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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
Open Range (Weites Land) [Blu-Ray]
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on 4 April 2004
Well, what a pleasant suprise. I rented this DVD purely on reading reviews. For once, the critics got it right. Infact, some have drastically undersold this gem of a movie. You may know the story; two old friends driving cattle become entagled in small town injustice and bullying.
Ok, it aint original is it? Well, watch the movie and you will feel like this is the first time you have ever seen this plot. It feels so fresh and original. The vast majority of the credit should be given to Kevin Costner himself. On the directing side, he manages to use subtlty and reality in perfect combination. He uses the terrific landscapes spectacularly and allows the actors to instill a genuine sense of belonging to the area. The climactic gunfight is as thrilling as it is realistic. Five shots can be fired, one may hit the target (and that goes for good and bad guys).
Performance wise, Michael Gambon is wonderfully nasty in what is essentially a cameo appearance. Annette Benning plays her role neatly, sticking to the woman-with-morals line. But the two leads, Duvall and Costner, ARE the film. Duvall can do no wrong when playing the older, wiser friend. Here he adds a menace and power little seen before. Costner is breathtaking. The opportunities to glam-up his tough cowboy role are completely avoided in favour of a complex, shy and tortured man. A man who has fallen in love sits effortlessly with a gunslinger trying to forget his violent history.
Open Range should really have found its way to Oscar night. Costner has demonstrated that Dances with Wolves was no fluke. In my humble opinion, this film is better. It is a simple narrative, played honestly...and is all the better without any showey "oscar-look-at-me" moments.
One added feature that shows why it turned out so well; On the DVD, there is an extra feature called B-Roll. This is behind the scenes video. Not one of the crappy makings of, just unedited video. Look at the pure joy in Costners face as he directs. There's a man enjoying being one of the best in the business.
A triumph!
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on 16 August 2016
Traditional cowboy movie with a happy ending.
If you have a decent Home Cinema system then PLEASE turn up the volume, these could be the most realistic gunshots you will have heard to date. Sorry but Soundbars will disappoint, it does need a proper AV setup. I've watched it three times now and still cannot help myself grinning from ear to ear. Another bargain!
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on 7 April 2017
arrived on time no damage film quality
what you expect on a blu.ray film highly
recommend at that price when it came
my blu.ray collection hit the 505total
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on 9 April 2017
I so enjoyed this western movie,a tale ending up a love story well acted,

and a great shootout at the end
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on 18 May 2017
This is one of the best Westerns ever made and so I was excited to get a blu ray copy of it. Trouble is it doesn't play on my player and I have a very expensive, just come out, top of the range Sony 4k UHD player as well so I am absolutely gutted. If I wasn't so busy I would have followed this up with a demand for a refund. Real shame!
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on 15 November 2015
This was a blu-ray purchase to replace a DVD and once I worked out by trial and error how to get it to play in the English language there were no problems. That's right, the entire menu screen is NOT in ENGLISH!
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on 25 September 2017
A VERY GOOD WESTERN.
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on 22 February 2017
My brother really enjoyed it,. Great service too.
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on 15 June 2017
An excellent film.
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on 29 January 2017
A solid western, very bare knuckle and simple.
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