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Space Cowboys [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Clint Eastwood , Tommy Lee Jones , Blair Brown    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner, James Cromwell
  • Directors: Blair Brown
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Jack N. Green
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Dec 2006
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KCI8WA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,338 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

From Amazon.co.uk

Space Cowboys is a slice of cornball Americana that's so much fun you'll be tempted to stand up and salute. Director and co-star Clint Eastwood manages to turn what might have been ludicrous into a jubilant tribute to age and experience, and Space Cowboys succeeds as two movies in one--a comedy about retired pilots given one last shot at glory and an Apollo 13-like thriller with all the requisite heroics. With a dream cast of Hollywood vets playing old farts described in tabloids as "The Ripe Stuff", the movie jumps from a 1958 prologue (establishing their lost bid for space travel) to 40-plus years later, when the retired Air Force aces (Eastwood, James Garner, Donald Sutherland, Tommy Lee Jones) volunteer to rescue a falling Russian satellite that only Eastwood's character can repair.

It turns out that Russkie bird is a Cold War leftover equipped with live nuclear warheads, and the movie revs up to a rousing climax in which our heroes prove their mettle. But first the comedy: watching these codgers struggle to pass NASA's physical tests is a total hoot, with running gags about wrinkles, dentures, and oysters for sagging libidos. (Sutherland is the scene-stealer, but they're all having a blast.) Once in space, the movie gets down to business, and the visual-effects wizards at Industrial Light and Magic provide stunning vistas from Earth's orbit; a shot looking down at the boot of Italy is particularly beautiful. A sub-plot involving a weasely NASA administrator (James Cromwell) is rather perfunctory, but it hardly matters. Space Cowboys earns its wings, once again demonstrating Eastwood's comfort with any genre he chooses. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

On the DVD: Even though it boasts no sub-title like "Special Edition," this DVD has some of the nicest extras you'll want to see. There's nearly an hour of behind-the-footage material, all of it superior made-for-cable featurettes so often included on DVDs. The technicians divulge little tricks of the trade, revealing more computer effects in the film than you think. Longtime Eastwood editor Joel Cox provides insight into the director's work routine. The highlight, though, is an extended version of the four principle's appearance on The Tonight Show with Leno providing some interesting comments on how he chooses what films will "appear" on his show. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com

Product Description

In 1958 four test pilots (Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner) were about to become the first men in space. But internal problems prevented that from happening and they were all discharged. Four decades later the group are re-formed when an old Russian satellite suffers system failure, the results of which could be catastrophic if not sorted out soon. The only system that can stop the satellite from causing mass destruction is the old navigation system designed by Eastwood and his team. So the ageing team are sent into space in the shuttle on a mission to fix the satellite.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Space Cowboys 29 Jun 2005
Format:DVD
Never made as a film to take seriously, the whole point of this film is to watch 4 legendary names of Hollywood go to work on a hugely preposterous plot and just generally have fun with the wild idea of sending 4 geriatric airmen into space.
Putting together Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner sounds like an idea that just can't fail to work on paper. But what I think does make it work in reality is that the actors themselves don't seem to be taking the whole project seriously and because this transfers onto the audience, you can easily put aside the trumped up plot idea and just let the action unfold.
The film does raise the serious point of ageism though and does it in a nice subtle way. No ramming messages down the throat here.
As I say, just sit back and enjoy the film for what it is and don't try to hard to think about the story. Enjoy the wonderful sight of the four "Cowboys" striding up to the front doors of NASA resplendent in leather jackets and shades. Enjoy the lovely sweet romantic moments between Tommy Lee Jones and Marcia Gay Harden. Chuckle along at the witty old-dog one-liners from Sutherland and revel in Eastwood's macho posturing which is still as good as ever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
this film is just fantastic.it will make you laugh,cry,imagine and inspire you to do things you haven't done to your life.that's why,it's really recommended for young and old.i just love watching the film even how many times!And love is in there!young or old!!!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Houston, We have a pension!" 18 Aug 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Although many people laughed at Amargeddon when the producers felt that they shouldn't have done- Space Cowboys arrives and has a good laugh at itself and the one thing Hollywood discriminates against: AGE.
Clint Eastwood plays Frank Crovin, an Air Force test pilot whose claim to fame is that he was replaced by a chimp! So he never made his dream debut on the moon. Forty years on- Houston has a problem and yes, you guessed it, they call upon Frank and his original crew (Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner) to help out.
Where this film succeeds in in its sheer ability to constantly take the mickey out of its concept. The geriatric jokes are good natured and often poignant as are the performances. And watching the fantastic four enter NASA headquarters dressed in leather jackets and wearing shades and strutting is worth the buying this video for alone. Yeah the premise is hokey and corny but Space Cowboys doesn't pretend to be rocket science, but it certainly splits the cinematic comedy atom. I was laughing throughout most of it.
Eastwood directs as well as stars and gives the film a steady pace and manages to coaxe fully rounded peformances from his co-stars. He also looks a great deal younger than his 71 years.
If you want to see a once in a lifetime cast take on the young 'uns with style, panache and gentle humour then you'll be over the moon with Space Cowboys. If the premise does not appeal then see Scary Movie instead and
weep!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST TEAM, BEST STORY 21 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
It was really impreesive to see all those old fellows on the scene. This movie shows the importance of the passion, challenge and friendship. You will really be lost in the scenes and enjoy from the beginning till end of the time you reserved ( not spent ) while watching this movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I expected a typical Eastwood film and had the opposite. The script at times was thin but the comedy and the acting of the entire members was good. On numerous occassions the comedy was very good. The humour crossed the American-British border and you was able to get and understand all the side remarks. Excellent, very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars there's life in the old dog 5 Nov 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
arrived in very quick time well packaged the premise maybe a little out there the acting is great the cinematography is superb james cromwell's character should be thrown out of an airlock!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Cowboys showing the Right Stuff!! 6 Dec 2002
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Clint Eastwood and James Gardner were stars back in the 50's telly with RAWHIDE and MAVERICK, and later many other vehicles. Donald Sutherland and Tommy Lee Jones made a big splash in the 70's, and have gone on to prove they are some of the best actors around today. But all are showing a little wear and tear on the leading man image, but they clearly demonstrate they are spark as tacks and still the best.
They are ageing ex-astronauts that never made it into space - a thorn in their sides. Eastwood went on to design guidance systems for the space platform. One of the communication satellite that used his system is decaying and, unfortunately, none of today's hotshots know how to fix it. So the old space cowboys get a second crack to make it into space.
All four leads give warm, funny and outstanding performances, backed by powerhouse William Devane and James Hampton.
You just cannot miss these old cowboys showing they still have the right stuff!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Review of Blu Ray film 23 April 2008
By Mr P
Format:Blu-ray
I have seen this film a few times and recommend it. Great fun and includes stuff in space, what more could you ask for? Clearly all the actors are having a cracking time in the making of the movie and this definitely adds to the atmosphere. The four grey haired actors, Clint Eastwood, James Gardner, Donald Sutherland and Tommy Lee Jones, who play the heroes of the piece are all superb, giving me hope for my old age!! It's a very enjoyable film, good jokes, exciting action, well acted and well shot.

As for the blu ray, some of the picture quality is top notch, especially those bits set in space. The rest of film however is not as visually impressive. Still very good, and better than DVD I think, but not true HD all the way through. Can't complain really.

Sound is also very good 5.1.

Well worth watching, and if you don't have on DVD, buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... laughed all the way through those guys are the best. Loving the...
I laughed all the way through those guys are the best. Loving the theme - they could certainly teach the young bucks a thing or two. Love you guys. I watch it again and again.
Published 10 days ago by talitha
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
this film is quite emotional but excellent this is a must see film I was really impressed with the story
Published 19 days ago by sarah morris
2.0 out of 5 stars Very, very dull
I can't see the point of this film. It's not funny, it's not suspenseful and it's not a thriller. The plot is entirely predictable and the whole thing is just dull. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Pumpkin Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it :)
Great film. Love the cast, love the script, great rainy day film to enjoy with afternoon tea on a tray.
Published 2 months ago by happishopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining...
I have had this DVD sitting on the shelf for years and could never bring myself to give it a spin. As the bank hols drew to a close and there was nothing worth watching on TV, gave... Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. F. Cope
4.0 out of 5 stars Space
A very entertaining d v d featuring 4 superstars. Very funny in part with tommy lee jones playing a very good part
Published 3 months ago by David Wilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent, plays with no problems, even being an American release so obvioulsy valid for the UK.
The "extra features" are quite good too, recommended !
Published 6 months ago by Marco
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
Great cast in this film, good entertainment with some good humour throughout the film. Well worth the purchase with quick delivery
Published 6 months ago by John Rudd
3.0 out of 5 stars Space Cowboys
I enjoyed this old film. Well acted by all four old astronauts, especially Clint Eastwood. Would recommend this film. Great scenery
Published 6 months ago by maggie may
3.0 out of 5 stars good entertainment
Worth having as part of a collection of good films.
Recommended to watch.
All star cast that show their continued ability to entertain.
Published 7 months ago by guzare sunar
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