John Wayne's 'Hondo' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Wed Mar 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST by

The 1953 John Wayne classic will saddle up Blu-ray in June.

In an early retailer announcement, Paramount says 'Hondo' will be available on June 5.

Apache war drums sound an ominous warning for an isolated female rancher and her young son in this exciting and memorable John Wayne classic. Wayne plays Hondo Lane, a cavalry rider who becomes the designated protector of the strong-willed Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page) as well as a father figure to her boy, Johnny (Lee Aaker). Angie, determinedly awaiting the return of her brutish husband (Leo Gordon), refuses to leave their homestead despite the growing danger from nearby warring Native American tribes. And she finds herself growing more and more enthralled with this stranger, Hondo – a man hardened by experience but still capable of sympathy, kindness and love. Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness and Rodolfo Acosta co-star; Page received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress in this, one of her first film roles.

Specs have yet to be revealed, but the Blu-ray will include: Commentary by Leonard Maltin, western historian Frank Thompson, and Lee Aaker; Special introduction by Leonard Maltin; The Making of Hondo featurette; Profile: James Edward Grant featurette; The Apache featurette; The John Wayne Stock Company: Ward Bond featurette; From the Batjac Vaults feature; and original theatrical trailer.

Suggested list price will be $24.99.

You can find the latest specs for 'Hondo' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under June 5.

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Hondo (Blu-ray)
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