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High Plains Drifter [DVD]

Clint Eastwood    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Format: Widescreen, Mono, Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • Subtitles: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
  • 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: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 5 May 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,149 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Classic Clint Eastwood western. The unwelcome arrival of a stranger (Eastwood) in the town of Lagos causes resentment and fear among the locals. However, when they come under threat from a band of escaped convicts, it is to the stranger that the townsfolk turn for salvation. He agrees to help, and sets about teaching the populace the arts of self defence.


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, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ground Breaking, must-see western 25 July 2002
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stranger returns 27 July 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great western by the hands of Eastwood himself 19 Nov 2003
While HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER might not be of the high quality a "Fistful of Dollars" may be, this is surely a film you should pick up. It marks Eastwood's second film as a director and he certainly proves that he had guts enough to make this a tough western movie in the tradition of his "Man with no name" predecessors.
Once again, Eastwood plays an unnamed stranger, riding into a town that bears trouble. Quickly sucked into the local tensions, he gets hired by the town's inhabitants to track down the source of evil. Of course, how else should it be, he ends up being the avenging angel bringing very DEADLY justice to the criminals.
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER is a serious piece of western-movie entertaining to the last minute. Eastwood shows that it doesn't need the name Leone to deliver a solid western.
The DVD itself offers decent quality and a great cover for the collector enthusiast.
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