The Quiet Man
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Top Customer Reviews
Now, 24-hours after watching this stunning Blu Ray, I am still struggling to find words to describe the masterful job Olive did with this transfer. I know this movie very well...probably at the 'geek' level...so I was prepared to scrutinize almost every frame.
All the other 5-star reviews of this version are spot on with examples about the clarity of this movie (the 1-star review entitled, 'Disappointed', I can't explain, so won't bother trying). I saw what the other 5'ers saw, but whether it was watching it at 92", the clarity of Blu Ray, or both, what I got the biggest thrill from was the very nuanced, almost undetectable smile (almost Mona Lisa-like) Maureen O'Hara gave John Wayne when she first saw him across the meadow. I needed a cold shower right there and then. I'd have paid $100 for this disc just for that. Wow.
Here's another example of it's clarity: in the Blu Ray version of 'It's a Wonderful Life', at 92" you can clearly read the print on the distant bank deposit slips displayed behind Thomas Mitchell just before he loses the $8,000 to Lionel Barrymore. The Blu Ray of 'The Quiet Man' matches that clarity.
A yank former-boxer, John Wayne, meets and is greatly impressed by the beautiful Irish country girl, Maureen O'Hara, but he simply doesn't understand the traditional rules of courtship and marriage in Ireland in the early 1900s.
The casting is superb, and the supporting actors make the whole thing come together. O'Hara's on-screen brother is a good match for Wayne during their monumental scuffle. There's nothing quite like a good old knock down drag out Hollywood enhanced fist fight is there? And all for love, face, and honor.
Top-notch entertainment. An immensely watchable movie that husbands, wives, and children can enjoy.
5 stars all the way.
I have owned several versions of the DVD of this movie, hoping each new release would be the definitive cleaned version (but they are all the same: terrible). The color in these old DVDs is so horribly washed out and blurred that I really felt as if I would never see the true version of the film. It was like looking at Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling covered in 400 years of candle smoke and prior botched restorations. These earlier DVDs were scans of bad transfers, probably from the VHS days, replicated over and over, degrading with each new transfer (if it says Artisan on the back cover, you know what I mean). There was no love for the movie until this release. And what a difference. Wow.
From the opening scene to the final credits, it's as if this is a completely different movie. And what a new movie. This is terrific. I have to give cudos to OliveFilms for taking the time and putting in the effort to get this right. It looks great.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an old classic and happens to be my favorite John Wayne movie. I love the scenery and Maureen O'Hara's performance. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tamah
Loved the Irish local color. It captured another time.and as always those were the best of times for one gender and the worst of times for the other gender. Bit of history. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Donald C. Leach
GREAT TRANSACTION, WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND, GOOD TO WORK WITHPublished 7 days ago by JOHN & ILEANA MORROW
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