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on 19 February 2017
I am f an Eastwood fan but may not be every ones cup of tea some actors you just love some you dislike. These Eastwood westerns are classics like most of Eastwood films whether acting or producing I think his talent is up there with the very best (my opinion). All I can say is if you like good westerns this is for you.
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on 7 August 2017
This triple-DVD set features three of Clint Eastwood's best movies:Pale Rider,in which a mysterious stranger,known only as 'Preacher',arrives in a mining town whose inhabitants are being harassed by a ruthless gang.

The Outlaw Josey Wales,in which Josey Wales seeks revenge for the brutal murders of his family by Union soldiers.

Unforgiven: Former gunslingers William Munny,(Eastwood),and Ned Logan,(Morgan Freeman) renew their old partnership in order to track down those responsible for the maiming of a prostitute,in a town controlled by a corrupt sheriff,(Gene Hackman)

Three thoroughly excellent movies.
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on 15 June 2014
This 1985 production starring and directed by Clint Eastwood, Pale Rider was the first Western that Eastwood had made in nine years which is the story of pan mining gold miners in California who are besieged by the neighbouring landowner who is intent on stealing on their claims.

This Blu-ray was released in 2010 with a different cover to the 2008 version both issues are region free and are both 25GB discs as well as both being encoded using the VC-1 codec in full 1080p resolution and both are in 2.40.1 aspect ratio which is different from the original cinema release which was 2.35.1 aspect ratio having not seen the earlier released Blu-ray so I am unable to comment on that transfer but what I can comment on is the difference between DVD and the Blu-ray format; the DVD looks like you are viewing the film through fog the colours where pastel looking and lacked any brightness and depth compared to Blu-ray version which has a better range of blacks and hues both issues of the Blu-ray's appear to have the same audio tracks English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French, Spanish, Japanese Dolby Mono tracks along with the same subtitles which are as follows:- English subtitles for the hard of Hearing, French, Portuguese German, German for the hard of Hearing, Italian, Italian for the hard of Hearing, Danish, Finnish and Swedish both Blu-ray's have no extra features except the original theatrical trailer.
A worthy up-date from the DVD issue if you can find the Blu-ray at a decent price...
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on 23 August 2016
These are three superior westerns. Pale Rider has a faintly Biblical theme and echoes of Shane. The Outlaw Josey Wales is memorable for the humorous dialogue between Clint Eastwood and the Indian chief he befriends. Unforgiven is harsh and bleak, but contains some first class acting - especially by Gene Hackman as the sadistic sheriff. Altogether an excellent package of some of Clint Eastwood's best westerns.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 3 August 2011
Take the typical Eastwood western character, add a mysterious past, a clerical collar and a title quoting from the Bible and you have "Pale Rider", a film I enjoyed but did not think too deeply about. I have only taken Clint Eastwood really seriously, in terms of his films' content and what he is trying to say, relatively recently - "Flags of our Fathers", "Letters from Iwo Jima", "Gran Torino" - but his output has been prolific both as actor and director and he is obviously one of the greats of the film-industry. One of the few actors who made the director move and succeeded, he has a subtle eye capable of going well beyond the stereotypical and anticipated shot. Thirty five titles as director, thirty-four as producer and fifty-five as actor (and still counting) makes him a force to be reckoned with and one of the most experienced Hollywooders around and a long ways from "Go ahead, make my day" partner.
In "Pale Rider", directed by Eastwood but written by Michael Butler and Dennis Shyrack, like "Shane", the main character (mostly unexplained) seems to be making a life-change from the gun-fighting character the "Old West" must have been populated with to a less violent, more community thoughtful person; like Shane who struggles with the tree-stump helping his new family friends as the wife looks on amazed at her two men, now unable to choose but leaning towards the "tall stranger", the Preacher helps to break a huge boulder blocking the stream, preventing their small mining operations. Again the wife looks on yearningly from the darkness as her men, dripping with righteous sweat from the true labour of their task, gradually destroy the boulder, freeing the stream and their mining lives.
A slight complication is the daughter looking on too, later feeling her mother has already got her man, so why does she need two. It's mean. Later, in a violent rape scene, the Preacher appears on the horizon, shoots with unerring accuracy, wordlessly helps the daughter onto the horse and rides off having saved her from the men of the greedy mining company. (Remember the ranchers in "Shane".)
Despite the stereotypical characters and story, it is an enjoyable film, well-acted (in western terms) and directed succinctly, with style, even if many of the shots are well-worked, old standards.
Stepping out of the storyline, the film does capture some of the harshness and realities of life in the west in the pioneering days in California - the lawlessness, empire-building and ruthless business corporations, nature at its finest and families trying to make a life for themselves, establish communities and conquer all that nature could throw at them. I think the real lives were probably much worse and not fit to capture realistically on the silver-screen. " ... human kind / Cannot bear very much reality", especially in the cinema.
Although I may be doing Clint Eastwood a great dis-service, and, as the auteur theory would have it, this director's film may reflect the director's personal creative vision, made in 1985 and classified as an action western, I think that is what it is, albeit an excellent example of its kind and one which helped to sustain his name, made his money, thereby allowing him to make better films later when, as "auteur", I feel he did have something much deeper to say and was filming it.
Just enjoy it. I did, even if the more I consider it, the more there is to write.
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on 29 August 2014
Clint doing what he did best. Riding the range and putting that old wild west in order. Cool as ice, sharp as a tack and as hard as iron he's the ultimate cowboy for whom justice is his job even though he doesn't wear a tin star. Fans will argue but these are possibly his very best westerns with 'The Outlaw Josey Wales' one of the absolute all-time greats of that genre. It's an odyssey in which Eastwood's usual tough guy facade slips to reveal a more complex, sociable character than usual. Undercut with a sharp sense of humour it is a story that mixes drama and action with decent character development. As box sets go this is a terrific collection.
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on 31 May 2017
He was and still is a master of portrayal and this film does it again, one for the Library.
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on 18 May 2017
They don't make them like this any more. Wonderful!
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on 5 June 2016
This movie still stands up. Beautifully shot and directed, with powerful, naturalistic performances, plus a(nother) mythical turn from Eastwood. Quite a "green" film, in some ways, with its critical evocation of strip mining and the men who pursue it.
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on 6 February 2018
One disc (The Outlaw Jose’s...) were damaged and I returned the product, other than that I’m rating them good. Refund has been done and I’m ordering again.
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