106 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yellow Ribbon
This is the second and ,as many have said, best in John Ford's famed cavalry trilogy. I go further in claiming for it high status in the genre of western films, it is one of the finest. Wayne wears makeup that ages him 20 years and his acting performance transforms him into that older man Captain Nathan Brittles, soon to be retired from the U. S. Cavalry. Captain Brittles...
Published on March 9, 2004 by Paul Miller
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quality is terrible - appears as though it is a "copy of a copy" - I had expected better quality from Amazon..
Quality poor - it seems like a "copy of a copy". Don't bother buying! Comes with a Cheap CD case as well.
Published 7 months ago by BuddyDog
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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yellow Ribbon,
This is the second and ,as many have said, best in John Ford's famed cavalry trilogy. I go further in claiming for it high status in the genre of western films, it is one of the finest. Wayne wears makeup that ages him 20 years and his acting performance transforms him into that older man Captain Nathan Brittles, soon to be retired from the U. S. Cavalry. Captain Brittles talking to his late wife at her grave ,while he waters the plants he has placed there, with Monument valley in the background is one of the more moving scenes. This and "The Searchers" are Wayne's finest acting performances. "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" won an academy award for it's color cinematography and it was well deserved. This is one beautiful film. Ford shot many of his westerns in Monument valley, this is his definitive Monument valley western, you really see alot of the landscape and clouds and it's glorious. The special features on this dvd has a short home movie of Ford and Wayne flying down to Mexico and hanging out back in the forties. Own this one because it's one of those rare films you can, and will want to, watch over and over.
57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Duke and Ford ride the trail again...,
Joanne Dru teams with The DUKE again in this Technicolor marvel (after appearing together in "Red River" the year before). In this one, Dru plays a young romantic hopeful for both John Agar and Harry Carey, Jr.
Monument Valley never looked better. The stormclouds are stunning, even if the fake lightning is not. And the sunsets! Only Technicolor can capture the colors with such brilliance!
While I prefer "Rio Grande" and the lamentably-not-on-DVD-yet "Fort Apache", "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" plays more as a quiet homage to the cavalry than the actionfests of the other two films. Not that this film is sparse on action! However, the focus here is most definitely on the honor and wisdom of the old guard.
As usual, Ford has many subtle threads woven in to the plot of the film that enhance the story with backstories that are only hinted at. The most notable of these is the former Confederate soldiers, now part of the U.S. Cavalry. Their honor is intact, and they are still true to their ideals, despite wearing the uniform of the Yankee. There is, we know, much more to their story, but we see just what we need to. Any more, and the real story would get lost, the focus moved to the wrong place. How many modern directors make the mistake of letting this happen again and again and again? Too many, for sure.
Some people have complained that John Wanye was a lousy actor, which I've always chalked up to a refusal to recognize talent in a celebrity simply through differences in personal taste. Like "The Searchers", "Red River", "The Horse Soldiers" and "The Sands of Iwo Jima" (also starring the late John Agar), there are solid moments in this film when DUKE delivers. Just look as he "gives his report" to his wife and children, when he writes out his protest to his commanding officer, and again, when he gets the memento of the silver watch from his troopers. The viewer's taste notwithstanding, it cannot be denied that DUKE could act.
The usual excellent Ford supporting players abound. Ben Johnson, Arthur Shields, Harry Carey Jr., and of course, the lovable Victor McLaglen (yet again playing a man named Quincannon), are all on hand. Paul Fix has a cameo as a gun-runner.
Two real-life Indian chiefs also appear. Chief John Big Tree appeared in several westerns (including "The Big Trail" and "Stagecoach", both with The DUKE), and is famous for being the original model for artist James Fraser when he crafted the indian head nickel. Chief Sky Eagle cameos in his only film appearance.
A touching and poignant western, it is a must see for fans of Ford, The DUKE, The U.S. Calvalry, or the Old West.
And, incidentally, this film was not shot in a widescreen format. It was shot in a 35mm, spherical process, with an aspect ratio of 1.37:1. In other words, it will show about the correct size when displayed on your standard TV screen.
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Lest we forget!",
Capt. Nathan Brittles (John Wayne) is near retirement and looks at it with an unsure and heavy heart. After years in the U.S. Cavalry it is all he knows and is not sure what will become of him when he leaves it. Brittles knows that the Army and life will go on, but what will his role in life be, since he lost his wife years before. This is the second and best film in the John Ford cavalry trilogy. As it Brittles is not very keen on handing over command to younger soldiers who are yet to prove themself in leading other men and in combat. For all it's worth he has little to no say about what will happen to those who take over and what will become of the indian tribe that he has worked with and delt with for so long. Victor McLaglen is a great supporter in the film as he also faces retirement and enjoys his whiskey and fights along with the other men. A story about trust and service along with changing times, it features one of Wayne's best performances. An Oscar winner for best color cinematography (Winton C. Hoch) that features Monument Valley, this is a film to see as it is a western and war film wraped into one. It is simple yet not boring and it get's to the point when needed. Grade: B+
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie, Now A Fantastic DVD!,
John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy" presents some of the finest western scenes ever made. I believe this to be the best of the three, although I'm sure to hear from folks who differ. Be that as it may, this is a beautifully made disc. On the big screen ( a must), it is the scenery that is a major factor, because the film is so vivid. I saw the "Trilogy" in the theatre when released, and I believe that the DVD viewer will see the film better realized on the digital screen than moviegoers saw in 1959. Another opinion that many will differ with is that this is John Wayne's best performance; his role as Captain Nathan Briddles could not be better done. John Ford had a cadre of actors that appeared regularly in his films, but Victor McLaglin, Ben Johnson and Arthur Shields do good work in their respective parts. Johnson, a former rodeo rider, is a superb horseman, and watch Shields' stagecraft when his character operates on a wounded trooper. It's fantastic attention to the details of the scene. Joanne Dru was a fifties actress, and the love interest is a bit dated, but it is the cinematography that is the winner here. Some of the scenes, one involving a thunderstorm, and another showing a stunning sunset are still amazing, especially since no computer graphics are involved. The attention to detail that makes or breaks historical film are consistantly well done here, as exemplified in the correctness of the cavalry scenes. Back in 1959, there were people around who knew what horse soldiering was, and it is painstakingly recreated here. Please don't pass this one up - it's a wonderful film.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS LOOKING DVD OF THIS JOHN FORD CLASSIC,
"She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" is one of those glorious westerns, luminously photographed by director, John Ford. It stars, John Wayne, as a widower living at a military outpost with the cavalry and features some of the most gorgeously photographed exteriors ever captured on film. Monument Valley becomes a place of quiet, stoic beauty and the duke never gave a more impressive performance than he does here.
My hat off to the good people at Warner Home Video. This is a truly amazing looking DVD and one that should definitely be on every film buffs wish list to own. Colors are fully saturated, well balanced and incredibly life like. Contrast levels are on pitch as are black levels. There is a hint of edge enhancement and pixelization but really - it's just a hint. Chips, scratches and imperfections inherant in the original camera negative are kept to a bare, bare minimum. The audio is mono, as originally presented, but extremely well balanced, with low to non-existant background hiss in most scenes. No extras: a shame! One craves a documentary on either the making-of this movie or John Ford himself. We get neither. Still, it's hard to fault such a near pristine looking transfer.
BOTTOM LINE: Get this one before it goes out of print!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crying for DVD,
This review is from: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon [VHS] (VHS Tape)
If there's one John Wayne film just crying for a DVD release, this is it.
Director John Ford once said he could conceive of nothing more beautiful than a horse in full stride. There are plenty of them in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon but even more than that, there's Monument Valley in a way that only John Ford could have filmed it.
It's no accident that a Monument Valley vista now bears the name "John Ford's Point." And She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is THE John Ford Monument Valley film.
There have been scores of Monument Valley films but no other is this good. Just look at the way the West Mitten hangs over Captain Brittles' moving scene at his wife's grave and the thunderstorm building over the wagons where Ford overruled his cinematographer and kept the cameras rolling.
Many of us believe this is John Wayne's best acting performance ever and that his True Grit Oscar was payback two decades later, just as Henry Fonda's On Golden Pond statue was payback for The Grapes of Wrath.
Let's just say that Wayne's performance here is so good if ever anyone argues that he was a celebrity more than an actor, the best way to refute them is simply to roll She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.
But, please, please, PLEASE ! we need to be able to roll it in DVD.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually beautiful western with a great story,
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While many of John Ford's movies are classics, I think that "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" does often get downplayed, but it really is an excellent movie. The colors are lush, and quite crisp on this DVD (more so than in the VHS of this film) and the cinematography is gorgeous. But the acting is also top-knotch. John Wayne does wonderful as a ramrod-straight but aging cavalry officer. Though Wayne was probably at a physical peak at the time the film was made, he moves like an older man with aches and pains, and carries it off nicely. His interactions with the other actors are also good, and reflect well the tight-knit nature of the post-Civil War military. There's humor, there's drama, and in the end, the film is just very enjoyable. The extra features on the DVD are okay; the "John Ford Home Movies" only show Ford and Wayne enjoying drinks somewhere in Mexico, and everything else is just text, but the clarity of the film and the gorgeous colors on the DVD make this a must-have.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Old Army,
I just loved this film since I was in the Cav myself. This film shows a lot of the problems and examples of the Horse Soldier and their leaders. I especially liked it when they show the yellow legs walking their mounts while out in patrol. It also shows the loneiness of command and how hard it is to walk away from it. Altogether a grand movie, with some great acting, writing, scene location. I say Garry Owen and Good to Go!
That and I hope you all make it to Fiddler Green.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Ford's best movies,
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is the second movie in the John Ford cavalry trilogy and a great western overall. In the months following the massacre at the Little Bighorn, all the Indians tribes throughout the west, Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache, are uniting to fight back and destroy the white population. At Fort Starke, Captain Nathan Brittles has only six more days in the army before his retirement becomes official. Before he can retire, Brittles must lead his cavalry troop on one last patrol to try and stop the coming Indian attack. Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful westerns ever put on screen. As expected with a John Ford western, the cinematography in Monument Valley is breathtaking with gorgeous vivid colors. At the same time, the movie is a perfect example of a how a story should be told. Ford takes his time developing the story, allowing the viewer to get to know the characters and enjoy the scenery of Monument Valley. It goes without saying that if you like this movie, check out Fort Apache and Rio Grande.
John Wayne gives one of his best performances as Captain Nathan Brittles, a retiring cavalry officer who must lead his troop on one more patrol. Any movie fan that denies getting a little teary-eyed during the scene where Brittles addresses his company for the last time is lying. Joanne Dru plays Olivia Dandridge, a young Eastern woman traveling with the troop. John Agar and Harry Carey JR play Lt. Flint Cohill and Lt. Ross Penell, the young officers vying for Miss Dandridge's attention. In an excellent supporting role, Ben Johnson plays Sergeant Tyree, an ex-Confederate officer serving as the company's scout/point man. Ford regular Victor McLaglen is equally as good as Sgt. Quincannon, the hard-drinking veteran and friend of Brittles who is also retiring. The movie also stars George O'Brien, Mildred Natwick, and Arthur Shields. The DVD offers a beautifully remastered standard presentation, production notes, a brief 4-minute home video with the Duke and Ford scouting locations, and a theatrical trailer. For another John Wayne classic with the master director, John Ford, check out She Wore a Yellow Ribbon!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No apologies needed.,
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is one of the glories of color cinematography and its restoration on this Warner DVD has given its images full justice. After the faded and damaged prints used for TV, older VHS and even the laserdisc, the pristine results on this DVD are amazing, and an obvious labor of love by the restorers and producers.The scene of a troop of cavalry out of a Remington painting crossing Monument Valley under a lightning storm (a happy accident of continuing bad weather during the filming) is worth the price of admission alone, though no excuses are needed to watch this perenially entertaining movie.
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