December 4, 2007
Ford at Fox."Reviving some extremely rare works in fully restored versions, presenting critical editions of the major titles (in three instances, complete with alternate cuts) and reintroducing several overlooked masterworks, Ford at Fox finally does for a filmmaker what the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade in France and our homegrown Library of America have long done for writers," writes Dave Kehr in the New York Times. "Scattered, individual films have been recast into a body of work - an oeuvre - easily accessible for the first time." Updated through 12/7. "It's neither complete nor perfect, but taken together with recent Warner Bros collections, it puts within bookshelf reach most of this very great artist's surviving pictures," writes Gary Giddins in the New York Sun. "For a director who drew on diverse literary sources, accepted many studio assignments, and lost countless studio battles, Ford was one of our most consistent filmmakers. Yet his perspective was neither static nor predictable. I find myself treasuring his collected works even more than the masterpieces because I care about what he saw and how he thought at each stage of his long career." "To those who know Ford as a director of Westerns, the range of subjects he filmed with consummate skill is surprising," writes Lou Lumenick in the New York Post. And on his blog, Lumenick chats with Nick Redman, who's directed a doc included in the hunky, 21-disc box. DVD Beaver has an extensive rundown on the stats for this thing on one page from which comparisons with earlier releases of some of the films - My Darling Clementine, for example; and heavens, will you look at that! - are linked. Update, 12/5: This is "the greatest director survey ever released on DVD," argues Sean Axmaker. Update, 12/7: What should a review of a demanding and expensive milestone set like this one... do? Glenn Kenny considers - and sparks more consideration in comments that follow.
Posted by dwhudson at December 4, 2007 6:01 AM