(aka "Three Godfathers" )

 

directed by John Ford
U.S.A. 1948

 

Queasily kind-hearted action comedy - filmed umpteen times before and since - in which three outlaws are forced to take care of an orphaned baby. Of all Ford's westerns, this is the one that best shows his unblinking attachment to a sentimental, mythical view of the West - one governed by codes of decency and chivalry that only existed in his head. This is the film against which the revisionist westerns of the 1960s and 1970s were aligned: mounted gunmen sweetened into cuddly uncles, for the benefit of the American public. It's phoney, it's bunk - and it might just persuade you of a beautiful lie.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 1 December 1948

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

Runtime 1:46:08
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.24 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English Dolby Digital 1.0, French DUB Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Thetrical Trailer (3:21)

DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005 in Target, Online June 6th, 2006
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Comments In a strange move, Warner Home Video released 2 John Ford lesser titles exclusively to Target stores in U.S. Both titles have been available in Europe (U.K., Germany) and Australia since July 2004 and copyright of the new DVDs confirm they were made in 2004. Most likely, they will be released to other stores later in 2006 with upcoming John Ford boxset. The unrestored image is rather good, but with some damage (capture 3 for 3 Godfathers, capture 4 for Mogambo). The only extra on each disc is a theatrical trailer.

 - Gregory Meshman

 

 






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Also available in the John Wayne-John Ford Film Collection with The Searchers Ultimate Edition / Stagecoach Two-Disc Special Edition / Fort Apache / The Long Voyage Home / The Wings of Eagles / She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and They Were Expendable

             

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Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC




 

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