Rooster Cogburn

6.91 h 47 min1975PG
In this follow up of the classic film True Grit, Rooster Cogburn teams up with a preacher's daughter to track down a band of drunken outlaws who overran a small village and killed most of its inhabitants.
John WayneKatharine HepburnAnthony Zerbe
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Richard JordanJohn McIntireStrother MartinRichard RomancitoWarren VandersTommy LeeJon LormerPaul KosloLane SmithJack ColvinJerry Gatlin
Hal B. Wallis
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WallyReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rooster Cogburn on Blu-Ray is a Must Have!
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This movie seems to have gotten overlooked by many movie fans and the general public over the years. I understand that even the critics didn't give it much praise when it was released in 1975. I suspect this is largely due to being compared to its predecessor True Grit, which was an outstanding movie, but an entirely different animal. John Wayne merely reprised his role as the ornery Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn in a completely different story. Although that story may seem a bit typical to many people without much in the way of "classic scenes", the movie does offer features that make it very worthwhile. The pairing of John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn makes for some great character interaction, due to their contrasting personalities. Their performances are top-notch.

Another feature to this movie is the beautiful scenery. Much of it was filmed in Oregon in an area called Smith Rock. I particularly appreciate that area as it is fairly close to where I live. Other scenes take place on the Rogue River, which is much further south. Been there too a few times.

And this brings me to the video quality of the DVD releases. You just can't appreciate this movie and its glorious scenery on the regular DVD release. Many scenes are a bit blurred and have some sort of pixilating going on. From the opening scene, which takes place at night, it's a terrible transfer from a bad source. The film is pretty nicked up and the color is off. I was very happy to find that the Blu-ray edition remedies all of these issues! And I am not a serious Blu-ray fan.....yet! It would take a lot of time and money to replace all my regular DVDs.

The bottom line is whether or not you are a major John Wayne fan (which I am), and/or a classic Westerns fan (again, which I am), if you like good movies which look great on a big flat screen TV, I highly recommend this Blu-ray.
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emisherReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyed watching them get to know each other! I'll watch it again!
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I really liked this movie! I wasn't sure if I would. On the one hand the story seemed very interesting to me. On the other hand, I read reviews that described Wayne and Hepburn as bickering a lot. I really don't enjoy films where the main characters are constantly bickering and being nasty to each other. I find that really annoying. Well, the story won out and I finally decided to give it a chance. Glad I did. I found the relationship between the two leads very pleasant. There was some disagreement but on the whole they really liked and respected each other and it was enjoyable watching them get to know one another. The dialogue was wonderful and quite funny in spots. There were many great scenes. I loved when Eula stoically cites Psalm 23 all the while being shot at by the evil Hawk at close range. I have seen many John Wayne films over the last few years and I have to say I'm not really a fan of his in general. However, I liked him in this. His character is very likable. I know I'll be in the minority but I think I liked this one even better than True Grit! (I think because I liked Hepburn's character more than Kim Darby's character.) I bought the regular DVD, not the Blu-ray and I thought the picture quality was fine. The scenery in this is wonderful! There are subtitles for the hard of hearing. I'm glad I bought this one! I'll be watching this one again!
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JenniferReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great quality DVD of a classic John Wayne film.
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I have always been a fan of classic films. I grew up watching John Wayne movies because my father was a huge fan. I hadn't seen "Rooster Cogburn" since my father was alive, when we watched it together. While browsing for DVDs of classic films, I saw "Rooster Cogburn" on Amazon and knew that I had to have it.

I am reviewing the DVD, not the film itself, because ones taste in films is subjective.

The DVD comes in standard packaging, and the cover, also standard, is very good quality. There is no insert, which I would have liked to have seen, but it isn't necessary. The film has been remastered and is also a very good quality, not like a bootleg that someone has ripped and burned in their mother's basement. Sound quality is great as well.

I give it five stars. As for the film, "Rooster Cogburn," that too, is five stars. If you're a fan of John Wayne, or of Katherine Hepburn, then you need this for your collection.
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Who FanaticReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
ARGH! DVD is NON-Anamorphic!!!
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During my stay-at-home stay, I've gotten on to a real kick watching John Wayne movies, and had never seen this sequel to True Grit in its entirety. As Wayne's penultimate film, and as the one that finally paired him with the legendary Katharine Hepburn, it is certainly significant. However, my Blu-Ray has been on the fritz with HD discs as of late, so I figure the DVD would suffice for my relatively small television. Despite double checking the back cover of this edition prior to my purchase, which explicitly states it is in "2.35 : 1 Anamorphic Widescreen", the transfer is decidedly NON-anamorphic, resulting in a window-boxed picture using only about half your actual screen. Additionally, this print quality is atrocious, with notable "cigarette burns" during the reel changes without. This looks to be just a re-packaging of the original release from the early days of the DVD format. I definitely should have ponied up an extra couple bucks and waited till my Blu-Ray player was fixed/replaced. I imagine that even a relatively mediocre HD mastering would improve my view of the film.

I hate to bring down the average the way Amazon aggregates reviews, but despite the star pairing, this is one of the least of Wayne's 70's films. I didn't do it any favors watching immediately after the original "True Grit", and the careless repackaging and false marketing of this title didn't do it any favors, either. Seeing a lot of the late-era Duke films in widescreen (when I had grown up watching them on badly-cropped VHS) has helped improve my view of them, but this was an all-around frustrating viewing experience due to the aforementioned issues.
MBReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rooster, younger and a Bit more Rowdy
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Having seen True Grit, when we saw the name Rooster Cogburn with Katherine Hepburn we wanted to see if it compared to True Grit. It had the original, ornery Rooster paired with Katherine Hepburn who could give it back and add a bit more.
I liked it, but I do understand why True Grit got all the buzz. It was more serious and action oriented. This still had some funny moments throughout mixes with serious ones where Miss Missionary got Rooster thinking a bit. But there was no romance in this, and another swig of the whiskey knocked out Katherine's Scripture verses and attractiveness nicely. There were some nice interactions between them of the human kind, but don't hope Rooster will get domesticated and want to settle down. Katherine probably would not either. But their conversations were nice listening. so the movie just missed 5 stars for me.
Mark TalmadgeReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rooster Cogburn Returns For This True Grit Sequel
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Not many are aware but that this is a direct sequel to John Wayne's True Grit. While not Oscar material, it has some great performances by John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn, Anthony Zerbe. Strother Martin (who also appears in McLintock as Agard), John McIntire returns as Judge Parker at the beginning of the movie to start Rooster off on his mission it off and at the end, when Rooster returns to the court. It's a nice wrap up to what began in True Grit and a nice wrap up to Rooster's story. John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn were perfect in this film and I would recommend it to any John Wayne fan.
KeomaReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Looks great on blu-ray!
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This is another movie favorite of mine that I have waited a long time for on blu-ray. Now restored fully to it's glory it looks even better on blu-ray than it did on it's release when I saw it at the theater. The picture is crisp and clean and the gorgeous Oregon scenery looks almost 3D and stands out as much as it's two leading characters. Originally released as Rooster Cogburn and The Lady and to lackluster critical reviews it has stood up well against time and is still popular. Even the DVD release was disappointing in it's presentation of a fuzzy picture but now on blu-ray it looks wonderful and John Wayne and Catherine Hepburn's characterizations sparkle even more. The banter between the two is most enjoyable as the craggy Rooster Cogburn once again met his match in the craftiness of 'The Lady' preachers daughter who is able to draw from scripture like gun to befuddle and counterpunch Rooster's boasting and drinking ways to the point that he says to their other travelling companion "She's scary". And later on expresses his new respect to "She's sumptin!" all to hilarious effect. One of my favorite scenes is when they are under attack by the outlaws they are hunting and the head outlaw Hawk jokes that she couldn't shoot the Gatling gun where upon she opens up fire and cuts down trees and makes them duck for cover and then Rooster hollers up to them "Ain't that the way it's done?" LOL!
I suppose it could be said that this is a rehashing of "The African Queen" but these characters stand out on their own as does the locale and will remain one of my movie library favorites to be viewed over and over and now more enjoyable than ever in the blu-ray format.
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Rob R.Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic move to Blu ray
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For those of you who own the old DVD version of this movie and are wondering if the improved quality of this Blu ray version is worth the purchase I must say emphatically YES! Everything about the Blu version of the movie is a drastic improvement. The movie has been scrubbed of its scratches and nicks and its colors have been enhanced so that they really pop. The picture looks like it could have been filmed yesterday and is a pleasure to watch. The sound is clear and perfect. If you're a lover of classic John Wayne movies you owe it to yourself to add this one to your collection in Blu ray! Don't think about it, just buy it.
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