Stagecoach [2 Discs] [DVD] [1939]

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  • Release Date: 05/25/2010
  • Rating: NR
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

    Special Features


    • Bucking broadway, a 1917 silent feature by John Ford, with new 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 grandson Dan Ford about the director and his home movies
    • New video piece, featuring journalist Buzz Bissinger, about trader Harry Goulding's key role bringing monument valley to hollywood
    • New video homage to legendary stuntman Yakima Canutt, with celebrated stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong
    • Video essay by writer Tag Gallagher analyzing Ford's visual style in stagecoach
    • Screen director's playhouse 1949 radio dramatization of stagecoach, with John Wayne, Claire Trevor, and Ford, downloadable as an mp3 file
    • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic David Cairns and Ernest Haycox's "stage to lordsburg," the short that inspired the film

    Synopsis


    Stagecoach
    Although there were Westerns before it, Stagecoach quickly became a template for all movie Westerns to come. Director John Ford combined action, drama, humor, and a set of well-drawn characters in the story of a stagecoach set to leave Tonto, New Mexico for a distant settlement in Lordsburg, with a diverse set of passengers on board. Dallas (Claire Trevor) is a woman with a scandalous past who has been driven out of town by the high-minded ladies of the community. Lucy Mallory (Louise Platt) is the wife of a cavalry officer stationed in Lordsburg, and she's determined to be with him. Hatfield (John Carradine) is a smooth-talking cardsharp who claims to be along to "protect" Lucy, although he seems to have romantic intentions. Dr. Boone (Thomas Mitchell) is a self-styled philosopher, a drunkard, and a physician who's been stripped of his license. Mr. Peacock (Donald Meek) is a slightly nervous whiskey salesman (and, not surprisingly, Dr. Boone's new best friend). Gatewood (Berton Churchill) is a crooked banker who needs to get out of town. Buck (Andy Devine) is the hayseed stage driver, and Sheriff Wilcox (George Bancroft) is along to offer protection and keep an eye peeled for the Ringo Kid (John Wayne), a well-known outlaw who has just broken out of jail. While Wilcox does find Ringo, a principled man who gives himself up without a fight, the real danger lies farther down the trail, where a band of Apaches, led by Geronimo, could attack at any time. Stagecoach offers plenty of cowboys, Indians, shootouts, and chases, aided by Yakima Canutt's remarkable stunt work and Bert Glennon's majestic photography of Ford's beloved Monument Valley. It also offers a strong screenplay by Dudley Nichols with plenty of room for the cast to show its stuff. John Wayne's performance made him a star after years as a B-Western leading man, and Thomas Mitchell won an Oscar for what could have been just another comic relief role. Thousands of films have followed Stagecoach's path, but no has ever improved on its formula. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Claire Trevor
      Claire Trevor - Dallas
    • John Wayne
      John Wayne - The Ringo Kid
    • Andy Devine
      Andy Devine - Buck Rickabaugh
    • Thomas Mitchell
      Thomas Mitchell - Doc Boone
    • George Bancroft
      George Bancroft - Sheriff Curly Wilcox



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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Okay Bluray of classic western

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      astroboyBB
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      While the image quality of much of Criterion's Bluray of "Stagecoach" is disappointing, it's still way better than the DVD we've watched in the past, so it's worth it on that score. The extras are just average. Neither my wife nor I could stay awake through the bonus feature film "Bucking Broadway."

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great selection of BluRae movies.

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      DevilDog
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      I ordered 23 BluRae movie videos and one DvD movie video and was pleased and happy with my online ordering experience. I will be ordering more BluRae videos next month and will recommend that my friends us BestBuy if they want to do the same.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Terrific movie, made John Wayne a movie star

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      classicmoviefan
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      Great movie with a lot of sub plots, special features has a lot of extras, image quality is very good considering the age of the movie, won't regret buy it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic film!

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      maxsdada
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      If you enjoy westerns, classic film, or John Wayne then watch this one. Few films combine great acting, directing, plot, and cinematography into such an exciting and wonderful story. Stagecoach is as good as it gets.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great video

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      rpw1965
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      Needed this DVD for a history class, glad to see some colleges use this great movie as an example for how characters were really like. Great movie!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great, classic John Wayne film!

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      Remo
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      John Wayne's first big role... great to see ensemble of familiar actors in early roles. And of course, Monument Valley!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome movie!

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      Spork
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      This 1939 classic movie is one of the Big 3 movies made in that same year!

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