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  • Language: German, English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TLK9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,192 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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I had been a Sam Peckinpah fan for many years. Films such as The Wild Bunch , Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid had left me looking for more. I then come to the final film of this tortured genius. The Osterman Weekend tells of an elaborate plot involving the manipulation of a group of friends who meet for a weekend break by a rogue government agent played with gusto by British legend John Hurt, by telling one of the friends (Rutger Hauer) that his so called friends are in fact Soviet Agents. I will not give away anymore of the plot but suffise to say it is complex.

The film while not a classic has a few great set pieces especially the shoot out scenes filmed in typical Peckinpah style. It also boast a fine ensemble cast featuring Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster, John Hurt, Rutger Hauer and Chris Sarandon. But for me the stand out performance comes from Craig T Nelson of Poltergeist and The Incredibles fame who plays Bernie Osterman with particular skill. (A much underrated actor)

The extras are also quite good on this edition with a quite informative documentary on the making of the film and a rough cut of the film the way Sam Peckinpah wanted it before the producers took editorial control away from him.

All in all an interesting if flawed movie. A curios oddity but the saddest thing of all is this was the final film in the crazy filmography of the great Hollywood maverick SAM PECKINPAH!!!
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As a fan of the late,great Sam Peckinpah this is still a very good action/thriller with an intricate plot,good acting performances from Rutger Hauer(pre straight to dvd films),Craig T Nelson,Dennis Hopper and especially John Hurt in an early starring role.

The action scenes have The Peck stamp,though this film is nowhere near as violent as his great earlier works such as The Wild Bunch - 2 Disc Special Edition [DVD],Straw Dogs - Ultimate 40th Anniversary Edition [DVD] or Cross Of Iron (Digitally Restored) [DVD] [1977] to name just three of many iconic classics that Peckinpah has fought his producers to bring to the screen HIS way.

The 2-disc set includes a 'First Cut' version favoured by the director where we can clearly see the differences between his take of the production and that of the men behind the money who wanted a return on their investment and wouldn't always allow a free hand for Peckinpah.

A superb commemorative set that's well worth a watch.
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It's been at least 10 years since I last saw this film, and I recently purchased the Anchor Bay release. I have to say they did an excellent job with this 2-disc release.

One of the things I remembered about this film was there was a lot of talking and very little action. Upon seeing it again, that is indeed not the case. While Peckinpah uses conversation to set up the story, it is not as long-winded and time consuming as I had perceived.

Rutger Hauer is John Tanner, who is what today would be called an "investigative journalist". He hosts a show called "Face to Face" on which he confronts his guests with the truth. Tanner is lured into a plot involving rogue CIA agent Lawrence Fassett, a plot in which Tanner is to think his three best friends are enemy agents.

John Hurt is very convincing as the crazed Fassett. Using Tanner as a pawn to get back at the CIA, and specifically Maxwell Danforth (Burt Lancaster)Hurt does a masterful job playing everyone off of each other, all due to the fact that the CIA had his wife murdered.

Hauer is also solid as Tanner. Faced with the danger of having 3 KGB agents in his house, and around his family, Tanner does what he can to protect them. The rest of the cast are strong, with Dennis Hopper, Craig T Nelson and Chris Sarandon as Tanner's buddies. Nelson stands out the most out of these 3, as Bernie Osterman.

Despite being on the downside of his career, Peckinpah once again gives us a timeless film. Using video surveillance as a backdrop, Peckinpah shows us how TV can be an addictive force in our lives.
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For those of you who might be a little confused as to what this movie is all about let me give you a little help. First of all there's the script which is your standard conspiracy mixed with your standard plot twists mixed with oh did I forget to tell you that plot twists and mixed with some classic thriller plot twists. It's very simple. The bad guy who thinks he's been besmirched by bad guy that thinks he's a good guy poses as a good guy and in the process of exposing the bad guy that thinks he's a good guy does bad things to good guys pretty besmirches as bad guys to get the help of a good guy to expose the bad guys that appears to be a. Meanwhile the good guy that appears to be a snot is convinced that the good guys or bad guys which may be bad guys yet they appear to be good guys that are just pawns in an extensive plot to get the bad guy that thinks he's a good guy but should know better. The bad guy that thinks he's a good guy is blind to the transparent scheme set up by the bad guy that wants to get the bad guy that thinks is a good guy and assist him in this scheme to get the good guys that appear to be the bad guys little knowing that he is the target. The assistance of the bad guy that thinks he's a good guy knows better so this makes him a bad guy and an unwitting pawn in the scheme. To convolute matters but spice up the story it looks like we also have Cupid Yep Cupid. As we see a lot of people shot with love and arrows fly some arrows get the bad guy which doesn't know is bad guy but would be bad guy if he thought he was. Another overlying theme is video voyeurism which gives an excuse to make this film a soft porn film whether that was the reason you got it or not.

This is a nice multi-layered and multipurpose weekend. It is just possible that everyone gets what they want or need in the end; not only all the characters but the viewers as well.
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