Rio Grande – Olive Signature (Blu-ray)

$39.95

Director : John Ford

Actors : Ben Johnson, Chill Wills, Harry Carey Jr, John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Victor Mclaglen

Rated : NR (Not Rated)

Region Code : Region A

Languages : English

Video : 1.37:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W

Runtime : 105 minutes

Year : 1950

Limited to 3,500 units!

 

OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES

  • New High-Definition digital restoration
  • Audio commentary by Nancy Schoenberger
  • “Telling Real Histories” – Raoul Trujillo on representations of Indigenous Americans in film
  • “Songs of the Rio Grande” – Marc Wanamaker on the Sons of the Pioneers
  • “Strength and Courage” – Patrick Wayne on his father
  • “Bigger Than Life” – with Claude Jarman, Jr.
  • Visual essay by Tag Gallagher
  • “The Making of Rio Grande” – with Leonard Maltin
  • Essay by Paul Andrew Hutton
  • Theatrical trailer

Rio Grande, the third and final installment in John Ford’s loosely-conceived Cavalry Trilogy (preceded by Fort Apache and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon) stars John Wayne as Lt. Col. John Kirby Yorke (the role he inhabited in Fort Apache) alongside Maureen O’Hara (in the first of five films she’d co-star in alongside Wayne) as his estranged wife, Kathleen, a woman set on keeping their son, Jefferson (Claude Jarman Jr., The Yearling), now under Yorke’s command, out of harm’s way.

Filmed throughout Moab, Utah and the majestic Professor Valley – photographed in exquisite gradations of black and white by Stagecoach cinematographer Bert Glennon – Rio Grande offers nuanced observations on love, family, and honor, while firmly adhering to the western genre, showing Ford at his most measured and mature as a storyteller. Written by James Kevin McGuinness (Men of Boys Town) based on the Saturday Evening Post story by James Warner Bellah, Rio Grande features J. Carrol Naish and a supporting cast of familiar faces, many of them from the Ford stock company of actors including Harry Carey, Jr., Ben Johnson, Victor McLaglen, Chill Wills, and Grant Withers.