Search - Ford At Fox Collection: The Essential John Ford Collection (The Frontier Marshall / My Darling Clementine / Drums Along the Mohawk / How Green Was My Valley / The Grapes of Wrath / Becoming John Ford) on DVD
Disc 1: DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK - REMASTERED SPECIAL EDITION Disc 2: THE GRAPES OF WRATH Disc 3: MY DARLING CLEMENTINE Disc 4: FRONTIER MARSHALL Disc 5: HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY? Disc 6: BECOMING JOHN FORD DOCUMENTARY
2/5 Rating - The Grapes of Wrath - I believe this won several awards but I did not really like it. It had a few interesting scenes but most of the movie was boring and I had to 120X FF to get through it quickly. It's a classic so you might like it.
Great Movies, Cheap Packaging...
Brian Lowe | San Francisco | 12/10/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I expected more with the release of this boxed set. In this boxed set the discs come in cheap thin cases. The box in which they are housed is thin, lightweight cardboard. My Darling Clementine has two discs (one of which is two-sided) and when the thin case is compressed, the discs can rub against each other. Not a lot of care seems to have gone into the quality of the presentation of this set. Alan Dwan's 1939 film Frontier Marshall (which, like Clementine , is based on Stuart Lake's Wyatt Earp book) is included as a special feature with My Darling Clementine. However, on the back of the box containing the disc, it shows a picture of a movie poster of ANOTHER, earlier version of Frontier Marshall (from 1934), not the version included as the extra. This seems to be a good example of the lack of attention to detail taken with this set. The documentary included, "Becoming John Ford", was also a disappointment. It is really only a documentary about Ford's time at Fox (and Universal before it). It is not the comprehensive documentary I had hoped for. It mentions (only in passing) Stagecoach and never, to my memory, mentions The Searchers. In fact, any western after My Darling Clementine (1946) is ignored. The documentary consists mainly of talking heads filmed from arty angles and frequently blathering while not looking directly at the camera. Pretentious in look and content. Great movies deserved better."
A collection of John Ford's best known classics while at Fox
calvinnme | 10/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of three boxed sets coming out in addition to the giant "Ford at Fox" set, and it contains four of John Ford's best known and most successful films that he directed while at Fox in addition to the documentary that was especially made for "Ford at Fox". Included are:
Drums Along The Mohawk (1939) (already on DVD) - stars Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert as Gilbert and Lana Martin, newlyweds trying to make a go of a homestead in upstate New York during the American revolution. They battle the elements as well as the Indians in their attempt to build a life together. Feature film with English Stereo or English Mono, Spanish/French Mono and Spanish/French subtitles Commentary by Film Historians Julie Kirgo & Nick Redman Theatrical trailer Still galleries: Advertising Lobby cards Studio portraits Behind the scenes Production stills
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) (on DVD under the Studio Classics series). The story of the Joads as they suffer mistreatment when they move from their repossessed Dust Bowl farm to California. The first of only two Best Actor nominations for Henry Fonda. Feature film with English Stereo or English Mono, Spanish Mono and Spanish subtitles Commentary by Biographer & Film Historian Joseph McBride U.K. prologue Biography: Daryl Zannuck: 20th Century Filmmaker Restoration comparison Theatrical trailer Movie Tone News: 1934: "First Drought In Many Years Hits Mid-West" 1934: "Drought Distress Is Increasing In The Mid-West" 1934: "Mid-West Drought Distress Becomes National Disaster" 1934: "Outtakes" 1941: "Roosevelt Lauds Motion Pictures At Academy Fete" Still gallery
How Green Was My Valley (1941) (on DVD under Studio Classics series). Stars Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara in the story of how lush Welsh countryside became an ugly strip-mined area over time. Won Best Picture. Feature film with English Stereo or English Mono, Spanish/French Mono and Spanish subtitles Commentary by Anna Lee Nathan and Biographer & Film Historian Joseph McBride Backstory: How Green Was My Valley Still gallery Theatrical trailer
My Darling Clementine (1946) (on DVD under Studio Classics series). John Ford, who actually knew Wyatt Earp, directs Henry Fonda, who plays Wyatt Earp. Disc One Feature film with English Stereo or English Mono, Spanish/French Mono and Spanish subtitles Commentary by Wyatt Earp III Disc Two Alternate pre-release version (Ford's cut) What is the pre-release version featurette Theatrical trailer Behind the scenes
Becoming John Ford (2007) Feature-length documentary with English Stereo and Spanish/French subtitles The Battle of Midway (doc. 1942) Battle of Midway - Additional Footage (1942) December 7th (doc. 1943) Torpedo Squadron (doc. 1942) Ford at Fox Photo Galleries (estimated 29 to be broken out by title) Ford at Fox Movie Poster / lobby card gallery Pressbook Galleries Vintage Programs: The Iron Horse, Four Sons"
FORD AT FOX A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO FILM "LITERATURE"
Lowell S. Harris | Tampa, FL USA | 02/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Congratulate Fox on separating their enormous full collection of Ford's work at the studio with three smaller but potent boxes: The Classics, The Silents, and The Comedies. Although these classics have already been issued, the addition of 1939's "Frontier Marshall," which was the precursor to "My Darling Clementine," in a beautifully remastered version, and the documentary "Becoming John Ford" are worth the price of the whole set (I bought it at Amazon for $24.99!). In fact, the Ford documentary also includes "The Battle of Midway" with additional footage, "December 7th," and the much-neglected "Torpedo Squadron" (1942). Commentary has also been added to "Drums Along The Mohawk."
All these films represent "must have" classics for your collection. The packaging is compact and colorful.
Probably the best package of Ford's Fox films
Douglas M | 01/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sifting through the various packages which are available on DVD of John Ford's filmaking at 20th Century Fox, this set is probably the one which offers the most reliable entertainment, the highest standard of films and the best value. It is worth noting that all of the films, with the exception of "Frontier Marshall" (not a Ford film), represent Ford at his best while he worked within the constraints of the studio system (not necessarily a bad thing) and in collaboration with Darryl F. Zanuck, the studio head and as strong minded as Ford.
All of the films have extensive and informative reviews under their individual titles, so here a few random comments:
- "Frontier Marshall", a B grade western directed by Alan Dwan, is a precursor to "My Darling Clementine". It demonstrates the difference between an assembly line western with a tight budget and the achievements of Ford with a much bigger budget and a much better cast for the lyrical "My Darling Clementine". Everything about the latter is superior, possible with the exception of an amusing Binnie Barnes in the part modified for Linda Darnell which Darnell played so artificially. - Ford preferred not to work with conventional stars and Claudette Colbert undermines "Drums along the Mohawk". While she acts the part, she never looks the part. With her reputation for vanity, the false eyelashes etc are absurd. - "How Green was My Valley" contains a really good commentary with geriatric Anna Lee, one of the stars of the film, adding her comments.
All of the prints are in great condition and the documentaries provide invaluable information about the films, the studio and Zanuck. The dud of the set, if you discount "Frontier Marshall", is the documentary, "Becoming John Ford", a prototype of pretentious and tedious film making. You will learn much more about Ford himself by watching the documentary attached to "How Green was My Valley" in which Roddy McDowell, Maureen O'Hara and Anna Lee appear or listening to the very detailed commentary on "My Darling Clementine". This disk also contains a pre-release cut of the film and the differences are carefully analysed. It gives a rare opportunity to understand how Zanuck could use his editorial skills to enhance a narrative."
Ford at Fox
R. Houghton | Long Island | 04/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"John Ford and Frank Capra were masters of their craft and all of their films from the 30's and 40's still hold up today. In this Ford set I particularly enjoyed How Green was My Valley and the Grapes of Wrath because issues they dealt with are as current today in 2008.