Monday, December 3, 2007
"Ford At Fox" Arrives on DVD
The long awaited and massive "Ford at Fox" DVD set gets released tomorrow. It's an astonishing box set for a major studio to put out: an historically important group of films by one of the great American directors, but, especially considering the number of silent films it contains, not likely a big seller. Nice to see a studio put something out for prestige for once.
Here's a link to Amazon with the full details.
Among the films on the set is one of Ford's great— if not greatest— achievements, 1940s The Grapes of Wrath, based on the John Steinbeck novel.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940): Starkly shot and starkly told story (with a dash of melodrama) is pensive but not boring and has just enough humor and hope so that sad as it may be, it’s not depressing— subtle it ain’t, but the style fits the subject matter and makes a lasting impression.
"I'll be all around in the dark. I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look. Wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready, and when people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they build, I'll be there, too."