John Ford's Irish comedy-drama The Quiet Man on Blu-ray in November
25 August 2015
Eureka Entertainment have announced the November Blu-ray release of John Ford’s triumphant The Quiet Man, one of Hollywood’s most romantic and enduring tales starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.
An exemplary entry in the filmography of master director John Ford, The Quiet Man contains all the aspects that mark Ford’s work: a poetic, deeply felt sentiment for an unregainable past, for tradition and ceremony, for the country of Ireland and its emigrant bloodlines, for the camaraderie within community, and for the profound yet mutable bond of the marital union. Within a seven-decade career filled with high points, The Quiet Man represents one of Ford's highest, and from his richest period.
Set in the 1920s, The Quiet Man stars John Wayne as Sean Thornton, an Irish-born American who has travelled to his birthplace of Innisfree to lay claim to his family farm. Although warmly embraced by the denizens of the village, Thornton’s outsider status is thrown into relief when the abrasive landowner Squire Will Danahan (Victor McLaglen) objects both to the turnover of the land, and to the handing over of his sister Mary Kate’s (Maureen O’Hara) dowry to the man whose community stature now threatens to show up his own. What follows is a confrontation with custom and with the personal past, all before an unforgettable extended brawl sprawling the entire very countryside whereupon nothing less hinges than the peace of Innisfree itself.
Winton Hoch’s astonishing Technicolor cinematography (for which he won an Academy Award) has cemented the images of The Quiet Man within the minds and hearts of viewers across the decades. This is a film that, with its epic, yet intimate, canvas and its near-Shakespearean sense of character only grows in power over time and the more times it is seen. It is an ideal entry-point into Ford’s massive body of work, and a summation of his art; as a result, Ford was awarded the 1952 Oscar for Best Director.
The Quiet Man will make it's UK Blu-ray debut on 23rd November 2015 by Eureka Entertainment as part of the Masters of Cinema series at the SRP of £15.95.
Boasting a gorgeous 1080p restoration of the film on Blu-ray, years in the making, optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, the disc has these special features:
New and exclusive video essay on the film by Ford expert and scholar Tag Gallagher
The Making of The Quiet Man documentary
36-page booklet featuring the words of Ford, writing on the film, rare archival imagery, and more