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Southern Comfort (Limited Edition packaging) [Bluray] [Blu-ray]

Walter Hill    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Format: Closed-captioned
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009GZ999I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,348 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Southern Comfort is more than merely Deliverance in the Louisiana Bayou. Walter Hill's taut little tale of weekend warrior National Guardsman on swamp exercises reverberates with echoes of Vietnam. Powers Booth brings a hard pragmatism to the "new guy" in the unit, a Texas transplant less than thrilled with his new unit. "They're just Louisiana versions of the same rednecks I served with in El Paso", he tells level-headed Keith Carradine.

The barely functional unit of city boys and macho rednecks invade the environs of the local Cajun trappers and poachers, "borrowing" the locals' boats and sending bursts of blank rounds over their heads in a show of contempt. Before they know it the dysfunctional strangers in a strange land are on the losing end of guerrilla war. The swamp rats kill their commanding officer (Peter Coyote) and terrorise the bickering bunch as they flee blindly through the jungle without a map, a compass, or a leader to speak of. Hill directs with a clean simplicity, creating tension as much from the primal landscape and the Cajuns' unsettling reign of terror as from the dynamics of a platoon of battle virgins tearing itself apart from rage and fear. Ry Cooder's eerie and haunting score and the primal, claustrophobic landscape only intensifies the paranoia as the city boys splinter with infighting (sparked by a bullying Fred Ward), blunder through booby traps and ambushes, and finally turn just as savage as their pursuers in their drive to survive. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

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Southern Comfort


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Walter Hill is probably one of America's finest,but most under-rated Action director. Southern Comfort,alongside The Warriors, 48hrs,and Streets Of Fire, is one of his best pieces. Tightly edited and broodingly atmospheric, it's greatest strength is it's all male ensemble cast headed by Keith Carradine, Powers Booth and Fred Ward. The script is economical, self deprecating and acerbic. Ry Cooder's rural score is haunting. The scattered outburst's of violence are quite poetic. Southern Comfort is a reminder of how potent American films once were.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Godamn you Spencer, I'm trying to do my best!" 4 July 2006
Format:DVD
This is a film about incompetence more than anything else, and it's not too different to Walter Hill's earlier film: 'The Warriors'. Nine men being hunted relentlessly through a hostile environment, and being picked off one-by-one. The action barely lets up from the first fifteen minutes. There's almost as many arguments as there are in 'Who's afraid of Virginia Wolf' as the bickering characters battle their way to survival. Often compared to John Boorman's 'Deliverance', this is film-making at it's brilliance to equal the latter. Casper is my favourite character because he behaves like a spoilt child and reminds me of so many incompetent team leaders I've known in the past. Ry Cooder's score set's the atmosphere throughout. The knife in the groin still makes my eyes water even after about thirty views. One last comment: If these are America's finest reserve - God help them!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!!! 3 Feb 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
5 stars all the way for me.sound and picture quality are outstanding.
This film is a classic i recommend it to everyone,you will not be disappointed
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Southern Comfort is directed by Walter Hill who also co-writes the screenplay with Michael Kane and David Giler. It stars Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales, T.K. Carter, Lewis Smith, Les Lannom, Peter Coyote and Carlos Brown. Music is scored by Ry Cooder and cinematography by Andrew Laszlo.

1973 and nine Louisiana National Guardsmen head into the bayous on a routine training mission but become lost. Taking some moored canoes to cross a river, leaving a note of explanation, they find that within a short space of time they are in a fight for their lives against a Cajun foe whose territory they are now completely at the mercy of.

The comparisons to Deliverance are obvious and fair, the metaphor for Vietnam, too, is rightly associated to Walter Hill's movie, but it's a good enough picture across the board to stand proudly on its own two feet. Southern Comfort is expert film making, where it's both a taut action suspense film and an exercise in arresting visuals. Narratively as well the film is always strong, where the group dynamic of uniformed men trying to survive in a hostile environment, is tossed about like a rag doll amongst the swampy bayous of Louisiana.

As evidenced by much of his CV, Hill is a master of action choreography, and Southern Comfort finds him on top form. Be it mano-mano fights or flighty pursuits, he pulls the viewer into those swamps to feel it as it is. Set almost bleakly to a back drop of murky greys and greens, with Laszlo's photography suitably monochrome and misty, the mood is often one of disquiet, even as the film reaches the last quarter to be played out in a Cajun village, the men, and us, never feel safe, it's consistently a Hillbilly Hell.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deliverance 2 8 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Always in danger of the accusation of being 'Deliverance-lite', Walter Hill's mean and moody look at the downside of macho heroics is nevertheless a brilliantly made and exciting action thriller, not afraid to have some ideas in its head. Some National Guardsmen are on routine manoeuvres in the Louisiana Bayou, and after some accidental shots are fired at Cajun locals, find themselves fighting for their lives in the swamps.
Were it not for its similarity to Boorman's film, this would seem a masterpiece, as tough character actors like Fred Ward, Powers Boothe and Keith Carradine squabble their way through various chases and standoffs deliberately modelled on Vietnam. In the end, because 'Deliverance' went into full-on nightmare, it sticks more in the mind. But few of Walter Hill's movies are dull, and this is tense and nasty, with superbly atmospheric camerawork and a typically vivid score from Hill's frequent musical collaborator Ry Cooder.
Not many features on this DVD, but it deserves a place in your collection, either as a less painful version of 'Deliverance's harsh message, or a brutally effective suspenser in its own right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best "survival" thriller films around 9 July 2014
By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:DVD
Walter Hill's Southern Comfort is a potent example of how to make a good survival thriller.
Many reviewers compare the film to the well loved classic Deliverance, which also a firm favourite of mine. However whilst the two films share a common theme, they are quite unique in their own ways.

The story shows a routine exercise with the Louisiana National Guard, in a dense forest area. Powers Boothe plays Cpl. Hardin, newly transferred in from the Texas National Guard. Keith Carradine is Private Spencer, a chilled out and smooth talking part time soldier who takes things less seriously than most of his fellow soldiers. Heading up the section is Peter Coyote as Staff Sgt. Poole, who has a fairly minor role in the film, but still his appearance is welcome.

Things take a turn for the worse when the men decide to "borrow" some boats that the native Cajuns (French speaking ethnic group) own. After this we see the two sides pitted against each other, leaving the Guardsmen in a desperate fight for survival. What makes matters worse is that due to the non combat exercise the soldiers have mostly blanks and little live ammunition, this leaves them vulnerable to the Cajun attackers who know the terrain well, and are better equipped. It's clear from the start that most of the section have little to no combat experience.

We have a good mix of characters in the squad from the serious but lacking combat knowledge Sgt. Casper (Les Lannom), and Fred Ward (as Reece) who goes off the rails in a silent and dangerous way. Don't dismiss the cast members as cliché, they all fit a role well and portray a mix of individuals and how they might deal with a nightmare scenario they face.

Carradine and Boothe command most screen time and do a good job of it too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Too close for COMFORT!!!
WOW,I saw this when i was 15 and its still as scary as hell.This is to soldiers in the everglades as the four canoe ists were to "Deliverance!!".. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Malcolm McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, just as good as Deliverance
Southern Comfort (1981) is an American action/thriller film directed by Walter Hill and written by Michael Kane, and Hill and his longtime collaborator David Giler. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. A. J. Tennant
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncompromisingly mirroring the US Vietnam experience
Very much on a par with other movies of the era such as The Deer Hunter and Deliverance, Walter Hill's (now cult) film is a no-nonsense allegory for the experiences of many US... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, even with its shades of Deliverance
Set mainly in the Louisiana swamps, this is a gripping tale of man against man and man against the elements. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Redman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
what can i say everyone knows that this is an old classic, them caging boys are some real bad asses hahaha
Published 9 months ago by R.P.CARROLL
2.0 out of 5 stars Why oh why did I buy this?
I thought I had fond memories of this "gritty" film so I bought myself a copy on DVD. Upon re-watching, it became clear that this is a terrible movie and I wish I hadn't... Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars got it at last
been trying to get this for ages if it is as good as i remember it to be it will be worth watching
Published 11 months ago by kevin ledwards
5.0 out of 5 stars forgotten gem
If you're 30+ and you didn't see this classic first time around then now is the time to see what you missed, from start to finish great entertainment 5 stars for sure.
Published 12 months ago by the bigyin
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie
This is a classic movie, I must have seen this film at least five times. But seeing it was available on blue ray I just had to add it to my collection, full of atmosphere and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Adrian
1.0 out of 5 stars oh no not another crap blu-ray
i had hopes that this blu-ray of southern comfort might be an improvement on the dvd but sadly not,another small time company cashing in the same thing happened with peckinpahs... Read more
Published 14 months ago by bbwildbunch
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