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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great Westerns
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...
Published on 11 Sep 2006 by S J Buck

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3.0 out of 5 stars One mans quest for old west justice
This is one the better westerns from the period prior to the era of the politically correct western movies, that followed in the genre during the eighties and early nineties.
Clint Eastwood as the head of an eclectic cast of characters seeks vengeance and redemption in this classic western.
Much like the Sergio Leone westerns were before, this movie is set in...
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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
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Outlaw Josey Wales [DVD] [1976] (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
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Matthew Mercy (Hertfordshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Outlaw Josey Wales [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOWCASE BLU-RAY TRANSFER, 7 Feb 2013
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The outlaw Josey Wales Blu Ray, 6 Aug 2012
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M. Stewart "kimble" (scotland) - See all my reviews
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THEY DONE HIM WRONG..., 17 Nov 2002
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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As I am not ordinarily a fan of westerns, I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed this film. It was an engrossing and entertaining movie, and, unlike others in this genre, it is an intelligent and well thought out film.
The film tells the story of a Missouri farmer who, towards the end of the Civil War, finds his home overrun by renegade union soldiers who set fire to his homestead, kill his wife and son, and leave him for dead. After burying his family, he joins a group of confederate guerillas who have suffered similar tragedies. Ultimately, the war ends and their leader brings them in for surrender, except for Josey Wales, who watches their surrender from afar. Good thing he did not join them, as their surrender turns into an execution by the very same men who had pillaged his home and killed his family.
Wales escapes only to be relentlessly hunted down by the very men who had wronged him, as well as by bounty hunters who want that five thousand dollar reward offered for his capture. Wales rides on to escape them, and along his travels acquires a motley entourage whom he befriends and who befriend him. What happens on his journey is classic Eastwood.
Clint Eastwood plays his role as a stoic man of few words, while Chief Dan George is an absolute delight as part of Wales' entourage. The rest of the cast is uniformly excellent. Of course, Sandra Locke, as Eastwood's real life main squeeze at the time, got star billing, even though her role was one of the smaller ones and her performance the least impressive of the supporting cast.
This remains one of the more entertaining films in this genre. It also made Hollywood sit up and take serious notice of Eastwood as a major force in the film industry.
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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
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Mr. Michael J. Smith "DVD Crazy" (Wirral, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Outlaw Josey Wales [DVD] [1976] (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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece., 5 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Outlaw Josey Wales [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
This is an outstanding movie and one of the best westerns you'll ever see. The performances are inspirational, this band of players spark off eachother brilliantly -the likes of which we witness rarely but when we do the images and lines live forever. It cemented Clint Eastwood as an honest to goodness director and it is quite rightly regarded as one of the greatest westerns ever made.

I have to watch this film at least once a year -it has everything for me. Jerry Fielding's score is superbly atmospheric and fitting. There are great characters -William O'Connell's singin' ferryman, Woodrow Parfrey's carpetbagger & the wonderful Chief Dan George to name but a few, and set pieces here that carve out a place in memory -'the Missoura boat ride', 'whistlin' Dixie' & 'Dyin ain't much of a livin boy'. And I guarantee you'll never spit the same way again!

Let's say you live to 80, 60 or even 42 years of age -this is 2 hours 10 minutes you've just gotta fit in somewhere, and if you can't or won't then I'll wanna know why? Do yourself a favour and get it. Adios.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THEY DONE HIM WRONG..., 25 Jan 2003
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Outlaw Josey Wales [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
As I am not ordinarily a fan of westerns, I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed this film. It was an engrossing and entertaining movie, and, unlike others in this genre, it is an intelligent and well thought out film.
The film tells the story of a Missouri farmer who, towards the end of the Civil War, finds his home overrun by renegade union soldiers who set fire to his homestead, kill his wife and son, and leave him for dead. After burying his family, he joins a group of confederate guerillas who have suffered similar tragedies. Ultimately, the war ends and their leader brings them in for surrender, except for Josey Wales, who watches their surrender from afar. Good thing he did not join them, as their surrender turns into an execution by the very same men who had pillaged his home and killed his family.
Wales escapes only to be relentlessly hunted down by the very men who had wronged him, as well as by bounty hunters who want that five thousand dollar reward offered for his capture. Wales rides on to escape them, and along his travels acquires a motley entourage whom he befriends and who befriends him. What happens on his journey is classic Eastwood.
Clint Eastwood plays his role as a stoic man of few words, while Chief Dan George is an absolute delight as part of Wales' entourage. The rest of the cast is uniformly excellent. Of course, Sandra Locke, as Eastwood's real life main squeeze at the time, got star billing, even though her role was one of the smaller ones and her performance the least impressive of the supporting cast.
This remains one of the more entertaining films in this genre. It also made Hollywood sit up and take serious notice of Eastwood as a major force in the film industry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great revisionist western...not good, great, 7 Feb 2009
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There are many reasons to consider this is an outstanding film. I was horrified to see amazon felt it was only "good", and that has served as the impetus for this review.

Expectations of a standard western are way off the mark. "Revisionist" in as much as not simply portraying the south as racist bigots and the union as the side of God; but the redemptive finale, plus numerous funny and compassionate elements make this as strong a statement in favour of the possibility of harmonious racial integration as anything in this medium.

Josey Wales (the redoubtable Mr Eastwood in great form) seeks vengeance after the death of his family, loss of livelihood and destruction of his home. He manages to sharp-shoot his way through bounty-hunters and drunks, but through the addition of the glorious Chief Dan George as the lost Cherokee and the religious party containing the then-Mrs Eastwood Sondra Locke, he finds initally irritants, then companions whom he softens to throughout the latter-half of the film. These characters are devices which allow the film to deviate from it`s path of bloody violence.

The film changes in pace and direction to the surprise of the viewer from Chief Dan George`s funny introduction. In such a powerful way that he chooses "life" when meeting with the Comanche, and even assists setting up a homestead, Wales` personal growth extends to allowing a Navajo woman and many others to ride along with him on what was originally a personal crusade, before the meeting he has wanted since the Guerilla fighters he was with were shot down in the early scene...where he achieves his goal of vengeance, firing empty chambers before the gruesome death of his true enemy.

There are so many moments to enjoy, from the simple trick of the Missisippi boat ride, to the old world innocence and comedy of Chief Dan George, and the elixir-selling carpetbagger, this is a truely sublime film that grows from a simple tale of the revenge-seeking farmer to one that through the analogy of the aftermath of the American Civil War, suggests that the Whites (the Union) and the Indians and Blacks (the South) can find enough common goals to live together and put past troubles behind them...which is a pretty good message, and one that is always relevant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Outlaw Josey Wales (Blu-ray version)..., 25 April 2013
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Clint Eastwood directs this 1976 production about the Missouri farmer who joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and ends up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family which is finally released on Blu-ray but unfortunately only in the US, this is a digital transfer done for the Movie’s 35th Anniversary this presentation is a region-free 50GB disc which is encoded using MPEG-4 AVC codec in full 1080p resolution the aspect ratio is changed from the original 2.39.1 to 2.40.1this change does not change the look of the film at all the audio track has been changed from the 2000 release on DVD of Dolby Digital 5.1 English, in Mono: French and Italian soundtracks and also had subtitles English and Italian for the hard of hearing, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese and German, this Blu-ray has subtitles in French and Spanish and for the hard of Hearing in English only.

The Audio track has been up-graded to DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and also has Dolby Digital in French and Spanish 5.1 comparing this to the earlier DVD release I noticed that the colours have a greater depth along with a greater range of blacks the soundtrack is the real star of this disc the dialogue is easier to follow and the sound effects such as the horse’s hoofs thunder across and the more ambient sounds such as the running water in the ferry scene has a better sense of realism in fact all the elements of the audio have been improved.

The Special features now include commentary by Richard Schickel a new featurette: Clint Eastwood’s West older feature include Eastwood in Action and Hell Hath no fury – The Making of The Outlaw Josey Wales and theatrical trailer which are all in standard definition..
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