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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kevin back on top form
Well, what a pleasant suprise. I rented this DVD purely on reading reviews. For once, the critics got it right. Infact, some have drastically undersold this gem of a movie. You may know the story; two old friends driving cattle become entagled in small town injustice and bullying.
Ok, it aint original is it? Well, watch the movie and you will feel like this is the...
Published on 4 April 2004 by Graham Clews

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3.0 out of 5 stars HOME ON THE RANGE...
This is a decent directorial effort by Kevin Costner. The only problem is that he cast himself in the film. While it is not a bad film, the only thing that makes this film worthwhile are the thespian efforts of Robert Duvall and Michael Gambon. Somehow, they manage to pull it all together for Costner with superlative performances. Kudos to Annette Benning for opting for...
Published on 14 July 2004 by Lawyeraau


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4.0 out of 5 stars Kevin back on top form, 4 April 2004
Well, what a pleasant suprise. I rented this DVD purely on reading reviews. For once, the critics got it right. Infact, some have drastically undersold this gem of a movie. You may know the story; two old friends driving cattle become entagled in small town injustice and bullying.
Ok, it aint original is it? Well, watch the movie and you will feel like this is the first time you have ever seen this plot. It feels so fresh and original. The vast majority of the credit should be given to Kevin Costner himself. On the directing side, he manages to use subtlty and reality in perfect combination. He uses the terrific landscapes spectacularly and allows the actors to instill a genuine sense of belonging to the area. The climactic gunfight is as thrilling as it is realistic. Five shots can be fired, one may hit the target (and that goes for good and bad guys).
Performance wise, Michael Gambon is wonderfully nasty in what is essentially a cameo appearance. Annette Benning plays her role neatly, sticking to the woman-with-morals line. But the two leads, Duvall and Costner, ARE the film. Duvall can do no wrong when playing the older, wiser friend. Here he adds a menace and power little seen before. Costner is breathtaking. The opportunities to glam-up his tough cowboy role are completely avoided in favour of a complex, shy and tortured man. A man who has fallen in love sits effortlessly with a gunslinger trying to forget his violent history.
Open Range should really have found its way to Oscar night. Costner has demonstrated that Dances with Wolves was no fluke. In my humble opinion, this film is better. It is a simple narrative, played honestly...and is all the better without any showey "oscar-look-at-me" moments.
One added feature that shows why it turned out so well; On the DVD, there is an extra feature called B-Roll. This is behind the scenes video. Not one of the crappy makings of, just unedited video. Look at the pure joy in Costners face as he directs. There's a man enjoying being one of the best in the business.
A triumph!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A storming performance from Duvall, 11 Aug 2005
This review is from: Open Range [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
This film is completely made by the storming performance of Robert Duvall as Boss Spearman. Ably supported by an understated contribution from Costner - who could so easily have sought to dominate the picture -- it elevates the movie to the ranks of the Western greats. Annette Benning and Michael Gambon are both excellent in support and the beautifully rendered photography convincingly conveys an atmosphere of initial lyricism descending into violence and mayhem. The minor roles are played uniformly excellently and the denouement of the storyline is unresolved until the final frames. Superb.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rescues the Western, 2 May 2004
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This review is from: Open Range [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
14 years on since Kevin Costner made his oscar grabbing Western Dances With Wolves, he returns with another dramatic Western tale, this time focusing on the freegrazers of the old West.
When freegrazers Charley Waite (Kevin Costner) and Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall) move into a new patch of territory with their companions Button and Mose Harrison, local rancher Baxter (a sinister Michael Gambon) begins to bother the four. After the killing of Mose and the injuring of Button, Charley and Boss Spearman go out for revenge and start making trouble for Baxter and his cronies.
Altogether, the film is well acted and doesn't get overly long, although some scenes could be edited, such as where we are first introduced to the band of ranchers on a rainy day in the hills.
There is never an unconvincing act from any of the cast, especially Duvall, whose form is brilliant as usual. Costner and Annete Bening are also shining in this piece as the rancher and the doctors sister who form the love story within the film. Michael Gambon is also great as the local rancher who rules the townsfolk, making himself fearful and evil.
But it has to be the fantastic gun fight which makes the film so good. So realistic and enthralling is the gunfight between Charley and Boss and Baxter and his ranchers that you know this sequence was worth the wait.
Whether your thing is romance or drama or action, Costner's directorial return is a true return to form. This film should not be missed, especially not by Western fans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Open Range, 31 Aug 2012
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This review is from: BLU-RAY OPEN RANGE - WEITES LAND (Blu-ray)
Ok there are reviews about this film already on the internet which do the film justice so i will pretty much cover the bits about this product which i wanted to know when buying the film on Blu Rya but could not get a definate answer for.

The Film transfer at the begining of the film does not appear to be the best but it appears to xsharpen as it goes along. The sound is clear and crisp but then its proberbly a lot better if you have a proper sound set up.

The film is indeed a Region B and plays on my Blu ray player and PS3 from the intro from Kevin Costner it is a special edition. The whole of the box is in german including the on screen menu. The film does play in English and the subtitle can be turnd off either in film or on the menu which as previously stated is in German but is easy enough to navigate (I have little ability in reading German).

The special features all appear to be in SD and play in English with German subtitles.

Ultimately if you liked the film its worth adding to the collection and is a excellent Cow boy film and if you watch it enough you may be able to pick up some German to boot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open range - A story about cowboys, 4 Jan 2007
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J. Simpson (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Open Range [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
`Open Range' is a good cowboy story, which may even be true to life. It includes a very good depiction of a gunfighter, which gets slightly away from the old stereotype of the fast draw thing and the square go in the main street. The gunfighter in this story simply shoots people, which I'm sure is the way it really was. The actors all acquit themselves very well and I enjoyed watching this film... It's about the argument between cowboys who wanted to keep the range free without open grazing and the landowners who wanted to keep the grass for themselves. It even has a love aspect which is not overplayed and is quite believable. Robert Duvall casually plays the old hard-bitten cowboy with the same mannerisms as he used in the four part TV series called `Lonesome Dove', which has the same kind of subject. I liked `Open Range' and `Lonesome Dove', but for some reason, that I can't really fathom, I couldn't take the sequel to `Lonesome Dove', called `Return to Lonesome Dove' seriously and didn't like it at all.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OPEN RANGE, 29 Nov 2004
This review is from: Open Range [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Panned by the so called 'critics'and after apparently poor ticket office sales, I bought this expecting to be disappointed. How wrong I, and the critics were! On the reverse of the DVD it states 'A MASTERPIECE' & 'MAGNIFICENT'.For me,these sentiments sum this film up exactly.
Believe me,this film IS as good as that.It's at least as good as 'Unforgiven' and certainly better than 'Dances with wolves'.The acting from the entire cast is spot on, especially Bening who has a spell binding presence and natural stunning beauty. Duval is,as usual effortlessly classy and Costner does what Costner does best - makes you feel involved and care about the outcome.
The backdrop is simply stunning and shows off your Home Cinema brilliantly, not to mention the surround sound - wasn't that THE most realistic western gunfight ever? And as for the Thunder storm - I got soaked........
I could find no fault whatsoever in this film and have now watched it four times in the past month (I really must get a life!).
You remember when you used to come out of Cinemas and KNOW you'd been entertained whilst reliving the whole film in your mind - so OPEN RANGE was for me, and everyone I know whose seen it.
Just buy it,whatever the price, because class like this doesn't come along too often.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good modern western, 8 July 2006
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This review is from: Open Range [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Costner is back at home in the Western genre. Duvall steals every scene he is in, must be one of the most underused actors ever. The story ticks along well, whilst still slow enough for characters to shine, and builds to a terrific action conclusion. This film shows that the genre is not dead after Unforgiven - but that is a really hard act to follow. Don't compare them unfairly, and that is why I give a 5 rating to this film on its own.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gus is back!, 8 Jan 2006
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Joseph Haschka (Glendale, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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For those viewers who fondly remember, and miss, Robert Duvall's role as Augustus McCrae in the 1989 TV miniseries LONESOME DOVE, take heart. Duvall is back in the saddle again as "Boss" Spearman in OPEN RANGE. It's been way too long.
The lead role in this western actually belongs to Kevin Costner, who plays Spearman's trail partner and employee, Charlie Waite. Boss is a cattleman that practices free-range grazing, i.e. driving his herd from place to place, only staying long enough for the animals to deplete the available food supply. But it's 1882, ranchers are beginning to fence in the West, and freegrazers are an endangered species. So, its no surprise when Charlie and Boss are ordered to take their beeves and get out of Dodge, so to speak, by big time rancher Baxter (Michael Gambon), who also owns the local town and its sheriff. Waite and Spearman are soon backed into a corner when the latter's two other hired hands, Mose (Abraham Benrubi) and Button (Diego Luna), run seriously afoul of Baxter's thugs.
It would be hard to choose between the better performance - Costner or Duvall - both playing characters so strong, self-reliant and silent that neither knows the other's full name. And they've been riding the West together for ten years! Nor does Boss know Charlie's violent history, which included being a Civil War raider, and then a hired gun much like the ones now working for Baxter. When Charlie falls in love with Sue (Annette Bening), the spinster sister of the local sawbones, his guilt over his rough-edged past is a self-imposed handicap that Sue, who sees Waite's inner goodness, must overcome.
Moviegoers accustomed to a steady diet of mindless, FX-laden action thrillers may find the first three-quarters of OPEN RANGE slow going. It's called "character and plot development", an intelligent change of pace. And when the final shoot-out comes, it's perhaps the best ever filmed. While most such western confrontations seem like a choreographed ballet, this one shows them for what they were: relatively short, extremely violent, chaotic, and lacking in fancy gunplay and sharpshooting finesse.
Big Screen westerns are such a rarity nowadays that it's hard to compare this one with any other in recent memory. Though perhaps not as memorable as DANCES WITH WOLVES, this Old West morality play is certainly the best since UNFORGIVEN. Admittedly, we've seen similar plots before: the small homesteader/Big Ranching feud in the classic SHANE, and Big Mining vs. the small prospector in PALE RIDER, Clint Eastwood's transparent re-scripting of the former. However, the acting, cinematography and costuming of OPEN RANGE are excellent. Duvall surely deserved a Best Supporting Actor nomination, and the production as a whole merited a Best Picture nod. My only complaint lies with the editing, which left in one too many leave-takings between Charlie and Sue, the last being completely superfluous. That said, however, this is a five-star tribute to loyalty, rugged individualism, integrity, and simply doing what's right. I think, sometimes, that Hollywood has forgotten what those qualities are all about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not classic but...., 19 April 2007
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K. C. Simm "kenart" (Lancashire UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Open Range [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
This film has all the right elements. Or should I say all the correct elements for the genre. It almost has the white hats for the goodies and black for the bad. A world worn hero in Duvall acting you can always bank upon. A rather less worn but charming main cowboy, Costner, fine performance here also although he does tend to understate somewhat. A black hearted true western villain from Gambon, good to see a British actor playing to the gods in an American idiom. A school marm of a heroine in Bening looking like she relishes the role. Lovely locations, the town does look a little hollywood but that is a minor quibble. Solid direction from Costner. I think he incidentally has been a little unfairly treated after Dances which was lets face it a case of follow that. And the almost de rigur climatic shootout which aside from a little more realism than most western shootouts is more than adequate. A strong enjoyable story that keeps interest and does not flag. A worthy addition to a collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly one of the best!, 6 Feb 2007
This review is from: Open Range [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
The comradeship between the main characters of this film, played by Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall is displayed to its' full by these two really fine actors.I was surprised by some of the past Directorial efforts of Costner and a lesser man may have given it up as a bad job after some of the results but Westerns certainly appear to be his field because along with Dances with Wolves this is an exceptional film. I have now seen Annette Bening in 3 different film genres,this,comedy and drama and she is an extremely talented and under-rated actress.The shootout at the end of the film made you feel as if you were there on that street and even the sound of the guns was authentic with respect to how a shotgun sounds.A remarkable film,exceptional acting by all concerned,excellent directing, the music score was appropriate and the scenery fantastic. An unhesitated and deserved 5 stars.
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