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John Ford’s RIO GRANDE to Make Its UK Blu-Ray Debut - New Trailer and Artwork

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Ford's acclaimed cavalry western is finally coming to UK blu-ray in April.

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Following 1948's Fort Apache and 1949's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, director John Ford finished off a trilogy of westerns based around the US Cavalry with 1950's Rio Grande.

Ford's regular leading man John Wayne plays a Cavalry officer who comes into conflict with his estranged wife (Maureen O'Hara) when their son is assigned to his regiment, tasked with protecting settlers from Apache attacks.

Rio Grande makes its UK blu-ray debut on April 6th when it will be released by Eureka Entertainment. The film is presented from a new transfer completed by Paramount’s preservation department in 2019.

Special features include a new feature-length audio commentary by western authority Stephen Prince; scene specific audio commentary with Maureen O’Hara; video essay on the film by John Ford expert and scholar Tag Gallagher; 'Along the Rio Grande' with Maureen O’Hara – archival documentary; 'The Making of Rio Grande' – archival featurette; theatrical trailer.

The package also includes a collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by western expert Howard Hughes; a new essay by film writer Phil Hoad; transcript of an interview with John Ford; and excerpts from a conversation with Harry Carey, Jr. The first print run of 2000 units comes with a limited edition O-Card slipcase.

Check out Eureka's new trailer below.

The official synopsis reads:

Wayne is Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke, attached to the Texas frontier in 1879 to protect settlers from attacks by Apaches. When Yorke's son – a West Point flunkee turned Army private – is assigned to his father's regiment, tensions flare upon the arrival of Yorke's estranged wife Kathleen (O'Hara), who wants their teenaged son out of Yorke's unit. After Apaches attack, the stakes of Yorke's mission escalate, and he must journey to Mexico where the Apaches are hiding out. With his son and two old recruits (Ford/Wayne regulars Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Jr.) as accompaniment, Yorke faces his toughest battle.