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Rio Bravo (Two-Disc Special Edition) (1959)

John Wayne , Dean Martin  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (586 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: French, English, Korean, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (586 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O599WG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rio Bravo (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Remastered feature film
  • Commentary by John Carpenter and film critic Richard Schickel
  • Wayne trailer gallery
  • "The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks" (1973 documentary)  
  • Two all-new featurettes: "Commemoration:  Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo," "Old Tucson: Where the Legends Walked"

Editorial Reviews

In the dusty town of Rio Bravo, Sheriff Chance arrests Joe Burdette for a brutal murder and must fight off ruthless gunmen to keep him in custody until the state marshal arrives.
Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: NR
Street Date: 05/22/07
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: yes
Language: ENGLISH
Foreign Film: noSubtitles: no
Dubbed: no
Full Frame: no
Re-Release: no
Packaging: Sleeve

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153 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a casual, brilliant film September 11, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Rio Bravo is one of a handful of movies (see also The Quiet Man) that belies the one-note, tough-guy stereotype that so many people associate with John Wayne. Here he is endearing (his scenes with Walter Brennan are hilarious and genuine) and, dare I say, even somewhat sensitive in his own way (his firm method of "treatment" for Dean Martin's alcoholic character is something a counselor friend of mine finds priceless). The rest of the cast is wonderful as well: Brennan is cranky, Martin is wounded but charismatic, Angie Dickinson is sly and assured and Ricky Nelson, surprisingly, does more than just hold his own and look pretty (*and* he sings a duet with Dean Martin). Everyone involved here obviously had a ton of fun making the movie, but more importantly the film exudes that sense of good cheer without undercutting the narrative tension. Director Howard Hawks certainly had a great deal to do with the quick pacing and the tightness of the ensemble, both of which assure that the film never seems to drag, even in quiet moments. In short, a western for people who don't like westerns and a John Wayne movie for people who don't like John Wayne.
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91 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo for Rio Bravo! July 17, 2005
Format:DVD|Amazon Verified Purchase
"Rio Bravo" is a very entertaining and quality film suitable for the entire family.

The film boasts an all-star cast that boasts a wealth of talent. John Wayne is the tough sherrif John T. Chance, who has to hold a prisoner charged with murder in his small jail awaiting the arrival of the territory judge. Wayne gives one of his best performances. Dean Martin plays Wayne's troubled drunk deputy. Martin surprises everyone by showing just how wonderful an actor he is. In a difficult role, Martin excels. Angie Dickenson is Wayne's love interest. Dickenson's role is also an emotionally challenging bit of acting, but she pulls it off easily with room to spare. Walter Brennan is Wayne's crippled deputy and he also excels and provides comic relief. Brennan is so convincing as the crippled leg deputy that many fans of Brennan believed that he was actually crippled in real life. Brennan walked as good as anyone and it is a tribute to him that he convinced all of us that he had a bum leg! Rounding out the cast is the very young heartthrob Ricky Nelson, who plays "Colorado", a trailhand with a good gun. Nelson is in over his head here as an actor, but was probably included in the film for his ability to bring in the female audience. Ward Bond and Claude Akins round out the excellent cast.

Director Howard Hawks uses the cast to his advantage. His directorship keeps the film moving along at a steady pace. Interestingly, the first several minutes of the film has no dialogue at all! John Wayne speaks the first line about 4 minutes into the film after much action has already taken place.

This film represents Hawks' and Wayne's response to the movie "High Noon", which both men despised.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD movie.... May 25, 2007
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Rio Bravo is one of John Wayne's more enjoyable movies and this movie is considered to be one of the greatest westerns ever made. Wayne is superbly supported by Dean Martin who also carried the movie as well as Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan and Angie Dickinson. Great cast, superb script and excellent direction make this movie a viewing a pleasure many times over. It has everything anyone want in a John Wayne movie. Gunfights, fist fights, slow developing story to developed all the main characters and even pacing with a song or two thrown in. So successful was this movie that it was remade two more times as El Dorado and Rio Lobo. Amazingly, all three movies were directed by Howard Hawks and starred John Wayne. Even more amazing is that all three movies proves to be just as good and entertaining as ever.

This two disc Special Edition of Rio Bravo is a definite upgrade in both quality of image as well as sound over the previous release. I found the running commentary by John Carpenter and Richard Schickel to be somewhat enjoyable but the extra features proves to be a disappointment. There are three special features on the second disc. Two of them, Howard Hawk's Rio Bravo and Old Tucson: Where Legends Walked proves to be quite interesting. However, I was pretty disappointed by the main feature of this second disc, Men Who Made Movies: Howard Hawks. This feature I have seen already on Bringing Up Baby two disc edition (superb Katherine Hepburn/Cary Grant movie). I was very unhappy that a documentary already used in one DVD movie was reused for another. Warner Brothers made a cheap move here. (However, if you do not owned Bringing Up Baby, then you will get more out of the second disc then I did.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
***THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE BLU-RAY VERSION of "RIO BRAVO"***

Apart from the fact that Ricky Nelson couldn't act to save his life (he plays the fast gun Colorado), the big revelation in Howard Hawks' High Noon rerun is Dean Martin who is just superb as the drink-obsessed Dutch - sidekick to sheriff John Wayne and his trusty buddy Walter Brennnan.

The Blu Ray version is disappointing print wise for the opening credits - there's blocking, speckles on the print etc, but thankfully it doesn't stay that way for long. Although there are other weak points in the transfer later on in the movie, for about 90 % of the time I'd say it looks really good - not great - but certainly better than any other version of it that I've ever seen.

There's a nighttime sequence where one of the bad guys hiding out in a barn near the prison tries to shoot John Wayne - it cuts to Dutch outside worried about his friend inside - the clarity of sweat and dirt on Dean Martin is wonderful to see - and startling. When Angie Dickenson is stopped by John Wayne at her bedroom door suspected of card shark tricks in the saloon she's just left below, her face and clothing look sensational too (what a beauiful woman she was). But then in other places there's a disappointing feeling of the focus being slightly off or the print's vibrancy being washed out.

It might just be that in 1959 the colour process was not quite there yet, but you can't help but feel that if this negative had been given real care and effort - the print would have been a genuine joy to look at - rather than being something that just ellicits the word 'good' out of you every now and then.

"Rio Bravo" is a very good transfer to Blu Ray, but like so many oldies that aren't treated to proper restoration, you can't help but feel that an opportunity was missed here - because it's a Western that's stood the test of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Duke Dean and Ricky at their finest
Look as far as pure westerns go, this is a classic along with Big Jake. This one has three star value and great performances by all three.
Published 1 day ago by Michael Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I love watching old westerns. Most time spent watching these movies before turning in for the night. They just don't make them like this anymore.
Published 8 days ago by Jessie McFarland, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rio bravo a hit!
Just a great western overall. John Wayne is typically great, even dean Martin is cast perfectly in this one. Perfect
Published 9 days ago by Art
5.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Detailed and Excellent Western
One of John Wayne's finest movies. The characters are outstanding, even though Ricky Nelson could have stepped it up a notch. John Wayne and Dean Martin interact so well. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Brian A. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars yippee ky yahhhh
It's always been a fun movie for me. I hadn't seen it in years. Have fun with it yourself! Dean Martin is always fun to watch.
Published 11 days ago by Greg Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars My Absolute Favorite
This movie is my absolute favorite western movie with John Wayne. Love Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson too. Walter Brennan is a hoot as usual. Angie Dickinson is lovely. Read more
Published 13 days ago by goldilocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
One of the best westerns ever made! John Wayne and Dean martin were always my favorites.As good as it gets
Published 14 days ago by david
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Western Movie
I really enjoy this movie. I was born in the 50's and saw this movie for the first time in 1968. I have enjoyed watching it ever since.
Published 14 days ago by Value Shopper Pensacola
5.0 out of 5 stars Wayne and Martin are a great team
John Wayne and Dean Martin, how could you go wrong?
This is an old time western, not a lot of flashy graphics or CGI, just the old time acting that made Hollywood famous. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Robert Agostinho
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
John Wayne always a good pick !! Love the music and actors. No bad language or sex just a good whole family movie.
Published 15 days ago by c.walker
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