Thursday, January 24, 2013
THE QUIET MAN on Blu-ray
It's a tribute to the greatness of THE QUIET MAN that despite the sub par picture quality, it still held up as one of the most entertaining movies ever made. The Academy Award-winning cinematography of Winton C. Hoch can now be viewed the way it should be, making the film's stature even larger. As is typical of any John Ford directed film, just about every shot looks like a painting--but this Blu-ray brings out so much depth and perspective the "paintings" seem to leap off the screen. Maureen O'Hara always looks good, but in this presentation she's absolutely stunning--a hundred "Maxim" cover girls combined couldn't hold a candle to her.
The only extra on the Blu-ray disc is a featurette called THE MAKING OF THE QUIET MAN from Leonard Maltin....this had already appeared on earlier DVD versions of THE QUIET MAN. The Blu-ray does come with a 36-page booklet on the film's production adapted from Joseph McBride's fine John Ford biography.
There's a lot of people who think that it doesn't make any difference if you put an "old" movie on Blu-ray. THE QUIET MAN from Olive Films is a perfect example of how the technology can not only make an "old" film look better, it can also increase an audience's appreciation of it. Anyone who loves classic cinema should see how THE QUIET MAN looks now.