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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2007
Format: DVD
Buy the AUTHENTIC version-ASIN: B000ANVPPQ (McLintock Wayne Authorized Edition), DO NOT buy ASIN: B000006OS2 (McLintock).

I noticed that reviews on the two dvd's are being mixed together, and making it difficult for others to distinguish between the wonderful feedback of the former to that of the God awful latter dvd.
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155 of 171 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 1999
Format: DVD
I've been a McLintock fan since 1963...when it came out to the movies. My dad took me to see it on my 11th birthday. I held off buying the VHS version once I discovered the Wayne Foundation had not released an "authorized" copy. Once it did, I purchased three...just in case one got damaged! Yes...I love the movie. For DVD customers....it IS worth the wait. If, as you can see from other reviews, the transfer quality to DVD is poor, then why waste your money now, when you can (HOPEFULLY!!) purchase the legitimate product when the Wayne Foundation releases it! This is a GREAT movie for all ages. Kids love the shenanigans, teens like the romance, and us old-timers just like an easy-on-the-eyes and -ears movie with a happy ending. This is the only movie review I've ever written, but the movie was worth it.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2005
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Paramount has done a great job with the four movies in their collection-island in the sky, the high and the mighty, mclintock, and hondo. I wish that the reviewers state if the copy they're reviewing is the paramount copy just released or the other vastly inferior copies. That way Paramount won't get a bad rap for dreck they didn't produce.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
14 February 2015 Update: While editing this review to correct a spelling error and add the click option for other films mentioned, I was extremely pleased to discover that on 20 May 2014 the Blu-ray edition ("McLintock! - Authentic Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]") was released, but disappointed that I never got notified by Amazon about the release. I immediately ordered a copy! That is how much I enjoy this movie. Unfortunately, the reviews for the Blu-ray version are exactly the same as you would find for the multiple listings (different DVD releases).

Please do not confuse consumer complaints, and their one star reviews about the quality of the DVD and or picture, with the QUALITY of this DVD version. "McLintock! (Authentic Collector's Edition)" is one of John Wayne's best movies, combining comedy--for which Wayne was not well recognized--and western genres. "McClintock (The Family Authorized Edition)(VHS)" was the second John Wayne movie ("Stagecoach [VHS]," his finest, being the first) I showed my three sons as I introduced each of them to the wonder of the greatest film star of all time. While I feel that "The Quiet Man (60th Anniversary Special Edition) [Blu-ray]" (additionally see: "John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man (Documentary Feature) [Blu-ray]"), also with Maureen O'Hara, is the film Wayne should have won the Oscar for Best Actor, and rivals and parallels "McLintock! (Authentic Collector's Edition)," the "The Quiet Man (60th Anniversary Special Edition) [Blu-ray]" is more for adults than the entire family. I loved "McLintock! (Authentic Collector's Edition)" when I saw it on the big screen in 1963, I was thrilled when it came out in VHS (although the quality was bad until John Wayne's family arranged for an official edition of the film to be released), and I am honored to own "McLintock! (Authentic Collector's Edition)". I just wish that AMAZON.COM would differentiate reviews for each version (Amazon has listed no less than ten versions of "McClintock" either by title or as part of a multiple film set--as of 2/14/2015] of a movie, as most of the bad reviews of movies are about the disk quality or some other aspect of the product, and not about the movie itself. Hence, the overall reviewer rating for "McLintock! (Authentic Collector's Edition)" is three stars [now closer to four stars--2/14/15), mostly, if not entirely, because previously released versions had major quality issues. [And I want to emphasize that I fully agree that any problems--including bad quality--should be reported in reviews so potential buyers know about the problems. However, reading a review that the quality of the "item" is bad, does not help me if I want to know which versions of the item are bad and which are not bad because all the reviews are combined; something that frustrates me to no end. The same problem exists in terms of bonus features, as some versions have them but others do not; and assuming the Blu-ray version has them can be a huge mistake as I have personally experienced; although time has prevented me from writing reviews for some time now.--Updated: 14 February 2015] But those bad reviews serve to inhibit people from buying the "McLintock! (Authentic Collector's Edition)" version. Granted, quality is an issue; but one that needs to be addressed to the studios, not the movie. Thus, if I need a lift, I turn to "McLintock! (Authentic Collector's Edition)," because it has humor, sarcasm, and hope--not because the quality of the disk or features are less than desired.

This delightfully wonderful film essentially spawned a new genre, western comedies, which ultimately lead to Lee Marvin's Oscar for Best Supporting Actor ("Cat Ballou"). "McLintock! (Authentic Collector's Edition)" also reunited John Wayne with Maureen O'Hara, one of the few actors who could push Wayne to do his best work--in deed, I would include all of their (I believe eight) movies in the top 20 movies John Wayne made. I would like to note that this was NOT their last movie together as stated in other reviews--"Big Jake" (1971) being one that comes to mind immediately.

While Amazon's review pans the bonus features--again, something that has nothing to do with how great the film is--I found them quite entertaining and interesting.

Update--1 July 2008: If this review was not helpful to you, I would appreciate learning the reason(s) so I can improve my reviews. My goal is to provide help to potential buyers, not get into any arguments. So, if you only disagree with my opinion, could you please say so in the comments and not indicate that the review was not helpful. Thanks.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2005
Format: DVD
Okay, everybody agrees that the Goodtimes Home Video release ranks right up there with Pacific Family Entertainment. Only good for the shredder. But alas, Batjac Productions along with Paramount Home Video has finally released a digitally remastered McLintock! and many other great JW films. Just too many wonderful comments to mention of this wonderful western.

So long to 'Goodtimes Home Video', whose release was just plain 'Bad Times' along with all the other crumby distributors who released horrible iterations of this classic motion picture. I have archived away the 'official' VHS version and am enjoying the new digitally retored, OAR special 'packed with extra' edition of McLintock!
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56 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 1999
Format: DVD
I have previously purchased this movie on video casette. It was the authorized version by the Wayne family and is of excellant quality. I looked forward to viewing this movie on DVD, but was very disappointed in the quality of the Good Times edition. The sound quality is that of an old print of a black and white 1930's western. It is scratchy and very annoying to listen to. This wasn't a digitally remastered print of the original film. Good Times simply copied an old out of date print of the film onto DVD. The picture quality is poor with lines and evidence of the wear and tear of countless theater and TV viewings. I would suggest that anyone wanting to purchase a DVD of this film wait until a reputable company releases an authorized version that can be enjoyed. I certainly felt ripped off after watching ten minutes of this DVD.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 1999
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara - I don't believe there's ever been another screen couple who can make the verbal, and romantic, sparks fly the way they do. Of all the movies I've owned over 18 years ofcollecting, none makes me laugh-out-loud as much as this one, even on repeated viewings. The dialogue crackles with testy good-humor, and the cast of supporting characters (Chill Wills, Edgar Buchanan) adds immensely to the fun. Sour note - this film absolutely screams out for a letterboxed or enhanced for 16:9 widescreen version. There are WAY TOO MANY characters missing in the poor pan and scan framing, "barely there" profile shots, characters talking to an off-screen presence. Also, the extremely poor DVD quality actually detracts from enjoyment of this fun film. It looks like a 3rd or 4th generation tape transfer. A sad way to treat such a popular film. Summary: Content - 5 stars, transfer quality - 1 star.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2005
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Folks, The dvd pictured here is the real deal! No more nasty Trashy looking copies. Paramount Pictures is releasing this, right from the Wayne estate vaults. THANK GOD!!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Words cannot express how disappointed I am by the quality of this tape. Expecting the wonderful movie that so many know and love, I purchased this video only to discover on the back of the video sleeve that this is an edited version of the original. That's fine, but what these people did is unacceptable! They deleted all the original music, including background music, plus they deleted voices, and background sounds and replaced them! I could not even recognize John Wayne's drawl, (I don't think it's even his voice) and Maureen O'Hara's brogue has been replaced with the voice of someone else! On top of that, the timing is way off! I ended up turning the sound off and watching the movie in silence. Still a wonderful view, but for someone who went so far as to name her daughter "Kathryn" after the spirited character O'Hara plays, I am thoroughly disgusted. This change should be noted in the description for those of us who care about quality.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
This is a review for the Special Edition widescreen DVD and not the full screen DVD.

McClintock was the final pairing of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. And they have fun with this film.

In the introduction by Leonard Maltin, he states this is based on Taming of the Shrew but if anything this is a sequel twenty years later.

GW McClintock (Wayne) is the cattle baron whose family founded the town of McClintock. But his family life is a mess. His wife, Katherine (O'Hara) has left him for a socialite life. And his daughter, Becky (Stephanie Powers) is returning from College. Kate has returned to take Becky away from her father's bad influence but GW will not allow it.

What ensues is a great battle of wills and ways. This film is deeper than just the main story line. The subplots includes one of John Ford's favorite subjects, the mistreatment of the Native Americans.

There is not much real plot to this film but a ton of heart. There were only two actresses that seemed to understand how to act with the Duke, Lauren Bacall and Maureen O'Hara. O'Hara is on of the great actresses that never received the attention that was she deserved. This film shows that you can give her something flimsy and she can make it look great. And like many of Duke's films, this has a great fight scene in which everyone winds up sliding down a mud hill - sometimes twice!! And the stars did their own stunts. And the film ends with a great chase scene between O'Hara and Wayne.

This is one good hoot of a film. The only thing missing from this film is John Ford behind the camera but they have Ford's constant AD Andrew McLaglen (Son of Oscar winner and constant Ford film star Victor McLaglen.) It was also early films from Stephanie Powers and Patrick Wayne.

DVD EXTRAS:

Commentary by Leonard Malting, Frank Thompson, Maureen O'Hara, Stephanie Powers, Michael Pale, Michael Wayne and Andrew McLaglen

The Batjac Story: The Legacy of Michael Wayne - A 23 minute featurette about the eldest son of Duke and how he created his own way in the industry and outside the industry. Very Good and informative.

Maureen O'Hara and Stephanie Powers remember McClintock - A 23 minute featurette with the two starts talking about the making of the film. Maureen O'Hara still is one of the most beautiful women ever and shows she still has style. Stephanie Powers let you know how much making this film affected her career.

The Corset: Don't Leave Home without It - Featurette about the women's wardrobe

2-Minute Fight School - Two long time Wayne film stuntman show the basics of film fighting.
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