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The Essential John Ford: Ford At Fox Collection (Frontier Marshal / My Darling Clementine / Drums Along the Mohawk / How Green Was My Valley / The Grapes of Wrath / Becoming John Ford)

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Disc 1: DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK - REMASTERED SPECIAL EDITION Disc 2: THE GRAPES OF WRATH Disc 3: MY DARLING CLEMENTINE Disc 4: FRONTIER MARSHALL Disc 5: HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY? Disc 6: BECOMING JOHN FORD DOCUMENTARY

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Product Details

  • Actors: Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver, Jane Darwell, Linda Darnell
  • Directors: Fred C. Brannon, John Ford
  • Writers: Bess Meredyth, John Steinbeck, Lamar Trotti, Nunnally Johnson, Philip Dunne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 716 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WMA6HS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,409 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Lowell S. Harris on February 8, 2008
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Congratulate Fox on separating their enormous full collection of Ford's work at the studio with three smaller but potent boxes: The Classics, The Silents, and The Comedies. Although these classics have already been issued, the addition of 1939's "Frontier Marshall," which was the precursor to "My Darling Clementine," in a beautifully remastered version, and the documentary "Becoming John Ford" are worth the price of the whole set (I bought it at Amazon for $24.99!). In fact, the Ford documentary also includes "The Battle of Midway" with additional footage, "December 7th," and the much-neglected "Torpedo Squadron" (1942). Commentary has also been added to "Drums Along The Mohawk."

All these films represent "must have" classics for your collection. The packaging is compact and colorful.
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This is one of three boxed sets coming out in addition to the giant "Ford at Fox" set, and it contains four of John Ford's best known and most successful films that he directed while at Fox in addition to the documentary that was especially made for "Ford at Fox". Included are:

Drums Along The Mohawk (1939) (already on DVD) - stars Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert as Gilbert and Lana Martin, newlyweds trying to make a go of a homestead in upstate New York during the American revolution. They battle the elements as well as the Indians in their attempt to build a life together.
Feature film with English Stereo or English Mono, Spanish/French Mono and Spanish/French subtitles
Commentary by Film Historians Julie Kirgo & Nick Redman
Theatrical trailer
Still galleries:
Advertising
Lobby cards
Studio portraits
Behind the scenes
Production stills

The Grapes of Wrath (1940) (on DVD under the Studio Classics series). The story of the Joads as they suffer mistreatment when they move from their repossessed Dust Bowl farm to California. The first of only two Best Actor nominations for Henry Fonda.
Feature film with English Stereo or English Mono, Spanish Mono and Spanish subtitles
Commentary by Biographer & Film Historian Joseph McBride
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Sifting through the various packages which are available on DVD of John Ford's filmaking at 20th Century Fox, this set is probably the one which offers the most reliable entertainment, the highest standard of films and the best value. It is worth noting that all of the films, with the exception of "Frontier Marshall" (not a Ford film), represent Ford at his best while he worked within the constraints of the studio system (not necessarily a bad thing) and in collaboration with Darryl F. Zanuck, the studio head and as strong minded as Ford. All of the films have extensive and informative reviews under their individual titles, so here a few random comments:

- "Frontier Marshall", a B grade western directed by Alan Dwan, is a precursor to "My Darling Clementine". It demonstrates the difference between an assembly line western with a tight budget and the achievements of Ford with a much bigger budget and a much better cast for the lyrical "My Darling Clementine". Everything about the latter is superior, possible with the exception of an amusing Binnie Barnes in the part modified for Linda Darnell which Darnell played so artificially.
- Ford preferred not to work with conventional stars and Claudette Colbert undermines "Drums along the Mohawk". While she acts the part, she never looks the part. With her reputation for vanity, the false eyelashes etc are absurd.
- "How Green was My Valley" contains a really good commentary with geriatric Anna Lee, one of the stars of the film, adding her comments.

All of the prints are in great condition and the documentaries provide invaluable information about the films, the studio and Zanuck.
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John Ford and Frank Capra were masters of their craft and all of their films from the 30's and 40's still hold up today. In this Ford set I particularly enjoyed How Green was My Valley and the Grapes of Wrath because issues they dealt with are as current today in 2008.

Bravo!
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As other reviewers have commented, some of the features here are easily obtainable elsewhere: Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, Drums Along the Mohawk

However, this box also contains Ford's hard-to-find award-winning documentaries, December 7th, Battle of Midway and others. That's what caught my eye, here. Evidentally, the movie master was never happier when he was on-the-scene, holding the camera to his eye (and, at one point, taking shrapnel for his troubles!)

This stuff was enough to tip the scales.
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