Open Range (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
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Packed with epic action, OPEN RANGE is a powerfully gripping story that's never been told until now, and stars Academy Award(R) winners Robert Duvall (1983 Best Actor, TENDER MERCIES) and Kevin Costner (1991 Best Director, DANCES WITH WOLVES), and Academy Award(R) nominee Annette Bening (1999 Best Actress, AMERICAN BEAUTY). A group of free grazers, four men trying to escape their past, are driving cattle and living off the land on the open range -- a place where nature makes the only laws. When a ruthless, evil rancher tries to run them out of town, the men's peaceful existence takes a tumultuous turn and ends in the grittiest, most explosive gunfight on film as two men battle a town for honor, justice, and a way of life that's quickly disappearing.
Released almost exactly 11 years after Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Kevin Costner's Open Range proved yet again that the Western is the classic American genre. While it lacks the thematic impact of Eastwood's masterpiece, Costner's first film since 1997's ill-fated The Postman returns the actor/director of Dances With Wolves to the open prairies of America--in this case the free-range frontier of 1882--where legal "free-grazing" cattle drives were falling prey to empire-building land-owners. In the wake of territorial murder, free-grazing cowboys Boss (Robert Duvall) and Charley (Costner) seek vengeful justice against the ruthless rancher (Michael Gambon) who threatens their law-abiding survival. A feisty ally (the late Michael Jeter, in his next-to-final film role) and a doctor's sister (Annette Bening) offer support during climactic shootouts, masterfully staged with the shock and suddenness of real-life gunfire. Rich in character development and thick-hided humor, this handsome production redeemed Costner's directorial career with a well-told story (by Craig Storper, based on Lauran Paine's novel The Open Range Men), flawless performances, and stunning Canadian locations. --Jeff ShannonSee all Product Description
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This film is light years ahead that one. Costner has grown up as film maker and human being : he absorbed the mythological mood and epic spirit , two fundamentals elements of the western mood.
He followed the lines of the mythological narrative.
Four men : three generations : one man who still 's a kid . a rescued teenager (Button) from Texas , a middle aged man Charlie (Costner) and finally the boss Boss Spearman (a coincidence in the meaning of his name?) the wise but hard fighter Robert Duvall land in nowhere . They have no comittment with the outer world . They live outdoors and are gipsy cowboys . They are a little family with that charming pet.
Suddenly , the evil Baxter and his gunfighters will emerge , true villains and obviously a clear pattern western mob . They have a town under his own rules , even the marschall.
The spark light that will originate the expected duel will appear : the feeling of revenge will permeate the viewer.
In this sense the film is a great tribute to The Seven Samurais , The magnificent seven and Ride the high country .
The film has a superb photography ; the shots are unforgettable , the mountains , the valley , the river are an amazing background where the facts and other little bits will support the dramatis personae.
Duvall that cosmical actor is a spiritual guide for Costner , he's his father in the real sense of the word.
They establish a magical rapport in the movie : the inner values about the freedom , the private property and the sense of not being under the orders of no one , will be the starting point for this magnificent western.
Duvall is extarordinary expressive.Read more ›
The story moves along at a somewhat slow pace, but you have to remember that the pace is used to develop the characters and the storyline. It also helps to enhance the believability of the story, e.g. the waiting for the killers, moving the herd across the plains, etc. Costner's depiction of a violent man trying to shake off his past is perfect. Once he slips his old skin back on, however, the cold-blooded intent with which he seeks out his enemies is played to perfection. He becomes a killer. Duvall's tough-as-nails "Boss" character is memorable as the older, wiser leader of the free-grazing group. He becomes the level that keeps Costner from losing all control throughout the film. The rest of the cast does a superb job. Annette Bening deserves praise for the sheer looks of terror that cross her face in this film. She surprised me in this one.
As it was with the characters, so it is with the action of the movie. It's a very accurate depiction of a gunfight in the Old West. When people shoot, they miss...often. Even the heroes of the film miss their shots frequently. In the late 1800's, guns still weren't up to par with today's standards. Shooting at and missing someone from close proximity was the norm. When a bullet did hit its mark, the target didn't always die instantly. This is shown throughout the fight sequences in this film. At times they are disturbing, which I believe is the whole point of such scenes in this movie. You don't know if you should cheer for the good guys or have pity on the bad ones because of how violent the deaths in this film are.
Many people have called this a traditional Western.Read more ›
The story, the actors, and the fine cinematography all contributed to a great veiwing experience. Annette Benning and Kevin Costner were beleivable in the roles that they played, and I got a particular kick out of seeing the character portrayed by Robert Duval as sort of a reprise to Lonesome Dove's Augustus McCrae.
The storyline and the characters are developed and revealed logically, without a lot of cartoonlike theatrics of the sort that tabloid-style directors like John Woo use to attract younger, naïve audiences. There is a violent side to the story, but some of the violence at play in the story is suggested rather than made graphic; Which is actually a refreshing change, since "Open Range" is a classic western - not "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre".
I'm not going to say anything about the story other that to mention that it's the sort of standard fare about good versus evil in the old west. Other than that, "Open Range" is the sort of sophisticated western cinema in the same mold as "Lonesome Dove", "The Wild Bunch", "Will Penny", "Unforgiven", "Gunfight at OK Corral" and "The Searchers".
That's the sort of western "Open Range" is.
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Just an awesome down to earth cowboy movie....But then with Robert Duvall and kevin Costner in it would you expect anything different...I highly recommend it...Published 4 months ago by Barry Cleveland
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