33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2011
This is a review of the PQ of the newly released blu ray of the original True Grit.
There is so much edge enhancement applied to the picture that it appears fake, more like overprocessed video than film. I found it very distracting through the entire movie, and would never choose to watch this blu ray again. Not unless it was remastered properly and reissued (not likely).
Stay away from this blu ray release. At the very least, rent it before you buy it to avoid disappointment.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 1999
True Grit is the only John Wayne film that I saw during its run in the theater. Glen Campbell gave a good, and underrated, performance as a likeable Texas Ranger. Contrary to the critics, who ganged up on Campbell, I thought that Kim Darby was the weak link in the cast. Robert Duvall was outstanding, as well as the rest of the supporting cast. The soundtrack was excellent and the scenery was fantastic. Virtually every line that John Wayne delivered in the film was gripping. I have never seen an actor since who could hold an audience's attention the way he did in True Grit. An interesting anecdote: Henry Hathaway was pretty rough with Glen Campbell and berated him mercilessly during one of the scenes. Robert Duvall blew a fuse and told Hathaway that if he treated any member of the cast that way again, he would walk off the set.
Sit back and enjoy the show.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2002
John Wayne stars as Marshal Rooster Cogburn, a one-eyed, hard-drinking, straight-shooting, cantankerous lawman teamed with a feisty kid (Kim Darby) and a conceited Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) to bring to justice one Lucky Ned Pepper (Robert Duvall). Wayne won a much-deserved Oscar for this performance. This, along with "The Quiet Man" prove the guy could really act. It's a shame he didn't get to more often.
"True Grit" benefits from a sharp script with a real feel for period dialogue... and some cranky characters with very individualistic points of view. Of course, the Duke's Cogburn leads the way, but Kim Darby, in her film debut, fearlessly jousts with all comers and generally comes out ahead. She's Cogburn's match in the grit department, headstrong and stubborn. "She reminds me of me," Cogburn says with obvious glee as the girl daringly crosses a swiftly-moving river on horseback. Duvall makes a redoubtable villian in his short screentime- not evil, exactly. Just hardbitten and intent on pursuing crime, and strangely fatalistic. Even with such well-observed characters, the film doesn't lack for Western action; it eschews gunfight cliches in favor of realism. ...
Gorgeously shot in authentic outdoors locations by director Henry Hathaway, "True Grit" also features an outstanding Elmer Bernstein score. Even if you're a Western-hater, just focus on the characters and an excellent tale. This is just flat-out a first-rate movie.
Look for cameos by Jay Silverheels, Wilford Brimley, plus small roles well-played by Strother Martin and Jeff Corey (Wild Bill Hickock in "Little Big Man").
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2011
This is a review of the blu-ray quality only.
The video and audio are great.For a 1969 film the picture quality is really good,could be better though(still some grain thru out especially in the courtroom scene),but you see an awful lot of detail not visible or as clear on the dvd(which i own and i have it on vhs).
The audio is much improved over the dvd.Dialogue is alot clearer(i thought John Wayne sounded different thats how much clearer it sounds)as well out door scenes and gunfire.
Overall this is really worth buying and its region free.A major step up from dvd.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I'm not a John Wayne aficionado, I've only seen a few of his films. I mention this because many reviewers of this film probably have a clearer idea of his career and body of work. In the few John Wayne films that I've seen, what I have noticed is what made him an icon. The larger-than-life screen persona, the drawling voice, the charisma, etc. Despite his forever iconic status, John Wayne won only a single Academy Award and that was for this film...And what a performance it is.
Kim Darby stars as Mattie Ross, a strong-willed and sharp-tongued young girl whose father is killed by a man named Tom Chaney, who flees with her father's money. With Chaney hiding in Indian territory, out of reach of local authorities. Mattie becomes determined to bring him to justice. To assist her, she enlists the help of Deputy Marshal Rooster Cogburn, a one-eyed drunkard with an infamous reputation. In his four years as Deputy Marshal, Rooster has killed 23 men. After offering Rooster a substantial amount of money, Mattie and Rooster set off to catch Chaney, assisted by a Texas Ranger named La Boeuf (Glen Campbell), who's out to get Chaney for the murder of a Texas senator.
Robert DuVall co-stars as "Lucky" Ned Pepper, a wanted outlaw believed to be associated with Chaney. Dennis Hopper also makes a brief appearance in the film.
Forty years after it was originally released, True Grit is still one of the most revered and beloved western films of all time. Much of this can be credited to the presence of John Wayne, but this can also be accredited to the plot and, mores specifically, the characterization.
This is no action-packed western film. Of course, there are several scenes with shoot-outs and varying action, but the film does not build itself on these characteristics but, rather, its characters. Its central characters can be called nothing less than three-dimensional. They're imperfect, drunken, annoying, hilarious, heroic, arrogant, and loveable.
I found the characterization to be the strongest point of True Grit. But it's not just the writing that makes the character's so great; much of this goes to the actor's as well. The androgynous Darby nails the Mattie character in a completely convincing portrayal. Campbell is also slyly charming, showing much more depth than his iconic mugshot would lead you to believe. And then there's John Wayne; the real star of the show. Everytime he's on screen, he owns it. His larger-than-life presence and easy charm dominate everything. When Rooster is being cross-examined in a courtroom, drunkenly struggling to stay atop his house, or riding his horse with the reigns in his mouth while firing at four armed men he is absolutely believable. This is an iconic performance for a good reason.
With great characters, greater acting, sharp, witty dialogue, and beautiful scenery throughout, True Grit is definitely worthy of seeking out.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
John Wayne as the tough former Confederate guerrilla turned hard-hitting lawman, Rooster Cogburn, gives us his most indearing character ever. The plot is enjoyable and keeps your attention. The characters, not just Rooster alone, are all perfectly cast and played well. There is perhaps no match to the final show-down scene between Rooster and and Robert Duvall as Ned Pepper. A favorite you can watch over and over again.