Right time to look at another classic film, this one’s a western starring James Stewart. So without further ado here’s my Two Rode Together Blu-ray review.
- Two Rode Together Blu-ray Review (1961)
- Running Time: 109 Mins
- UK Rating PG
- Discs: 2 (Blu-ray & DVD)
- Released By Eureka Entertainment
Two Rode Together is a story not dissimilar to that of The Searchers. James Stewart plays Marshal Guthrie McCabe. On the face of it he’s a guy that’s happy with his life, receiving 10 percent of most of the towns operations, that is until the army comes calling. First Lieutenant Jim Gary a friend of Guthrie McCabe tells him he is required to help rescue several people who were abducted by the Comanche several years ago.
First Lieutenant Jim Gary is ordered to go with McCabe on the hunt. They find the Comanche and begin to trade, but maybe there is a question nobody thought to consider. Will all of the abducted people really want to come home?
Written by Frank Nugent.
Style / Direction
John Ford directs and there’s no question that Two Rode Together is a good looking film that is very well shot. The story moves along a good pace allowing enough time for the key characters true personalities to be revealed.
The cinematography is by Charles Lawton, Jr.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by George Duning and suits the western style of film without being particularly memorable.
Acting / Characters
At the heart of the film we have James Stewart and Richard Widmark. They both act very well and have a seemingly natural chemistry. For that reason Two Rode Together works and works very well.
The other two main characters are women, the first is Marty Purcell played by Shirley Jones. She is haunted by the abduction of her younger brother nine years ago.
She blames herself and has become somewhat of a tomboy in order fill the void left by the loss of her brother and does this to ease her father’s pain.
The other key character is a Mexican woman, Elena de la Madriaga played by Linda Cristal. When Guthrie McCabe (James Stewart) arrives to free her she is conflicted, on the one hand she always dreamed of the day someone would come to free her but on the other hand she feels loyal to the Comanche.
Both of the female leads play their roles very well as do both of the male leads. This makes for highly entertaining but at times very dark film.
Conclusion – Two Rode Together Film Review
If you liked The Searchers then you are probably going to like Two Rode Together. I thoroughly enjoyed it but then I do like quite a lot of James Stewart films, he makes the film stand out just like John Wayne did in The Searchers.
Two Rode Together Blu-ray Review
The news is good, not only is image resolution vastly improved but the image is clean and sharp. Oh and I didn’t spot a single flicker or mark throughout the entire film. Put simply this Blu-ray version looks amazing.
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- Original Theatrical Trailer
An interesting 12 minute look at Two Rode Together, plus a rather nice booklet makes for a rather good set of extras.
On to my movie rating for Two Rode Together (1961)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray: EXCELLENT
- Extras: GOOD
Two Rode Together (1961) is available now on Blu-ray priced £13.10 from Amazon (as of date of review)
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip not be representative of the Blu-ray version
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Two Rode Together Blu-ray Review (1961)
Director(s): John Ford
Actor(s): James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal, Andy Devine, John McIntire
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Rating
Two Rode Together is an entertaining ride that now looks superb on Blu-ray.