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Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid [VHS]


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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, George Roy Hill, John Foreman, Paul Monash
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 6 April 1998
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CW40
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,151 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. King on 10 Jun. 2013
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By harpoon guns to 'safe', please on 6 April 2014
Format: DVD
This is it. One of the few movies that achieves absolute perfection.

Three stars at the height of their skills, Newman and Redford obviously, and Katherine Ross, once very wisely described as "ridiculously pretty".

From the opening sequence with its transition from sepia to colour, through to the end where we're grateful not to be shown the inevitable, this never dreams of so much as thinking about putting a toe out of place. Butch's irrepressible optimism and ideas, Sundance's dourness, it is just flippin' perfect. The ultimate bickering buddy movie.

In your monthly re-watching of this (surely anything less deserves a jail sentence), there is always some new point to see.

The humour throughout is magnificent, usually leading from Butch, and the great, great lines. "You, uh think you used enough dynamite thar, Butch ?", "Rules? In a knife fight ? No rules", "somebody say one, two, three, go!", "You can't swim, are you crazy? The fall's gonna kill you !", all misquoted a bit, and I don't really watch it every month, but....

I can't really have a single favourite movie, but I do have a top shelf. No movie deserves a place on there more than this. If "Desert Island Discs" did movies, this is one of the six.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Broadbent TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is one of the greatest westerns ever made.
The on screen chemistry between Newman and Redford is legendary.
The film is exciting, funny, brilliantly acted, superbly directed, and beautifully shot.
Magnificent Film.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 26 May 2004
Format: DVD
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD
Words cannot do justice to this film. Watch it a hundred times and it's still fresh. Redford and Newman were born to play these roles. The scenery drips off the screen with vitality and colour. The script it pure gold. The two characters are wonderful. Even the hokey 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head' works as if by alchemy. Buy this, settle down with a bottle of wine, recall your childhood when it was shown at Christmas and for a few sunlit hours you'll feel like a kid again. And then there's the ending and the eternal question... Did they survive that damn shootout? Your answer reveals who you really are. A one in a million. Bravo!
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2002
Format: DVD
This is one of my favourite films of all time but I am not happy with this conversion to DVD.
Fine, you get lots of great extras but the film itself has been destroyed.
Different parts of the film appear to have been taken from different film stock with some parts showing faulty colour saturation and even some film flaws such as badly corrected scratches [I am not referring to the scenes and sections where such things are a part of the film].
The more evocative sections where there are soft focus and hazy lighting effects have been utterly ruined...for example when the apple is picked from he tree during the bicyle scene there is colour blocking that gives the appearance of several heavy colour halos instead of a gradation of hazy colour. Frequently the resolution is poor and grainy.
Latter parts of the DVD appear to come from a better print because colour and detail are excellent.
Sound is also quite patchy
A wonderful fillm has been very badly and lazily converted.
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