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Rated 5 out of 5 by C4blewupmybaby One of the greatest films ever made.
My favorite shot in the picture takes place just before the impending raid on the hostile Comanche camp, of which it's chief, so ominously named, Scar, is responsible for one kidnapping, at least three murders and multiple other acts of depravity toward women. The shot takes place just before the first light of dawn has arrived over the hills and consists of a tight-in close up of John Wayne's weary, wilderness beaten face. He looks just beyond the camera with those narrow, hawk-like eyes and gives a low signaling whistle to the small band of troops which lie in wait. Perhaps I so treasure this moment for the reason that there are simply not many close up shots in the film, only a handful. Most of the action is photographed in a more broad view so as not to so easily lead us on an emotional leash, but rather give us time to digest what is going on in any given scene and also to understand how the other characters are reacting, or not reacting.
The movie was released in 1956, so many of the more sinister aspects of the story are dealt with a bit more slight of hand than we are used to now. With movies like SAW I, II, & III, which are glad to show you the most horrific scenes of violence and cruelty that their depraved minds can think of. The Searchers decides to deal with these topics, but in a way that must be in some ways, a revelation to the viewer. To a child, The Searchers might easily appear to be a simple western story where two men decide to go out and rescue a girl from the Indians whom hold her captive. To an adult, one would find a complex story of how sometimes, just because you go out of your way to do a deed that is seemingly heroic, does not automatically make you the hero. John Wayne plays a complicated sort, a prototype for the 70's anti-hero model. He is a man who is suspected of criminal activity by the local law, a racist who hates Indians, but a man who also has knowledge and at times, a respect for their ways. The girl, his niece, that he "searches" for, for nearly six years, he wants to kill because he believes her to be "spoiled" by the Comanche "bucks", as he refers to them, in animal terms. And indeed when they finally meet near the end, she calls the Comanche "my people".
There is so much to write about in regard to this movie, so many layers of story and character to wade through. My best suggestion for you is, if you haven't already had the pleasure of watching one of the greatest movies of all time, than click on the "add to cart" button above, (because you're not going to get a better price for this Blu-Ray than what you see above.) and when it arrives, pop it into your player, sit back and get ready to experience a beautiful picture, beautiful sound and most importantly, an amazing motion picture that you will want to experience over and over again.
Rated 5 out of 5 by barnburner1946 A Must Have Purchase!
Because the recently remastered dvd of The Searchers, had such great quality, I had reservations about whether buying the Blu-Ray version would be worthwhile. My curiosity finally got the better of me and I took the plunge.
As good as the remastered DVD version was - this Blu-Ray version is MUCH better. My son and I have watched this movie hundreds of times, and we were both just dumbfounded at how we were noticing things we had never noticed before.
It would be a worthy purchase at twice the price.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Westernfan one of the best
What can I say as this is one of the best all time westerns!!!! A most see for anyone!
Rated 5 out of 5 by ghmpm Superb rendition of a classic.
I had seen this movie many times on TV or on VHS. Decided to spring for the blu-ray because of the price to add to my collection. I expected a clean copy but not much more... It is over 50 years old after all.
This disk literally "blew my socks off"! The video work and the incredible scenery of Monument Valley must be seen to be believed! This is what hi-def blu-ray is all about! Wonderful in 1080p. I use this disk to show friends and family what a blu-ray should be! The movie is great but the blu-ray print is better than most newer movies! Try it you will like it! And for under 10 bucks??? Wow.
Rated 5 out of 5 by SiteToStoreMama Best Picture Quality
Everyone who has watched this on our blu ray was extremely impressed. The picture quality is the best of any movie we have seen. Saw details in the movie never seen before. Everyone commented that it was like watching the movie for the first time even though most in our home audience have already seen it at least a dozen time before they saw the blu ray version.
Rated 5 out of 5 by duke6100 Very Excellent
This DVD is a very good product in Blu-ray, it is very clear and it is a very good movie.
Rated 5 out of 5 by htlk1999 Movie is really nice in HiDef Blueray. Bought How The West was Won . Waiting for it to arrive. Have both in regular format but no comparison.
Rated 5 out of 5 by DenHDDVD Classic movie on Blu-ray!
Very good picture quality with lots of nice extras.
12/05/2008 USA Today top 10 picked!