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Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Tommy Lee Jones , Sonny Carl Davis    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Sonny Carl Davis, Levon Helm, Rodger Boyce, Melissa Leo
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F8O2QU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,676 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Low Key character driven latter day Western 3 Dec 2006
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Superb effort from Tommy Lee Jones - this is both restrained and intense at the same time, telling a story of unexpected redemption. Fans of Jones or Westerns beware - this is no action movie or thriller - this is low key and driven by the characters. And what great characters they are, with superb performances, especially from Barry Pepper. The Texas / Mexico border atmosphere of decaying towns and morals is played unflinchingly, with a story being told amongst the minutiae of everyday life - how many movies zoom in on one of the main characters clipping their toenails while watching TV..? The alienation inherent in the small town where everyone knows everyone and yet are emotionally distant, is contrasted with the Jones character's deep friendship, if not platonic love, for his Mexican friend - to great effect.
The story has been covered in more detail elsewhere, but in a nutshell - a Mexican is shot by accident, and his friend (Jones) has promised him he would bury him in Mexico. He kidnaps the man responsible when the local police do nothing, and takes him on a journey to find the Mexican's home to bury him, and find some redemption along the way.
Barry Pepper plays the unpleasant, narcissistic and immature young border guard who goes unwillingly on a journey through which he comes of age. He plays it to perfection. Jones is the big surprise, both in his restrained performance of a man acting on deep friendship, loyalty and a sense of justice, and also in his direction of the movie. The cinematography captures the starkly beautiful scenery, and the editing cleverly tells the beginning of the story in a bravely non linear way which only adds to the strength and sense of the story.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise surprise 13 Aug 2006
By Alex F
Saw Three Burials on a flight from HK back to the UK. Watched it because I couldn't find anything else that sparked my interest. Was glad I did, as it was one of the best films I have seen in a very long time. Very un-American in its construct and any feel-good factor coming from the storyline was unconventional in nature. I highly recommend this refreashing film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
I suspected that "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" had to be a pretty good story to not only get Tommy Lee Jones to work behind the camera as a director for the first time, but also to get him to once again play a cowboy taking the corpse of his friend home. What this 2006 film has in common with "Lonesome Dove" is not the transportation of a dead friend to his rightful final resting place, but rather the way the act defines both the man and the friendship. The important difference is that this time the character Jones plays takes another living soul along on the journey south.

Jones plays Pete Perkins, who runs a small cattle ranch and has hired Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cedillo), an illegal immigrant from Mexico, to work with him. When Melquiades is killed and the local sheriff (Dwight Yoakam) refuses to do anything about it, Pete takes care of matters himself. He finds out that a young Border Patrol agent, Mike Norton (Barry Pepper), killed Melquiades, Pete captures him. Norton had buried Melquiades to hide the crime and then the body was buried a second time. Now Pete makes Norton did up the body of the man he killed, and then they head off on horses to Mexico so that Pete's friend can be returned to his family and buried in the town of Jimenez south of the Border.

Essentially, then, you have three burials and a trip as the four key sections of the film. "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" is not a suspense film, where we wonder if Pete is going to be able to carry off his plans. There are obstacles, but his success is never in doubt. Pete is very much from the worldly school where a man does what a man has to do, and despite what the situation might force him to do we never forget that the corpse is the body of his friend.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Low key but great 13 Sep 2006
By Johnentwistlespout VINE VOICE
The film is set on the U.S./Mexican border and initially concerns the lives of those who farm the local land or patrol the vast expanses of nothingness in a bid stop illegal immigrants crossing an invisible line. Life is desperate for the local women folk and they resort to affairs in an effort to spice things up, the men just satisfy themselves. A farmhand is killed and Tommy Lee Jone's character (a quiet man-with-no-name character) forces the killer to join him in returning the victims body to his homeland; a far away Mexican village. Three Burials echoes the simplicity of the great westerns of the Sixties, albeit with the occasionally nod to dark Lynch-ian humour. It reminded me a lot of "Stand By Me", in that not a lot actually happens, but its enough just to see the two characters develop and change as they slowly make their way through the landscape. It's kind of a buddy movie too, but with the caveat that neither of the men have anything in common and have no chance of ever ending up as buddies. Recommended.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and surreal with strong characters 20 Nov 2006
By geeps
I was first attracted to the advert in a newspaper for this movie when I saw the picture of St Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park where I had been visiting the previous year ( another five star rating as one of the USA's dramatic but one of the least visited National Parks by the way), then I saw Tommy Lee Jones was the director and guessed an excellent story was in the making. My girlfriend and I were not disappointed in any way. The plot is surreal and unfolds gradually and cleverly. If all you normally like are blockbuster Hollywood movies, then this film is not for you; but if you like the unravelling styles of Memento , Dogville or Road to Perdition and enjoy a real top notch tale then you will be warmly satisfied with The Three Burials.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Estrada
Wonderful movie, really excellent work from Tommy Lee Jones. Intelectual western. Really worth watching because of its alternative character. Five stars.
Published 8 months ago by Marko
4.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Lee Jones shines as director and star of this intriguing movie
I'm not sure what the meaning is of this movie directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones is. I certainly felt there must be one. Jones plays Pete Perkins, a rancher in west Texas. Read more
Published 17 months ago by C. O. DeRiemer
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderf\ully quirky
One of the best performances by Tommy Lee Jones and a surprise cameo by Levon Helm. As good a film about the "border" as yu can find
Published 22 months ago by big burd 44
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Classic
This film begs the question - has Tommy Lee Jones been in a bad film? I'm no expert, and maybe I've just seen the good ones! Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2011 by G. Seabrook
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mexican Hat Dance
I bought this DVD after reading that it was the third of a trilogy by Tommy Lee Jones. I had seen and very much enjoyed "No Country for Old Men" and "In the Electric Mist", the... Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2011 by Mr. I. E. Wason
4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful story told through a mix of genres.
I was really surprised at just how much I enjoyed this film.
Director Tommy Lee Jones cleverly tells the story through a wide mix of genres from crime drama to revenge drama,... Read more
Published on 19 July 2010 by Ernie
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good film with Tommy Lee Jones at his usual best
My Wife is a big Tommy Lee Jones fan. We watched this not quite sure what was goung to happen as the beginning looked as though it was going to leave Tommy Lee Jones usual form. Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by E. W. A. Hobby
3.0 out of 5 stars Three stars for three burials
Three Burials or 'The three Burials of Melquiades Estrada' is an engaging film in a way that a 12 course meal is engaging. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2009 by Peter Roxburgh
5.0 out of 5 stars good
This is good, very good and worth watching again and again as there is so much going on you almost need to watch it again to catch it all.
Published on 15 Aug 2009 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Stone cold classic
I only wish Lee Jones started making movies 20 years ago. I bought this movie 4 years ago, and i have watched it many times. Stone cold classic.
Published on 17 Oct 2008 by Billy Ray Cyrus
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