|The Quiet Man (Collector's Edition)
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Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 05/11/2004 Run time: 129 minutes Rating: Nr
Blarney and bliss, mixed in equal proportions. John Wayne plays an American boxer who returns to the Emerald Isle, his native land. What he finds there is a fiery prospective spouse (Maureen O'Hara) and a country greener than any Ireland seen before or since--it's no surprise The Quiet Man won an Oscar for cinematography. It also won an Oscar for John Ford's direction, his fourth such award. The film was a deeply personal project for Ford (whose birth name was Sean Aloysius O'Fearna), and he lavished all of his affection for the Irish landscape and Irish people on this film. He also stages perhaps the greatest donnybrook in the history of movies, an epic fistfight between Wayne and the truculent Victor McLaglen--that's Ford's brother, Francis, as the elderly man on his deathbed who miraculously revives when he hears word of the dustup. Barry Fitzgerald, the original Irish elf, gets the movie's biggest laugh when he walks into the newlyweds' bedroom the morning after their wedding, and spots a broken bed. The look on his face says everything. The Quiet Man isn't the real Ireland, but as a delicious never-never land of Ford's imagination, it will do very nicely. --Robert Horton
- Big disappointment
What a dreadful DVD. Everyone concerned should be deeply embarassed by the appalling picture quality, not to mention the out of sync sound track. Both Paramount and Republic seem to be associated with this disc and should at once go out and try to produce a worthy version, preferably up to the Warner standard. A masterpiece deserved better than this....more info
- The culture of Ireland brought home
Many Irish left home and went to America as a result of the potato
blight which caused a famine. The family in question was a
one that had left after the father died and now, the son was returning.
The land was owned by a rich protestant woman ( read British here?)
and was being sought by the brother of the red haired woman
who has stricken the hero on his first look.
The girl's wealth was part of the wedding deal that was finally struck,
but the brother finding that he has been tricked goes back on the deal
at a price of 350 pounds.
In the end there is a fist fight that the whole county comes to bet on.
That the hero was an American prize fighter comes out slowly.
I liked this movie this third or fourth viewing
and god more out of it than ever before.
Irish customs are very old world when it comes to courting,
but love seems to have short circuited that here.
John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara went on to make a lot of films together
after this....more info
- Great flick, poor video -- but still worth a try
This raucously tongue-in-cheek, grand old movie has survived for what seems an eternity. The performances are so wonderful that every moment outshines a great many other classic films. So it seems a shame that I can't give TQM the 5 stars it deserves. But Artisan's Classic Edition DVD has far too many visual transgressions. The gorgeous bursts of color that won an Oscar for the 1952 release are almost totally absent in this third-rate digital print. The jacket blurb claims this is a "remastered" version; in fact it looks as if it were played on a cheap VCR; blurry, too dark (almost grimy and gritty at times), with no shadow detail whatever, color registration problems, badly oversaturated reds and blues, obvious flicker (odd for a "remastered" print), and with noise and digital artifacts galore. The blur and noise extend even into many segments of the added features. Looks out of focus on a good CRT monitor, and extremely annoying on highend LCD sets. On cheaper gear, it's nearly unviewable. I've seen comments in Amazon reviews saying that this edition looks better than earlier ones. Not true -- visually, they're all the same. On top of that, I have always had a problem with some oddities of John Ford's sense of humor: two big guys blasting each other with bare fists for the better part of an Irish afternoon isn't very funny, IMHO. In real life, these two would have spent a year in an IC ward recovering from wounds. It's likely that TQM will be one of many memorable films, like "The African Queen", that may never be seen in its original Technicolor glory. But it's to the movie's credit that despite the poor print, it remains an exceptional cinematic experience. The acting is superb in every way; Barry Fitzgerald and Ward Bond steal every scene they're in. Victor Young's music is beautiful, and the audio has the sweep and sweetness that I rememeber from 1952. Now, if only someone could give us a true and more conscientiouse visual restoration . . ....more info
- The Quiet Man
Another great movie by John Wayne and John Ford, what a pair and the cast was great and unforgetable...more info
- A masterpiece!
Sean Thorton (John Wayne)was a former ex-boxer in America that had a bad experience in the ring accidently killing a man. He returns back to Ireland, his original hometown where he can forget all his troubles and settle for a new life in the town where he was raised. He falls for a lovely maiden named Mary Kate (Maureen O'Hara) as they soon later fall in love with each other and conducts his courtship thanks to a impish matchmaker (Barry Fitzgerald), but her brother (Victor McLaglen) refuses to have them together even though Mary Kate and Sean later gets married, is that Sean has to pay him and that he knows about his dark past.
A wonderful and sometimes humorous glimpse to old Ireland thanks to director John Ford. This is a compelling romantic comedy-drama that has heart, great acting especially by John Wayne who is flawless as usual and the why this was actually filmed in Ireland was amazing especially the writing and direction. This film went on to become very successful and earned two academy awards especially for best cinematography, this is a real winner of a movie that is a must see especially for John Wayne fans.
This DVD contains very good remastered picture and sound with some quality extras like cast and crew info, "The Making of the Quiet Man" Featurette with Leonard Maltin, The Joys of Ireland documentary, Remembering The Quiet Man Montage, production notes, both original restored audio and enchanched original restored audio, Trailers to this and other Artisan/Lion's Gate releases and commentary by Maureen O'Hara....more info
- One of John Wayne's best movies
Sure there is no Ireland like this, but what a nice place to visit! Beautiful to look at and great fun. ...more info
- Favorite John Wayne Movie
This movie shows you a different John Wayne, not just a cowboy. I can watch it over and over...more info
- The best
This is an absolutely great movie. Funny, moving and very entertaining. A must see for John Wayne and/or John Ford fans....more info
- John Wayne's finest
As stated above, I consider this to be John Wayne's finest film
(just edging out The Searchers). There are many things to enjoy
about this movie . For one thing , the look of it. Shot in Ireland
in gorgeous, rich technicolor, director John Ford's insistance
to film there rather than the Hollywood backlots means this is
really an Irish film. When Barry Fitzgerald's character says
"ah, 'tis a nice, soft evening ", you can almost smell the soft
rain falling. There has never been a better Irishman in movies
than Barry Fitzgerald. To those of us who have seen this film
many times his lines & witty asides are a constant joy.
The casting throughout is superb from Ward Bond's catholic
priest to Victor Mclagen's alpha male. The chemistry between
John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara is natural & wonderful & must have
been a film they both remembered fondly . This is one of the
all-time great love stories & like "Casablanca" it's romance
is enhanced by everything else about it being perfect ----
direction, casting, location, dialogue & cinematography ....more info
- The Quiet Man
Come On ---All John Wayne movies are great --you just watch them over and over...more info
- conflict with maturity and humor
Beautifully directed and acted. Scenery is stunning. Points out the human conflicts between society/the sexes. Some of these conflicts are dated in that the resolution is not politically correct, but the issues remain as relevant today as they will always. This is one of the few movies that I can watch and enjoy as much each time. It also presents enough in the supporting actors to really bring more subtle corollary themes to fruition. ...more info
- Never tire of this movie
We watched this on St Patrick's Day - Never get tired of watching the antincs between Wayne and O'Hara. It's a fun movie. A real classic....more info
- "The Quiet Man"
I think this is my favorite John Wayne movie--he & Maureen O'Hara are magic together & this movie has it all. It's a love story w/ action scenes as well, plenty of 'characters' played by very capable actors & the scenery is breath-taking (it IS Ireland, after all). I highly recommend it....more info
- Quiet Man video
John Wayne make many films that covered the full spectrum of what Hollywood dictated we should see. John Wayne was classified as a "western movie star" but if you ever have the chance, I would suggest his non-western were as good, if not better than the western that he is know for by the general public. At the top of my lists is the Quiet Man with Maureen O'Hara. This is my all time favorite John Wayne flic and there is not a Saint Patrick's day that it is not shown at our household....more info
- Classic young John Wayne
A real five star movie, a classic for everyone. Historically this is a film that would/should show up in a film class at college. The story is unique, the acting and accents are authentic, and there are some really good scenes and quotes. The colorization is very good, but I still wish that DVDs would include an option to watch in black and white like the original....more info
- The Quiet Man
My wife had asked me to find a DVD of The Quiet Man but I could never remember the title when at the DVD rental store! Since obtaining the DVD from Amazon.com I can't get Maureen O'Hara's brilliant appearance with John Wayne out of my head. Wayne plays the part of a returning Irish exile, nursing a secret boxing past in Chicago - where he accidentally killed an opponent in the ring - and on arrival in Ireland is captivated by the beautiful O'Hara driving sheep across one of the many splendid landscapes in the movie. To obtain Maureen's hand in marriage, John Wayne has to reluctantly take up the boxing again - this time without gloves - to win O'Hara's brother's consent to the marriage. Funny yes; comedy - not entirely, though when the catholic village turns out en masse to support the local protestant vicar in a tricky situation, it is hillarious; romance - yes, in a special Irish way. The appearance of Barry Fitzgerald as chaperone for the courting couple, is precious. This is the timeless Ireland I have taken my expatriate wife home to each year for the past several decades....more info
- Our Family's Favorite
The Quiet Man (Collector's Edition)
This has been an all time favorite of our family for years. Perhaps because it is set in Ireland, or because we are all of Irish descent; or just because it is just a great story and very well made. In any case it is a movie for the whole family to watch and even though it is a classic, it seems like it was made recently.
It will pull on all of the emotions, bringing out laughter, cheering, and tears. The guys will be drawn by the great male cast, the women by the romance and the children by the fun. It is truly for all genders and ages....more info
- THE QUIET MAN
IT TOOK A WHILE TO FINALLY RECEIVE THE DVD BUT WORTH THE WAIT. SOME PROBLEM WITH THE SHIPPING BUT THE COMPANIES DID EVERYTHING POBBIBLE TO DELIVER. I WON'T BE WORRIED ABOUT DOING THIS AGAIN. ...more info
- The Quiet Man
I received this DVD way before the estimated date of arrival in excellent condition and I thank You for your professionalism. I will order from you again as I am very satisfied with buying products from you....more info
- A must watch every year
I have to watch this movie once a year - and sometimes more. The beautiful scenery is a backdrop for a charming movie that is feisty and fun. John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara are perfect in their parts, but I admit my favorite character is Michaleen Flynn played by Barry Fitzgerald, a.k.a. matchmaker, a.k.a. best patron of the local pub. Even the priest and the pastor of the local churches show their human and humorous sides in this film. I've enjoyed it since I was a child....more info
- The Quiet Man
A Classic movie with all of the John Wayne cast of characters.
The fight scene to end all fight scenes....more info
The dvd was new and in perfect condition and arrived in three days. It also contained interviews from the actors and other extras. Well worth the price. ...more info