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« on: July 16, 2009, 06:22:21 AM »

Long time no see. Saw the italian dvd of a "restored" version (can't imagine what it was before restoration, as even now the image has little definition and it's full of dirt). Monument Valley is really monumental here, even more than in The Searchers. It has few fordisms (thank god no McLaglen, Ward Bond and the rest: Mitchell and Meek are kept within bounds) but still for a open air adventure it is shot too much in studio, with too many back projections. What doesn't persuade me though it is the insistence on the whore (and Claire Trevor at that) as a pariah. The Ost is is possibly the worst in a Ford's western, though toward the end it becomes interesting. The final gunfight it isn't shown but only heard: a pity? Wayne is great, Trevor too. 8\10

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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2009, 06:31:03 AM »

Surprises me that there wasn't already a thread on this film. This is my favorite Ford aside from Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, everything clicks perfectly.

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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2009, 12:21:02 PM »

There's a topic of some sort: http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=5952.msg83822#msg83822

Haven't seen Stagecoach in ages, but it's a good W from what I remember.

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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2009, 01:31:21 PM »

I like the fact that, in spite of the title, they actually leave the coach behind for the final confrontation.

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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2010, 08:11:12 AM »

The film gets the Criterion treatment, with the option to have it on Blu-ray:

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SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

* New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
* Audio commentary by noted western authority Jim Kitses
* Bucking Broadway (1917), a fifty-four-minute silent western by John Ford, with new music by Donald Sosin
* Extensive video interview with Ford from 1968
* New video interview with Dan Ford, biographer and grandson of the director, about Ford’s home movies
* New video interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
* New video essay by writer Tag Gallagher
* New video feature about Monument Valley
* New video interview with stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong about Stagecoach’s stuntman Yakima Canutt
* Radio dramatization of Stagecoach from 1949
* Theatrical trailer
* PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by David Cairns and the short story that inspired the film

Also available on Blu-ray.

I'm looking forward to the commentary by Kitses. Out in May.

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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2010, 09:48:13 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2010, 10:39:01 AM »

How much will it cost, 50 bucks? I'll rather travel back in time for that much money.

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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2010, 10:46:56 AM »

I'm not a big special features maven so I wouldn't bother.

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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2010, 11:05:29 AM »

I like going through special features, though they rarely opinion my view concerning the picture.

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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2010, 11:53:34 AM »

I like them with certain films, particularly older ones that can be viewed with some hindsight/objectivity, but as a general rule I'm not crazy about making-of docs and the like. Too many of them are wanky "Everyone who worked on this film is AWESOME!" crap that I do without.

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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2010, 11:39:22 AM »

Classic. Perhaps Ford, indulging the supporting cast, lets the story drift without real action for a bit too long, but the rest of the movie menages to override it. Wayne and Dallas are good (yet another W romance) but John Carradine and Louise Platt are way more interesting to follow, if you ask me.


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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2010, 09:16:53 PM »

Beaver on the Blu: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews22/stagecoach_dvd_review.htm

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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2010, 03:23:30 PM »

Blu-ray.com weighs in: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Stagecoach-Blu-ray/9842/

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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2010, 07:48:59 AM »

Honestly, I liked the ending of the 1966 Stagecoach a lot better.  And Ann-Margret was tons hotter than Claire Trevor.....also saw that film in theater in the 1960s, one good thing about being the right age to have seen all those films (including Leones) in theaters first time....

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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2010, 06:26:47 PM »

I know most of you have seen these stunts performed in Ford's Stagecoach but check out the stuntwork in the Zorro movie at the end of this clip.
He adds on the gag from the aforementioned Ford movie and improves on it (even if he does it in two seperate shots).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRMfFzKt0oI

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