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Unforgiven [1992] [DVD]

Clint Eastwood , Gene Hackman , Clint Eastwood    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 1998
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CX8P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,597 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Winner of four Academy Awards, including best picture, director, supporting actor and best editing, Clint Eastwood's 1992 masterpiece stands as one of the greatest and most thematically compelling Westerns ever made. "The movie summarised everything I feel about the Western," said Eastwood at the time of the film's release. "The moral is the concern with gunplay." To illustrate that theme, Eastwood stars as a retired, once-ruthless killer-turned-gentle-widower and hog farmer. He accepts one last bounty-hunter mission--to find the men who brutalised a prostitute--to help support his two motherless children. Joined by his former partner (Morgan Freeman) and a cocky greenhorn (Jaimz Woolvett), he takes on a corrupt sheriff (Oscar winner Gene Hackman) in a showdown that makes the viewer feel the full impact of violence and its corruption of the soul. Dedicated to Eastwood's mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel and featuring a colourful role for Richard Harris, Unforgiven is arguably Eastwood's crowning directorial achievement. --Jeff Shannon

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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars good
wanted for awhile
Published 1 day ago by ian haines
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgiveable
Typical Eastwood fare with just a touch of edginess to it. The picture quality is good if just a little desaturated and grainy but I suspect the actual film print is the same. Read more
Published 5 days ago by JMD1
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Eastwood at his best.
Published 16 days ago by Vincent Bruno
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable
It's a revisionist Western. It's got Clint. Do I need to go on? Enough thought and consideration to elevate it, enough grit to keep it edgy. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood's Last Word on the West
For once a deserving 'Best Film' and a summation of Eastwood's view of the West supposedly. If so, it values the transformational effect of the love of a good woman; regrets the... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I actually haven't seen the DVD version yet as I bought this to cover a VHS copy.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exellent film
Published 1 month ago by mr owen phillip lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good dvd
Published 1 month ago by Leonard Hubbard
3.0 out of 5 stars It is clear the plot is a good one and the acting is generally very...
I can't give this print of the classic Eastwood film more since I could barely understand the dialogue. It is clear the plot is a good one and the acting is generally very good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by spotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by I. M. Bellamy
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