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True Grit [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)

Jeff Bridges , Matt Damon , Joel Coen , Ethan Coen    Unrated   Blu-ray
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A 14-year-old girl needs a man with "true grit" to help her bring in the fugitive who killed her father. That she settles on Rooster Cogburn--a one-eyed, booze-soaked, potbellied U.S. marshal on the downward curve of his career in law enforcement--is the glorious springboard for all versions of True Grit: the Charles Portis novel, the 1969 western that won an Oscar for John Wayne, and the 2010 Coen brothers adaptation. The Coens have some mighty shoes to fill in their version, and their choice for the eye-patch is Jeff Bridges, who growls his way through an understated take on Rooster. Matt Damon plays LaBoeuf, the Texas Ranger who joins the hunt; Josh Brolin is the scurvy killer; and Barry Pepper is the leader of the outlaw gang. Working as usual with cinematographer Roger Deakins, the Coens exhibit their clear, crisp view of western places, thrillingly creating new takes on recognizable vistas such as the frontier town, the snowy forest, and the isolated cabin at night. The Coens revel in the incredibly ornate dialogue, which allows their sardonic attitude to bleed into the material--young actress Hailee Steinfeld doesn't seem at all fazed by the language, which may be a key reason she got the job as heroine Mattie Ross. While True Grit doesn't have the heft of the best films in the Coens' arsenal (there's something very formal and even a wee bit academic about their stroll through this familiar text), they do create a pleasant sense of a good yarn, retold around the campfire for the umpteenth time. --Robert Horton

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Synopsis: True Grit is a powerful story of vengeance and valor set in an unforgiving and unpredictable frontier where justice is simple and mercy is rare. Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), is determined to avenge her father's blood by capturing Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold. Just fourteen, she enlists the help of Rooster Cogburn (Academy Award® Winner Jeff Bridges), a one-eyed, trigger-happy U.S. Marshall with an affinity for drinking and hardened Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Academy Award® Winner Matt Damon) to track the fleeing Chaney. Despite their differences, their ruthless determination leads them on a perilous adventure that can only have one outcome: retribution. Bonus Features: * Other: - Mattie's True Grit HD * Other: - From Bustles to Buckskin - Dressing for the 1880s * Other: - Re-Creating Fort Smith * Other: - The Cast

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece Feb. 2 2011
Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn does have grit, but the movie's title is really a reference to the fortitude of a teenage girl, expertly portrayed by first-time actress Hailee Steinfeld. Bathed in the stunning cinematography of long-time Coen brothers collaborator Roger Deakins and a beautiful score by Carter Burwell, the film is a phenomenal and perfectly cast character piece. True grit means a lot of things, but in the hands of filmmakers like Joel and Ethan Coen it means one of the best movies of the year.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remake worth seeing June 3 2011
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
True Grit (western, drama, adventure)
Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld and Josh Brolin

Paramount Pictures | 2010 | 110 min | Rated PG-13 | Released Jun 07, 2011

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

50GB Blu-ray Disc
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The Film 4.5/5

True Grit was nominated for 10 Oscars, but failed to win any. Jeff Bridges was unlikely to win after finally being recognized a year ago, but Roger Deakins (cinematography) and Hailee Steinfeld (supporting actress) were particularly unlucky to lose.

I'm generally not in favor of watching remakes, or Westerns, but this one is worth it. The Coens don't make bad films. The acting is superb and there's just the right balance between action, drama and humor.

The story is narrated and told from the viewpoint of Mattie Ross (Steinfeld), a 14-year-old girl who wants to hire someone to catch the man who killed her father. After hearing the qualities of the potential candidates, she approaches Rooster Cogburn (Bridges). He's a one-eyed drunk with a reputation for getting the job done. Perhaps she wanted someone with the same strength of character as her own?

One of the best scenes in the movie comes early. Mattie argues with a horse trader, wanting compensation for a horse of her father's stolen while under the trader's care, as well as a refund for four ponies her father bought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as boring as I thought March 13 2012
By Corpse
you know i was expecting to fall asleep watching this one but decided to watch it because it recieved some award nominations and came from the same vein as no country for old me. Like that movie tghis one is a bit of a slow burner but also manages to somehow keep my attention. Not a whole hell of a lot happens but i liked the three main characters. They were all unique and interesting and interacted in dramatic fashion. For some reason i felt what it would be like in those days more so than i have with other westerns. They really captured a unique feeling. Still however since it is so slow and doesnt really go anywhere i cant give it better than 3 stars i just likke to state that i was pleasently surprised by this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great re-Make Nov. 30 2013
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Loved the original and also this take on the classic !!
It's not john Wayne … but still real watch-worthy !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved July 25 2013
By Jesse
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Stays true to the novel, and faithful to what a western should be. My girlfriend thought she hated westerns but was captured and mesmerized by Bridges performance as the lovable Rooster Cogburn. Exciting the whole way through, and it makes you think about choices we all make
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great to watch again and again. March 9 2013
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A wonderful use language and situations to demonstrate a bygone era...and an authentic use/misuse of horses.
And the starry , starry night ride! breathtaking!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great western March 1 2013
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I have never seen the original so had no expectations and no bias when I watched this. I found it somewhat incongruous that outlaws and scruffy sheriffs were so terribly well spoken and polite, but perhaps my understanding of that period in history is flawed.

In any case, I enjoyed the story, was surprised by the final scene, and was somewhat disappointed (for the character's sake in the story, not by the movie or plot itself) at how it ended.

Now I am curious as to what the original was like, will have to watch it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars true grit dvd Jan. 30 2013
By grujot
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super good ! hd quality. vg price. recommend.
have heve heve have hhev a greta year to all of you.
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