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Hondo Blu-ray

United States
Paramount Pictures | 1953 | 84 min | Not rated | Jun 05, 2012

Hondo (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (36.91 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
English: Dolby TrueHD Mono
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

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Region free

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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.4 of 53.4
Audio 3.0 of 53.0
Extras 3.8 of 53.8
Based on 2 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Romance40%
Action-

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popularity
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Hondo

 (1953)

Hondo Blu-ray delivers great video and mediocre audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

Based on the Louis L'Amour story "The Gift of Cochise," this sparkling western has Wayne as a half-Indian Cavalry scout who, with his feral dog companion, finds a young woman and her son living on a isolated ranch in unfriendly Apache country. A poetic and exciting script, outstanding performances, and breathtaking scenery make this an indisputable classic.

For more about Hondo and the Hondo Blu-ray release, see Hondo Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness, Paul Fix
Director: John Farrow

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Hondo Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Hondo's 1080p Blu-ray transfer does the film's beautiful photography justice. Grain does look a bit off in places, almost frozen in spots to where it moves in noticeably large clumps as characters tilt their heads and whatnot. Yet noise reduction isn't a major factor in the image. To the contrary, grainy backgrounds are the norm, often blending into the experience and only readily noticeable to any degree across the brightest backdrops, generally blue Southwestern skies. Details are positively gorgeous, accentuated by that grain retention. Dirt terrain appears sharp and very well defined to the point that individual pebbles and sandy textures take on a clear, almost tactile appearance. Clothing and skin textures are nearly pristine, while wooden beams and dusty and creased leathery hides and saddles appear wonderfully authentic, the transfer capturing the worn-in and well-used look of such elements with uncanny precision. Colors are steady and vibrant, handsome and balanced. Wayne's brightly-colored scarf and the Apache apparel and warpaint offer a nice contrast to the otherwise earthy, dusty tans and mostly monochromatic skies that make up most of the backgrounds and landscapes. There are some softer elements and optical effects shots that stand out as noticeably less crisp and colorful, but on the whole this is a wonderful transfer sourced from a 4K scan. Western enthusiasts will be more than pleased with how well this one looks.


Hondo Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

Hondo rides onto Blu-ray with a pair of English-language tracks, one a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 offering and the other a monaural presentation. The 5.1 track remains fairly constrained to the front, with only light spacing off to the sides. But that stretch off to the front right and left never gets very far, and certainly the track never goes into a full-blown and unnecessary surround sound extravaganza. On the contrary, the 5.1 track adds minor ambience and space, tastefully done but not even with a hint of "realistic" immersion. Rushing winds sound rather stagnant and sonically unconvincing, largely remaining up the middle and only replicating the sound, not the sensation. Music and dialogue both play with a shallow, somewhat undefined feel. The spoken word in particular often carries a hollowness that leaves the listeners struggling to sort out dialogue between Mrs. Lowe and Hondo. Switching to the monaural track yields a more positive listening experience. Dialogue is more prominent, more clear, and more easily understood. Music enjoys a boost in clarity, but sound effects -- characters traversing the Southwestern terrain, a barrage of gunfire near the end of the film -- play with a crunchy, indistinct tone. Still, the improved dialogue is reason enough to make the mono track the preferred option. It goes great with the 1080p transfer, making for Hondo's best home viewing experience to date.


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Exclusive Giveaway: Hondo - June 5, 2012

Blu-ray.com and Paramount Home Entertainment are offering three members an opportunity to win a copy of John Ford and John Farrow's Hondo, starring John Wayne and Geraldine Page. The 1953 Western classic is making its Blu-ray debut this week.

Hondo Blu-ray - March 5, 2012

As part of the plans to commemorate Paramount Pictures' centennial, the studio will bring Hondo to Blu-ray in June. This classic western stars John Wayne (Stagecoach) as the title character, a cavalry despatch rider who becomes the unwitting protector to a family ...

Paramount Teases Five Upcoming Blu-ray Releases (Updated) - January 18, 2012

Along with a new, monthly sweepstakes designed to commemorate the studio's centennial, Paramount Home Media Distribution has announced further plans for the studio's 2012 Blu-ray slate. Today's press release also hinted at Clueless, Hondo, Barbarella, and Clue ...

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