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The Quiet Man (1952)

John Wayne , Maureen O'Hara , John Ford  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (970 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Writers: John Ford, Frank S. Nugent, Maurice Walsh
  • Producers: John Ford, Merian C. Cooper
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (970 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000I1KV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,948 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Quiet Man" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Making of The Quiet Man" hosted by Leonard Maltin (B/W & Color, 20 min.)

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a wonderful John Wayne movie

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552 of 567 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Film - Be Careful Which DVD Edition You Get August 19, 2004
*****5 stars for the film

Haunted by an incident that happened in the ring, American boxer Sean Thornton (John Wayne) returns to his Irish birthplace, seeking only his roots and a quiet, peaceful life.

He soon falls in love with the beautiful, tempestuous Mary Kate (Maureen O'Hara). She is equally taken with him, but won't marry without the consent of her stubborn, blustering brother, Will (Victor McLaglen), who disapproves the match.

With the help of a well-intentioned scheme arranged by their friends, Mary Kate gets her brother's permission and Sean and she wed. Relationships spoil soon after, however, when Will refuses to pay the rightful dowry. Sean doesn't care, but Mary Kate is outraged and wants Sean to have it out with Will.

Time and again Sean backs down - determined not to use his fists - his inner tension building the whole while. But eventually he will have to decide between losing his wife's love and respect and facing his greatest fear.

This was an important and personal project for John Ford (whose real name was Sean O'Feeney). That his heart and those of his cast members were in what they were doing shows through. The fact that much of the film was shot on location in Ireland (on location shoots were somewhat unusual at the time) also adds an authentic flavor.

Barry Fitzgerald was at his comedic best here, and Ward Bond's performance as a priest has several simply unforgettable moments.

The Quiet Man is a charming classic and among Ford's best (in fact, it won him an Oscar for Best Director). It's funny, romantic, and always entertaining. It also features an exuberant score (courtesy of Victor Young) and one of the longest and most memorable knock-down, drag-out fights ever committed to film.
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374 of 399 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crushing disappointment October 13, 2004
I will not, as some feel necessary, go over the story/characters/performances of this film. Suffice to say, this is one the most enjoyable films ever made, blarney or not.

Rather, what I would like to briefly comment on is the utterly pathetic transfer of this classic film to DVD. It states quite clearly on the back of the cover that this film has been digitally remastered. I took that to mean both video and audio. WRONG. The picture quality of this DVD is shocking, one of the worst I have ever seen. Believe me when I say this -- the VHS version I purchased in 1991 has a better video clarity than this. At times it's actually difficult to make out the actors features. The company behind this, ARTISAN I believe they are called, should be ashamed. I have a copy of the recently released and remastered CASABLANCA DVD. That film was made in 1942, yet it looks as if it was just made, such is the sharpness of the video. The Quiet Man deserved the same treatment, but didn't get it. Shame on ARTISAN.
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218 of 233 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible DVD Transfer October 20, 2004
i hate giving a classic a 1 star rating. the movie is nothing less than 5. but the dvd transfer is pathetic. i've seen better 2nd generation VHS to DVD transfers than this. what was the distributor thinking when they allowed this to be distributed to the public?? did they even bother to review the final product before its release? there's no excuse for this with todays movie restoration technology. hopefully we will see this movie re-released by a company who cares about art.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dachmuse March 21, 2004
What a travesty of a DVD transfer!?!?
Here I am expecting to watch a lush restoration of one of the great films from one of the greatest American Filmmakers (had I read the reviews I would have thought twice of buying it for sure!) and I get a shoddy transfer probably done straight from video. These imbeciles at Artisan oughtta be fired, tarred and feathered!
Collector's edition my eye! "Pappy" & "Duke" must be doin' backflips in their graves! Even with this major imperfection, it is still a great story and a pleasure to see a great filmmaker at the height of his powers. Still I hope one day that someone gives us a DVD worth the material.
Damn shame.
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Insult To The Idea Of "Restoration" January 1, 2006
By Mike S
I also remember seeing this movie as a kid. Actually, it was featured in my high school English class for something or other. As I recall it, this was a must see film for everyone I knew.

I am now spoiled. I use a high-definition projector and a 10 foot screen. Most recent, and some old DVD's look wonderful on it. For the most part, the experience is like going to a movie theater, no lines, great sharpness. Even old black and whites look wonderful on this system.

I obtained the first transfer by Artisan and was shocked by the grotesque and constantly changing colors, and also the gross color fringing. Most dark areas had a strong purple hew to them. Color intensity was gross, greens bloomed out of the picture. Sharpness was very poor.

The added featurettes were little better. My over all impression was that this was some sort of amateur video company run by incompetants with anciend junk equipment. However, it appears that Artisan actually has money enough to get the rights to a great deal of John Wayne material.

I then obtained the "Collector's Edition." Some contributers have claimed it was much better than the first release. It is identical! This is the worst transfer of a Technicolor movie that I have ever seen. Also, the newly made featurettes are horrible looking. STAY AWAY FROM THIS MESS!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish tale of a man out of his element and learning to adapt
One of the John Wayne/Maureen O'Hara movies to be sure to have in your collection. The location shots make you feel as if you just saved thousands of dollars on an expensive... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by RetakeRita
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Duke's finest movies
What can I say about one of my favorite movies? This tape played perfectly.
Now I can watch The Quiet Man whenever I want to!
Published 22 hours ago by ERP
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC!!
Must see this film! All-star cast and an one of the greatest directors of all time. Simply cannot be improved upon!
Published 1 day ago by Erin Crone
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Duke Classic
While it's a shame John Wayne didn't get nominated for his unforgettable performance in this film, it is without a doubt one of The Duke's greatest films and performances. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!!
If you are a John Wayne fan or Maureen O'Hara it is a must have!! We watch it every St. Patty's Day!! Family tradition!
The characters are so colorful! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Rusty
5.0 out of 5 stars The 60th Anniversary BluRay version of the Quiet Man is awesome!
The OliveFilms BluRay version of The Quiet Man is the only way to watch this movie.

I have owned several versions of the DVD of this movie, hoping each new release would... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Timothy Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Duke
I love this movie I watch it at least one or twice a year . Have love this movie my whole life . The picture look beautiful .
Published 4 days ago by Bonnie X
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not play!
we have tried it in every device we have and it does not play. other blu-rays do without any problem we don't know how to reurn it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Linda Gavin
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
its my favourite movie of all time they were wonderful in it . I tell everyone to watch it its so real
Published 6 days ago by rose e mcleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever
I wore my original movie out. Watch it so much. My grands have grown up watching this wonderful and fun movie.
Published 6 days ago by Terese Clark-O'Dell
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Quiet Man, is there a DVD that is in wide-screen???
Both versions are in 4:3. The original aspect ratio of The Quiet Man was 4:3, like most films shot prior to 1953, so there would be no way (or benefit) to have a widescreen version. So, to watch this film on your 16:9 display, you need to select the mode which results in vertical black bars on... Read more
Feb 7, 2008 by J Sebastian |  See all 2 posts
There are no subtitles. You just have to listen to the parts you are having problems with until your ear picks up the accents. For practice, you could watch BBC television so that you get used to hearing English words pronounced differently. Granted the Irish accent is different, and heavier... Read more
Feb 7, 2008 by J Sebastian |  See all 3 posts
Tha Quiet Man
Although i can't say for sure, chances are the company that owns the film rights and makes the DVD may not wish to spend the money to get a good translation and have the subtitles put in the program, at least not yet. To be honest i wish I knew what they were saying when they spoke in Gaelic.
Mar 18, 2011 by John Erickson |  See all 2 posts
The Quiet Man on DVD
i am looking for the smae thing.i watched the ''collectors edition" from netflix and it was not the best picture quality,but still ok.from what i understand,the artisan release is worse
Jan 4, 2010 by andy f |  See all 7 posts
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