Director John Ford was nominated Best Director by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on five different occasions (winning for The Informer, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green was My Valley and The Quiet Man) so you would think that if he made a film it would only be reasonable that those who hire him would simply stand back and enjoy the fruits of his labor.
That was not the case with his 1946 Western, My Darling Clementine, which is being released as a new 4K digital restoration on Oct. 14 as both Blu-ray and double-disc DVD product offerings.
Legend has it that then 20th Century-Fox studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck took a look at the pre-theatrical cut of the film during a test screening and ordered 30 minutes of cuts and then brought in another director to reshoot connecting footage. The result was a film that clocked in at around 97 minutes.
Even with the cuts and tinkering My Darling Clementine remains a masterpiece of filmmaking … Criterion will be presenting both the “Zanuck” theatrical cut and the 1995 UCLA Film Archives version, which runs roughly six minutes longer and features some of the excised footage.
Other bonus goodies include a newly-prepared commentary from John Ford biographer Joseph McBride (“Searching For John Ford: A Life”), the 1916 silent short film, A Bandit’s Wager, NBC News features on the history of both Tombstone and Monument Valley and the 1947 Lux Radio Theatre presentation with Henry Fonda and Cathy Downs.
Also on the October release calendar from the Criterion Collections are DVD and Blu-ray editions of La Dolce Vita (newly restored, Oct. 21), director Orson Welles’ F for Fake (Oct. 21) and director George Sluizer’s 1988 thriller, The Vanishing (Oct. 28).
Lastly, on Oct. 28 the Criterion Collection will be releasing a seven-disc Blu-ray collection, as well as a 12-disc DVD box set, of The Complete Jacques Tati. Included is this collectible set(s) are: Jour de Fete, Monsieur Hulot Holiday, Mon Oncle, Playtime, Trafic and Parade, plus seven of the filmmaker’s short films — On Demande une Brute (1934), Gai Dimanche (1935), Soigne Ton Gauche (1936), L’école des Facteurs (1946), Cours du Soir (1967), Forza Bastia (1978), and Dégustation Maison (1978).
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