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The Searchers (Two-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition) (2006)

John Wayne , Jeffrey Hunter , John Ford  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (645 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F0UUIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,510 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Searchers (Two-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc One:
  • Newly remastered and restored from original VistaVision film elements
  • Introduction by Patrick Wayne
  • Commentary by Director Peter Bogdanovich
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two:
  • The Searchers: An Appreciation
  • A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne and The Searchers
  • Behind the Cameras: Meet Jeffrey Hunter, Monument Valley, Meet Natalie Wood, Setting Up Production

Editorial Reviews

Working together for the 12th time, John Wayne and director John Ford forged The Searchers into a landmark Western offering an indelible image of the frontier and the men and women who challenged it. Wayne plays an ex-Confederate soldier seeking his niece, captured by Comanches who massacred his family. He won't surrender to hunger, thirst, the elements or loneliness. And in his five-year search, he encounters something unexpected: his own humanity. Beautifully shot by Winton C. Hoch, thrillingly scored by Max Steiner and memorably acted by a wonderful ensemble including Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Natalie Wood and Ward Bond, The Searchers endures as "a great film of enormous scope and breathtaking physical beauty" (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic).

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich
Documentaries:Behind the Cameras (4-parts): Meet Jeffrey Hunter, Monument Valley, Meet Natalie Wood, Setting Up Production
Documentary:The Searchers: An Appreciation
Featurette:A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne, and the Searchers
Introduction:Intro by Patrick Wayne
Theatrical Trailer:Theatrical Trailer The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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218 of 237 people found the following review helpful
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Even if you've never seen John Ford's THE SEARCHERS, you will have, undoubtedly, seen a film that owes it's 'style' to the film. DANCES WITH WOLVES, THE OUTLAW JOSIE WALES, UNFORGIVEN, JEREMIAH JOHNSON, and OPEN RANGE are just a few westerns that have 'borrowed' from it, but THE SEARCHERS' impact transcends the genre, itself; STAR WARS, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, THE LAST SAMURAI, even THE LORD OF THE RINGS have elements that can be traced back to Ford's 1956 'intimate' epic. When you add the fact that THE SEARCHERS also contains John Wayne's greatest performance to the film's merits, it becomes easy to see why it is on the short list of the greatest motion pictures ever made.
The plot is deceptively simple; after a Comanche raiding party massacres a family, taking the youngest daughter prisoner, her uncle, Ethan Edwards (Wayne), and adopted brother, Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), begin a long quest to try and rescue her. Over the course of years, a rich tapestry of characters and events unfold, as the nature of the pair's motives are revealed, and bigoted, bitter Edwards emerges as a twisted man bent on killing the 'tainted' white girl. Only Pawley's love of his 'sister' and determination to protect her stands in his way, making the film's climax, and Wayne's portrayal of Edwards, an unforgettable experience.
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160 of 180 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie, terrible "remastering" September 20, 2006
This is a review of the "Ultimate Collector's Edition," NOT a review of the film itself. If you're considering the purchase of a two-disc special edition, you probably already know that the film is great; you just want to know if this slick package is worth the pricetag.

In short, it's not. And let me be absolutely clear about one thing: I have known and loved this film for years. A few sequences look properly spectacular, but after watching this DVD on two separate (and high-quality) televisions, I'm amazed that all of the low-light scenes have been rendered almost completely dark. Like, too dark to tell what's even *happening*. For instance, the scene where Brad (Harry Carey, Jr.) runs off to his death, the scene where Marty's (Jeffrey Hunter's) "bride" is serving coffee along the river, and even the pre-dawn scenes leading up to the final storming of the Comanche camp, are utterly lost in the dark. By contrast, the bare-bones 1997 DVD release features noticeably richer colors in the daytime scenes and total clarity in the low-light scenes I've just mentioned. Don't waste your money on this special edition; you'll be much happier if you just shell out the $10.99 for the 1997 release.
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106 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unquestionably John Wayne's Best Film July 22, 2005
On this site there are over 100 fan-reviews of this movie, and many tell the plot in great detail, therefore, my reivew will be short and sweet. With the great John Ford directing, John Wayne starring, and a superb story line - all this adds up to a 5-star movie if there ever was one! You cannot go wrong buying this DVD - it delivers!

Now considered possibly the greatest weatern movie of all-time, "The Searchers" was panned by the critics of its day for being just another "ho-hum" John Wayne western. It took years, but modern critics and viewers now recognize it as an epic of western filmmaking that perhaps will never be topped. If I had to choose one movie that represented the best of the west, it is undoubtedly "The Searchers".

John Wayne gives his most intense acting performance as the dark and vengeful Ethan Edwards, who vows to kill the Commanche raiders that murdered his beloved sister-in-law, brother, and took captive two of their daughters. Wayne easily carries the film on his broad brooding shoulders, pursuing the Indians for over 5 years through summer and winter, ever relentless to see their chief, "Scar", dead, and his captive nieces rescued.

Director John Ford is at the height of his creative powers in directing this western masterpiece. He weaves so many different themes and levels of interpretation into the film, that one discovers something new with each viewing. It would take a small treatise to bring out all the subtle details.

Succinctly and to the point, "The Searchers" is a film that you will watch again and again, and love it each time a bit more. It is that absolute best in western filmmaking!

Jim Konedog Koenig
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Ford January 21, 2000
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As "The Searchers" approaches the half-century mark, this 1956 film may fail to conect with modern viewers. Indeed, the old fashioned acting styles are jarring and the film's racial themes seem like old business.
Nonetheless, when seen in the context of its time and to other films around it, it stands tall.
As much as any Ford film, "The Searchers" is a story about a family reunited, a theme to which Ford returned time and again. But in no other Ford film is that theme played out at such a tremendous emotional and spiritual cost.
The implication that Debbie is Ethan's daughter and not his niece comes from Ford and not Alan LeMay's original story. By giving us a date--1868--in the opening fade, then belaboring the exposition of Debbie's age, Ethan's long absence, the barely suppressed tenderness Ethan displays toward Martha and his guilty uneasiness with his brother, it is not hard to do the math. Debbie is Ethan's daughter.
As the theme of family plays out, there is repeated discussion about what constitutes blood kin, especially regarding Marty, who was once "saved" by Ethan, just as Ethan will "save" Debbie. Ethan discounts Marty's entire existence because Marty is one-eighth Cherokee.
Conversely, Ethan endures an epic search for Debbie because she is not only kin and perhaps his last remaining relative, but in fact his daughter. The thought both motivates and crazes Ethan.
Whether Ford decided to hide this dramatic construct because 1950's morality would have disapproved the overt depiction of an illegitimate child (especially in a horse opera!) or because the idea simply served to motivate Ford through the movie is unimportant.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Dated
Obtained DVD as a side bar to reserach.
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Blu Ray vs. my standard DVD
Oh yeah, there's a difference. Huge. I have the DVD and the Blu-ray. The DVD is pretty good, the Blu-ray is shocking. It's hard to believe that it was filmed nearly 60 years ago -- the picture is that good. Those shots of Monument Valley look nearly 3D. This is probably the best transfer... Read more
May 4, 2010 by Charlie |  See all 4 posts
flaw with blu ray?
yep my audio is about 4 frames late i have e-mailed warners could be
there was a pressing fault
Nov 5, 2008 by D. BYRNE |  See all 7 posts
Hank Worden (ol mose) Worden
Loved him in Red River. "Planting and reading. Planting and reading. How come you fill a man full of lead and then read words over him like you're involving the Good Lord in the shooting?"
Sep 13, 2009 by True Crime Reader |  See all 2 posts
Does anyone know the difference
The ultimate edition includes these extras:

Reproduction of 1956 Dell comic book
Reproduction of original 1956 Warner Bros. press book
Reproductions of filmmaker memos and correspondence
10 postcards with behind-the-scenes photos
Movie poster offer
Jun 6, 2006 by Timothy Murray |  See all 4 posts
No Raymond , to my knowledge the film has been left in mono. However in dolby digital mono..
Warners are careful NOT to upset too many people.
Thanks Kevin Janner.
Jul 21, 2007 by Mr. Kevin D. Janner |  See all 8 posts
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