Red River: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1948) / Region 1
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Red River: The Criterion Collection

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 neurotic, boyish Clift make for an improbably perfect pair, held aloft by a quick-witted, multilayered screenplay and Hawks's formidable direction.

Details

  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 10 2014
  • Production Year 1948
  • Empire SKU 1701625
  • UPC Code 715515119719
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

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 Hawks and 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
PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.37:1 B&W

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