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Quigley Down Under [Blu-ray] [1990] [US Import]

Alan Rickman , Tom Selleck    Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Rickman, Tom Selleck, Ron Haddrick, Chris Haywood, Tony Bonner
  • Format: Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HT3ZZQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,881 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Although set in 1870s Western Australia, this is a very traditional western adventure, and it is all the better for that! After watching that recent, truly awful film "Australia", "Quigley Down Under" is like a breath of fresh air. Tom Selleck plays Matthew Quigley a, yes you've guessed it, very traditional western character in the mould of William S Hart, Tom Mix, Buck Jones, Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott and of course John Wayne. He is the typical taciturn self sufficient westerner. A man of few words, but not a man to rub up the wrong way. He also happens to be quite useful with a gun.

In the film Quigley travels to the Western Australian outback in response to an advertisement by wealthy rancher Alan Rickman, who wants a marksman who can shoot accurately over long distances. Soon after arriving Quigley learns that he will be employed to shoot local aborigines as part of an ethnic cleansing campaign headed by the rancher. The two have an explosive confrontation which ends with Quigley being badly beaten and dumped in the desert with a young woman who has befriended him. But Quigley is not finished yet. They really should have finished him off when they had the chance! Big mistake! We head to an old fashioned showdown, where Quigley does not believe that Rickman measures up to the likes of Wild Bill Hickock.

Tom Selleck does an excellent job in the lead role. He is a natural born westerner who could sleepwalk through the part. He looks and acts the real deal. The diminutive Laura San Giacamo provides attractive and feisty support. Alan Rickman is excellent in another of his cadaverous panto villain roles. He does not ham it up to the same extent as his overblown performance that same year as the Sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood Prince of Thieves".
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific old-school Western adventure 15 Nov 2005
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
"Matthew Quigley is really beginning to annoy me." That's Elliot Marston (Alan Rickman) speaking. He owns a huge cattle station in Australia's outback and he's hired Quigley (Tom Selleck) to come over from America's wild west and do some shooting for him. When Quigley arrives at the station, however, he finds out the shooting Marston has in mind is the killing of Aborigines. The Australian government has left the "problem" of Aborigines up to the land owners and calls it pacification by force. As Marston points out to Quigley, "As primitive as they are, they've still learned to keep themselves out of rifle range." But Quigley's having none of it, gets into a fight with Marston, and winds up abandoned with a woman he befriended, Cora (Laura San Giacomo), in the middle of the Australian desert. After many long slogs through the heat, the befriending of a group of Aborigines, encounters with Marston's hired guns and then seeing how Marston deals with the Aborigines, Quigley decides the solution to his problems is to take care of Marston once and for all. Marston, however, has decided that the solution to his problems is to take care of Quigley.

What we have is an Australian western, complete with fist fights, shootouts, galloping horses, buckboards, draggings and, of course, a dramatic shootout which the beaten-up hero doesn't lose. Quigley Down Under, however, began to annoy me when I realized that all of this in the two hour movie would have benefited greatly through editing out at least 20 minutes. Scenes go on too long. Characters say too much. Much time is spent seeing how innocent and true to nature the Aborigines are. Hours seem to be spent watching Quigley and Cora slog through one desert sequence after another.

And yet...I enjoyed the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yank in Aussie land
I am a Tom Sellick fan, enjoyed this film and would watch it again, grandchildren (teenagers) also enjoyed it, what more is there to say
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5.0 out of 5 stars C'mon, you have to love this one.....and it will play.
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Published 1 month ago by B. J. Davies
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Published 1 month ago by dotty
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Australian western, interesting and beautiful.
A great part for a young Tom Selleck, beautiful scenery and photography, plu an early Alan Rickman baddy, what's not to like?
A good movie, all the better for watching in HD.
Published 1 month ago by Christopher J Hilton
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
100% perfect new and packed as it should be for new.very cheap compared to others.came within a few days and picture quality as one would expect spot on
Published 2 months ago by Aubrey Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good!
This was fairly good for a western - lots of action, Tom Selleck's character is very likeable and the man acts his socks off! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shoe-aholic
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!
Having bought the Jesse Stone series I saw this DVD with Tom Selleck & thought I'd give it a try. It's set in Australia & the scenery is fantastic.. the story's not bad either!
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