10/24/2014  
An Evergreen Christmas on DVD Nov 4Good People on DVD & Blu-ray Oct 28Beethoven's Treasure Tail on DVD & Blu-ray Oct 28Plastic on DVD Oct 28Dear Secret Santa on DVD Nov 4The Girl Hunters (Limited Edition) on DVD & Blu-ray Oct 21Mona Lisa Is Missing on DVD/Digital Oct 21

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

An Evergreen Christmas on DVD Nov 4...
'Birdman': Inarritu's fine showbiz satire of ex-superhe...
Good People on DVD & Blu-ray Oct 28...
Defending Renee Zellweger: Iggy Azalea, Russell Brand, ...
Beethoven's Treasure Tail on DVD & Blu-ray Oct 28...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT...
JACK REACHER...
MANBORG...

CA Chuck Aliaga

CORRUPTION (BLU-RAY)...
THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
TANK GIRL (BLU-RAY)...
HORROR STORIES...
THE UNINVITED (BLU-RAY)...

MZ Mark Zimmer

BABY PEGGY: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM...
STORAGE WARS: VOLUME THREE...
Take Part in a Film Restoration...
THE 39 STEPS (BLU-RAY)...
DARK SHADOWS: THE BEST OF BARNABAS...

JS Jesse Shanks

2 BROKE GIRLS...
DOWNTON ABBEY SEASONS ONE & TWO LIMITED EDITION...
FLORENCE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RENAISSANCE...
NAZI COLLABORATORS...
KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (BLU-RAY)...
PURPLE NOON (BLU-RAY)...
WEEKEND (BLU-RAY)...
JUAN OF THE DEAD...
THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
SALO, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...

RR Rich Rosell

LES VAMPIRES (BLU-RAY)...
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE (BLU-RAY)...
EXORCISMUS...
THE DEVIL'S ROCK...
THE NESTING...

JC Joel Cunningham

YOJIMBO/SANJURO...
SUMMER HOURS (L'heure d'ÈtÈ)...
WIZARD OF OZ...
WINGS OF DESIRE...
HORTON HEARS A WHO!...

DH Dan Heaton

REVANCHE...
LAST DAYS OF DISCO...
NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
STARGATE SG-1: CHILDREN OF THE GODS...
STARGATE ATLANTIS: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
MANAGEMENT...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...

KC Kevin Clemons

Freddy Got Fingered...

JU Jeff Ulmer

Secure The Second Season of The Border on DVD August 25...
THE WALTONS: THE COMPLETE 9TH SEASON...
Dance Me Outside kicks onto DVD May 6, 2008...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Columbia TriStar Home Video presents
The Long Gray Line (1954)

"What a man's got on his mind can't be kept out of his mouth."
- Marty Maher (Tyrone Power)

Review By: Mark Zimmer   
Published: January 09, 2002

Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara
Other Stars: Robert Francis, Donald Crisp, Ward Bond, Betsy Palmer, Phil Carey, Peter Graves, Milburn Stone
Director: John Ford

Manufacturer: DVDS
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (mild violence)
Run Time: 02h:16m:53s
Release Date: January 02, 2002
UPC: 043396065468
Genre: war


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
A A-BA D

DVD Review

Having recently had some unhappy experiences with movies romanticizing military life, as well as some less than swell John Ford movies, I was rather dreading The Long Gray Line. Even though it is really Ford's love letter to West Point, I found myself irresistibly drawn to the picture and ended up quite liking it in spite of myself.

Marty Maher (Tyrone Power) is a new immigrant from Ireland in early 1900s' New York. Taking a job at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he ends up breaking so much crockery that he's in the hole before long. Instead, he enlists and becomes a sports instructor at West Point. Meeting and marrying Mary O'Donnell (Maureen O'Hara), Marty and his family become beloved at the school. The movie covers over fifty years of the joys and heartbreaks of Maher's life at the Academy, where he became one of the most beloved instructors at the institution.

The story is cannily told in flashback form; the aged Marty is seeking to avoid forced retirement by taking the matter to one of his former students, President Eisenhower. This sets up an immediate sympathy for Maher, who would otherwise be a little brash and grating if we first met him as a hot-tempered young Irish lad. The story moves along at a brisk clip from event to event, with a series of evocative threads simultaneously following some of Maher's first students and their lives and deaths in two World Wars, as well as their descendants.

Power admirably conveys Maher's personality in its many facets through a thick stage Irish brogue. Maureen O'Hara is adorable as his initially silent love interest and wife. Several excellent character actors help round out the supporting cast, most notably the sadly forgotten Donald Crisp, who plays Marty's irascible father, and Ward Bond as Captain Koehler, Master of the Sword at West Point. A very young Peter Graves makes an appearance as one of the cadets.

This was a very early Cinemascope movie, and Ford immediately took to the wider canvas. Many scenes utilize the full width of the screen, such as the dining halls and rows of cadets. More intimate compositions work well also, most notably a beautiful sequence of Power saluting the flag with his wife next to him.

There's a goodly amount of Irish blarney and sentimentality laid a bit thick at times here, but in all the picture is quite enjoyable. Despite not being one of the well-known works from Ford's output, it's well worth seeking out.

Rating for Style: A
Rating for Substance: A-

 

Image Transfer

 OneTwo
Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame2.35:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Rationoyes
Anamorphicnoyes


Image Transfer Review: The widescreen side of the disc is anamorphic, but due to being single-layered only a minimal bit rate can be mustered, hovering around 3 Mbps. The picture is thus left lacking for detail to a certain extent. The Technicolor at times looks somewhat washed out, although other segments are bright and brilliant. The source print is highly variable; long segments are completely pristine, while others have so much speckling they look like a snowstorm.

The pan-and-scan side is pretty much unwatchable, as it ruins many of Ford's compositions, losing nearly half of the picture and providing for an extremely cramped viewing experience.

Image Transfer Grade: B

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
Dolby Digital
3.0
Englishno


Audio Transfer Review: The 3.0 audio track is rather incredible. There is zero hiss or noise, everything is crystal clear and musical range is very broad. Certain segments have very good bass levels. When the marching band is playing near the beginning the bass drum was making my furniture shake. This sound is fabulous considering the age of the film. Very well done indeed.

Audio Transfer Grade: A

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 28 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
Packaging: Amaray
1 Disc
2-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: A blurry and cropped 1.33:1 trailer is presented (though it shifts to 1.85:1 to fit the titles in), and the chaptering is good. But that's all. The Spanish and Portuguese subtitles promised on the keepcase are nowhere to be found, though Chinese, Korean and Thai are all here.

Extras Grade: D

 

Final Comments

A less-familiar John Ford work makes its way to disc on a barebones disc; rather than providing a horribly butchered pan-and-scan version, Columbia would have done much better to make this a widescreen-only RSDL DVD. The sound mix is surprisingly effective for a movie nearly fifty-years-old. Definitely worth a look for fans of classic film. Spanish and Portuguese speakers, be warned: no subtitles in those languages are included, though they're promised on the keepcase.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

holiday, movie, birdman, michael keaton, edward norton, alejandro ganzalez inarritu, babel, 21 grams, biutiful, emma stone, zach galifianakis, comedy-drama, crime, thriller, celebrity, renee zellweger, kathie lee gifford, nicole wallace, surgery question, comedy, drama, music, foo fighters, wrigley field show, chicago, sonic highways, hbo series, movies, box office, mystery, documentary, fury, world war ii, brad pitt, logan lerman, shia lebeouf, jon bernthal, michael pena, war, warner bros, 10 super hero movies, jason mormoa, aquaman, ezra miller, the flash, batman v superman: dawn of justice, television, internet, cbs all access, $5.99, hbo, web-delivered television, oscars, neil patrick harris, host, the academy of motion pictures arts and sciences, tonys emmys, abc, elizabeth pena, mario-francisco robles, la bamba, down and out in beverly hills, blue steel, modern family, matador, out of the woods, good morning america, 1989, jack antonoff, bleachers, yamaha dx7, minimoog voyager, superhero, robert downey jr., captain america 3, marvel studios, chris evans, syfy, incorporated, matt damon, ben affleck, the middle man, american horror story, fifth season, fx, freak show, jessica lange, sarah paulson, american music awards 2014, iggy azalea, john legend, katy perry, pharrell williams, lorde, surveillance, epic, action, kids, animation

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

earth mosaics

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

DVD Marketplace

Snappy Planet

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store