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High Plains Drifter [DVD] [2004]

Clint Eastwood , Verna Bloom , Clint Eastwood    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitch Ryan, Jack Ging
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Dean Riesner, Ernest Tidyman
  • Producers: Jennings Lang, Robert Daley
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Czech, Greek
  • Dubbed: English, German, French, Italian, Castilian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Uca
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A12H2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,129 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Clint Eastwood's second film as a director (and his first Western) is a variation on the "man with no name" theme, starring Eastwood as the drifter known only as "the Stranger". He rides into the desert town of Lagos and is quickly attacked by three gunmen. Recovering with the aid of a local dwarf (a memorable role for Billy Curtis), the Stranger is hired by the intimidated townsfolk to fend off a band of violent ex-convicts. After teaching the citizens self-defence and instructing them to paint the entire town red and rename it "Hell", the Stranger vanishes. He reappears when the marauding criminals arrive, and delivers justice and teaches the townsfolk a harsh lesson about moral obligation. Is he a figure from their past or a kind of supernatural avenger? Combining humour with action, High Plains Drifter is both a serious and tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Westerns that made Eastwood a household name. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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giunto in un villaggio del west, un misterioso straniero senza nome viene scelto dagli abitanti per difenderli da un gruppo di criminali senza scrupoli, che stanno seminando terrore e morte nel villaggio.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
'High Plains Drifter' is my very favourite Eastwood movie (and that's saying something). I especially like the dark humour and ambiguity, but in truth, there's not much I don't like.

You just know something bad is gonna happen the minute you see him appear through the desert heat-haze in the eerie title sequence, and by the time the film ends, with the same shot in reverse (a la 'the Searchers') something bad has!

In between, we're treated to much violence, sexism, adultery, hypocrisy and general wretchedness from the Lago townsfolk, and they're the victims!
These people are dire, far worse than the actual villains, (who are gold-star nasty in a traditional sense.) they stood and watched as their sheriff, the only honest character in the film, was whipped to death in the street.

In essence, 'High Plains Drifter' is a cross between 'Witchfinder General', 'High Noon' and 'the Omen', only with lashings more unpleasantness. The main difference; there's people to cheer for in those films - there's no-one here. Even the 'hero' is a cruel, merciless killer, who is himself in no moral position to deliver salvation OR retribution to the cowering townsfolk.

And who is he? The murdered sheriff's avenging kin? His ghost? The devil? The plot leads us up all the various avenues and alleyways but in the end, it doesn't really matter. We're just glad that everyone who deserves retribution - gets it!
The doing-good-via-bad cliché is hammered home, but again we don't really care. We know right will out, however perversely (and hopefully brutally!) because Eastwood's with the programme.

Visually, the films superb. The town appears condensed, like a vacuum, especially when Eastwood demands it be painted red.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comes to HD 16 Sep 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have always had a weak spot for westerns and love the westerns of Clint Eastwood and as such this has always been a favourite of mine, the sub text of the supernatural setting (is he the ghost of the slain marshal or his brother) would be worked into his later work (Pale Rider)to better effect.
I am watching this while typing and I can honestly say I am very very impressed, you can see this has been remastered and not just upscaled ala Two Mules or Joe Kidd (both of which are a vast improvement over their DVD counterparts) the picture is as sharp as you would expect, the colour vibrant, the scenes set at night stand out and are pin sharp (a problem with DVDs and some Blu Rays) the sound has been remastered into 5.1, which does sound clearer than before but doesn't make any real use of the back speakers so do not buy this expecting your cinema surround system to get a work out as it will not.
what you are buying this for is the vastly improved picture quality and this delivers on all counts.
For a product being labelled as a 40th anniversary edition you will be a little disappointed with the extras, or rather the lack there off. This edition has a solitary trailer. I would like more Clint Eastwood movies to come with some outstanding extras or even a retrospective documentary or two but to be honest they have always been a little lacking in that department but as I want my movies on the best ever format with the best possible picture and sound I am more than happy with this release. I am not going to review this movie what is the point High Plains Drifter has been out there for 40 years so you would have seen it in one format or the other.
The only real question being is this worth getting again and I have to give a resounding yes put your hand in your pocket replace your old DVD or VHS you will not be disappointed, enjoy I am.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stranger returns 27 July 2009
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Definitely a classic. Clint is in his element, once again as the Man with No Name, but this time there is a more mysterious and somewhat deeper persona. No longer the bounty hunter, this time his presence signifies justice and is centred around the town of Lago, where years earlier a young marshal was murdered in full view of the town's occupants who idly stood by. The Stranger ensures that everyone, those who were directly responsible and those who did nothing, will suffer for their respective sins.

Eerier and lacking the comfortable silliness of the Dollars' trilogy, this packs a moral punch, though not necessarily one that will accord with all tastes.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ground Breaking, must-see western 25 July 2002
Format:DVD
If you are a fan of the western genre then this 1973 masterpiece directed by and Starring Clint Eastwood breaks new ground.Clint re-works his character of "The man with new name" to give him a similar handle "The Stranger" but creates a new niche in this particular sphere by surrounding his star in mysticism yet creating an almost Gothic-Western with a chilling storyline.Straight from the outset the camera work is of exquisite quality following the slow horseback trail of "The Stranger" who almost floats into town to the glares and inquisitive looks of the small village of Lago.He finds himself the central character in a village with a dark secret who are in fear of attack from a gang responsible for the Horse-whipping to death of a previous marshall.After shooting dead some unsavory characters and raping a local woman the townsfolk take the unusual step of hiring the stranger to "protect their interests" in the local mine.From the off a midget (played by Billy Curtis) befriends the stranger and becomes his aide, firstly providing mundane tasks such as lighting his cigars before he is promoted to mayor later on.The Stranger uses his new position in the town to the limit and in preparation for the return of the violent gang seizes the opportunity to give the town a more chiling but appropriate new identity.The entire village is painted red, renamed "hell" before The stranger literally dissapears in a heat haze underlying the mythical and gothic elements in his character. Awaiting his imminant return the anxious villagers grow restless among themselves about their new recruit and they also begin to feel the pangs of guilt over the death of the marshall. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Clint Eastwood's better westerns
Saw this film on it's first cinema release and this Bluray does it justice. Picture quality is exellent and the colours are clear and vivid. Read more
Published 13 days ago by MaxBit Rate
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood
Great film and Clint plays the usual dark, ice cold avenging angel to the max. If you're an Eastwood fan then buy it.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Glen P. Livesey
5.0 out of 5 stars High plains drifter
I am happy with the dvd I am looking forward to watching my dvd I would recommend this site to friends and family
Published 1 month ago by bev
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This was a gift for my eldest daughters boyfriend who loves to watch lots of clint eastwood dvds, he's very happy
Published 2 months ago by janesfarm
5.0 out of 5 stars High plains drifter
brill film love it on Blu-ray the picture shows up so much better when the town gets painted red its awesome love clint eastwood films anyway so glad ive got this in my collection... Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Lavender
5.0 out of 5 stars High Plains Drifter
Great film to add to my collection of Clint Eastwood films, not only his spaghetti westerns but most of the others he has done
Published 2 months ago by Sillyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent release.
Brilliant release of a classic western. Picture is as good as I have seen for the film. Am very pleased with purchase. Same extra as on DVD.
Published 3 months ago by Nigel L
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! Great Classic Western
Largo is the town and in rides the stranger to save the day. Classic Western of which they do not make anymore. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint-alious
You like Clint? You like Westerns? You will love this movie. Why does Hollywood not produce more raw entertainment like this? Buy it!
Published 3 months ago by The Blarney Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Clint's early classics.
Great picture and sound quality in this HD disc. The way I remember seeing and hearing it way back in the early 70's.
Published 5 months ago by Rad
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