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Val Kilmer steals the film!
on 5 October 2017
This is a review for Tombstone - The Directors Cut [DVD].
Every now and again rival film studios will produce competing films based upon the same subject matter. So, we had the choice between Wyatt Earp and Tombstone. Wyatt Earp spends most of its running time on Wyatt's early years and events leading up to the shootout at the OK corral and its subsequent fallout. Whilst, Tombstone more or less begins with the Earp's arriving in the infamous town and deals with the events leading up to the famous gunfight and everything that followed.
This director's cut is far superior to the original theatrical release in that it gives us more in the way of character development. All the actors involved give knockout performances, but special mention must go to Stephen Lang as the cowardly braggart Ike Clanton, the late Powers Boothe as "Curly" Bill Brocious and Michael Biehn as Johnny Ringo. However, the true star of this film is Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday. He is utterly charming, amusing and deadly in the role. The cinematography, sets and costumes are all of a very high standard. The script is fantastic with some great, humorous lines. See an example below.
Kate: "I've been good to you, I've taken care of you. If you die, where does that leave me?"
Doc Holliday: "Without a meal ticket I suppose." ;-)
Film ratio is 2.35:1. Audio is DD 5.1. Picture quality is a tad grainy, but this adds to the period detail. Sound is fine. Languages - English. Subtitles - English, English SDH, German, Dutch.
Extras include - The Making Of Tombstone Featurette In Three Parts - "An Ensemble Cast", "Making An Authentic Western" And "The Gunfight At The O.K. Corral, Audio Commentary By Director George P. Cosmatos, Interactive Tombstone Timeline, Director's Original Storyboards: O.K. Corral Sequence, The Tombstone Epitaph - Actual Newspaper Account, Faro At The Oriental: Game Of Chance - DVD-ROM Feature.
In conclusion, this is an excellent 90's western which is very entertaining and even though it isn't totally historically accurate it's pretty darn close. Closer, say, than John Ford's "My Darling Clementine" or the John Sturges version, "The Gunfight At The O.K. Corral"!