Quigley Down Under is a terrific old-school western relocated to Australia that never found the audience it deserved. Originally intended as a Steve McQueen vehicle, Tom Selleck makes a surprisingly excellent replacement as the American sharpshooter who travels to Australia only to find new employer and Wild West buff Alan Rickman (in typical sneering mode) wants him to kill the local aborigines. Naturally, Selleck and Laura San Giacomo's crazy woman who thinks he's her lost love find themselves dumped in the desert and on the other side with the expected results, but the pleasure's all in the telling, not least thanks to an exceptionally well-crafted script by John Hill. Selleck's Quigley is a likeable, decent yet believable hero that in another era would have set the actor on the path to making the genre his own, Giacomo's character is surprisingly well drawn, the actress managing to make a potentially irritating role both funny and touching while being absolutely convincing, and Simon Wincer stages the action and character scenes with equal aplomb. Add superlative scope photography from David Eggby and one of Basil Poledouris' best and most enjoyable scores and it adds up to the most purely enjoyable old-fashioned Western in the past few decades.
The R2 PAL DVD includes the original trailer but not the negligible 2 TV spots and brief featurette from the R1 NTSC release, but it's worth picking up just for the film. MGM/UA's US region-free Blu-ray also offers the extras from the US DVd and a superior widescreen transfer.