My Darling Clementine 1946 Criterion Collection
Wyatt Earp and his three brothers, Morgan, Virgil and James, are on their way to California where they plan to sell their cattle. But on the outskirts of Tombstone James is killed and the cattle stolen. Shortly after, Wyatt becomes sheriff of Tombstone, appoints Morgan and Virgil deputies, and vows to find and punish the killers of his brother...

While My Darling Clementine never loses its dynamism as a hard-hitting western, it is also a tender love story.

Criterion's release of this monumental western directed by the great John Ford features two versions of the film: the Prerelease Version, which runs at approximately 103 minutes, and the recently restored Theatrical Version, which runs at approximately 97 minutes. There are substantial differences between the two. The Theatrical Version, which was re-edited by producer Darryl F. Zanuck, actually contains unique close-ups and even entire sequences that were not shot by Ford, as well as a different soundtrack. Unsurprisingly, it was not Ford's preferred version of the film.

Both versions are not historically accurate, though key events in them, such as the OK Corral shootout, were apparently recreated as they were described to Ford by the legendary sheriff of Tombstone.

Director: John Ford
Cast: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Ward Bond, Alan Mowbray, John Ireland
Country: USA
Genre: Biography, Drama, Western

BD50 + 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:37:19 | 46.2 Gb + 15 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Commentary - in this brand new audio commentary, film scholar and professor of cinema at San Francisco State University Joseph McBride, author of Searching for John Ford, discusses John Ford's career, the production history of My Darling Clementine, some of the historical inaccuracies pertaining to the legacy of the real Wyatt Earp, etc. The audio commentary was recorded by Criterion in 2014.

The Prerelease Version - presented here is the Prerelease Version of My Darling Clementine with a short text description. (103 min, 1080p).

Version Comparison - this video piece highlights the key differences between the July 1946 Prerelease Version of My Darling Clementine and the film's final October 1946 Theatrical Version. It was produced in 2004 by preservationist Robert Gitt of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. In English, not subtitled. (42 min, 1080i).
1. Zanuck takes over
2. Continuity gap
3. Dialogue and score
4. Two rewrites
5. The ending

Lux Radio Theatre - presented here is a radio adaptation of My Darling Clementine which was originally broadcast on April 28, 1947. Henry Fonda (Wyatt Earp) and Cathy Downs (Clementine) reprise their roles, With a guest appearance by Richard Conte (Doc Holliday). In English, not subtitled. (59 min, 1080p).
1. Introduction
2. Act 1: New marshal
3. Monkey business
4. Act 2: Doubts about Doc
5. Lovely lingerie
6. Act 3: Proper authority
7. Curtain Call

Bandit's Wager (1916) - this western short was directed by John Ford's brother, Francis, and stars Grace Cunard, alongside the two brothers. Music only. (14 min, 1080i). The film appears courtesy of the BFI National Archive.

Lost and Gone Forever - in this video essay, film scholar Tad Gallagher focuses on some of the unique themes and key relationships between the main characters in My Darling Clementine, as well as some of the most common themes in John Ford's body of work. Also included with it are archival production stills. The essay was produced exclusively for Criterion in 2014. In English, not subtitled. (19 min, 1080p).

Today: "Report on Monument Valley" - presented here is an excerpt from the September 26, 1975, episode of NBC's Today show which focuses on the history of Monument Valley, where John Ford and his team shot the majority of My Darling Clementine. In English, not subtitles. (6 min, 1080p).

David Brinkley Journal: "Tombstone" - presented here is an excerpt from the April 15, 1963, episode of NBC's David Brinkley Journal which focuses on the history of the notorious town of Tombstone, Arizona. In English, not subtitled. (8 min, 1080p).

Print the Legend - in this brand new video interview, western scholar Andrew C. Isenberg, author of Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life, discusses the life and legacy of the real Wyatt Earp, as well as some of the more popular myths about his accomplishments. The interview was conducted exclusively for Criterion in 2014. In English, not subtitled. (15 min, 1080p).

Trailer - original trailer for My Darling Clementine. In English, not subtitled. (3 min, 1080p).

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