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Ride With The Devil [DVD] 
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Great period pictures make you feel as if you've stepped into another era, heard its language, breathed its spirit, and come away with a fresh perspective on that time as well as your own. Ride with the Devil is one of those special films--why wasn't it more widely embraced by reviewers and filmgoers? Did it rely too much on our patience for slow accumulation of unforced rhythms and meanings (as opposed to The Patriot, which "moved" audiences with cattle-prod simplicity and manipulation)? Ride with the Devil--smart, handsome, tenderly awed by how individual lives get ambushed by history--is ripe for rediscovery.
The Civil War of battlefields and plantation houses is nowhere to be seen here. Instead we see the war as an improvised and largely blundering but very bloody feud among neighbours in the border state of Missouri. In this bucolic war zone--more than a little reminiscent of the Balkans in the late 1990s--the Taiwanese-born director Ang Lee (The Ice Storm) traces the destinies of several young Southern bushwhackers (guerrilla fighters) as they experience violence, the seasons, and different kinds of love. Skeet Ulrich draws the aristocratic glamour role (and top billing), but he's overshadowed by Tobey Maguire as a first-generation American, the magnificent Jeffrey Wright (a shameful oversight at Oscar time) as a freed slave fighting beside his former master, and singer Jewel in a very natural acting debut as the young widow who graces all their lives. The title The Birth of a Nation was already taken, but by the end of this movie you feel it would have applied here. --Richard T. Jameson, Amazon.comSee all Product Description
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We've all known that Ang Lee could direct, for most that would start with his 'Sense & Sensibility', which shocked an awful lot of people, for a Taiwanese to turn in such a great film, his first film In English and about that elitist of film genres - the English period drama. For some of us others, who've tried to check out his earlier stuff, there's his excellent 'The Wedding Banquet'. I've yet to find a region 2 copy of his 'Eat Drink, Man Woman', though, unfortunately.
After 'Ride With...' many many more found his favour with 'The Ice Storm' and then legions more with 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'.
Anyways, 'Ride With the Devil' will always find more favour with the Sunday evening older population than the popcorn brigade as the film goes at its own pace, not ours. It's not hard to keep up with the measured pace but does require some concentration. For those that do can be rewarded with a textured story of depth, that is also beautifully filmed and well acted. There are no special effects, CGI or tricks of any kind. A rousing score by Mychael Danna adds musical dynamism.
Old fashioned?, well, yes, but this is history and that in the hands of Ang Lee does not mean boring. An underrated film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
“It aint right and it aint wrong, it just is.” A very strange film. It begins with atrocities committed by each side to establish that in war, humans behave like savages. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Enobarbus
This is great western story line is good well acted Toby maguire and Jonathan Rhys Myers are excellent have watched it many times shows the south storyPublished 1 month ago by Tracey Lynn Stone
This 1999 romantic drama set during the American Civil War centres on events in Missouri after pro-union Jayhawkers kill Jack Bull Chiles’ [Skeet Ulrich] dad, he and Jake Roedel... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Throda tzen
Excellent item as described. Prompt dispatch, safe and sound. Top marks.Published 7 months ago by P. F. Tracgransglaws
The actual film is great but there is one major problem. It won,t play on my DVD player, only on a laptop which sort of spoils it!Published 8 months ago by Maureen C