Hondo (Full Screen)
Special Edition, Collector's Edition
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Based on the Louis L'Amour story "The Gift of Cochise," this sparkling western has Wayne as a half-Indian Cavalry scout who, with his feral dog companion, finds a young woman and her son living on a isolated ranch in unfriendly Apache country. A poetic and exciting script, outstanding performances, and breathtaking scenery make this an indisputable classic. Page's debut.
- Commentary by Leonard Maltin, Frank Thompson (western historian) and Lee Aaker
- A Special Introduction by Leonard Maltin
- The Making of Hondo
- Profile: James Edward Grant
- The Apache
- The John Wayne Stock Company: Ward Bond
- From the Batjac Vaults
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Batjac Teaser
- Photo Gallery
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The extras were nice, nothing spectacular, though Maltin's introduction was nothing but schmaltz. His work on the commentary is good though and provides nice insight for newcomers to Wayne films.
You have two films here: a gently evolving love story and a war. The former feels awkward and proceeds in jumps and starts but perhaps it was meant to and may ring true to many. Everything seems to fall smoothly into place toward the end because John Ford directed that portion of this movie.
High points are Geraldine Page in an odd but wonderful debut for an accomplished stage actor. The other is the soaring main music theme by Hugo Friedhofer, easily the most underappreciated composer in movie history.
As for the film itself, the story moves along at a brisk pace and is never boring. There are shoot-outs, chases, plenty of suspense, and even a knife fight! Even though I just bought and watched my Blu-ray a few weeks ago, I already want to see this film again!
The movie is very clean and is suitable for almost all ages (I have no problem with my seven year old son watching it). As a bonus we get an introduction by the always wonderful Leonard Maltin. In addition, there is a commentary track with Maltin and Frank Thompson (Frank has a very good podcast called The Commentary Track that fans of classic films should love-look it up!). Overall, this is a great movie released in a great format.
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