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Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid [VHS]

Paul Newman , Robert Redford , George Roy Hill    Suitable for 12 years and over   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones
  • Directors: George Roy Hill
  • Writers: William Goldman
  • Producers: Paul Newman, John Foreman, Paul Monash
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 6 April 1998
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CW40
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,681 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Any list of cinema's finest double acts would be incomplete if it didn't feature Paul Newman and Robert Redford on it. And for their finest on-screen union? Appreciating there's strong competition from The Sting, it's surely Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid that stands proudest.

In many ways the ultimate buddy movie, George Roy Hill's movie follows Butch Cassidy, as played by Newman, and his more down to earth partner, Redford's Sundance Kid. The pair embark on an adventure that starts off feeling just a little conventional, before unfolding into one of the most impressive chase movies of all time. And with an ending that's earned its place in cinema lore, and a great love interest in Katharine Ross, it's a film that never loosens its grip on your eyes and ears for a minute.

The Blu-ray? Impressive. The extra features package is the highlight, but there's been some notable work done to get the most out of the picture and audio here too. The 1080p upgrade isn't a dramatic one though, although given the age of the materials being worked with, it's still worthwhile. The audio is both clean and crisp, meanwhile. A home cinema workout? Perhaps not, but still a solid upgrade.

The film itself, though, remains quite, quite brilliant, and it's rare to see two movie stars who work so well with one another. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is one of those moments where it seems that pretty much everything went right. This Blu-ray firmly immortalises it. --Jon Foster

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Classic comedy western starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Butch and Sundance, two outlaws who are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living in the Wild West. With big business constantly extending its influence, and the law following hot on its heels, the everyday business of robbing banks and trains is becoming more and more of a strain, so much so that Butch and Sundance eventually decide to cut their losses and, accompanied by their friend Etta Place (Katharine Ross), head for a new life in Bolivia. However, when they reach their destination, it seems their problems are only beginning, especially when they discover they now have to rob banks speaking Spanish. The film won several Oscars, including Best Song (for 'Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head'), Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I have been robbed by Butch & Sundance 10 Jun 2013
By R. King
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Very, very disappointing Blu Ray. Yes it has been given 5.1 sound but the picture has not been cleaned up or improved in any way. It is no better than VHS quality. I am sure, although I have not checked it yet, that my old DVD copy has a better picture than this Blu Ray. Also it is a strange set-up on the disc. It went straight into the film with no Menu first and then when it had finished and had shown the Copyright Warning message, it started the film again as if it is on a loop. There must be a Menu as otherwise I do not know how you access the 'extras' but just haven't had a chance to investigate yet. All in all, for such a film classic, this has been given really poor treatment. If you have this on DVD already then don't bother with this Blu Ray. I just hope that at some point before I leave this Earth that a version is brought out that the film deserves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joyous, funny, beautiful hymn to the outlaw. 29 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid clasps hands with the French New Wave and waltzes it off to the rugged Utah mountains. Centered on the triangular relationship between the ever-charming Butch, monosyllabic, fast-shooting Sundance and the melancholy, haunting Etta Place, one look at this picture tells you more than three years at any film school could about film-making. For beginners, the tough, lyrical screenplay relies on visuals rather than dialogue to tell the tale. Researched from the obscure, true story by the soon-to-be-legendary Bill Goldman, it seduces and delights with economy and humour. And don't forget, for a film of this kind there is almost no shooting, no melodrama and, perhaps bravest of all, two heroes that actually run away. And yet never does the film drag. The fast, zooming cinematography is drenched in the golden haze of the Wasatch mountains, before it shifts via sepia stills to the hostile Bolivian hills and the inevitable denouement. Throughout, the action is accompanied by the unusual, unforgettable and now classic Burt Bacharach soundtrack.
The work satisfies on every level, but is transformed into something extraordinary by the restrained, charmed performances of Redford, Newman and Ross. It launched a thousand imitators, but no equals. Rarely does Hollywood deliver such gold, so see it and fall in love, like Butch and Sundance, with an era that really never was.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Blu-ray... 30 May 2012
BLU-RAY review

No matter if you consider this film the last big studio western or maybe the first of numerous post-westerns
to come, this still is one of the funniest, most entertaining movies to come out of Hollywood!
Unfortunately though 2oth Fox's Blu-ray definitely falls short of keeping up with such pedigree.

Film: 9/10
Picture quality: 4.5/10
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (orig.)
Extras: 7/10
- Making of 35'
- The true story 25'
- Commentary by director George Roy Hill, DP Conrad L. Hall and others
- Deleted scene
- Trailer

Image of this Blu-ray is lacking contrast, picture resolution and has some focus problems.
Please see:
TC 00:11:40; 00:22:55; 00:32:58; 00:33:24;00:55:55;
00:56:12; 01:01:17; 01:01:54: 01:02:21; 01:04:12; 01:06:22 etc.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy DVD 4 Mar 2007
A fine DVD of the classic western famous for the witty by-play between Newman and Redford and the luminous photography by the distingushed Conrad Hall,this has some interesting extras,most of all a rarely-seen documentary of the film with fascinating behind the scenes footage, narrated by the director George Roy Hill.PARENTS BE WARNED!! though;Hill comes out with a few choice expletives during his commentary,so it should not be shown to young children.The DVD notes should've made this clearer,but barring this minor quibble it's an excellent all-round package of one of Hollywood's best remembered westerns.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great package for any fans of the original film 24 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Besides the film itself, which is in better quality then the VHS version, you get a documentary by the director explaining how the key scenes in the film were made. Also the original film with commentry by those involved in making it with some especially interesting comments by Conrad Hall on how he lit and shot it. Although parts of the commentary are interesting, at times you wonder whether they ran out of things to say about the film and just start telling very long anecdotes like a fencing match between the director and Robert Redford!! There are interviews with the the writer, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Katharine Ross and Burt Bacharach which are interesting. All this together with the ability to go to those classic scenes within the film make this a superb buy for anyone who is a fan of this cult movie.
Steve Pearce, UK
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legends. 26 May 2004
How do you ensure somebody's legacy as a hero? In the good old days, you wrote a book. Nowadays, you make a movie - and if you're lucky and it's really, really successful, you can retrospectively even make legends out of dangerous criminals. Not that that always works, of course. But with two great actors with instant chemistry (Paul Newman and Robert Redford), a script (by William Goldman) bursting with one-liners making the audience bowl over laughing every other minute, without once derailing into slapstick, a director's (George Roy Hill's) ingenious use of the occasion to turn a whole genre on its head, and some of the world's most beautiful locations, filmed by an exceptional cinematographer (Conrad Hall) ... you just may pull it off. Case in point: "Butch and Sundance."
While Butch Cassidy (Robert LeRoy Parker) was known as the Old West's Robin Hood for his charm, masterly planning, avoidance of bloodshed - he really did claim he'd never shot anyone - and his stance for settlers' rights vis-a-vis the wealthy cattle barons, Sundance (Henry Longbaugh) had the reputation of a loner; a fast draw repeatedly in and out of prison before even turning twenty-one. After several of their Wild Bunch/Hole in the Wall Gang associates had seen the short end of the stick in various encounters with the law, Butch and Sundance determined things were getting too hot in the West and, unlike the outlaws who not much earlier had stood it out until the end (Billy the Kid, the James Gang and the O.K. Corral gunfighters), decided to head for South America.
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