Red River

Edition no. 709

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20th Century FoxMGM Home Entertainment
Directed by: Howard Hawks
No matter what genre he worked in, Howard Hawks played by his own rules, and never was this more evident than in his first western, the rowdy and whip-smart Red River. In it, John Wayne found one of his greatest roles, as an embittered, tyrannical Texas rancher whose tensions with his independent-minded adopted son—played by Montgomery Clift in a breakout performance—reach epic proportions during a cattle drive to Missouri. The film is based on a novel that dramatizes the real-life late nineteenth-century expeditions along the Chisholm Trail, but Hawks is less interested in historical accuracy than in tweaking the codes of masculinity that propel the myths of the American West. The unerringly macho Wayne and the neurotic, boyish Clift make for an improbably perfect pair, held aloft by a quick-witted, multilayered screenplay and Hawks’s formidable direction.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray/DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Audio: English 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono , English 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: 1/A
Discs: 4 Discs |  DVD-9/BD-50

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Supplements

  • New 2K digital restoration of the longer, prerelease version of Red River, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich about Red River and the two versions
  • New interview with critic Molly Haskell about Hawks and Red River
  • New interview with film scholar Lee Clark Mitchell about the western genre
  • Audio excerpts from a 1972 conversation between Howard Hawks and Peter Bogdanovich
  • Audio excerpts from a 1970 interview with novelist and screenwriter Borden Chase
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Red River from 1949, featuring John Wayne, Joanne Dru, and Walter Brennan
  • Trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and a 1991 interview with Hawks’s longtime editor Christian Nyby
  • A new paperback edition of Borden Chase’s original novel, previously out of print

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