Summary: Very good western with an interesting twist as John Wayne's title charachter is half Apache; it is sympathetic to the American Indian point of view. This was originally filmed in 3D in 1953! (this version is 2D) I hadn't seen this film before, well worth a watch.
Excerpt: The reason for my "critical" video rating is because the Blu-ray edition of this film is cropped! The original aspect ratio of this film is 1.37 to 1 contrary to Blu-ray.coms erroneous claim that the film's original aspect ratio is 1.85 to 1. I have a copy of the 2005 DVD release of Hondo (in it's correct form) as well as this butchered Blu-ray release and if Blu-ray.coms reviewer had bothered to compare the two (or even familiarize himself with the original specs)...
Excerpt: I watched this the other night, and while it is a quantum leap over the DVD version, it still has some flaws and inconsistencies. For example, there are quite a number of sequences where the transfer goes from pin-sharp in one instant to blurred and over-contrasty the next. To my eye, these look like dupes rather than OCN material, and they're not rare; they pop up repeatedly.
The Duke was such a giant screen presence---and this Western is top-drawer stuff
29 March 2012
Summary: Just seen this again for the first time in a few years and had to jot down a quick review. It is a really good Duke vehicle----what screen presence that man had ! Time Out's Review that suggests it is a variation on 'Shane' is way-out : yes, it does have a woman( miscast but with some resemblance to Jean Arthur in Shane) and a young boy living alone on a ranch..........but that is not enough to bring in a 'Shane' analogy.
a customer from East Grinstead, England , 16 Feb 2010, LOVEFiLM
16 February 2010
Summary: A really enjoyable movie. John Wayne in top form, Geraldine Page brilliant. A good story well told with well directed action scenes. I think the film could do with more depth. Some of the minor characters could be better developed. Hondo's past and future given more meaning. This would make the film longer an more satisfying, but this was still first class entertainment.