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Old 05-09-2007, 07:06   #1
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Thumbs up John Ford at Fox - boxset in december with official specs

From a post at HTF

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"FORD HAD A BETTER IDEA: The diverse works of the great John Ford are on view in an incredible schedule of releases from Fox Video called The Ford At Fox Collection. This celebration of the master director’s labors for the studio will bring us many flicks from his folio that have never before surfaced in any home video format, much less on DVD.
Most people know John Ford as the director behind such John Wayne classics as Stagecoach, Fort Apache, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. But “Pappy”’s career encompassed several decades, beginning in the silent era. He worked on all sorts of films in all genres, which is evidenced in this impressive collection.

The Essential John Ford includes the currently available The Grapes Of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, My Darling Clementine, and Drums Along The Mohawk, as well as the new documentary Becoming John Ford.

John Ford’s American Comedies includes Doctor Bull (1933), with Will Rogers as a country doctor whose affair with a widow causes waves in the area; and Judge Priest (1934), with Will as a judge trying to help his nephew find a girl and preside over a big case at the same time. When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950) offers Dan Dailey as a war hero whose reassignment to his hometown cause problems; and the prison break comedy-drama Up The River (1930) offers very early career showcases for Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart. The previously available What Price Glory? and Steamboat ‘Round The Bend are also included.

John Ford’s Silent Epics includes Four Sons (1928), about how war affects a Bavarian mother and her quartet of boys; The Iron Horse (1924), a thrilling tale of building a railroad and a son’s vengeance for his father’s murder; 3 Bad Men (1926), where a trio of outlaws help a young woman when her father is killed; Hangman’s House (1928), a tale of a no-nonsense judge who meddles in his family’s affairs (look closely for John Wayne!); and Just Pals (1920), with cowboy star Buck Jones in a change-of-pace role as a ne’er-do-well who befriends a young boy who has been thrown off a freight train.

When Willie Comes Marching Home, The Iron Horse, Hangman’s House, 3 Bad Men, and Up The River will be available individually, as well as The Prisoner Of Shark Island (1936), centering on the doctor (Warner Baxter) who treated Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, and his ordeals in prison; Pilgrimage (1933), in which a mother who disapproves of her son’s marriage enlists him in the army with disastrous results; and Born Reckless (1930), starring Edmund Lowe as the gangster who takes military service over a jail term and becomes a war hero.

The big shebang, however, is the voluminous Ford At Fox: Gift Set. ALL of the aforementioned Ford films are included, PLUS the following: The currently available Young Mr. Lincoln; Tobacco Road (1941), Erskine Caldwell’s rustic satire; the Shirley Temple vehicle Wee Willie Winkie (1937); the Madeleine Carroll costumer The World Moves On (1934); the WWI submarine saga Seas Beneath (1931); and the Loretta Young-David Niven adventure Four Men And A Prayer (1938). For good measure, you’ll be able to compare My Darling Clementine to Frontier Marshal (1939), Allan Dwan’s take on the Wyatt Earp legend starring Randolph Scott. These 25 films are contained on 20 DVDs in their own screw-bound folder. You’ll also get a hardback 172-page book, reproductions of souvenir books for The Iron Horse and Four Sons, and a separately packaged Becoming John Ford documentary, all packaged in a heavy duty vinyl box. This is easily one of the most impressive DVD packages of the year, if not ever!"
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Shamelessly nicked also from the HTF (credit to Derek Estes), this quick breakdown of what's in each set:


The Essential John Ford

The Grapes Of Wrath
How Green Was My Valley
My Darling Clementine
Drums Along The Mohawk
Becoming John Ford Documentary

John Ford’s American Comedies


Doctor Bull (1933)
Judge Priest (1934)
When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)
Up The River (1930)
What Price Glory?
Steamboat ‘Round The Bend

John Ford’s Silent Epics


Four Sons (1928)
The Iron Horse (1924)
3 Bad Men (1926)
Hangman’s House (1928)
Just Pals (1920)

Individually Released

When Willie Comes Marching Home,
The Iron Horse
Hangman’s House
3 Bad Men
Up The River
The Prisoner Of Shark Island (1936)
Pilgrimage (1933)
Born Reckless (1930)

Ford At Fox: Gift Set

All of the above, PLUS:
Young Mr. Lincoln
Tobacco Road (1941)
Wee Willie Winkie (1937)
The World Moves On (1934)
Seas Beneath (1931)
Four Men And A Prayer (1938)
also:
Frontier Marshal (1939) Alan Dwan

Features:

20 DVDs
screw-bound folder
hardback 172-page book,
reproductions of souvenir books for The Iron Horse and Four Sons
Becoming John Ford documentary,
packaged in a heavy duty vinyl box


No prices yet ... and will that be the existing Criterion YML, or a new Fox edition?
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I already own How Green is My Valley, Grapes of Wrath and Tobacco Road. I guess it would be worth a double dip for the Fox Ford Collection.

October, November and December DVD classic releases are gonna force me to re-mortgage the house
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Old 05-09-2007, 17:06   #4
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For good measure, you’ll be able to compare My Darling Clementine to Frontier Marshal (1939), Allan Dwan’s take on the Wyatt Earp legend starring Randolph Scott.
That comparison should be made by anyone who wants to know how good John Ford was because the screenplays of the two movies are so close, they even have chunks of the same dialogue! Yet the difference in quality between the two movies is immense.
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Complete specs for each film from DVD Times:

Fox Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Ford at Fox on 4th December 2007. Considered by many to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, John Ford spent much of his early career at Twentieth Century Fox where he made more than 50 films for the studio from 1920 through 1952. Fox are now releasing a collection showcasing the fruits of one of the most productive director/studio relationships in the history of American film.

Celebrating the legacy of the collected works of John Ford and their part in the Studio’s heritage and pedigree, Ford at Fox features 24 films – 18 of which are new to R1 DVD - as well as the new documentary “Becoming John Ford” by Academy Award nominated documentary maker and Ford historian Nick Redman. The beautifully packaged collection also includes an exclusive hard-cover book which features rare, unpublished photographs from Ford’s career, lobby card reproductions, production stills and an in-depth look at this maverick’s work.

The premiere Ford at Fox DVD collection will be available for a suggested retail price of $299.98. Three mini-collections will also be available including The Essential John Ford, John Ford’s American Comedies and John Ford’s Silent Epics, all for a suggested retail price of $49.98. Single discs of selected films from the collection will be available for $19.98.

Ford’s career began at Fox with Just Pals (1920), a rustic silent comedy set in rural America and starring cowboy actor Buck Jones. Other silent epics followed including the seminal film The Iron Horse (1924) which was the biggest grossing film of its day, the revenge tale 3 Bad Men (1926), family saga Four Sons (1928) and the redemption story Hangman’s House (1928) which features the screen debut of John Wayne; all of which are included in the Ford at Fox collection completely restored and remastered and featuring all-new orchestral scores created specifically for each film.

While revered for his contributions to the Western genre, the collection also features some of Ford’s classic American comedies including three pairings with cowboy hero Will Rogers in Doctor Bull (1933), Judge Priest (1934) and Steamboat Round The Bend (1935), the legendary Dan Dailey in When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950) and the incomparable James Cagney in What Price Glory (1952).

No cinephile collection would be complete without Ford’s masterpieces, three of which feature one of his longtime friends and collaborators, Henry Fonda in Drums Along The Mohawk (1940), The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and My Darling Clementine (1946). The set also features How Green Was My Valley (1941), winner of five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, a category for which Ford took home the statue four times in his career. Rounding out the collection is Seas Beneath (1931), Up The River (1931), Pilgrimage (1934), The World Moves On (1934), The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936), Wee Willie Winkie (1937), Four Men and a Prayer (1938), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Tobacco Road (1941) and Born Reckless (1950).

Special features and disc specifics follow…

Just Pals (1920)
Feature film with Dolby 5.0 Surround Sound and Spanish/French subtitles

The Iron Horse (1924)
Two versions – U.K. and United States
Feature film with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and Spanish/French subtitles
Commentary by Author & Film Historian Robert Birchard (International only)
“Scoring The Past: The Iron Horse Sessions with Christopher Caliendo” featurette (International only)
Restoration comparison (International only)
Vintage program (International only)
Advertising gallery (International only)

3 Bad Men (1926)
Feature film with Dolby 5.0 Surround Sound and Spanish/French subtitles

Four Sons (1928)
Feature film with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and Spanish/French subtitles

Hangman’s House (1928)
Feature film with Dolby 5.0 Surround Sound and Spanish/French subtitles

Born Reckless (1930)
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles

Up The River (1930)
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles
Theatrical trailer
Still gallery

Seas Beneath (1931)
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles

Doctor Bull (1933)
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles

Pilgrimage (1933)
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles
Commentary by Biographer & Film Historian Joseph McBride
Restoration comparison

Judge Priest (1934)
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles

The World Moves On (1934)
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles

Steamboat Round The Bend (1935)
Feature film with English Stereo and English Mono and Spanish subtitles
Commentary by Author Scott Eyman
Restoration comparison
Theatrical trailer
Will Rogers Theater
Doubting Thomas
In Old Kentucky
Life Begins at 40

The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles
Restoration comparison
Interactive pressbook gallery
Advertising gallery
Still gallery

Wee Willie Winkie (1937)
Feature film (tinted version) in English Stereo or English Mono, Spanish Mono and Spanish/French subtitles
Feature film (black & white) in English Stereo or English Mono, Spanish Mono and Spanish/French subtitles
Restoration comparison

Four Men and a Prayer (1938)
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles

Drums Along The Mohawk (1939)
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

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Feature film with English Dolby Digital 1.0

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
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

Tobacco Road (1941)
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles
Interactive press book
Poster gallery

How Green Was My Valley (1941)
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)
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

When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles
Restoration comparison
Advertising gallery

What Price Glory (1952)
Feature film with English Stereo or English Mono, Spanish Mono and Spanish subtitles
Two theatrical trailers
Fox Flix
Crash Dive
The Hunters
Morituri

Becoming John Ford (2007)
Feature-length documentary with English Stereo and Spanish/French subtitles
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