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Unforgiven - 10th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [1992]

Clint Eastwood , Gene Hackman , Clint Eastwood    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: David Webb Peoples
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, David Valdes, Julian Ludwig
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jan 2003
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006L9XJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,441 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in Wyoming in 1881 during the sunset years of the Wild West, 1992's Unforgiven was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood, and is generally considered to be the towering achievement of his twilight years. Eastwood plays William Munny, once a vicious, whisky-swilling bounty hunter, brought to heel by his marriage to a good woman. When she dies, he must raise two children and run a hog farm alone, something which we see him make a comically poor fist of doing. Then, in a twist of fate, a young outlaw called the Schofield Kid trots up to his farm and invites him to collect on a $1,000 reward raised by a group of prostitutes. However, Clint must not only face up to his own somewhat rusty skills as a gunslinger, but also to genial-but-psychopathic lawman Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman in superb form).

Unforgiven ultimately conforms to the expectations of the genre, while subverting quite a few of them on the way. There's brooding on the consequences of violence ("It's a hell of a thing to kill a man"), as Munny's ineptitude with a rifle is matched by his feelings of penitence for his younger wrongdoings. Finally, however, Eastwood casts aside age and inhibition in a chillingly ruthless shootout, his powers miraculously (improbably?) restored, in what could also be seen as an assertion on the part of the ageing Eastwood of his own potency as a major player in Hollywood.

On the DVD: Unforgiven is presented in this Special Edition release in a 2.35:1 widescreen transfer that gives due emphasis to what critic David Thomson described as the "drained, wintry" feel of the movie. There are numerous bonus features in addition to the original trailer. Eastwood official biographer Richard Schickel offers a particularly copious and detailed audio commentary which touches on all aspects of the film. The 64-minute 1997 documentary Clint on Clint offers a detailed if inevitably worshipful account of Eastwood's career. Finally, there's a 47-minute 1959 episode of Maverick, the old James Garner TV series, guest-starring a 29-year-old Clint, several years away from his big Hollywood break. --David Stubbs

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In 1880s Kansas, ageing gunslinger-turned-farmer William Munny (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly agrees to come out of retirement to help Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) collect the bounty on a wanted murderer. The man in question cut up a prostitute in a lawless town lorded over by the corrupt Sheriff Daggett (Gene Hackman), and if Munny and Logan want to catch him they are going to have to deal with Daggett first. A gritty western which brought a new level of critical respect to its director, Clint Eastwood, winning him the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director (it also picked up the Best Supporting Actor award for Gene Hackman).

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A profound, thought-provoking and epic film 25 Feb 2008
By William Cohen VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This film tells a story in a rather indirect way. From the prologue, which tells us about a comely and virtuous woman who marries a violent and angry man, we don't quite know where we are.

Then we see a gruesome attack of a prostitute and some rather unexpected summary justice from Little Bill (Gene Hackman). From this point onwards, the story, and the characters, tilt one way and the other. You like Little Bill, but he takes things too far. You like the Eastwood character, but you can't entirely forgive him, and you can see him sliding downwards.

The action has lingered with me for several days. What does this film have to say about hellraisers? What am I to make of the amazing denouement? Is there any justice in the ending?

Looking back there are scenes that you remember, like the mythical gunslinger missing a simple target over and over again, or Little Bill and his hopeless roof-building. The details ornament the story in delightful ways.

It's an absorbing film which confronts you with much complexity. Should law enforcers make examples of people? Do light punishments cause greater troubles? How do mythologies influence our actions? This is a very special film.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgivable to not own this movie! 28 Jan 2005
By Manco
Format:DVD
Clint Eastwood dedicated his Western masterpiece Unforgiven "...to Sergio and Don." (Sergio Leone and Don Siegel) This was an entirely fitting tribute to the two directors who probably had the greatest impact on Eastwood's career. Leone, of course, cast Eastwood as The Man With No Name in the Dollars trilogy, whereas Siegel directed Eastwood in his other iconic role of Dirty Harry.
When watching Unforgiven it is clear that Eastwood learnt valuable lessons from both of these great directors: Leone's rugged, unromantic view of the West and Siegel's flare for staging action. However, Clint Eastwood is a director with talent all of his own and in Unforgiven we are given a special treat.
This 10th anniversary edition does full justice to the film Eastwood wanted us to see, most notably in its 2.35:1 widescreen presentation. The extra features are also useful and interesting additions serving as more than just padding.
Unforgiven is a Western and as such a genre piece. However, more than that it is a powerful story, a cautionary tale, and above all intelligent and emotionally gripping. It would be unforgivable of you not to embrace it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE intelligent western 9 Feb 2003
Format:DVD
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This 2 disc special edition of the academy award winning film directed by Clint Eastwood is exactly what 'movie fans' have been waiting for. Its been impossible to hear anything about the man so comfortable in front of and behind the camera on any of his DVD releases until now, and although there's no 'director comentary' from the man himself theres plenty to rectify that omision.

The DVD itself is still lacking slightly in quality. The sound suffers from the rise and fall syndrome often experienced with old VCR's and although its not severe enough to detract from the film its the kind of detail you'd think they'd sort out for a 2 disc special edition. The film commentary is by Richard Schickel (authorised biographer and friend of Clint Eastwood) and is a very good one with plenty of anecdotes and insights to the creation of this film and the director himself. The second disc is the motherload. A new documentary on the making of the film, the original documentary, a 'featurette' on Eastwood himself and the 'Eastwood on Eastwood' 1997 documentary on the directors career narrated by John Cusack all go to making this THE Eastwood DVD to have. As a bonus Eastwoods one and only role in an episode of the TV series Maverick is included on this formidable extras DVD. It was soon after this that he was seen regularly in the Rawhide TV series.

The story itself is not greatly original- how many films have revolved around the 'one last job' from the retired gangster/ hitman/ ex special forces operative etc., only to have it all go wrong in the execution of the plan. Eastwood himself has taken this role a couple of times (Firefox, Josey Wales) and it is a staple plot drive from hollywood.

With Eastwood in the directors chair, this basic story becomes much, much more.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last great western.. 25 Jan 2003
Format:DVD
Fans of the classic Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns will love Unforgiven, not because of the style, or even the setting, but because its almost like a continuation of Eastwood's eponymous character from those films is making a final statement: He may be getting old, but he's still relevant. This mature, oscar winning movie ranks as a triumph, not because of the script by David Peoples (though,credit where credit is due, it is exceptional)simply because it succeeds in conjuring up genuine atmosphere, with some of the best character actors working in Hollywood today making the roles their own. Eastwood takes the central role as William Munny, a retired gunfighter coaxed back into the business by his ex-partner(an excellent,understated Morgan Freeman) to rescue a town from the benevolent sheriff Gene Hackman.
However, if all this is beginning to sound like a cliche, thats certainly where those accusations will stop. Watching Unforgiven is like sitting back in a bar watching real people-its not melodramatic, it's not overacted, it's sombre and thoughtful.
Eastwood's performance as Munny takes him away from the cheesy nonsense of the later Dirty Harry movies that he had been trapped in throughout the eighties, and demands work from the actor.Eastwood portrays a tortured character with immense skill,reminding us that, when he is at his best,he's untouchable.
That he worked so well with the entire cast to be rewarded with all round blinders is a fantastic acheivement.
Unforgiven is a violent film in certain places, but again this isn't Over the top, it's compulsively gritty.That Eastwood has been churning out empty-headed 'Pensioner thrillers' of late is all the more tragic when you look back ten years ago and realise he was capable of great work like this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
An Eastwood classic. I love this movie. It is a fantastic gritty sotry that is typical of an Eastwood western. I highly recommend viewing this movie.
Published 14 days ago by David Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars some scenes too dark
Found some scenes in this too dark too see clearly.
Anybody else have this problem or is it just me ??????
Published 23 days ago by Mr D.
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is stunning!
The characters and storyline are outstanding. The actors in this film all should get oscar's!

It's about a very Hard nosed Sheriff, who controls the town he's in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kr groves
5.0 out of 5 stars When the legend becomes fact, print the legend
The release of Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” in the early 1990s, along with its critical and commercial success, would seem to suggest that the western – hardly the most popular of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shazzerman
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Clint Eastwood's best.
I really enjoyed this film, the characterisation was excellent and the story was superb. I never liked his spaghetti westerns but this I do like.
Published 1 month ago by Billy Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars 'CLASSIC 'EASTWOOD' - 'WESTERN'
'Will Munny' ('Clint Eastwood' ) once a ruthless 'killer' now lives on a small-holding struggling to make ends meet, he lives with his two young children, his wife had passed on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgiven
I am happy with the dvd I am looking forward to this movie I would recommend this site to friend and family
Published 4 months ago by bev
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgiven DVD
This is one of my partners favourite films, he kept mentioning that he wanted to see it again so I ordered it here. He was nicely surprised and has watched it at least twice. Read more
Published 5 months ago by sparrowlegs
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Not only is this an excellent film, but the backdrops are almost breathtaking on blu-ray (the colours are so vibrant).
Published 6 months ago by Uncle Feedle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Classic western, great cast. Great story. Anyone looking to buy a classic film for their collection should consider this film.
Published 6 months ago by D Little
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