The Searchers (Blu-ray) (Widescreen)

The Searchers (Blu-ray) (Widescreen)
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Working together for the 12th time, John Wayne and director John Ford forged "The Searchers" into a landmark Western offering an indelible image of the frontier and the men and women who challenged it. Wayne plays an ex-Confederate soldier seeking his niece, captured by Comanches who massacred his family. He won't surrender to hunger, thirst, the elements or loneliness. And in his five-year search, he encounters something unexpected: his own humanity. Beautifully shot by Winton C. Hoch, thrillingly scored by Max Steiner and memorably acted by a wonderful ensemble including Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Natalie Wood and Ward Bond, "The Searchers" endures as "a great film of enormous scope and breathtaking physical beauty" (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic).

Audio Commentary, Featurette, Vintage Behind the Cameras Segments from the "Warner Bros. Presents" TV Series.

"The Searchers: An Appreciation", "A Turning of the Earth: John Ford", "John Wayne, and the Searchers", Introduction by John Wayne's Son and "The Searchers" Co-star Patrick Wayne, .

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Starring: John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles, Jeffrey Hunter, Ward Bond
Director: John Ford
Studio Name: Warner Home Video
Blu-ray Release Date: 01/25/2011
Rating: Not Rated
Format: Blu-ray
Screen Format: Widescreen
Run Time (in minutes): 119 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: AC, Dolby Digital Mono
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.5 x 5.3 x 6.7
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Customer Reviews | 12 reviews | 4.9 out of 5

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One of the greatest films ever made.
7/18/2009

Customer review by C4blewupmybaby

5.0 stars by C4blewupmybaby

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.

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C4blewupmybaby
Norfolk, VA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
A Must Have Purchase!
1/24/2010

Customer review by barnburner1946

5.0 stars by barnburner1946

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.

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barnburner1946
Illinois
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
Usage:Once per week
1/25/2009

Customer review by htlk1999

5.0 stars 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.

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htlk1999
Michigan
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
Usage:A few times per year
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