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Blu-ray Release: Hondo

June 5, 2012

Paramount Home Entertainment is releasing the classic 1953 western Hondo for the first time on Blu-ray today.  The great John Wayne stars as Hondo Lane, a cavalry man who comes to protect the headstrong Angie Love (Geraldine Page) and her son, in the midst of warring Apache Indians.  Her first big screen role, Geraldine Page received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

I’ve always enjoyed classic westerns and it doesn’t get much better than John Wayne.  Although the depiction of Native Americans is dated by today’s standards, Hondo still holds up as a throughly entertaining film of its time with a good story and strong performances.  The film looks good on Blu-ray, and fans are encouraged to add the set to their collections.

The Blu-ray includes audio commentary and an introduction by film critic Leonard Maltin as well as several featurettes.

Hondo is 83 minutes and rated G.

-John C.

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