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Meeks Cutoff [Blu-ray]

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  • Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Video Service Corp.
  • Release Date: Sept. 20 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B00579YI1G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,272 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: ""NR
Street Date: 09/13/11
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Foreign Film: no
Dubbed: no
Full Frame: no
Re-Release: no
Packaging: ""Sleeve""

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Format: Blu-ray
A few of the other reviews here hint at the truth of this film, in the context of it being too challenging for current tastes or in the rare company of Kubrick's 2001. What they really say, unintentionally, is that this film is not only difficult but exceedingly unpleasant and boring.

The director seems to be on a mission to capture the real experience of being on a poorly-supplied wagon train lost in unfamiliar territory and going weeks at a time without other human contact. In other words, mind-numbingly tedious and dull. Painful. Stifling. And surrounded by unpleasant, mainly stupid people who make you wish you were elsewhere (brilliantly acted by a cast uniquely capable of portraying unlikable characters experiencing the worst boredom of their unsympathetic lives.)

A reality purist, he even recreates the experience of watching other people have a conversation just a little too far away to be able to hear it. So the words spoken become irrelevant, adding nothing to the plot, because the perspective of whichever poor soul was missing out on this conversation didn't experience them. You can feel just how frustrating it would have been to have not been included in the conversation. And if frustration and confusion are feelings you hope for when you sit down to watch a movie, go for it. If you are more likely to respond to strong dialogue, intelligent plot turns, interesting characters, beauty, action, humor or emotion, you're probably not "serious" enough for this. We made it 55 minutes into the film and gave up. If you think that's too soon to give up on a film, maybe you'll like this. WE thought it was 55 minutes we'll never get back.

This movie is an arrogant, lifeless exercise for film students. Not just any film students; the ones you hope don't graduate and never make films. I earnestly hope never to waste another moment on anything made by these people. And frankly it was too unpleasant to waste any more time criticizing it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e4dd270) out of 5 stars 297 reviews
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea5f900) out of 5 stars WARNING! This review contains more than spoilers - it reveals ALL THE PLOT! March 7 2014
By Maciej - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I am now in the second half of my life and I spend a large part of my existence watching movies. That one is amongst the absolutely WORST things I ever saw! Below, the description of the whole film, revealing EVERYTHING that happens.

- Minutes 1 to 5: Opening credits. Three wagons and a couple of riders advance through a flat plain. Nothing else happens.

- Minutes 6 to 10. Nothing happens.

- Minute 11. Michelle Williams almost says something.

- Minutes 12 to 14. Nothing happens.

- Minutes 15. Bruce Greenwood almost sneezes.

- Minutes 16 to 17. Some people almost sleep.

- Minutes 18 to 19. Somebody is peeing in the darkness (or may be not...)

- Minutes 20 to 24. Nothing happens.

- Minute 25. An Indian almost appears.

- Minutes 26 to 30. Nothing happens.

- Minutes 31 to 35. Some people almost walk.

- Minutes 36 to 37. An Indian almost re-appears.

- Minute 38. One horse almost farts.

- Minute 39. Somebody almost asks a question. Then he thinks better and shuts up.

- Minutes 40 to 45. Nothing happens.

- Minutes 46 to 50. Nothing happens.

- Minute 51. Some people have a look at the scenario, just in case. Reassured, they carry on. Doing nothing.

- Minutes 52 to 60. Yes, you guessed right. Nothing happens.

- Minute 61. A bored to death vulture drops dead from the sky.

- Minutes 62 to 70. Nothing happens.

- Minutes 71 to 80. Some people start to wondering why nothing happens.

- Minute 81. The sun almost shines.

- Minutes 82 to 90. Nothing happens.

- Minute 91. Michelle Williams hears a suspicious sound. It turns out it is just the paint drying. Reassured, she carries on. Doing nothing.

- Minutes 92 to 97. Still nothing happens, but the plot thickens.

- Minute 98. Some ants are snorring in the desert. It is an ominous sound...

- Minutes 99 to 100. We see something; Not sure what it is yet.

- Minute 101. It is a tree.

- Minute 102. There is a strong possibility that something may happen.

- Minute 103. Now, it is almost certain that something will almost happen! ALMOST!

- Minute 104. The director suprises us with a completely unexpected development. Against all expectations nothing happens! End credits. MASTERPIECE!

This... this... this... THINGY is amongst the worst, the most pretentious, the most useless, the most boring films I ever saw. The description above is hardly an exaggeration - in this film REALLY NOTHING HAPPENS! Stay away from it!
45 of 59 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4b24ec) out of 5 stars Avant-Garde Western That's Actually Really Good Nov. 20 2011
By Michelle Wynne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a really interesting film. I'm glad that I read about it before I watched it so that I would know what to expect. If you do that, you will probably have a more enjoyable experience because you will be expecting it to be weird. While I agree that the film was slow and that the dialogue was difficult to hear (I, too, had to turn on the subtitles to understand what was being said), there are some really cool things about this film that I really liked. This is probably one of the most realistic films I have ever seen in terms of reflecting what life was really like for settlers during the time period depicted. I loved the beauty and sparseness of the scenery and I thought that the long periods of silence actually helped allow the viewer to experience the visual aspect of the film without having to constantly listen to people talk. I liked the conversations in complete darkness, I thought they were a really neat touch that added to the realism. Without the use of electric lights, complete darkness is what the characters would have experienced in real life and I like the way that was brought to the screen. It cut through the artificiality typically present in film by not making special allowances for the film viewers, like having lighting when it would normally be pitch black.

In addition, the justification for the full frame aspect ratio is one of the most creative that I have ever heard. I read somewhere, either in an interview or perhaps in the notes written on the DVD packaging, that Kelly Reichardt purposely did not use a widescreen format because she was trying to replicate for the viewer the vision restrictions imposed on the female characters in the film by the bonnets they had to wear. The bonnets restrict the wearer's vision from side to side and create a more box-like picture, so the full frame ratio is supposed to, literally, give the viewer the impression that they are seeing the world while wearing one of those bonnets. I also loved the ending, I love how it just ended abruptly and left the story completely unresolved. We never find out if the characters ever find water or if their Indian guide really knows where he is going or whether he is just as lost as they are. I love the final shot of Michelle Williams' face looking through the tree branches as she watches the Indian guide walk off into the distance, seemingly propelled by some otherworldly quality of which the other characters are ignorant. The culture/language clash between the white settlers and the Indian guide is also very well depicted - the Indian guide does not speak English and does not appear to make very many attempts to purposefully communicate with the settlers. He seems more interested in his own internal world than with anything the settlers are doing. Is he crazy and/or lost or is his unusual behavior only able to be understood in the context of his Native American culture, a culture of which the settlers and likely many viewers are largely ignorant? Interesting question to ponder.

This film is definitely not your conventional western nor conventional example of any other genre, for that matter. "Avant-garde" is pretty much the word here. If you can forgive some of its flaws and embrace the full-on realism and accuracy that the director appears to be going for, you might just enjoy this film. It starts out as a mystery, it remains a mystery throughout, and it ends as a mystery. Definitely one to leave you thinking for a long time afterward.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e5b3600) out of 5 stars hard going, like the journey depicted in the film! Nov. 3 2011
By John Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I bought this on spec without much research and rather regret the spend. Yes, it is a minimalist view of the hardships of the old west and is probably somewhat like it must have been in those days, not much drama, just plenty of slog and hardship. As a documentary it has some value perhaps but most of us buy a movie to be entertained and a little education thrown in is no bad thing too. This has almost no entertainment value at all. The story line is very flat and almost nothing happens from beginning to end. They start crossing a river and end arriving at a tree where there may be some hope of digging for water. In the meantime they ill-treat a native American and argue a bit. A wagon gets wrecked going down a slope. That's it! There is only modest character development. The aspect ratio of 1.37 is justified as highlighting the miserable life of the women but some wide views of the desolate land would have probably done that better. I doubt I will ever watch it again. Rent if there is nothing else but save your money. Dead dreary is my bottom line
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e596b4c) out of 5 stars Not a Western Action Adventure nor a Documentary - An Allegory. Feb. 7 2015
By M. G. Keen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I watched this movie a few years back in fascination from beginning to end. Many of the low-rated reviews of this movie are missing its point. Although based on an actual historical incident, this film - in my best interpretation- is neither a Western action adventure nor a documentary- it is an allegory for the human struggle to find meaning in our lives completely based on "arriving at our destination" or "winning" - when really we should be focusing on the journey and our fellow travelers. Blindly following a leader without questioning their means or methods leads to frustration - and potentially- disaster. Placing all focus on destination without consideration of how you get there leads- not 'living in the moment'- isn't living - it is an endless torment.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e36f72c) out of 5 stars If you ever wonder what it must have been like to WALK across the country Dec 27 2014
By lynn - Published on Amazon.com
I thought this movie was absolutely fascinating. If you ever wonder what it must have been like to WALK across the country, this movie will spark your imagination. As a descendant of American settlers, like many of us are, I wish there were more movies like this. It is not a fast-paced Hollywood blockbuster, but that would completely defeat the purpose if it was. If you have an attention span less than 30 seconds, this movie is not for you.

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