Posts from DukePilgrim in thread „The Searchers (1956)“

    Why did John Wayne not get nominated an Oscar for "The Searchers." I can't believe anyone gave a better performance that year. In my opinion his best performance.

    He certainly deserved an Oscar for this role. I would say a mixture of politics from the Mc Carthy era plus the fact that the academy looked down on westerns as a genre.

    Pinto the film is about an uncle trying to find his niece after she is taken away by raiding Indians not a cattle run. Wait until you see Red River. What do the cattle eat there??

    I think the likes of Monument Valley were used so much as locations as it was so away from 20th Century annoyances like planes, telegraph polls and cars etc.

    Duke's location for westerns in Durango Mexico was selected for much the same reasons.

    I actually think the location of Monument Valley is hauntingly attractive but each to their own.


    Following on from my last post. Whilst The Searchers is the original soundtrack but it also has quite a bit of hiss/crackle. If they had bothered remastering or cleaning it up it would have been great.


    Looks like I am going to have to upgrade to The Ultimate Collectors Edition
    as it is so highly rated.

    I think my present one is pretty neat at the moment I stand ready to be impressed.


    The Searchers DVD has been named as the best DVD release of 2006 by Sound & Vision Magazine. One more for the Duke !!

    Best Picture, Sound, and Extras on DVD
    1. The Searchers (Ultimate Collector's Edition; Warner, 2 discs). The John Ford/John Wayne classic never looked better, in crisp Technicolor and Ford's preferred VistaVision aspect ratio. With tons of interviews and other extras, including the 1956 comic book! — Mel Neuhaus
    2. King Kong (2005, Deluxe Extended Edition; Universal, 3 discs). The impeccably detailed video and audio are reason enough to praise this release, but you also get a boatload of extras, including 40 minutes of deleted scenes. — Rad Bennett
    3. Forbidden Planet (Ultimate Collector's Edition; Warner, 2 discs). Beautiful color and crystal-clear CinemaScope images are so good that a guest mistook the disc for high-def. Great extras, too: documentaries, a whole other Robby the Robot feature — even a Robby toy! — Mel Neuhaus
    4. The Seven Samurai (The Criterion Collection, 3 discs). A mini film-school course on Akira Kurosawa and the samurai genre. Fifty-year-old movies have no business looking this good. — Brandon Grafius
    5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Special Edition; Disney, 2 discs). See Johnny swashbuckle amidst ace CGI effects, an immersive soundtrack, and lots of making-of extras. — Marc Horowitz
    6. Apocalypse Now (The Complete Dossier; Paramount, 2 discs). Images and sonics rock, but buy this set for the extras: deleted/extended scenes, a Francis Ford Coppola commentary, and stuff on Marlon Brando that's worth the price of admission all by itself. — Marc Horowitz
    7. V for Vendetta (Special Edition; Warner, 2 discs). The antiestablishment movie to end all antiestablishment movies, in a state-of-the-art transfer. Most important extra (on Guy Fawkes) clarifies the plot. — Rad Bennett
    8. Young Mr. Lincoln (The Criterion Collection, 2 discs). Plenty of interviews and other background material — and besides Criterion's usual fine video transfer, a great audio restoration. — Sol Louis Siegel
    9. The Proposition (First Look). This Australian Western gets the grand treatment: a commentary, featurettes, and a kicking DTS surround track that really uses all of the channels. — Sol Louis Siegel
    10. The War of the Worlds (1953, Special Collector's Edition; Para-mount). Vibrant colors are restored and scratches eliminated in this A+ transfer. Extras include Orson Welles's famous radio version. — Rad Bennett

    http://www.soundandvisionmag.c…cds-and-dvds-of-2006.html link to magazine

    Hi Senta

    I understand now. I will have to check whether the Ultimate Edition has widescreen and academy versions. The reason I am querying the print is that the Ultimate Edition print is already great but it will be interesting to see what has been done in terms of print.



    Hi All

    Is the 50th Anniversary edition any better than the Ultimate version?

    Are there any additional extras that would warrant purchase?

    Also, is the print / sound quality anyway noticably different?