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on 14 November 2014
Clint Eastwood plays Thunderbolt, a preacher, who during a sermon, is chased out of his church by a couple of old friends, who turn out to be bank robbers. He is rescued by Lightfoot, played by Jeff Bridges, who has just stolen a car. The two quickly form a friendship and put as much distance as they can from their assailants. Seven years previously, Thunderbolt, and his pursuers, had robbed a bank and hidden the money, now apparently missing. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot eventually team up with their pursuers, Red and Eddie, played respectively by George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis. They start planning to rob the same bank in the same way.

In the early part of the 70's, there were a number of films that could be grouped together and put in the same genre. Namely about people travelling across America by car for whatever reason, and this is one of them. The cinematography does justice to the 2.35: ratio. There is a light layer of digital noise, but this only lasts for a few seconds when visible, so does not distract when watching the film.

Picture Quality is good with a sharp image, and colours look natural. This blu ray has been transferred in it's original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and the sound is 2.0.

This blu ray release is superior to the standard dvd not only in the Picture Quality, but on the standard dvd the image was not transferred Anamorphically, so to get the image to 2.35:1, the TV needs to be in zoom mode, which in turn loses some Picture Quality.

Final word: Even if you already own the dvd, it is worth the upgrade to have this film in an Anamorphic transfer.
Recommended.
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on 19 March 2013
A thoroughly enjoyable early-70s crime thriller, the debut from writer-director Michael Cimino. Perhaps a sign of the times but the laughs do sit a little uneasily with the sometimes brutal violence. The picture quality is ok but the biggest annoyance is the product info on the back. It says the picture is presented in letterbox, but then is described as 4:3 full frame. (Sort of) thankfully it's letterboxed, preserving the 2:40:1 aspect ratio, but 16:9 anamorphic would've been much better.
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on 9 September 2013
This is a widescreen on 4;3 aspect DVD, which means you have to zoom in on a 16:9 display or you get a tiny image floating in the middle with black bars top bottom and each side.

I think it is about time DVD makers caught up with the fact that a lot of people have wide screen TVs now, and also that the description on Amazon should highlight the aspect ratio.

Story is just as good as it ever was, however.
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on 21 December 2010
This is one of Clint Eastwood's best films, having seen it originally at the cinema when it first was released, the DVD version is spoilt by the letterbox format.

I understand that this version is how it was originally intended to be shown by the Director on the cinema screen but it would have been nice to have had a choice of format as letterbox is not to everyone's taste. I'm eagerly awaiting the Blu Ray version!!!
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on 30 July 2015
Huge disappointment... it is just bare film (not a single set of subtitles available, just one audio, no bonuses) and quality of transfer is not anything astonishing at all. In some scenes there are a lot of artifacts (especially when blue sky is behind). I really regret buying it. Film as is is unique masterpiece and deserve much, MUCH more than this edition :(
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on 27 June 2014
great pairing of main actors of Eastwood and Bridges. and a real horrible Baddie in George Kennedy.
one of my favorite films good Blu Ray purchase, if you have not seen this film go out and get it but i must say for the age of the film, it is well worth the extra money to purchase it in Blu Ray.
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on 30 January 2015
Marvellous, but lesser known Clint Eastwood movie, it's Jeff Bridges who almost steals the show. It's a buddy road trip type movie about a vagrant bank robber and his good natured new apprentice who take on one more job, having to cope with a psychotic George Kennedy along the way, who at first tries to kill them, before teaming up with them. There's plenty of humour along the way though, with a good comic performance from Geoffrey Lewis as Kennedy's sidekick.

It's quite quirky and you never know what's going to happen next which adds to the entertainment.

Michael Cimino's (The Deer Hunter) direction is spot on, he also wrote it, and it moves along colourfully at pace.

It's very much a seventies movie and evocative of that period with the warm sunny weather, easy going feel, the big cars, the girls, and of course the clothes. The scenery in Montana is stunning as well.
5 stars
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on 21 February 2008
This 2003 DVD edition is letterbox/non-anamorphic. That means if you watch it on a widescreen TV, you get thick black bars left, right, top and bottom. Or use your TV remote to zoom in, but then you get a picture quality that's worse than VHS.

It's about time publishers took letterbox/non-anamorphic DVDs out of circulation.
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on 8 December 2014
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot hits all the right notes. Jeff Brdiges and Clint Eastwood play two loners out on the road who bump into each other, and decide that they need money. Eastwood's enemies are after him, though they all group together one last time to pull off a bank job.

This film is funny, but surprisingly more poignant that most viewers would expect. It also came out in 1974, one of the greatest years for cinema.

Brilliantly directed by then debutant Michael Cimino- this is fast paced but never forgets about character development. George Kennedy also stars and a quick eye will catch Gary Busey.
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on 15 April 2014
I imported this blu ray from the states, however it is getting released here in the UK on June 23rd 2014,This is a real gem of a Clint Eastwood movie that has suffered with mediocre releases on dvd,The blu ray is 16.9 and after a grainy start we get a really beautiful picture to behold, The church scenes and the cornfield chase look nice and vibrant and this continues throughout the movie, Sound is very serviceable English 1.0 DTS HD.
Features wise on this one there was an isolated score and trailer But I don't know if this will make it on the UK release.
Roll on Tightrope coming out on Blu ray UK soon And other Clint fans might like to know Coogan's bluff Blu ray is available to order from Amazon Germany, it's a very nice print too ,most of the grain has been cleaned up and it looks great
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