908208
  • Release Date: 09/20/2016
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (14 out of 14)

Special Features


  • Audio commentary with critic Geoff Andrew
  • Free Rebublic: Herbert J. Yates and the Story of Republic Pictures with archivist Marc Wanamaker
  • Introduction by Martin Scorsese
  • Johnny Guitar: A Feminist Western? with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney and B. Ruby Rich
  • Johnny Guitar: A Western Like No Other with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney and B. Ruby Rich
  • Johnny Guitar: The First Existential Western essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • My Friend, the American Friend - memories of Nicholas Ray with Tom Farrell and Chris Sievernich
  • Tell Us She Was One of You: The Hollywood Blacklist and Johnny Guitar with historian Larry Ceplair and blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Johnny Guitar
One of the strangest westerns on record, Johnny Guitar has less in common with Zane Grey than it does with Sigmund Freud and Krafft-Ebbing. The title character, played by Sterling Hayden, is a guitar-strumming drifter who was once the lover of Arizona saloon-owner Vienna (Joan Crawford). Though her establishment doesn't make a dime, Vienna doesn't care because the railroad is going to come in soon, bringing a whole slew of thirsty new customers. This puts her at odds with bulldyke rancher Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge), who doesn't want any new settlers on her land. Hating Vienna with a purple passion, Emma will do anything to drive her out of the territory...and even worse, Emma's got the law and the other ranchers on her side. Hoping to keep Emma at bay, Vienna hires Johnny Guitar, who unbeknownst to everyone else in town is a notorious gunslinger. But Johnny prefers to bide his time, waiting for Emma to strike before he makes his move. As a result, Vienna endures several life-threatening experiences, culminating with a feverish chase through the Arizona wilds with lynch-happy Emma and her minions in hot pursuit. According to most sources, the animosity between Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge was quite real, added several extra dimensions to their scenes together. Director Nicholas Ray and screenwriter Philip Yordan stuff the film with so much sexual symbolism that one wonders why they left out a train going into a tunnel. Ms. Crawford's vivid red-and-blue wardrobe scheme was later appropriated by Ray for James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause--with equally stunning results. In addition to the stars, Johnny Guitar is well stocked with reliable supporting players, including Ernest Borgnine, Ben Cooper, Royal Dano (superb as a consumptive, book-reading hired gun) and Paul Fix. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford - Vienna
  • Sterling Hayden
    Sterling Hayden - Johnny Guitar
  • Mercedes McCambridge
    Mercedes McCambridge - Emma Small
  • Scott Brady
    Scott Brady - Dancin'Kid
  • Ward Bond
    Ward Bond - John McIvers



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of a kind western.

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    FromLosAngeles
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    Joan Crawford plays a strong independent business woman whose old lover (Sterling Hayden) one day walks through the door and also has many enemies in town. This movie deserves to be watched many times for the many technical and artistic qualities it contributed to the cinema.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First time for this classic in Bluray

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    RodP
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    Olive Pictures officially made their foray into being a boutique label and they did not disappoint. Together with great packaging, these disc is fully packed with special features not to mention the new 4K restoration!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Blessing on Blu-ray

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    scubadonc
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    The video quality is fantastic. There's been some debate over aspect ratios and I would've preferred a disc with both widescreen and academy ratios. Regardless, it's a must-own disc for any classic cinema and/or western fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A highly underrated Western Classic!

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    Sugei007
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    Firstly, absolutely love this film. A true underrated Western Classic. I still own the previous Olive Films release but this new release really does this film justice. I must own. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unique "Western"

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    lostinenterprise
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    This is a must see film for any one who loves the art form. It truly defies classification. And finally Olive is actually releasing BDs with real extras for much of the Signature series.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Johnny Guitar in stunning high definition

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    wizkid89
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    Olive's Signature line is a big improvement over the bare bones releases normally released by the label. Johnny Guitar now has captions, some good bonus features, and a new 4K scan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Movie

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    SCguy
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    Amazing Movie. I was very excited when this movie came to Blu Ray. I used to watch this movie with my grandmother. It was one of her and my favorite movies and westerns.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic film. Fantastic blu-ray

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    Whitepinkman
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    This new line from Olive Signature really did the film a great respect. VQ & AQ are superior. Loads of extra. A very nice package over all. The film is highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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