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Meeks Cutoff [Blu-ray]

1.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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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: 1.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00579YI1G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,603 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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The movie starts out real slow. We watch the mundane tasks of the pioneers as they load water, wash dishes, grind meal...There is no introduction of characters. In fact they remain fairly plain. We hear and watch much of the important conversation from a distance catching bits and pieces. 3 devout families have hired Steven Meek, a slightly crusty man, to guide them to Oregon. He takes them into a high plains desert where they wander for weeks.

The men suspect Mr. Meek is deliberately attempting to get them lost as Oregon is an area in flux and may go to the English, depending on how many Americans settle there...or not. There is an Indian that pops up from time to time. Steven scares everyone with his Indian stories. Eventually they encounter the Indian and you think the story will pick up, but surprise! It doesn't.

The movie ends abruptly. From Meek's words, the film appears to be some sort of metaphor for life and fate as to what path to follow and who to trust, although for the life of me I can't really figure out what it is. The movie won all kinds of awards and I haven't figured that one out either. It was extremely boring. The dialouge was boring. The drama was boring. The people were boring. After a while, the scenery got boring. The squeak of the wagon wheel drove me crazy. Why anyone would waste their time watching this film is beyond me. It isn't accurate history. It is not art and it is not entertaining.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars No one important will watch this film. The Indian is the hero. Who cares? Aug. 24 2016
By stephen - Published on
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It's an interesting western with all the baggage of its metaphors.

You have to watch this film closely. No one says anything much - just as well too: the volume on this DVD is set quite low.

It's an anti-hero film.
The mountain-man guides the party west to civilization, and gets lost.
He likes the female lead but she says that he does not understand women. She gets lost too as womanhood in the West is no one's

saviour, nor are they friendly to strangers, particularly.
But she sees an image of the kindred spirit in the Indian captive and saves his life.

There are a lot of textual and political juxtapositions in this film which take way, actually, the traditions of the Western and infuse it with a scenic gravity that flumoxed a lot of critics. It's a quiet film. Old America was probably really like this.
Such travellers really did, I'm sure, cross rivers holding bird-cages above their heads, with bonnets on and grim tones to their mien.

It's a film to watch many times - I've seen it twice already and once at the cinema.

PS there's a tragedy here, too: so much in America is farthest away from their History as is any other Nation on earth that I can think of.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time is really too kind. Dec 6 2015
By Michael D. - Published on
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A thoroughly disappointing film. A lumbering pace, little character development, pointless script, and inept direction. A waste of time is really too kind.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie July 8 2016
By Steve Lower - Published on
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I love this movie. More than any other western I've ever seen this movie gives you the feel of what it would have been like to cross the plains in a covered wagon.
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1.0 out of 5 stars painful Feb. 1 2016
By Rich - Published on
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worst western have ever seen !!! maybe worst film !!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars The movie really sucked. June 29 2015
By Amy C. Cogswell - Published on
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The people that made this movie ought to be horsewhipped. The movie really sucked.

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