Starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond, Mildred Natwick. Directed by John Ford. (1952, 129 min).
Show me someone who doesn’t love The Quiet Man and I’ll show you someone who doesn’t love movies. It’s the crowning achievement of director John Ford’s amazing career (and his most personal film), featuring John Wayne at his most charming, Maureen O’Hara at her most beautiful & feisty, not to mention the greatest prolonged fight scene of all time.
For those who do love movies, you probably already have The Quiet Man in your collection, perhaps even the Olive Films' Blu-Ray that was released only three short years ago. This release – part of Olive's new Signature series – more or less boasts the same terrific picture and sound as the 2013 Blu-Ray (which was remastered in 4K). So why put out another edition so soon?
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As nicely restored as the 2013 release was, the supplemental material was somewhat lacking for such an iconic film, just a 30 minute retrospective by Leonard Maltin, a leftover DVD feature. This disc includes quite a few new extras and audio commentary (outlined below). This stuff is interesting, but not nearly as comprehensive as Olive's John Ford: Dreaming The Quiet Man, a lengthy documentary released as a stand-alone Blu-Ray in 2012, which is absolutely worth seeking out. Too bad it isn't included here as a second disc; you'd have an indispensable set on your hands.
As it is, the Olive Signature edition of The Quiet Man looks and sounds great, but it's the new bonus features that might be of the most interest to fans of the film, even if they already own the previous disc. If you don't yet have The Quiet Man in your collection, this handsomely packaged version is the one to pick up.
“The Old Man: Peter Bogdanovich Remembers John Ford”;
“The Making of The Quiet Man” (was also included on previous discs);
“Free Republic: The Story of Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures”;
“Don't You Remember It, Seanin?” (visual essay by film historian Tad Gallagher)
“A Tribute to Maureen O'Hara” (my favorite of the new features, one-time co-stars Juliet Mills, Hayley Mills and Ally Sheedy fondly recall their experiences working with O'Hara).
Audio Commentary by Joseph McBride, author of the biography, Searching for John Ford.
MEE-OW! BETTER THAN A FRESH CAN 'O TUNA