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4.0 out of 5 stars Ride 'em cowboy!
After a somewhat slow start, Cowboys And Aliens turns into a fun scifi western. It's a surprisingly dark and gritty film, playing like a straight western at first. Imagine you're watching an old John Wayne movie. You're enjoying it, and suddenly alien spaceships come out of nowhere blasting everything in sight and kidnapping the locals. That in a nutshell is the plot,...
Published on 25 Aug 2011 by Mr. R. W. Graham

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3.0 out of 5 stars Yeeehaaargh
For 40 minutes or so, this is a good little western. Daniel Craig does a surprisingly good job in the role of mysterious cowboy Jake Lonergan, and Harrison Ford is having a ball as the belligerent Colonel Dolarhyde, who rules the small town of Absolution through a combination of money and fear.

And then the aliens arrive.

To be fair, it doesn't...
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by CJ


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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ride 'em cowboy!, 25 Aug 2011
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Mr. R. W. Graham (Lincoln, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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After a somewhat slow start, Cowboys And Aliens turns into a fun scifi western. It's a surprisingly dark and gritty film, playing like a straight western at first. Imagine you're watching an old John Wayne movie. You're enjoying it, and suddenly alien spaceships come out of nowhere blasting everything in sight and kidnapping the locals. That in a nutshell is the plot, sounds ridiculous, looks ridiculous but if not taken seriously, despite the surprisingly dark and gritty tone then it's also a lot of fun. Some good performances, Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde are all very good and there's a solid supporting cast too. All the western cliches are there, Daniel Craig is the stranger with no name, Harrison Ford the rich bad man that runs the town and then the spaceships arrive. Very good fx and good action scenes make this a fun movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yeeehaaargh, 28 Feb 2012
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For 40 minutes or so, this is a good little western. Daniel Craig does a surprisingly good job in the role of mysterious cowboy Jake Lonergan, and Harrison Ford is having a ball as the belligerent Colonel Dolarhyde, who rules the small town of Absolution through a combination of money and fear.

And then the aliens arrive.

To be fair, it doesn't completely de-rail the movie, but from that point onwards events get a little more predictable and lead up to a finale that is heavy on visual effects and light on drama. There are also a few too many good actors in the film who are left with not much to do, which seems such a waste.

Cowboys & Aliens is very well made, and the effects and CG work are top notch. It looks stunning in high definition and the leads take the whole thing just seriously enough for it to mostly work. This movie is not for the squeamish either, it pushes its 12 certificate pretty hard and is quite graphic in places. You see scalps in the first few minutes, for example.

So overall it's an OK watch. But after the opening I couldn't help wondering how well Jon Favreau would do with a full-blooded western rather than this odd hybrid. He's a good director, but this film doesn't work quite as well as its awesome title.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been So good..., 11 Mar 2012
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...instead its just an exciting premise that somehow never translates its full potential to the screen.

The "cowboy" bits especially at the very start are quite gritty and sets you up to think this will have you riveted for the next 100mins or so. Expectations are therefore quite high by the time the "aliens" come into the picture.

But then the pacing of the movie becomes erratic, some things just don't add to the storyline, or add up - Upside down riverboat episode anyone? Or the dog that miraculously survives an alien encounter? Time is spent developing depth to characters that's frankly not needed, and its to the detriment of pacing - I don't want a dose of sentiment or character introspection when watching a movie called "Cowboys and Aliens", let's leave that to "True Grit" or "Unforgiven" or (insert your own favourite gritty and deep cowboy movie here).

Almost as overcompensation for the emotional mawkishness, you are then occasionally entertained with scenes of quite bloody violence, prolonged in the finale. Overall its not quite 'balanced', and frankly you're left feeling there should be more, by the end. But Daniel Craig's great in character, looks quite fetching in chaps, and has a waist that's trimmer than any of his leading ladies.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A weird combination of genres but the end result is a plausible sci-fi movie, 7 Dec 2011
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I was quite skeptical about this movie. What were they thinking about mixing two completely unlike genres, cowboys, Apaches and aliens together? Well, my mistake. The end result is both a good western and a very credible sci-fi movie. So, out of an apparent weird mix came out an original movie under a plausible story line (Sorry, no spoiler, I will not go into the details of the plot).

I really liked the performance of Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. All three main actors have in common to be associated with their roles in previous serial movies or TV series, where they played the lead or a key role. In this movie they managed to deliver a performance quite different from the character we are used to, particularly Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde. I think this is her first key role other than "House" in which you can appreciate the quality of her acting. I hope she gets more opportunities like this to show us her talent.

As for the special effects, they are quite realistic, and it is notable that the insect-like aliens are not hidden with low lighting like in so many alien movies. The amazing thing is that the SFX are not based completely on computer animations (GCI). The film was shot using good old puppets and animatronics for the close-ups, combined with CGI for the battle scenes. Even some of the alien ships were scale models. My only quibble is that one of the alien features resembles a lot the character Kuato in Total Recall [DVD] (no spoiler again). My respects to director Jon Favreau, a great combination of old and new technology.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Demons took your gold, 24 Feb 2014
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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"Cowboys and Aliens" is one of those movies you simply have to check out just because of the title. Even more so when you find out it stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

Well, it isn't quite the awesomefest that the title would lead you to believe, but it is an entertaining Western-with-a-sci-fi-twist with some unexpected twists and a cast of magnificently talented actors. The aliens' reason for being on Earth is kind of flimsy, but if you can ignore that, then enjoy some energy-blasting action, creepy aliens and strong performances from ALMOST everybody.

A man (Daniel Craig) wakes up in the desert with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The only clues are a mysterious wound in his side, and a metal bracelet on his arm. After kicking bandit butt, he rides into the nearby town of Absolution and quickly gets arrested, since it turns out he's a wanted outlaw named Jake Lonergan, who's stolen gold and is suspected of murdering a prostitute.

But his imprisonment is interrupted twice -- first by the dictatorial ex-soldier, Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford), and then by alien ships swooping in and kidnapping several people. Jake also discovers that his metal bracelet can fire blasts of energy that destroy one of the alien ships.

So the remaining townsfolk (plus a dog) all set out to pursue the alien ships, and get their loved ones back. But a mysterious woman (Olivia Wilde) eventually reveals that she has special knowledge of these aliens -- and the key to defeating them may lie in Lonergan's blocked memories. Can a bunch of cowboys and Indians take down a spaceship of roaring green aliens?

I was expecting "Cowboys and Aliens" to be a tongue-in-cheek romp like the original graphic novel (which has nothing in common with the movie except... well, cowboys and aliens) or a fast-paced sci-fi flick. Well, it's actually neither -- director Jon Favreau instead makes it a Western that happens to be about cowboys vs. extraterrestrial monsters.

This is paced and filmed as a Western movie, with lots of dusty rides through the desert that Favreau uses to flesh the characters out. But he keeps things from getting dull by plopping in a bunch of alien attacks -- a particularly nice one is a dank, rainy battle in an upside-down riverboat -- before the story suddenly switches gears in the last reel, turning into a solidly explosive sci-fi finale.

The one big problem? The reason the aliens came to Earth is weak and contrived, and it doesn't explain why they keep going out of their way to kidnap humans. I guess it's... because they're evil?

But the acting is mostly pretty awesome. Daniel Craig is effectively playing an outlaw James Bond, who is almost superhumanly cool, capable and badass even with his bare hands. He's so awesome that he can beat up whiny rich brats with a single move, without even bothering to look at them. Yeah, it's not much of an acting stretch, but Craig pulls it off well.

Ford seems to be relishing getting to play a cranky, vicious old buzzard who constantly threatens and berates everyone around him, but learns a little something about the value of forgiveness. Clancy Brown is solid as a kindly preacher who serves as the film's moral center, and Sam Rockwell gives a simply magnificent, understated performance as Doc, a bartender whose wife has been kidnapped. You really feel that this guy's life is crumbling to dust, and that he's lost faith in everything.

The one true acting dud? Noah Ringer. Please, stop letting this kid act -- he's effectively a blank wall for Ford to bounce character development off of. And since Adam Beach is also in this movie to develop Ford, he's also useless.

"Cowboys and Aliens" has some flaws, but overall it's an entertaining Western that happens to have lots of murderous aliens and excellent performances. Yee-haw!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys & Aliens, 18 Aug 2012
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An unlikely Combination of Cowboys versus Aliens was always going to have many sceptical reviews, But thanks to The talents of the Exec producers including Steven Spielburg along with Ron Howards Contribution, plus an interesting mix of castings, its surprisingly good saturday night Viewing, "Indiana Jones" meets "Independance day" would be a reasonable comparison.

half way through, you start to ask yourself, (***spoiler Alert***)

How did the dead girl thrown on to the fire by the Indians reincarte herself, albeit naked, Which was a bit of treat. XD Then some pieces missing from Danial Craigs memmory start to make some sense, and how he aquired the bracelet, Can't help comparing that part of the film with the "The mummy returns" where Ricks son, wear's the bracelet of Anubis, until it falls of, when they get to The Scorpian Kings resting place. Harrison Ford Plays his part, as if he's Still In Indiana Jones, and that Little Wry smile of his is still there :)

How did it rate. better Than I thought it would be, hence 4 stars.
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61 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Sci-Fi Western!, 31 July 2011
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Kathy W (Baltimore, MD, USA) - See all my reviews
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I know it sounds a little bizarre, but this is a Sci-Fi movie where the Aliens attack Cowboys. Set amidst the desert, magnificent rock formations and canyons of New Mexico, this 2011 release was a hoot! There is plenty of CGI and action, with Daniel Craig (James Bond 007, etc.) and Harrison Ford (Star Wars, etc.). This is a good one to see on the big screen with full sound.

The 2 hour and 13 minute movie opens with Jake Lonegan/Daniel Craig coming to in the desert. He does not know who he is or what happened to him. He is wearing a wide metal armband that he cannot remove, has no boots, and he has a significant wound in his side. Three men and a dog ride up to him and the men are not very hospitable. But, not to worry--Jake kicks their collective backsides and rides off with a horse, boots, a change of clothes, and the dog. In a nearby small town, he finds help with his wound, meets some folks, and renews some acquaintances. We realize quickly that Jake can take care of himself, too.

Also in town, Jake finds out his name, and that he is wanted for murder, mayhem, and a bunch of other stuff. We find out the town is practically owned by Harrison Ford, the cattleman whose money puts meat on everyone's table. We also meet Ford's arrogant son, Percy. Daddy's power and money have obviously gone to Percy's head. And, we also meet the Aliens, as they begin a seek and destroy mission that grabs a good number of the town's people and takes them away. Ford and Lonegan and other town folk head out on horseback to see if they can find out what is going on. Oh yeah, there is a pesky woman following Lonegan, too.

I actually saw this movie Friday night. I loved it so much that when my little boy (age 38) wanted to see it today, back I went! It was enjoyable and high-action.

Note to parents--there is plenty of violence. Scenes of Aliens grabbing folks and taking them away, Aliens ripping into people with their long ugly fingers, opening folks up, biting through them, and taking out their organs may be sufficient to scare your young children. So, unless you want them sleeping in your bed until they are 35, you might want to re-think taking them to the movie. If you plan to see this in the theater, you may want to reconsider bringing an infant, too. This movie has a lot of loud noise with the shooting and fighting scenes--a little excessive for a baby. (Yes, there was one in the theater tonight, and it kept crying.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys and occasional aliens, 12 Jan 2012
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Like Men in Black, a little known comic provides a high concept that makes for a great movie idea. Jon Favreau moves on from directing Iron Men to the helm of this. Also like Men in Black it just takes the concept and goes off in it's own direction, so it's not an adaptation. Just in case there may be anyone familiar with the source material.

Daniel Craig plays the man with no name. Not that one. Just a man who wakes up in the middle of the wilderness with no memory at all. And a strange metal device on his wrist that he can't get to come off.

Moments later he proves his fighting skills taking down a trio of bounty hunters - in one of the first of a few moments that will have you thinking this is a bit bloody and violent for a 12 certificate - and picks up a cute border collie as a companion.

Then he drifts into a dirtwater town in the middle of nowhere. Patched up by a gun toting preacher medicine man [excellent supporting acting from Clancy Brown] he's swiftly in the middle of a conflict between the former military man turned rancher Colonel Dolarhyde [Harrison Ford] the latter's never do well son, and the townsfolk such as Sam Rockwell's bar owner, who suffer as a result of the latter. Not that the sheriff who wouldn't have a job if it wasn't for the colonel has been able to do much about it. But now he might have to. Since the man with no name is on a wanted poster.

But there's also a mysterious woman who needs the man with no names' help.

So far so western, save for one set piece that shows a few cattle problems. And as a western, it's very good.

The aliens pop up for the first time in a well executed set piece involving a night attack on the town. It does become a little confusing when characters are running all over in the dark with explosions going off all around, but that's what you get in such circumstances.

The mysterious piece of metal on the man's arm shows there's more to it than meets the eye at this point.

Unlikely alliances have to be formed when townsfolk are scooped up into alien craft, and a posse heads out on a mission to find their lost loved ones.

It's just the start of a remarkable journey.

This could have been done as steampunk a la wild wild west but Jon Favreau instead adopts a more traditional approach making it a straight western with occasional science fiction trappings. Which was probably the right way to go. As a western it's a very capable piece of work.

A somewhat linear narrative follows and thus there are long spells without action. But character interaction in these points is pretty good and does allow them all to develop quite nicely.

There are thus more human than alien encounters along the way for a while, until a good set piece that does allow for an unexpected development. Eventually we get to a big action finale.

The aliens of the piece are all cgi and whilst there's a certain something interesting about their look - and one facet to their design that I found decidedly creepy - you don't get to know too much about them and thus they don't quite come to life. Like the creature in super eight some of their motivation does remain a little unclear as well.

It's also one of those finales that does tend to go on for a while cranking as much out of it as it can, but there's a few more good bits of character development in there which do grab the attention.

So a western it's very good. As a character drama it's pretty good. As a bit of science fiction it's not bad. It's not entirely suitable as mentioned for the very young, but it's worth 4/5.

The disc begins with several trailers but you can skip them using the next or the menu button on the dvd remote control.

It has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish.

The only extras are:

A commentary from the director.

And two short features, running five and six minutes respectively each: Finding the story [about the genesis of the project] and the scope of the spectacle [about some of the set pieces and stunt work and how they were done] both are short but pretty good and worth a look.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys and Chemistry, 1 Aug 2011
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Mr. A. J. Richards "yourbiteall" (Weston Super Mare) - See all my reviews
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I hate sounding like a broken record this summer, but thats what i have become of late. A string of blockbusters that are hard to genuinely engage with culminates in Cowboys and Aliens. But despite it's flaws and on a positive note, it is better than some of its competitors of late.
The premise is quite simple and yet not to my memory have these genres ever met in a grand blockbuster film. Does Wild Wild West count? Ford and Craig as cowboys fighting aliens in the vast deserts and mountain ranges with a motley crew behind them including the stereotyped Indians. Whats not to like.
It is a movie that makes you go 'Grrrrrrr' because with a decent script in place and another 1 or 2 set pieces involving the aliens it would have been bound for greatness but the biggest most significant factor that stops Cowboys and Aliens from being a true great is simply the chemistry, or the apparent lack of chemistry between Ford and Craig. 'Bond' and 'Indy' really should have been given some meaty, tense dialogue but it fails to materialise and as a result cuts the tension levels like a knife through butter. The other players in this sci-fi mash up are all par for the course and dont do anything to raise our interests.
However this is not a disaster, Favreau seems to get a good handle on an action scene like he did in the Ironman series and the aliens themselves are a fairly original, grotesque creation. Thier reasons for being there however are not.
The film never really gets boring but it doesnt soar either and without the tension needed to invest in the movie it only just scrapes the inevitable 3 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys & Aliens [2011] [Blu-ray], 6 Aug 2014
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Cowboys & Aliens [2011] [Blu-ray] EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT! BRILLIANT!

From the Director of ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Chef’ comes and action-packed, sci-fi adventure starring Daniel Craig [‘Quantum of Solace’ and ‘The Golden Compass’], Harrison Ford [‘Morning Glory’ and ‘Indian Jones and the Crystal Skull’] and Olivia Wilde [‘Tron Legacy’] as the only posse who can save the world from an alien invasion. With cutting edge special effects and one-of-a-kind story. ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ is a showdown you won’t want to miss.

FILM FACT: Cowboys & Aliens received five nominations. At the 39th Annie Awards, the film was nominated in Animated Effects in a Live Action Production for both Gary Wu and Lee Uren. The film received nominations from the Art Directors Guild for Fantasy Film, honouring production designer Scott Chambliss, and for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards. Harrison Ford received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown, Keith Carradine, Noah Ringer, Adam Beach, Abigail Spencer, Ana de la Reguera, Walton Goggins, Julio Cedillo, David O'Hara, Raoul Trujillo, Hoyle Osborne and Rex Rideout

Director: Jon Favreau

Producers: Alex Kurtzman, Brian Grazer, Roberto Orci, Ron Howard and Scott Mitchell Rosenberg

Screenplay: Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Hawk Ostby, Mark Fergus and Roberto Orci

Composer: Harry Gregson-Williams

Cinematography: Matthew Libatique

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 [Anamorphic]

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Audio Description, German: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Italian: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Suomi and Swedish

Running Time: 135 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

Andrew’s Blu-ray review – The intermingling of genres like science-fiction and the western is really nothing new in movies, but the CGI-laden 'Cowboys & Aliens' aims to feel like something audiences haven't seen before. While not exactly as intelligently topical as Michael Crichton's 'Westworld' or amusingly subtle as Joss Whedon's 'Serenity,' Jon Favreau's action flick brings a good deal of engaging entertainment and exciting spectacle to the proceedings. It might not please every viewer out there, but it satisfies the wide-eyed fantasies of long-time devoted followers of both genres (or at least, of this particular viewer).

The films genre-mashup is quite overt and in your face, which could be seen as a bit of a drawback because it definitely shows a lack of finesse. It commences with a western theme and setting, suddenly switching to an alien invasion storyline that runs through the usual obstacle course. The change is surprisingly not as jarring as one would reasonably expect, although it takes some time to find its proper footing afterwards. The glue holding the marriage together is Jon Favreau's direction infused with several stylish nods to the archetypes and thematic of both styles, ranging again from explicit to sly.

Daniel Craig stars as our Man with No Name hero in the literal sense, waking up in the middle of a scorching desert without any recollection of who he is or why he carries a mysterious iron bracelet on his wrist. After a quickly determined fight with three bounty hunters, a clue into his past is revealed which nicely sets off that whole morally-ambiguous protagonist feel we love in a good 'ole shoot 'em up horse opera. Wearing Indiana Jones' fedora, the mystery man rides into a town conveniently named Absolution. This, too, pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the film — a little of the wittily clever mixed with the obvious.

It's not a complete loss, however, since it turns out 007 also makes a great anti-hero gunslinger. This is probably the best performance of a tough as nails and ill-tempered loner since Clint Eastwood's own iconic outlaw graced the screen, but to be perfectly honest, I wish it were seen in something far better than this, not that Jon Favreau's film isn't any fun though it is somewhat weighed down at the beginning of the second act. When the aliens finally attack the town, allowing Craig to discover his charm bracelet is actually a futuristic handgun, the thrill of sci-fi elements mixes well with the western ideal, but afterwards, things quickly slow down.

The outsider is set on his quest to free those kidnapped, as well as to obviously absolve past sins, in typical frontier justice style. His ragtag posse consists of local folk, each playing to the strengths of their cliché. Harrison Ford is the most formidable as wealthy cattle rancher Colonel Dolarhyde. Beautiful Olivia Wilde is the knows-more-than-she-lets-on Ella. Sam Rockwell plays his part in his typical quiet fashion as a saloon owner with a medical background, while Paul Dano does the opposite as Colonel Dolarhyde's troubling-making son. Best surprise is Adam Beach as Colonel Dolarhyde's Native American hired hand, bringing a welcome emotional subplot to an otherwise straightforward tale.

Sadly, that aspect to the script can only be seen fully on the extended cut of the movie, which adds 16 minutes of dialogue and scenes that explore it a bit more, also making it the superior version. What was seen theatrically surprisingly eliminates more sequences with the Native Americans doing a war dance and Beach's Nat feeling disconnected from his people, like he doesn't belong in either world. It's a necessary component that makes a later heartfelt scene more powerful. In either case, 'Cowboys & Aliens' is an enjoyable, action-packed thrill ride, serving the perfect popcorn-entertainment blend of two very beloved genres, but the extended cut of the film is definitely the preferred version.

Blu-ray Video Quality – 'Cowboys & Aliens' debuts on Blu-ray with an excellent, near-reference 1080p encoded image, filling the entire screen with tons of beautiful panoramic shots of New Mexico.

Framed in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, Matthew Libatique's cinematography simply looks stunning, displaying incredible vistas of the desert plains and natural rock formations. The freshly-minted transfer shows remarkable clarity and definition, exposing the small, fine lines in the various wood buildings, the stitching on costumes and every pebble scattered about the ground. Facial complexions are beautifully detailed with lifelike textures, revealing the tiniest blemish, wrinkle and smudge of dirt on the faces of actors.

Part of this rich, distinct clarity comes from a pitch-perfect contrast balance, extending visibility into the far distance. The picture carries an attractive cinematic appeal that's vibrant, crisp and glossy all around without feeling artificial or ruining highlights. The color palette is equally flashy with terrific, bold saturation, providing the image with lots of energy and pop. Being a western, of course, saturation hues pull their weight with a good deal of warmth and giving facial complexions a healthy tone that's accurate to the region. Blacks, on the other hand, are where we run into a bit of trouble, appearing inky and intense for a good chunk of the movie, but once indoors with natural, dim lighting, they look rather drab and murky. Since shadow delineation doesn't falter greatly during these sequences, it's possible it could all be the result of the photography and not a fault in the transfer. Taken as a whole, Jon Favreau's sci-fi western is spectacular on Blu-ray.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The genre-bending actioner audio track also serves as the perfect partner in crime, furnishing the excellent video with an equally exceptional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.

Being a cross with the science-fiction genre, the original design features a great deal of activity in the rears, especially during scenes with the alien spacecraft’s. What appear like scout drones whiz by overheard convincingly and pan between the speakers with persuasive ease, extending the sound field with exciting effect. Imaging is widespread as other small atmospherics fill the back area, most notably when the posse spends the night inside an upside down steamboat. Even in the many segments of supposed silence, the track brings a satisfyingly immersive experience.

Things remain first-rate in the front soundstage, feeling quite expansive with lots of detailed clarity. Off-screen effects and channel separation provide spacious warmth that's highly engaging thanks to a brilliant, room-penetrating mid-range. The upper frequencies are sharp and crisp, maintaining the loud noise amid the many moments of action clear and discernible. The low-end, also, comes with a heaping helping of powerful, very responsive bass, giving each gunshot and explosion a compelling force and weight. Dialogue and a few whispered conversations are delivered with great intelligibility and nicely focused in the centre of the screen, never drowned out by the rest of the action. Ignoring a very small numbers of inactive scenes, this sound mix of 'Cowboys & Aliens' sounds absolutely amazing and is exceedingly satisfying.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Audio Commentary with Director John Favreau: Very laid-back and relaxed, director Jon Favreau talks viewers through various aspects of the movie, primarily on cast, crew and characterization. It's a welcoming and easy-going conversation which clearly shows his love of filmmaking, the final outcome of this project and movies in general. It's also great hearing his thought process as auteur, the decisions he made while on set and what he was striving for in many scenes. Of real interest is finding the commentary track available on both versions of the movie and John Favreau acknowledges that by stating the one for the theatrical cut is edited. He also admits he prefers and believes the extended version is better, which I agree. It's good and pleasant track fans can get into.

Conversation with John Favreau [80:00] A great collection of interview-like conversations of the director. Each can only be watched separately and shows Favreau chatting with his cast and crew on a variety of topics. It features Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof. What was interesting about this extra, as that Jon Favreau was originally going to film in 3D, but after test shooting, decided that the perspective would of be very off putting and would not enhance the final outlook of the film

Igniting the Sky: The Making of ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ [HD] [18:00] The making-of doc is a much better look at the production and pretty comprehensive in its approach. Broken into five separate sections that can be watched sequentially, each touches on various aspects such as the casting & characters (‘Absolution’) and a closer discussion on John Favreau (‘A Call to Action’). The other three (‘Finding the Story,’ ‘Outer-Space Icon’ and ‘The Scope of the Spectacle’) are already covered above and available on the DVD release.

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Finally, Jon Favreau's 'Cowboys & Aliens' is an entertaining blend of two much loved film genres: the western and sci-fi. With strong performances of western archetypes, the mash-up of frontier-justice gunslingers and alien invasion disaster is far from perfect, but the story sticks to what it promises and delivers without completely going overboard. Daniel Craig stands out as our morally ambiguous anti-hero and it would be great to see him again in the same genre with stronger material. The Blu-ray invades homes with an excellent near-reference audio and video presentation, and features a wealth of exclusive supplements, making it a recommended package for fans and the curious alike. What I really love about this film, is its very different look on the Cowboy type genre film and is so different from anything I have seen before and is a very adventurous in its outlook and that is why every time I view this film, I get to see different things that I missed before, because there is so much action going on and it definitely keeps up the pace and the ending is a very satisfying experience and I am so happy to add this to my Blu-ray Collection and is also a brilliant reference Blu-ray disc for your Home Cinema set up, as with the surround sound, you will think you are in the thick of the action. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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Cowboys & Aliens [Blu-ray] [2011]  [US Import]
Cowboys & Aliens [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import] by Jon Favreau (Blu-ray - 2011)
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