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Wild River [Blu-ray] (1960)

Montgomery Clift , Lee Remick , Elia Kazan  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Salmi, Jay C. Flippen
  • Directors: Elia Kazan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 2.0), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A3V2JPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,177 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Montgomery Clift stars as a government agent who must evacuate a small town to make way for a new dam. When an elderly matriarch refuses to leave, Chuck Glover (Clift) falls in love with her granddaughter, played by Lee Remick.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
WILD RIVER may not have been a huge hit in its day, but given that it was directed by Elia Kazan, and had a noteworthy cast (with stars Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick and Jo Van Fleet all receiving critical acclaim if few award nominations), it would seem to be a prime candidate for a lavish US DVD release. Up until very recently, it hadn't received any release at all, which was very strange indeed. Here's a movie selected for preservation by the Library of Congress (2002) but no American edition has been available.

Well, now I see that for cinema buffs willing to make the investment, the film is now included in a fairly expensive box set, with the Martin Scorsese imprimatur and all. That's something--but it's something for fans a bit more well heeled than yours truly. (That and the fact, that I'd be shelling out primarily to get this film and A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, which also has--unaccountably-- never been released individually.) And then there's this Korean package, that claims to be playable in all formats. Why, oh why can't I get excited about such things. Call it an innate suspicion. I can't vouch for the quality of product as producct, but for those willing to take the plunge, I am more than willing to vouch for the quality of the film as a work of art.

I remember snoozing through the lessons in my high school history classes and barely skimming the textbook on the history of the Tennessee Valley Authority and the bringing of electricity to the rurual South. I mean, it was then 1968 and electricity everywhere was a given, wasn't it? Who cared about such ancient history, why that was thirty some odd years before.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Film February 10, 2007
Format:DVD
It is a shame this film has fallen into obscurity over the years. Though overshadowed by Elia Kazan's more heralded and flashier efforts, I have always found "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and "Wild River" to be his best. Thanks to a scarred Montgomery Clift and a young and earthy Lee Remick, "Wild River" has a feeling of quiet reality.

Monty's genius was to be so much the person he was portraying that he seemed to disappear onscreen. Clift's sensitive performance here, coming after the accident which altered his appearance, is one of his best. It is matched by lovely Lee Remick.

Clift works for the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) and has come to Jo Van Fleet's rural home to move her off her land so room can be made for a dam. Clift is not uncaring and his sympathy for the older woman is complicated even further by his attraction to her young granddaughter, Lee Remick.

He is also unpopular because of his fair treatment of blacks whom he is employing to help build the dam. But the violence simmering just beneath the surface here is less on his mind than Remick. He cannot have her because of what he is forced to do. Yet it is torture for him.

Clift's sensitivity and Remick's heart, torn between what she knows he has to do and what she feels within for him creates a frustration for the would-be couple the viewer can really feel. One scene in particular, as Remick paces back and forth in front of a sitting Clift, reveals the ache in Clift which finally blows.

Beautiful location filming by Kazan adds a further sense of reality to this quiet yet moving film. This was one of Clift's best post-accident performances and it is sad it is only available in this region 2 format for those across the pond to enjoy. Perhaps soon it will be recognized for the quiet masterpiece it is and become available to all.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great films January 2, 2011
Format:DVD
I saw Wild River in 1960 on a gigantic, curved cinemascope screen and it was glorious to watch and to watch Lw=ee remick and M. Clift show everyone how to act on the screen.

Jo Van Fleet is suprb, and therest of the cast shines.

The locations Kazan chose and filmed feel like they were done yesterday, and that also applies to this magnificent film as a whole; there is nothing dated or unintentionally awkward, it all flows in a beautiful series of images and reactions and , of course, in the midst, is the TVA, damming up the wildness of the river, necessary, but that biog of a dam?

Lee Remicks's eyes are so so so blue, and so are M. Clift's, and their love scenes are so in tune with the history that each have had, bitter, death- ridden, and they express that fear of death, that fear of the river in their love for each other.Grave yards are everywherew.

Buy this DVD and rejoice that in 1960 we were as much in 2011. I sat through it 5 times in one day.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never saw a sweeter movie! March 26, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I agree fully with the reviewer from Bakersfield.

Internet Movie Database provided links to a source who could give me a NTSC copy for about $50. However, with compatible software and hardware you can see this PAL version in your computer monitor. This particular PAL version is technically (color and crispness of picture) much better than what I saw on television years ago.

This PAL region 2 version (just a few copies) is available in Amazon. I am sure more copies are available somewhere else.

If you copy the DVD to your computer hard drive (it is not copy-protected) you can play it with Nero Showtime and a compatible monitor, in my case, a Viewsonic VX922.

The picture in this version is crisp and the color is gorgeous!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it, but not everyone will
The DVD I have has entirely different cover art from the one pictured, but the image is stunning. Crisp, clear, and the colour is gorgeous. Read more
Published 1 day ago by addison de witt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie with interesting characters and storyline.
Published 17 days ago by Ted Fiorito
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly as described with quick delivery. Thank you very much!
Published 1 month ago by Ann Bouffard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as advertized
Published 2 months ago by John M. Barber
4.0 out of 5 stars Forceful Libertarian argument
This is a really great movie about an old woman being kicked off the island that her sweetheart found for her 60 years before and the government in the form of the TVA comes along... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dan P. Bullard
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
Good story. Reasonable portrayal for the time of some thorny issues. Lee Remic was smoking hot and sexy, but not like in A Face in the Crowd.
Published 4 months ago by Super Seven
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Effort Here By All Concerned
Clift is wonderful here as a TVA employee whose job it is to convince the Jo Van Fleet character that she must leave her lifetime home before the rising waters inundate her... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Honest Abe
5.0 out of 5 stars alway loved this movie
it is a clasic Montgomery Clift film with a semi complex story line and good romance - film was remastered excellenty
Published 5 months ago by stu52
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star period piece of american history
Period piece of our American history--the building of the TVA system. Story, acting, filming all are superb. No doubt about this, 5 stars.
Published 5 months ago by wrs
5.0 out of 5 stars Grew up with the TVA
I had seen this movie years ago and so wanted a DVD of it. Was delighted to find it.
My family grew up watching TVA dam up the rivers and some of themworked on the dam... Read more
Published 6 months ago by grandmajen
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