The Grapes of Wrath [Blu-ray] [1940]

  • SKU: 6184227
  • Release Date: 06/05/2012
  • Rating: NR
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (80 out of 81)

Special Features


  • Commentary by Joseph McBride (film scholar) and Susan Shillinglaw (John Steinbeck Scholar)
  • Fox Movie Channel presents Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman
  • Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century filmmaker as seen on biography on the A&E Network
  • Fox Movietone news
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


The Grapes of Wrath
The adaptation of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of dirt-poor Dust Bowl migrants by 4-time Oscar-winning director John Ford starred Henry Fonda as Tom Joad, who opens the movie returning to his Oklahoma home after serving jail time for manslaughter. En route, Tom meets family friend Casey (John Carradine), a former preacher who warns Tom that dust storms, crop failures, and new agricultural methods have financially decimated the once prosperous Oklahoma farmland. Upon returning to his family farm, Tom is greeted by his mother (Oscar-winner Jane Darwell), who tells him that the family is packing up for the "promised land" of California. Warned that they shouldn't expect a warm welcome in California--they've already seen the caravan of dispirited farmers, heading back home after striking out at finding work--the Joads push on all the same. Their first stop is a wretched migrant camp, full of starving children and surrounded by armed guards. Further down the road, the Joads drive into an idyllic government camp, with clean lodging, indoor plumbing, and a self-governing clientele. When Tom ultimately bids goodbye to his mother, who asks him where he'll go, he delivers the film's most famous speech: "I'll be all around...Wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat...Whenever there's a cop beating a guy, I'll be there...And when the people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they build. I'll be there too." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Henry Fonda
    Henry Fonda - Tom Joad
  • Jane Darwell
    Jane Darwell - Ma Joad
  • John Carradine
    John Carradine - Jim Casey
  • Image coming soon
    Charles Grapewin - Grandpa Joad
  • Russell Simpson
    Russell Simpson - Pa Joad



Customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic film gets Blu-Ray it deserves.

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    HudsonHawk
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    Not much to say about the film aside from it's a classic adaption of a classic literary work. The blu-ray comes highly recommended! The B&W 4:3 image is a great visual presentation of a caring restoration. No crazy post work like digital noise reduction or artificial sharpening, just a good crisp presentation of the film. The mono audio track is presented in lossless DTS-HD MA, and while of course it doesn't match up to surround sound films of recent years, it's a rather solid mono track for the era and has been preserved nicely here. Definitely worth a pickup or upgrade from DVD, and at a great price from BB!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Grapes of Wrath classic movie

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    Dave
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    The B&W pictures quality was outstanding. I had trouble with the disc not being able to access the menu or the fast forward buttons. I exchanged for 2nd disc -same problems. I have a Sony Blu-ray player and it was fully updated. Kept the second disc, I suspect it is a mismatch for my equipment. The movie was fantastic quality for a 1940's B&W movie, no streaks, flutters or missing segments. I took off one star for disc not working. It worked fine if I just started the movie and watched in one sitting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great American Story

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    CWLW
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    It’s a harsh stark story that is very well-told and acted that depicted the unusually bleak times of the “Great Depression” of the 1930’s in America. It’s westward-ho on US Route 66 (which is still in existence today) to the promised “green” land of California and the wretched living conditions in the labor/farm camps. This story needs to be viewed again to remind us of our “sometimes stark heritage” and the hard-truth of the Great Depression.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Favorite of Mine

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    Ricky1954
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    This has always been one of my favorite movies. I've watched my old vhs copy several times. I happened to come across a blu ray copy in a local Best Buy store and purchased it. While the blu ray version has much better quality than my old vhs copy there are a few minor flaws in the transfer probably due to the age of the movie itself. All in all, very pleased to have a much nicer copy of this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    That ending...

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    PACineaste
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    I imagine censorship rules of the time prevented Steinbeck's actual ending from being filmed, but what is here flies right in the face of the novel. Performances are of their time (and good for the most part), but this is far from what it could have been. More hopeful than the book...which wasn't the worst choice a the time...it makes me wonder what the author thought.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Steinbeck classic adaptation

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    AlphaCentaur
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    In the troubling times of the Great Depression the Joad family, accompanied by their friend Reverend Jim, migrate from Oklahoma to California in the hopes of finding work in a vineyard and improving their financial condition. But the road is long and rough, and when they reach their destination things aren't quite what they expected.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Classic not be redone

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    Movinpix73
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    I remember watching this in school for history class. I'd remembered it for being a great film with great acting by Henry Fonda. A period piece with a purpose for storytelling in the highest regards! It was long overdue for being added to my movie collection and should be watched by all that's never seen it before.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Except theending

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    Pieman
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    Steinbeck is my favorite author, but I was never able to read The Grape of Wrath so I bought the movie on a whim. I found it a good although depressing film. The only real issue I have is there really wasn't any closure at the end. This is unlike Steinbeck so I don't know if it this way in the book or not.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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