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John Ford: The Columbia Films Collection DVD

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Film Foundation and Turner Classic Movies partner to present John Ford: The Columbia Collection, a special set of fully restored and remastered films never before released on DVD. In a remarkable career spanning 50 years and 140 films, John Ford established himself as one of the greatest American directors with such legendary Westerns as Stagecoach (1939) and The Searchers (1956) and literary adaptations as The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and Tobacco Road (1941), ultimately earning a record four Academy Awards for Best Director. Now, John Ford: The Columbia Films Collection showcases the quality of Ford’s work for Columbia Pictures over the course of nearly three decades, in genres as diverse as Biopic and Romantic Comedy.

THE WHOLE TOWN’S TALKING (1935)
Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur star in this comedic caper of mistaken identities, with Robinson playing the roles of a bland accountant who is mistaken for a notorious gangster and the gangster himself, who takes advantage of the resemblance for criminal schemes. Arthur finds herself caught in the crossfire in this fast-paced farce based on a story by W.R. Burnett (novelist, Little Caesar).

THE LONG GRAY LINE (1955)
Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara star in this heartwarming real-life story of a tough Irish immigrant whose 50-year career at West Point takes him from dishwasher to athletic instructor to non-commissioned officer, allowing him to guide generations of young officers. As visually stunning as it is uplifting, with cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr. (The Lady from Shanghai, 1947).

GIDEON'S DAY (1958)
Based on the popular procedural novels by John Creasey, this ingenious comedic drama is a “typical” day in the life of Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon (Jack Hawkins), which begins when an overzealous young officer issues him a ticket and ends when he returns home to find his daughter leaving on a date with that same officer. In between, the Inspector foils numerous crimes—all in a day’s work!

THE LAST HURRAH (1958)
Spencer Tracy stars as a big city mayor who rises from humble origins by building a powerful political machine, but struggles to maintain his position amidst charges of corruption leveled at him by the elite citizens whose power he has usurped. A trenchant and still relevant political commentary with a stellar supporting cast that includes Pat O’Brien, Donald Crisp and Basil Rathbone.

TWO RODE TOGETHER (1961)
James Stewart plays an unethical US Marshall who is summoned to accompany an army officer (Richard Widmark) on a mission to secure the release of two prisoners from the Commanches—a journey that takes an unexpected turn when one of those captives turns out to be an alluring woman. A provocative script by Frank Nugent (The Searchers, 1956) tackles enduring questions of race, greed and love.
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD - Boxed Set
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Run Time: 561 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen / Widescreen
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2013
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Mono, Stereo
  • Color: B&W / Color
  • Includes:

    Digital Bonus Features on the DVD Include:
    • Introduction by Ben Mankiewicz
    • Audio Commentary: Leonard Maltin discussing each title
    • Digital Image Gallery
      - Behind the Scenes Photo(s)
      - Publicity Stills
      - Scene Still(s)
      - Lobby Card(s)
      - Movie Poster(s)
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4.7

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  • Engaging characters (7)
  • Original (7)
  • High production value (5)
  • Great cinematography (4)

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    5.0

    Very good movie's, love the old.

    By Alpha

    from Liberty Hill, Texaas

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    • Entertaining
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      Love all the old movie's black/white as well as color.

       
      4.0

      A GOOD SAMPLING OF FORD FILMS

      By Uncle Fred

      from Yucaipa, CA

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Enjoyable Ecclectic Mix
      • Entertaining
      • High Production Value
      • Sentimental But Satisfyin

      Cons

      • No Running Commentaries

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      Being a long time fan of John Ford films(Two Rode Together is one of my favorites)I thoroughly enjoyed all the films in this collection. Gideon's Day took a couple of viewings to warm up to British attitudes and approaches)but it grew on me. The Long Gray Line and The Last Hurrah contain some classic Ford set-ups and artistically directed scenes. The Whole Town's Talking is designated as a comedy but it is not the slapstick, set-up-joke kind of humor identified with most films within that genre. It does have some great comedic, satiric atmosphere but it also contains scenes of drama that tend to make it more 'real life', in my opinion. All in all, a great set! Icing on the cake would have been running commentaries with each film.

       
      4.0

      Some overlooked lesser gems

      By Preacher K

      from Nevins, Illinois

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        These are not Stagecoach, The Quiet Man or The Searchers, but they are still worth watching. Ford's lesser efforts are better than many other directors' top efforts. The best in the set is "The Whole Town's Talking". Having Jean Arthur in it, it almost seems like a Frank Capra film. While not known for comedy, Ford has all the right elements here. I'm glad that at last it is on dvd.

         
        4.0

        Good addition to my collection

        By Garbonut

        from 45424

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          Have a collection of 3733 movies, needless to say have a few (why did I buy this) But this is not one. John Ford could make any type of move and you now it is better better most.

           
          5.0

          John Ford:The Columbia Films

          By Tommy Boy

          from Hanford,Ca.

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            These films are great with family and friends!!

             
            5.0

            Excellent collection

            By Allan

            from Columbus, OH

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            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • Great Cinematography
            • High Production Value
            • Informative
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              Especially enjoyed "The Whole Town's Talking" and "Gideon's Day" on DVD for the first time.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Worth Every Dime

              By Herr Vendormeister

              from Salem Or

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Great Cinematography
              • Informative
              • Original

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                • At Home
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                My wife and I are avid cinephils, and we notice the influence of John Ford in some many directors directing style. The influence of John Ford cannot be understated. I purchased this collection for one movie alone, and have enjoyed the entire DVD

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Collection

                By Mike

                from St. Louius

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                An excellent collection of John Ford films, including several films that had never been relesed to DVD or home video before.

                 
                5.0

                Always Looking for Classics

                By Jim the Movie Guy

                from Albuquerque, N<

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                  Like the sets of award winning directors and their classics and some lesser known works.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  FORD

                  By Ken Chains

                  from NYC

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                    All beautifully constructed

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    John Ford Collection Is Great!

                    By Zeke the Greek

                    from Brentwood, TN

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                    • Engaging Characters
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                      When you have a rainy weekend or you just want to escape for 90 minutes or so, you can't do better than anyone of the films in this collection.

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