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Hatfields & McCoys [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008S9GAC2

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
The Hatfields and McCoys generated the saying, 'The real McCoy'. This is a hardened piece of genuine history. Two confederate soldiers in The Civil War; 'Devil' Anse Hatfield went AWOL leaving his friend Randall McCoy in a delicate situation with the Union army. The dispute carried on to land possession. The Hatfields settled in West Virginia and the McCoys nearby in Kentucky separated by the Tug River.

Hostilities grew rapidly between the families starting with the death of McCoys' brother Harmon at the hands of 'Uncle' Jim Vance, a vicious man brilliantly played by Tom Berenger, allied to disputes regarding land. This is the kick-start in much of the malignment between the families. The family leaders, Anse Hatfield (Kevin Kostner) and Randall McCoy (Bill Paxton), are expertly portrayed, decent men who become embroiled in an inflammatory family feud of hatred and revenge. Once the ball starts rolling, the clans recruit families, friends and neighbours into bloody confrontations. Shootings, reprisals, and revenge become paramount keeping upperhand position, largely borne by stubborness and vindictiveness from younger family acquaintances. What happened between two men exploded into the families. The death count climbs, needlessly, yet inevitable given the gung-ho attitude of the rival opponents who see the situation as a challenge between the families. Who is the bravest or best shot and how can we shoot the opposition under cover?

The women are strong. Sarah Parish as Levicy Hatfield and Mare Winningham as Sarah (Sally) McCoy are totally commited in support of their families, yet have to bear witness to their loved ones needlessly slaughterered. Their emotions are subdued yet eventually become apparent as the destruction of lives continues.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Bryce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
"Devil" Anse Hatfield played by Kevin Costner [also joint producer] and Randall McCoy played by Bill Paxton return by different routes and for different reasons from the bloody Civil War where they had been comrades in battle; looking out for each other. They desire peaceful lives to develop and expand their family businesses, but this is not to be. Like many monumental fall outs their feud starts with a misunderstanding and then an attempted crooked business deal prompted by McCoy's self seeking and loathsome lawyer ads fuel to the flames. Matters escalate with killings and retribution beatings on both sides until the war between the families is out of control. There is, as with any good story, a love interest: can a young Hatfield marry a McCoy? Apparently not.
This true life feud goes on for 30 plus years and has become part of American history. "Going at it like the Hatfields and McCoys" after over 100 years is still part of their lexicon to describe any bitter disagreement.
The acting of all concerned is beyond reproach and a special mention for Mr. Costner's best performance for many years. It is gritty, cruel and violent and to tell this tale it could be no other way. The effects are clever and the scenery stunning even although it was shot in Romania to give the appearance of wild, open space, authentic 19th.century eastern USA.
At just over four and a half hours it splits nicely into 3 parts or if you are as engrossed as I was, will be watched in one sitting. It is a quality realistic production of a standard way beyond the usual mini series genre.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Aremess VINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love watching Kevin Costner westerns and, although I never saw this on series on TV, I was determined to get it immediately it came onto DVD. I was not disappointed.
The Hatfields and McCoys feud story is well documents and, although I know it in general terms, I do not know the detail so cannot comment on the accuracy of 'facts'.
To be honest, who cares. This is not advertised as the 'true story' nor is it an historical documentary (albeit that it was made for the History Channel). It's a terrific story, well produced, well acted and well directed. What more could the purchaser want.
100% recommended and a well deserved 5 stars all round
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By karen on 15 Aug. 2014
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thoroughly enjoyed this series. watched them all in one day as I was so engrossed. so nice to see so many English actors/actresses in this series. as usual kevin Costner produces a great character, in both acting and presence.
all the characters stood out in their own right. making you hate some of them and loving others.
me and my husband both chose different sides we liked hatfiald for him and McCoy for me.
so it is hard to choose which side you agreed with the most.
all I can say is, if you like dramas that are based on true stories then this is the one to watch.
enjoyful the whole way through. with some great shooting scenes and some sad ones that would bring a tear to your eyes.
fabulous programme/acting/scenes/costumes the whole lot. just great
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By IOWBOY TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
I am lucky enough to have seen the complete 'Hatfields & McCoys' miniseries in advance of its transmission on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, and I must say it is a superb series.

The story is based on fact and concerns the infamous feud between the families of Hatfield and McCoy in the West Virginia-Kentucky area (for those interested it is specifically along the Tug Fork, just off of the Big Sandy River) and it takes place between 1863 to 1891.

The Hatfields of West Virginia were led by William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield (portrayed here by the magnificent Kevin Costner), whilst the McCoys of Kentucky were under the leadership of Randolph "Ole Ran'l" McCoy (the always reliable Bill Paxton, who in my opinion delivers a career best performance).

Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance

I must admit that I had not heard of the feud prior to watching the series, but having done a little research since I was surprised to discover just how well known it is in America, so much so that it still taught in schools and it has actually entered the American folklore lexicon as a metaphor for any bitterly feuding rival parties!

A quote I found states that "more than a century later, the story of the feud has become a modern symbol of the perils of family honour, justice, and vengeance".

The series consists of three episodes, each between 95 and 105 minutes approximately.
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