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Lonesome Dove [Blu-ray] [1989] [US Import]

Robert Duvall , Tommy Lee Jones    Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Robert Urich
  • Format: AC-3, Collector's Edition, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Rhi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 384 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018RWMNM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,970 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones star as Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call, ageing cowboys and former Texas rangers who organise a 2,500 mile cattle drive for one last great adventure in this excellent 1989 mini-series adaptation of Larry McMurtry's novel. The best friends, who steal the herd from a gang of Mexican cattle rustlers, drive their herd from Texas to Montana, battling horse thieves, angry Indian tribes, and a renegade half-breed killer named Blue Duck (Frederic Forrest) on a mission of revenge. The excellent cast also includes Robert Urich as cardsharp and former Ranger Jake Spoon, Anjelica Huston as McCrae's old flame Clara Allen, Danny Glover, Ricky Schroder, Diane Lane, Chris Cooper, DB Sweeney, Steve Buscemi, and even a small role for author Larry McMurtry. Australian director Simon Wincer shows a tremendous capacity for balancing sweeping drama and intimacy against the gorgeous landscape of the American Southwest, giving a grandly epic feel to the film despite its small-screen target and limited budget, and for forging memorable characters of even the smallest supporting parts. The heart of the drama belongs to McCrae and Call, memorably etched by Duvall and Jones as the last of the range romantics. In the age of revisionist Westerns, this excellent cattle-drive drama nicely maintains an old-fashioned feeling while still showing the dark side of the American West. --Sean Axmaker,

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Men for a Hard Land. 28 July 2009
That durable screen legend John Wayne made two big mistakes towards the end of his career. He unsurprisingly turned down the role of Pike Bishop in "The Wild Bunch", one of the finest westerns ever made, but a far more visceral vision of the west than Wayne had ever acted in. He also spurned the opportunity to play the part of Woodrow F Call in the mooted film "The Streets of Laredo" based on a screenplay by Larry McMurtry. The film, to have been directed by Peter Bogdanovich, who made the very good "The Last Picture Show"(71), was also to have starred James Stewart and Henry Fonda. I recall reading of this mouthwatering prospect at the time. On Wayne's refusal the project fell apart. Instead he went on to make a number of mediocre westerns with a couple of notable exceptions. The exceptions were films where he left his comfort zone, which is exactly what "The Streets of Laredo" would have required. The very realistic portrayal of McMurty's frontier west much like "The Wild Bunch" was possibly a step too far for him. Instead, far from finished, McMurtry developed the screenplay into his glorious epic novel of the west "Lonesome Dove". It stands as perhaps the finest novel set in the old west that has ever been written. I have yet to read better. It deservedly won the Pulitzer prize for fiction in 1986. It is thought to be loosely based on the lives of two cattlemen called Goodnight and Loving who made a similar epic cattle drive. The film "Red River" is also thought to be based on their lives. The book encompasses far more than any feature film could hope to cover. At last in 1989 it was made into an expensive all star, no expense spared TV series which was able to do full justice to the book.

A superb cast was assembled.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A 5-star Western on a 3-star transfer 1 Nov 2008
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Conventional wisdom had it that the Western was dead when after years of false starts, Lonesome Dove finally made it to the screen. Starting life as a 1971 screenplay for John Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda before becoming a best-selling Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, it was even briefly mooted as a possible vehicle for Redford and Newman as the two former Texas Rangers who go on one last cattle drive, but was deemed too risky for the big screen. The end result was certainly worth the long wait, earning huge ratings and a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest television Westerns ever made.

True, the first episode is a bit slow as the characters mull over the wisdom of a cattle drive at their time of life, but the time spent getting to know the large ensemble pays off: by the time they leave the dead-end town of Lonesome Dove we know enough about them to genuinely care about their fate over the long and dangerous journey, giving us a Western that's not only thrilling but often genuinely touching. It's a beautifully produced saga, with fine performances from most of the cast - particularly Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones - strikingly directed, often breathtakingly shot and boasting one of Basil Poledouris' most beautiful scores.

So why only three stars? Well, unfortunately though the original DVD release needed remastering, this new edition rather botches the job. The picture quality is better, but unforgiveably the image has been cropped from its original fullframe to widescreen, making a travesty of the original framing and often losing detail in several scenes. So, for the time being at least, the choice is between a poor older edition in the right ratio or a clearer image but less of it on this new edition. A real crying shame...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 2 Mar 2007
By Four Violets VINE VOICE
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Sublime casting and faithful dramatisation. It was wonderful to see everything from this exciting, colourful story come alive on the screen exactly as I had imagined it. There is nothing about this not to like and if you are prejudiced against Westerns, give it a go anyway!
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Playing the Texas Ranger turned cattleman, Gus McRae, this is unquestionably Robert Duval's greatest acting achievement. Had this adaptation of Larry McMurtry's award-winning novel been made for the Big Screen rather than television, it would have garnered every major Academy Award for that year. It's also every bit as good as the book, if not better.

In my opinion, this is the finest vision of the mythical American West ever put on film. It has everything: flawed good guys, horrific bad guys, Indian fights, shootouts, the hooker with a Heart of Gold, rustlers, a danger-filled cattle drive, hangings, lost loves, loyalty of friendship, cowardice, bravery, tragedy, drama, humor. The cynic will say that the film is simply a compilation of clichés. However, everything is tied together so wonderfully by Duval and a magnificent supporting cast, spectacular cinematography, authentic period costuming, and a soundtrack to knock your socks off, that it's hard to object even if you realize your emotions are being shamelessly manipulated.

I've plugged the DVD of this epic into the player more times than I can count. If you've never seen it, have a box of Kleenex handy, and indulge your senses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, emotional, the best! 7 Jan 2003
By Rosslock VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
I remember seeing this on the telly for the first time in the late eighties as a teenager, and being absolutely swept away by it. I have not missed a repeat since, and have now finally added this to my collection.
Lonesome Dove is the swansong of two of the greatest characters ever invented in Western History. Ex Rangers McCrea and Call go on a last adventure which become a rollercoaster of a ride. The acting, especially of the two main actors Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall is fantastic, as is the scenery and just the feel of the whole thing.
Honestly, I can't recommend this enough. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but you'll never forget Lonesome Dove.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great service - highly recommended
Published 1 day ago by Sue Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the movie
Bought these DVDs after reading the book. Really enjoyed the movie! Not a patch on the book but excellent viewing nonetheless.
Published 5 days ago by HollyWoozle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant what more can I say
Published 11 days ago by ROBERT EDEN
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 19 days ago by gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it. We were sorry when it was finished
I decided to buy this after reading the book. I really enjoyed it. We were sorry when it was finished!
Published 19 days ago by Lornie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just love it, love it, love it. Watch it time and time again
Published 21 days ago by linda charles
5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL WESTERN
Any true believer of the genre this is a must see. Casting, scenery, story line indeed the whole package is exemplary. Worth return visits again and again. Read more
Published 3 months ago by gordon gray
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete
I thought I was buying the complete mini series but in fact this is no as the end is missing!
Published 5 months ago by David William HARRIS
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable.
Robert Duvall at his relaxed masterful best. The 'Old West' as imagined by Hollywood but more realistic than usual. A previous TV series published as a dvd and enjoyable escapism.
Published 5 months ago by Caswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
Robert Duvall in his first portrayal of an aging cowboy. It was followed by by 'Open Range' and 'Broken Trail' in similar genres and equally excellent stories. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Speedygee
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