directed by John Ford
USA 1946

The most famous and sublime treatment of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, John Ford's My Darling Clementine is by any measure one of the most classically perfect Westerns ever made. Henry Fonda plays a hard, serious Wyatt Earp leading a cattle drive west with his brothers when a stopover in the wild town of Tombstone ends in the murder of his youngest brother. Wyatt takes up the badge he had turned down earlier and tames the wide-open town with his brothers (Ward Bond and Tim Holt), all the while waiting for the wild Clantons (led by Walter Brennan's ruthless Old Man Clanton) to make a mistake. Victor Mature delivers perhaps his finest performance as the tubercular gambler Doc Holliday, an alcoholic Eastern doctor escaping civilization in the Wild West. Ford takes great liberties with history, bending the story to fit his ideal of the West, a balance of social law and pioneer spirit. Though the film reaches its climax in the legendary gunfight between the Earps (with Doc Holliday) and the Clantons, the most powerful moment is the moving Sunday morning church social played out on the floor of the unfinished church. As Earp dances with Clementine (Cathy Downs)--Fonda's stiff, self-conscious movements showing a man unaccustomed to such social interaction--Ford's camera frames them against the open sky: the town and the wilderness merge into the new Eden of the West for a brief moment.

Excerpt from Sean Axmaker's review located at Amazon HERE

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Although slightly misleading in terms of the storyline, the title of the film reflects the schoolmarm Clementine, played by Cathy Downs. Her interaction with Doc Holliday and her subtle affect on the maturing of Wyatt Earp, who in turn parallels the entire civilizing of the town of Tombstone are a major underlying theme. Thematically the film also dwells on the coming of civilization to the West. ( The barber chair that throws Earp back “I just got it last week from Chicago” ). This has been focused in more westerns than not ( Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch" and Hill's "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" both using the same symbol... a bicycle to express the industrial revolution ). out of

Excerpt taken from Gary Tooze's Review

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Theatrical Release: December 3rd, 1946 - USA

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WBV (Taiwan) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. The Ford at Fox Collection - Region 1- NTSC vs. Fox Studio Classics - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution

World's Best Video (Taiwan)

Region 0  - NTSC

20th Century Fox (The Ford at Fox Collection)
Region 1 - NTSC
20th Century Fox
Region 1 - NTSC
Also available in 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)

                  

or The complete Ford at Fox Collection (DETAILS HERE)

Runtime 1:36:36 Pre-release 1:43:12 (theatrical: 1:36:51) Pre-release 1:43:12 (theatrical: 1:36:51)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.66 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: PR: 5.47 mb/s + Theatrical: 5.88 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: PR: 5.47 mb/s + Theatrical: 5.88 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 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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WBV

 

Bitrate:

Fox  Pre-Release version (both Fox versions)

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Fox - Theatrical  (both Fox versions)

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

Subtitles None English, Spanish and none English, Spanish and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: WBV (Taiwan)

Aspect Ratios:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None


DVD Release Date: 1999
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Chapters 4

Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratios:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by Wyatt Earp III (theatrical version only)
• Theatrical trailers
• Includes theatrical version and alternate pre-release version
• Behind-the-scenes stills

DVD Release Date: December 4th, 2007
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Chapters 32

Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratios:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by Wyatt Earp III (theatrical version only)
• Theatrical trailers
• Includes theatrical version and alternate pre-release version
• Behind-the-scenes stills

DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
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Comments:
ADDITION: Ford at Fox edition: Once again - not one of our ground-breaking comparisons. We can only reassure people that the version that came out in January 2004 (with the Sept 29th, 2003 VOB files date) is the exact same version(s) you are receiving in the Ford at Fox Collection and the Essential Ford Collection. It is the same dual-sided disc (dual-layered side pre-release and single-layered  theatrical on the opposite side). It still has the good Wyatt Earp the third commentary. There really was no viable reason to update further as it was taken from and preserved by UCLA and MoMA. It was magnificent already.

I should not that as I am comparing the one available in the Ford at Fox massive boxset I can't say with any certainty if any non-digital extras are supplied in the new single-disc version. I can only say that it is the exact same disc. Same bitrate- same menus. (There may be a bell or whistle non-digital extra to justify that $2 more expensive price tag).

It should be commented that we can't endorse buying the single disc when for a little over double you can get the entire Essential Collection. Correspondingly we don't want to recommend that over the entire Ford at Fox collection - which is a must-own.

I relished the opportunity to watch this film, one of my favorite all-time westerns, yet again. It is marvelous.

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This is not so much a comparison as a  review of the Fox Disc. The Taiwan WBV DVD is certainly a bootleg, probably from laserdisc. It has a very high level of contrast saturation and is quite hazy. Lets forget it. 

The Fox DVD has two versions (on opposite sides of the disc). Side A has a long cut which is a preview version described as being part-way between Ford's rejected cut (a half-hour longer) and Zanuck's final release version found on the flip side of the DVD. It is this shorter version that has the commentary from Wyatt Earp III.  I see no difference in the two versions sound and image wise.

This is a great DVD, both for the dual content and the image quality. I can't say enough about this film, easily the greatest westerns ever made and this DVD has done it proud. Deep black levels and tight sharp picture quality with what appears to be a restored image ( hardly any scratches etc. ). I won't bore you with more accolades, just buy it now. out of .

 - Gary W. Tooze



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Distribution

World's Best Video (Taiwan)

Region 0  - NTSC

20th Century Fox (The Ford at Fox Collection)
Region 1 - NTSC
20th Century Fox
Region 1 - NTSC
Also available in 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)

                  

or The complete Ford at Fox Collection (DETAILS HERE)

 


 

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