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The Searchers: 50th Anniversary Edition

Released on 07 August 2006

Featuring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter & Vera Miles

Format: DVD | Rating: Universal Suitable for All

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With The Searchers, John Wayne and director John Ford forged an indelible saga of the frontier and the men and women who challenged it.

Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, an ex-Confederate who sets out to find his niece, captured by Comanches who massacred his family. He won't surrender to hunger, thirst, the elements or loneliness. And in his obsessive quest, Ethan finds something unexpected: his own humanity. One of the most influential movies ever made.

Disc 1:

  • Newly remastered and restored feature from original VistaVision film elements
  • Introduction from Patrick Wayne (son of John Wayne)
  • Audio commentary from celebrated director Peter Bogdanovich
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Disc 2:

    • 'The Searchers: An Appreciation' featurette
    • 'A Turning Of The Earth: John Ford, John Wayne & The Searchers' featurette
    • 'Meet Jeffrey Hunter' featurette
    • 'Monument Valley' featurette
    • 'Meet Natalie Wood' featurette
    • 'Setting Up Production' featurette

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     Outstanding

    | | See all bluepaul59's reviews (1)

    Probably one of John Waynes greatest performances , ignore the other review , yes it`s a long film but its a story set over many years of one man`s search for more than just his kidnapped niece , take the time out , you won`t regret it !

     A Great Western

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    John Ford, one of the great directors of the western genre, has crafted one of the greatest westerns ever made.

    The story follows Ethan Edwards, a former Cival war officer, as he returns to his brother and his family. The set up is fairly simple, Comanche's in the area attack a local ranch hands cattle and Ethan joins up with a crew of local's to find out the motives behinde the attack. Realising this was just a ploy to lead them away from their respective homes they go back. Ethan returns to find his brothers house burnt down and family killed. The Comanche's have also taken his two nieces captive.

    Along with his nephew, who is part native American himself, he sets out to find his nieces and take revenge on the Comanche's who massacred his family.

    This film is brilliant for many diffrent reasons, firstly the acting from John Wayne is exellent to watch, a man who has a hatred for the Comanche's and has little intrest in his nephew who has offerd to help him in a journey that spans 5 years of their lives. Wayne is truly a joy to watch, his journey is one of self realisation and how one comes to terms with his own previously unfound humanity.

    The scope of the film also holds no boundries, it takes place on an impressively epic scale, with Ethan and nephew Martin traversing some fantastic locales which are so well realised by cinematographer Winton C. Hoch, the photography is outstanding, utilising the back drop of Monument Valley to great effect. Also of note are the scenes set in the snow, beutifully shot.

    The direction from John Ford is fantastic, handling Frank S. Nugents script with remarkable ease, he gets the best from his cast and certainly brings the best out of John Wayne, who is working with Ford for the 12th time in his career here. Ford really has an eye for bringing the best out of a locaction with fantastic panaramas for the charaters to play against.

    The supporting cast are great here also, Ward Bond is great as Reverand/Captain Samuel Clayton, he has some great dialogue in the film, also of note is Harry Brandon as the Comanche leader Scar. His presence alone is great, a ruthless Leader who collects the scalps of his victims.

    There is also a good dose of wry humour throughout the proceedings, with some memorable scenes, particually one where Martin who believes he has brought a rug from a tribe, has unwittingly brought himself a wife. Whilst that is the biggest comedic set piece on offer here the subtler humour comes from the characters in the lesser roles.

    The ending to the film is memorable, with Waynes character Ethan realsing his humanity, a man who at the start of his journey had little time for anyone and showed little compasion, only climpses of it toward his search for his nieces, comes full circle. Not only a man on a relentless search, but a man battling against the elements and against himself, finding who he truly is along the way.

    The Searchers really is a film to revel in, endlessly watchable, with a fantastic performance from John Wayne with great support from the rest of the cast on offer. With great photography and epic direction, this film stands as one of director John Fords finest moments.

     The Greatest Western ever made

    | | See all ROYDYBR's reviews (10)

    Make no mistake "The Searchers" is one of the truly great films with breathtaking visual beauty, An amazing epic story and without any shadow of a doubt John Wayne's finest and bravest performance playing the anti hero, Ethan Edwards. Its also easy to see the influence this movie has had on such diverse classics as "Once upon a time in the West" and "Taxi Driver". Truly interested in movies - "See this film"

     A top notch western!!!

    | | See all inisbeag91's reviews (503)

    This is the greatest western ever.John Wayne gives a fantastic performance as a racist confederate soldier in search of his kidnapped niece. Lots of monuement valley is shown in the back round with great effect. For some reason has only been really appreciated in recent years. It was even ignored at the oscars in 1956. It is really a great film, a must for anyone

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    ActorsJohn Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood, John Qualen, Olive Carey & Henry Brandon
    DirectorJohn Ford
    CertificateUniversal Suitable for All
    Year1956
    LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono
    Duration2 hours (approx)
    RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.