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The Iron Horse

4

John Ford kicks off his run of westerns in fine style...

The Iron Horse review

A classic blockbuster of Hollywood’s silent era and John Ford’s first major western, this romanticised account of the building of America’s first transcontinental railroad still exerts an irresistible epic sweep.

Sure, it’s folksy, flag-waving and embarrassing in its naive racism, but the sense of national myth – with greedy landowners, malignant villains, marauding Apaches and a doe-eyed heroine – is spellbinding.

Eureka’s two-disc set gives us the 150-minute original, the 133-minute UK version and a generous slew of supporting extras.

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