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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great western should be
This isn't just a film about the gunfight at the OK Corral, it is a film about the Earps and what became known as the Earp Vendetta Ride. It simply had the misfortunte of being up against another film about Wyatt Earp that starred Kevin Costner in his prime.

Wyatt Earp (19 March 1848 - 19 January 1929) was at various times in his life a gambler, saloon keeper,...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.poor blu ray
One of my favourite films but the blu ray transfer is average at best.doesnt include the directors cut or any worth while extras.get the directors cut dvd for half the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Tell them I'm coming, and hell's coming with me!", 12 Oct 2008
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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If not as good as John Sturges' under-rated and rarely revived masterpiece Hour of the Gun, the first film to follow the aftermath of the O.K. Corral, Tombstone is far from the spoiler for Kevin Costner's ill-fated Wyatt Earp that it was first made out to be (Costner was originally going to make Kevin Jarre's script until he decided to make an epic biopic instead). Rather than follow most of the lawman's life, this concentrates on his days in Tombstone and is much more of an old-fashioned western, with Russell's Earp no embittered misogynist but a man forced against his domestic and financial instincts into a reckoning with the forces of evil.

Where the build-up to the gunfight is a bit rushed and confused in Costner's film, here it carries more weight thanks to a literate and relatively accurate script that convincingly develops the characterisation, despite the large cast, and doesn't get in the way of the extremely well-handled action. There are some great atmospheric moments, such as Wyatt's effectively staged warning to Clanton at the railway station ("Tell them I'm coming, and hell's coming with me!") or Doc's first meeting with his malicious mirror image, Johnny Ringo. There's pulp poetry a-plenty here, and of the highest grade; when Earp asks why men like Ringo do what they do, Doc explains they are motivated by revenge. "For What?" "For being born."

Aided by a striking resemblance to the real Wyatt Earp, Kurt Russell is surprisingly at home in the western genre and if Kilmer may not be as stunning as Quaid in the role of Doc Holliday, his larger than life performance never crosses the line into parody and compliments him well.

Powers Boothe makes a good villain in the Gregory Peck Duel in the Sun mode, Stephen Lang is a much more convincing Ike Clanton than Jeff Fahey's wild-eyed central casting looney tune but Michael Biehn tops them both with his chillingly educated Johnny Ringo, trading Latin quotations with Doc and his soul with the Devil. By comparison, Dana Delaney seems so clumsily grafted in on the narrative, disrupting and diluting every key scene she's in, that it's a genuine surprise to find out that her character is not an invented one. The rest of the cast is terrific, although Charlton Heston's part is so small (some extras have more lines) that you do wonder why he took it and Michael Rooker is completely wasted.

Director Cosmatos (whgo replaced writer and original director Kevin Jarre early in the shoot)has a great eye for the Scope format, with a beautiful use of the frame that makes no concessions to panning and scanning and conveys a sense of community going about its business without stopping the film to do so (note the tracking shot through the walls of a telegraph office as the brothers are reunited at the beginning of the film).

The costumes, sets and facial hair seem much more authentic than Costner's picture, for which original director Kevin Jarre must take most of the credit: this time when they take their walk to the O.K. Corral they don't look like a quartet of pissed-off Amish farmers. The visual design is also impressive, as with Russell and Delaney's meeting while out riding where one wears white on a black horse, the other black on a white one, with Bruce Broughton's much criticised score complimenting the film perfectly.

Of the versions available, the best is the 2-disc US NTSC director's cut, which boasts a slightly extended version of the film and a good selection of extras - audio commentary by George Pan Cosmatos, three featurettes, storyboards for the gunfight, trailers and TV spots and even the Tombstone Epitah newspaper coverage. By contrast the UK PAL DVD is the shorter theatrical cut in a decent widescreen transfer (although the first and last chapters are 'locked' so you can't fast-forward or reverse) with only a trailer and a brief featurette. The Blu-ray release is the shorter theatrical version in a rather disappointing transfer.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, poor value, 28 Oct 2010
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Brian V. Burford (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tombstone [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
First of all Tombstone is a great western, one of the best of modern times. Secondly, it looks magnificent in blu ray, vibrant, clear and just as I remember it to be at the cinema.

So why the three stars? Because this is the standard movie and not the director's cut that's available on DVD. Given how blu ray has been sold to us as superior quality and sound, which it is, and how they can fit even more extras on here, why are we cheated by buying blu ray when if we bought the supposedly inferior DVD you get the director's cut - meaning an extra 5-10 minutes of cut footage?

Once again this seems like a cynical way of making movie fans part with our cash again to buy the blu ray special edition or some such thing. In these hard times, perhaps the studios and what have you should consider actually giving us value for money because customers will not be so free and easy with our hard earned cash as we used to be. And then, maybe, blu ray may not take off in the manner that they expected.

To conclude, great movie, looks great on blu ray, okay extras, but its not very good value for money when compared with the DVD version, the director's cut.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film -if you can lip read!, 13 Dec 2013
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Loved the film- always have but why no subtitles? I need them as I am somewhat hard of hearing
And it always annoys me when they are not provided.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great western, 2 Aug 2013
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H. BROLLY "western man" (N Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This must be one of the best of this genre, even though it not historically correct. This is my only criticism but nevertheless it is an action packed film sure to please any fan. Fine performances from all the cast but more especially Van Kilmer who is a revelation as Doc Holliday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 11 July 2013
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This review is from: Tombstone [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
This is by far my favourite Wyatt Earp film. They've captured the wild west perfectly, Kurt Russell is fantastic, and I think this may be Val Kilmer's best performance.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Make no mistake, it's not revenge he's after. It's a reckonin'.", 7 Jun 2011
This review is from: Tombstone - The Directors Cut [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
Tombstone is a great film with fantastic performances, Val Kilmer has never been better than he is here. The story is simple enough. Wyatt Earp, a retired lawman arrives in Tombstone, Arizona, along with two brothers planning to settle down and make a little money. Here he meets his old friend Doc Holliday and between the four of them, they start running the gambling in a local saloon.

It's not too long before they run into The Cowboys, notorious outlaws that do as they like. After several war of words between the groups, and the current sheriff "accidently" getting killed. Wyatt relunctantly joins his brothers in becoming the law in town, all building up to the famous gunfight at the O.K Corral and the after effects of that fateful encounter.

Kurt Russell is brilliant as Wyatt Earp, maybe even as good as he was in The Thing and Escape from New York. Sam Elliot and Bill Paxton play Virgil and Morgan Earp, both give excellent performances. Powers Booth, Michael Biehn and Stephen Lang play the main antagonists, all three are superb and really seem to revel in playing the "bad guys". Dana Delaney plays the love intrest, she looks fantastic in this and has good chemistry with Russell. If that's not enough, Charlton Heston, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Priestly, Billy Zane and Thomas Haden Church all impress in small roles. It's Val Kilmer that really shines in this, he plays Doc Holliday and steals every single scene he's in. Not only is it one of the best performances in any western, but one of the best I've seen in any film. Some of the confrontations between Kilmer's Doc Holliday and Biehn's Johnny Ringo are phenomenal.

Tombstone is George P Cosmatos' masterpiece, he sadly died in 2005. I love everything about this film, the acting, directing, dialogue, cinematography, the very realistic looking town and clothes. The new DVD has an improved transfer and is the better director's cut. There's an informative commentary from director George P Cosmatos and a very good three part making of. I'm a pretty big fan of Westerns, and Tombstone is one of my absolute all time favourites.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rates as one of the classics of the western genre, 29 Jun 2000
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This review is from: Tombstone [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I loved this film. It's true that historical fact does suffer a little in the name of creating a good movie with action, emotion and depth - but if the result is this good I think it can be justified. Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer put in superb performances as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday respectively, but the real show stealer has to be Michael Biehn as Johnny Ringo who outshines even Doc in ruthlessness, deperation and vunerability. An intelligent western, the only criticism one could make is that the romantic plot is superfluous to the overall movie - but does not necessarily detract from it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and fairly true to reality, 2 Feb 2002
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A truly excellent film, and one that stands apart from your more 'old-fashioned' western. Pleasing to see that the writer/director etc have done their homework and have not been tempted to sacrifice fact for better camera work. The shoot out at the OK Corrall is especially worthy of note due its historical accuracy in both location and coordination (the majority of the lines are those uttered at the time). Kilmer steals the show as Doc, though Russell does a fine Wyatt Earp. About as good as it gets!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 July 2014
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This review is from: Tombstone [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
Well acted and a pleasure to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film, One of the best modern westerns and ..., 4 July 2014
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Brilliant Film, One of the best modern westerns and would recommend over Kevin Costner's Wyatt Earp. This moves quickly and doesn't drag it's heels like Costner's film; The portrayal of the characters are better and you engage with them much more than in Costner's film. This film tells the story very well and get the job done, Costner's is far too long and padded out. Russell's portrayal of Wyatt Earp is excellent but is upstaged slightly by Val Kilmer's Doc Holiday. All in all, an excellent film and highly recommended
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