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Classic Clint - Long Live Cool!,
This review is from: High Plains Drifter [DVD] (DVD)
Sara - "I knew you were cruel but I didn't know how far you could go."
The Stranger - "You still don't."
Sara - "You are the kind of man that makes people afraid, and that's dangerous."
The Stranger - "It's what people know about themselves inside that makes them afraid"
I only have limited space in which to store DVD's, so I choose the ones I do purchase carefully. Choosing High Plains Drifter was an easy decision, as it has all the attributes of a great western and a good flick. The barren landscape is as haunting as the opening music. A tale is told, a situation resolved, and yet a bit of mystery remains, causing you to question what you have just seen.
The cast does a very fine job in creating characters that fully support the premise of the movie and portray the towns dynamic. From beginning to end, however, it is Clint Eastwood as "The Stranger" who is the star and makes the movie memorable.
Eastwood is the quintessential strong/silent type, a soft-spoken man of few words who explodes into action to deliver justice, whether to a gunslinger or an insolent woman. The character, however, is more than squinting, delivering one-liners, and pulling the trigger. He's a thinker, a planner, he creates a psychological advantage against the bad guys... whether it be using dynamite or red paint. He can also turn on the charm, using those famous blue eyes to twinkle and speak without dialogue, as Vera Bloom (Sara Belding) discovers first hand.
The DVD comes with subtitles in 14 languages (Including English) and spoken languages in English, Deutsch, Italiano, French, and Castellano.
The menu allows you to search by scene, and includes production notes as well as a theatrical trailer and information about the cast.
I knew I wanted to own a copy of High Plains Drifter, but it was not until I saw it again that I realized that I had forgotten how good it really is.
I wish that I could give it 4 1/2 stars,
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Initial post: 24 Dec 2010 23:45:50 GMT
Mr. S. G. Marlow says:
High Plains Drifter is certainly a film without equal; there is no sugary sweetness of many Westerns before this, except probably teh other Spaghetti Westerns starring Clint Eastwood. The unnamed stranger comes and goes and leaves the viewer with unanswered questions-yes-a film to have in your collection, but not for the fainthearted!
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