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The Iron Horse

The Iron Horse

John Ford ,

Film Summary

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Runtime:

153+133

Aspect Ratio:

1.37:1

Colour:

Black & White

Certificate:

PG

Subtitles:

English SDH

Genre:

Movie Classic

The 1924 blockbuster that launched John Ford into Hollywood’s emerging A-list of directors, The Iron Horse is an epic mythification of the American railroad’s birth: a rambunctious blend of historical drama and Western actioner, revenge story and saloon comedy, noble biopic and all-bets-off tall tale.

Neighbour to the pre-presidential Abe Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, young Davy Brandon accompanies his father westward to realise the elder’s dream of a rail line bridging the ends of the continent. Years after Brandon Sr.’s murder and scalping by a two-fingered Cheyenne half-breed, the adult David (played by George O’Brien, three years before his lead role in Sunrise, here in the first of ten films he made with Ford) joins in the effort now underway to lay track and accommodate “the iron horse”. Once more stir the blood and butterflies of Davy’s past as Ford guides his characters’ fates towards final convergence, like the merging of the tracks from east and west.With its expressive compositional prowess, incredible stunt work, and generous humour, The Iron Horse anticipates the bounteous universe that Ford would go on to calibrate perfectly in his greatest works.

The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Iron Horse in its US, full-length version for the first time on DVD in the UK.

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EKA40339
2 Discs
#112

  • SPECIAL TWO-DISC DVD EDITION:
  • Original, US, 150-minute version of the film, accompanied by a 2007 score by Christopher Caliendo
  • Shorter, international 133-minute version of the film (which includes alternate takes), accompanied by an adaptation of the Caliendo score
  • Audio commentary for the international version of the film by scholar Robert S. Birchard
  • Then Came a Dream, a new and exclusive 20-minute video essay by Tag Gallagher, author of John Ford: The Man and His Films
  • A DVD-ROM PDF on Disc 1 of the film’s original shooting script
  • A 40-page illustrated booklet containing vintage artwork and publicity material (notes on the production, a profile of Ford, etc.)