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She Wore A Yellow Ribbon Blu-ray Review

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John Wayne carries “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon.”

With retirement looming, US Cavalry Captain Brittles has his hands full with one final complicated mission that involves both dealing with a potentially impending Indian war and delivering the Major’s wife and niece (Abby and Olivia) to safety in the event a battle breaks out. Amidst all of this, there’s a heated battle for Olivia’s heart between Lt. Cohill and Lt. Pennell.

Long ago I remember watching and being rather fond of director John Ford’s “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,” but upon watching this second installment of John Ford’s cavalry trilogy again, I found it to be rather clunky. For the most part, the story is strangely uneventful. There’s a whole lot of scenes devoted to patrolling, Olivia’s love triangle (which is a total bore), and a truly needless (and endless) bar fight scene involving the dopey over-the-top drunken character Sgt. Quincannon. For a story about a Captain’s “last mission” (which doesn’t even turn out to be the case), I was expecting something more soulful, eventful, and something that didn’t turn out to be entirely anti-climactic.

Where the movie really shines, however, is with John Wayne. Wayne’s acting may have been hit-and-miss throughout his career, but with ‘Ribbon,’ he delivers one of his finest performances playing a Captain who was actually significantly older than Wayne was at the time. It’s a very touching and human performance that is more engaging than the film the character is surrounded by.

Another highlight here is, of course, the scenery. Thanks to the cinematography by Winton C. Hoch really makes the Monument Valley location shooting look positively breathtaking. In fact, he makes the setting a character in itself. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself spending more time looking at the surroundings than the characters on screen.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How does it look? I’m not often blown away by hi-def transfers, but I was by this one. The Technicolor film looks brand new here. Everything from the flickering flames to the big open country looked crystal clear.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A quality track that offers up a lot of depth for a 2.0 track.

Extras: “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon” theatrical trailer and 4 minutes of John Ford home movies of John Wayne and John Ford in Mexico.

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January 14, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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