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The Quiet Man [VHS]
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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

Customer Reviews:

  • The Quiet Man
    This and Robin Hood were two of the very few films I've had an irrational desire to actually own rather than simply rent. I read the earlier reviews with care, and thought I was getting a good copy, but this Collector's Edition seems to have been the one copied from a poor VHS tape. I am perplexed how it can even be sold. Maybe one day it will come out in a revived copy, in which case I will buy it again....more info
  • The Quiet-Surprising Performance
    I was suprised by John Wayne's performance in this movie. He is generally in movies that are a type of "shoot em up", but he gives a wonderful understated performance. Maureen O'Hara is good, but also played this type of character many times. It is great though to hear her commentary. She tells fascinating and amusing recollections of the actors, the times and Ireland (she was born and raised in Dublin). I highly recommend watching the commentary after you have seen the movie. Ms. O'Hara also a good story as to how the movie was a favorite of John Ford's and how he had to deal his way into getting the moive made in the first place and in Ireland (for the most part). The suppoting characters are wonderful, especially Barry Fitzgerald...more info
  • The Quiet Man
    You people have got to be joking haven't you? You sent me the DVD "The Quiet Man" which was not formated to Australia's PAL 4 region and, instead was Region 1 ... you apologise for the mistake and then advise me to keep it rather than pay costs of returning it to you ... which I was very grateful for - then you send me this review request. Are your departments actually going to try working TOGETHER one of these days, pilgrim?...more info
  • The Quite Man
    I have really enjoyed this movie. I enjoy the scenery as much as the movie it's self. Of course the actors are simply wonderful. I think the fight was great. I was glad to see it since John Wayne had vowed never to fight again. My Dad and I have watched it many times and will continue to do so. ...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
  • Relaxing Sunday Afternoon
    This is a fun movie to watch. The simple irish humor mixed in with the softer side of John Wayne is a great classic movie to see. Maureen O'Hara is such a lovely lady. It's a great movie to sit down on a quiet Sunday afternoon and enjoy!!! This is one of the outstanding classics!!! You'll be glad you took the time to see it....more info
  • John Ford and John Wayne - Another Classic
    The Quiet Man, directed by John Ford, is one of his best films. John Wayne is a retired boxer that goes to Ireland and finds love.

    Maureen O'Hara also stars.

    The disc features a commentary with Maureen O'Hara, and a number of other featurettes.

    Highly recommended....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
  • The Quiet Man
    I have been looking for this item since the last one I had was borrowed and never returned. It is a classic film and timeless. A good wholesome story without the usual sex thrown in just for a shock factor....more info
  • Never Received
    Worst company I ever dealt with. E-mailed, phoned and still no response. I strongly suggest to stay away from DVD Legacy....more info
  • The Quiet Man
    Come On ---All John Wayne movies are great --you just watch them over and over...more info
  • miserable
    I never received the product. I e-mailed the company, dvdlegacy, and never received a response. The charge still shows on my credit card bill, which I will dispute, and I will never buy anything from this company again....more info
  • The Quiet Man
    Bought this for my elderly Mom since it is a true classic. She watched it 5 times on St. Patrick's Day and a few times before and after. It brings one back in time and to the era of early Hollywood. John Wayne/Maureen O'Hara classic and start of many of their shared films...more info
  • This movie has never had the transfer it deserves
    I have owned practically every VHS and DVD release of this film since 1992's "40th Anniversary Edition," and they all appear to have been transferred from the same print. The color saturation is fairly strong, but the detail is indistinct. I would accept that perhaps this film's unusual distribution history (the fact that many distributors have owned the release rights to this movie over the years) may have contributed to the poor quality, but I recall many years ago seeing a featurette on "Dateline" highlighting the restoration of a number of historic Technicolor films, including this one, and the footage in that featurette appeared to be fully restored--or at least superior to all the video transfers I have ever seen.

    Given its place in the John Wayne/John Ford filmography, "The Quiet Man" is an important piece of film history, and it deserves better treatment than it has received. It is only because this film is such a gem that I give three stars to this lackluster transfer of a five-star classic....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
  • 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
  • Wait for the UCLA restoration to be released
    One of the greatest movies of all time (AFI and others agree), but ....

    The quality of ALL the existing DVD versions in the marketplace are far inferior to even the print used in repeated airings by Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

    Several years ago, the UCLA film restoration geniuses created a wonderful new print from the originals that has been seen in Los Angeles and Ireland.

    The ownership of the home video rights has passed through several corporate hands. Right now, Lions Gate owns these rights. Until such time as a Blu-Ray version comes out using the UCLA restoration, I would avoid buying this movie on DVD and simply watch the superior version shown by TCM....more info
    Fantasic movie. One of my favorite John Wayne movies even though it was not a western. The soundtrack is beautiful....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 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
  • The Quiet Man
    This movie has always been a favorite of my husband and myself. We were really pleased with the quality and all of the special features!!! Especially the features!!! The scenery was FABULOUS and the information about the cast was very surprising!!! We enjoyed it so much that we bought another copy for our son and his fiance to take with them when they move to Scotland....more info
  • Nice picture but poor quality
    Although the story was fine, I was extremely disappointed in the quality of the picture. It is in NTSC format but I have had other DVDs that have been much better (not as good as PAL). I was looking forward to the glorious scenery however it was not to be. I deliberately bought the "Collectors Edition" as one of the reviewers said the quality in the "John Wayne Collection" was poor. It hasn't been digitally enhanced and must be played in the 4:3 format which is outdated these days. This film was described as a "silly little Irish film" and was only made after the financier was given a promise to make Rio Grande first so that he had the money to make this film. Nobody else was interested in financing the picture because it was expected to make a loss. ...more info
  • What film making is about...
    I found this movie to be artistic and well presented. Mr. Ford did take some libert-ies with the landscape of Ireland, but a great film not the less....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 is Absolute Classic in Every Sense of the Word
    What can one say about one the best movies ever directed by the best director in the history of Hollywood, John Ford. A movie 15 years in the making, turned down by all the idiots at the major studios in the mid-to late 1940s, this movie was only made because of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara's efforts and it was a major hit. It remains a John Ford classic and one of the funniest, most romantic and endearing movies of all time.

    Remember what Orson Welles said when asked about his favorite movie directors: "I studied under that masters, that would be John Ford, John Ford and, Oh, Yes, John Ford." This amazing Irishman painted pictures with every shot and rode his actors hard to get the best out of them. That being said, the DVD transfer was done rather poorly, what a shame....more info
  • The BEST of Wayne and O'Hara!
    This is my favorite John Wayne/Maureen O'Hara movies. It is a wonderful story, written beautifully, set in Ireland. Wayne IS the "Quiet Man". He moves back to the family home in Ireland after a personal crisis happens to him in the States. He meets his "Spinster" neighbor, played by O'Hara, almost as soon as his feet hit Irish soil......and he's smitten. The Old Word ways of the community and the "red head" personality of O'Hara make a heart warming story.
    This is the favorite movie in our house. Wayne is my husband and he says I'm O'Hara. This is our third copy! We play them out!...more info
  • Breaking the Boundaries of John Wayne's Perception
    If you ask most people alive today what the "legacy" of actor John Wayne will forever be, they will most likely respond "a swaggering, confident cowboy who always defeated the bad guys and rode off into the sunset". Though a good portion of his films (Rio Bravo, El Dorado, The Sons of Katie Elder, etc.) followed that very theme, the Duke's REAL legacy is the nuanced roles he played so well, not the standard Western fare.

    Just think back to some of Wayne's best screen performances and what types of characters he played:
    -Red River (Thomas Dunson; threatens to kill his adoptive son)
    -The Searchers (Ethan Edwards; nearly murders his little niece in cold blood)
    -The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Tom Doniphon; a psychological mess by the end of the film)
    -True Grit (Rooster Cogburn; a tottering old drunk who, at times, can hardly stay on his horse)

    Clearly, Wayne actually thrived as an actor when not stereotyped as the heroic cowboy, and his performance in "The Quiet Man" only serves to advance that sentiment.

    In "Quiet Man", Wayne plays Sean Thornton, a seemingly retiring fellow who is returning to his hometown of Innisfree in Ireland. While there, he meets the woman of his dreams, Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O'Hara), and tries to start a new life for himself after being disgraced in the United States as a boxer who killed a fellow pugilist in the ring. However, Thornton quickly discovers that the courting customs in Innisfree are radically different from those in the States, as he must first persuade Mary Kate's brother, Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen), to give up his sister's hand in marriage.

    While that brief plot description above pretty much describes the gist of the film, leaving it at that would be like saying The Searchers was just about cowboys and Indians. In typical John Ford (director) fashion, this film is filled with nuances that can only be caught after multiple viewings. Whether it be Wayne's reactions to the extremely odd dating rituals, or the strange characters he meets while getting reacquainted with Innisfree, Ford fills the picture with all kinds of little trivialities and inside jokes.

    Not only that, but the acting and music in this film are spectacular. Wayne and O'Hara turn in what some may consider to be their strongest acting performances every (or, at the very least, their strongest together), while the rest of the cast is full of funny and interesting characters. Add to that an incredible score that captures the Irish roots of the film, and you really do have a film for the ages. By the time Sean Thornton makes his trip through town in advance of his final confrontation with Will Danaher, you will be rooting him on every step of the way.

    Some time ago, my Dad started a tradition of viewing "The Quiet Man" once a year...on (or very near) St. Patrick's Day, in keeping with the film's Irish bend. I was a participant in that annual tradition not too long ago, and let's just say that I will be continuing it into the future....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