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The Outlaw Josey Wales [DVD] [1976]

Clint Eastwood , Sondra Locke , Clint Eastwood    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George, Bill McKinney, John Vernon
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Forrest Carter, Philip Kaufman, Sonia Chernus
  • Producers: James Fargo, John G. Wilson, Robert Daley
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan 2002
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005TNZF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,792 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Clint Eastwood's 31st film as an actor, 20th as international star and fifth as director, was the first to win him widespread respect. Critics had grumbled when the producer-star replaced Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff) in the director's chair a week into shooting. They ended up cheering when Eastwood delivered both his most sympathetic performance to date and--with the heroic collaboration of cinematographer Bruce Surtees--an impressive Panavision epic that stresses the scruffiness, rather than the scenic splendours, of frontier life.

During the Civil War, Union "Redlegs" attack Southerner Josey Wales's dirt farm and wipe out his family. Seeking vengeance, Wales throws in with a company of Reb guerrillas. Tagged as a renegade after the surrender, he flees west into the vastness of the Indian Territories, where, quite unintentionally, he finds himself cast as the straight-shooting paterfamilias of an ever-growing, spectacularly motley community of misfits and castaways. This is to say, Josey's personal quest for survival and something like peace of mind evolves into a funky, multicultural allegory of the healing of America.

Josey Wales is good, not great, Eastwood. The big-gun fetishism can get tiresome, and too many characters exist only to serve as six-gun (and at one point Gatling gun) fodder. But mostly the film is agreeably eccentric, and almost furtively sweet in spirit--a key transitional title in the Eastwood filmography, and one of his most entertaining. --Richard T Jameson

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DVD Warner, Bros., Region 2 PAL 1976 135 mins

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great Westerns 11 Sep 2006
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Until Dances with Wolves and then Eastwoods own Unforgiven this was the best western post 1970. Eastwood plays the title role who is a certainly a match for the man with no name, but unlike that character Josey Wales is not amoral, in fact quite the contrary.

This is the first movie that Eastwood directed that made people sit up and notice him as a filmmaker rather than an action hero. Some classic trademark Eastwood lines are in this film, perhaps the best of which is:

Bounty Hunter - "You're wanted Wales"
Josey Wales - "Reckon I'm right popular. You a Bounty Hunter?"
BH - "A man's got to do something for a living these days"
JW - "Dyin' ain't much of a livin' boy"

The difference with this film (over say the spagetti westerns) is that Eastwoods character gradually becomes part of a family like gang of people. Most noteably an aging Indian (played by Chief Dan George) which makes for some wonderfully understated comic moments. One of the strengths of this film is you do care what happens. Yes there are gun fights and people are killed but in the end there is a sort of reconcilliation.

Already by this stage of his career Eastwood had a regular team around him to make the film. Standout amongst which is Bruce Surtees cinematography. This really is beautiful looking film.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood at his best... 24 Dec 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Thirty years after it was made, The Outlaw Josey Wales still stands up as Eastwood's finest outing as director. Like the later Unforgiven, it casts Eastwood in his traditional role of legendary gunfighter, but explores and humanizes the character, carrying him on a journey of genuine change and development. For me, this makes for a far more meaningful and enjoyable film than something like High Plains Drifter, in which Eastwood is just an inexplicable figure of vengeance; he isn't given a lot of credit for his acting skills, but when called upon do something other than just shoot people and look mean, Eastwood can deliver the goods. The Outlaw Josey Wales is one of only three films in which he cries onscreen, and in the opening scenes of the film he actually convinces as a meek farmer unable to stop his family`s murder. Whilst, throughout the film, he projects an image of violence and hatred, we see this image punctured as he continually comes into contact with other, weaker outcasts from society whom he is compelled to help. A story about redemption, not revenge, the film finally acknowledges that Josey Wales' true nature, of a family man, provider, and protector, still exists inside the feared outlaw he has become, and when he finally confronts the man who killed his wife and child, he is willing to forgive, and only kills him because the man in question is unable to comprehend this forgiveness. Ending on an upbeat note of new life, The Outlaw Josey Wales is Eastwood's most positive and emotionally complex work.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The outlaw Josey Wales Blu Ray 6 Aug 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I will keep this review short and speak about the Blu Ray.

This WB US disc is region free so will play in any country.

I had this on dvd and this blu ray was a huge improvement with vibrant colours and sharper pq.

Special features includes are commentary by Richard Schickel, New featurette Clint Eastwood's west
Plus 2 vintage featurettes- Hell has no fury - The making of the Outlaw Josey Wales and Eastwood in action,Plus a theatrical trailer.

The digibook is great and sound quality is greatly improved over the dvd.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOWCASE BLU-RAY TRANSFER 7 Feb 2013
By jimmcn1
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Having never been a fan of the genre there are few westerns within my movie collection, however THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES is certainly a valued edition. I made the decision to buy the US region free blu-ray based on the reviews of other Amazon customers and have to add that I'm glad I did. The upgrade to hi-def is outstanding for a movie made in 1976. With crystal clear picture quality and 5.1 surround the movie has never looked and sounded better. Having been severely disappointed with the poor quality of some other blu-ray titles recently, (Glory & Quadrophenia), Josey Wales has restored my faith in the blu-ray format and is undoubtedly a showcase disc.

The movie itself needs no review as it's easily one of the best westerns ever produced. THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES captures the bleak desolation and reality of a country torn apart in the aftermath of the American civil war and focuses on the harshness of the west rather than the kind of sunset silhouette cinematography usually seen within the genre. Alongside Kevin Costner's DANCES WITH WOLVES (Director's Cut), Billy Bob Thornton's ALL THE PRETTY HORSES, and Ang Lee's RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, Josey Wales is an achievement in film making that can bring in audiences to the western genre that otherwise wouldn't be interested.

If you're contemplating making this purchase make sure you opt for the region free blu-ray and buy with the confidence of knowing that if you liked the film before, once you've experienced the superior quality of this editions tranfer, you'll love it even more......... I reckon so!

Outlaw Josey Wales [Blu-ray] [1976] [US Import]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top 5 eastwood western ever 15 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
Can't express how much I loved this film. Great story from the start. Non stop pacey action with a great gun battle at the end. Eastwood knows how to make great westerns and this one is up there with the best.
Just brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent film
Published 5 days ago by truckman020
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 13 days ago by o p gray
5.0 out of 5 stars great
loved just about everything about this movie, it had a mixture of violence and laughter and one liners almost irresistible,
if you do not find it funny then you have no sense... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Stu
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok......
Not the best western from eastwood....too long, miss rythm. 7/10
Published 14 days ago by Carlos
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint at his gun totin' best.
Cracking escapism, Clint at his gun totin' best.
Published 20 days ago by Granddad
5.0 out of 5 stars Whupped `Em Again, Josey
.. so says Sam Bottoms' `wounded innocent', Jamie, the last defiant 'renegade confederate' accompanying Clint Eastwood's titular avenger, Josey's family having just been done in by... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the last great westerns
Clint at his best, one of my favourite all time films, along with "Unforgiven" one of the last great westerns. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Graeme Wright
1.0 out of 5 stars ... not work but can not send back so was disappointed.
Did not work but can not send back so was disappointed.
Published 24 days ago by Susie Q
5.0 out of 5 stars Better to get this version.
Excellent. Bought this usa version, 1) it was cheaper and 2) dunno why but the BBFC listed the UK version as cut, which really annoys, so wanted the proper full unmolested version. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beemer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dyin ain't much of a livin boy.........
Brilliant film. If you've not seen it, get it. Clint Eastwood is at his fantastic best. Good storyline, and the mule scene is in this DVD.
Published 3 months ago by Cornishcruiser
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