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The Osterman Weekend (Commemorative 2 Disc Edition) (Bilingual)

2.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Dennis Hopper, Chris Sarandon
  • Directors: Sam Peckinpah
  • Writers: Alan Sharp, Ian Masters, Robert Ludlum
  • Producers: Don Guest, E.C. Monell, Guy Collins, Larry Jones
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: March 23 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00012FX4K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,267 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The Osterman Weekend (Commemorative 2 Disc Edition

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I read the book and enjoyed it back when it first came out, but I never saw the film in its theatrical release. I read the reviews here and figured it would be worth a try. Big mistake!

I usually enjoy films based on thrillers, even if they are not totally faithful to the book. But in this case, the film failed on a much more profound basis than simply taking some liberties with the plot. A thriller, whether it's a book or film, should at the very least provide some thrills, and it's here that the film falls far short of the mark.
Even though the movie was made in 1983, it is one of the most dated films I've ever seen. I'm not just talking about the outdated room decor and fashions, I mean the whole look and feel of the film. It looks as if it were shot in the early '70's. This sense of being very dated and amateur-ish is underscored by the music, a strange concoction of seedy pseudo-techno and cheesy jazz that would be more at home in a porno film.
The screenplay is painfully dull, with none of the suspense of the novel. Production values are tacky and below the standards that one would expect even in a TV-movie of the same era. Some tight editing could have improved the situation significantly, but instead we repeatedly end up gazing at someone's face far longer than is necessary. It's almost as if the director wanted to go for a sort of retro-Euro look for the film, but he didn't come close.
The various "high tech" devices, mostly video cameras and monitors throughout the house where the action takes place, look ridiculously outdated. This wouldn't be so annoying if the director had not insisted on zooming in for a close-up almost every time someone touches a push-button, as if to tell the audience, "See, I'm all up-to-date with the latest new gizmos".
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For those of you who might be a little confused as to what this movie is all about let me give you a little help. First of all there's the script which is your standard conspiracy mixed with your standard plot twists mixed with oh did I forget to tell you that plot twists and mixed with some classic thriller plot twists. It's very simple. The bad guy who thinks he's been besmirched by bad guy that thinks he's a good guy poses as a good guy and in the process of exposing the bad guy that thinks he's a good guy does bad things to good guys pretty besmirches as bad guys to get the help of a good guy to expose the bad guys that appears to be a. Meanwhile the good guy that appears to be a snot is convinced that the good guys or bad guys which may be bad guys yet they appear to be good guys that are just pawns in an extensive plot to get the bad guy that thinks he's a good guy but should know better. The bad guy that thinks he's a good guy is blind to the transparent scheme set up by the bad guy that wants to get the bad guy that thinks is a good guy and assist him in this scheme to get the good guys that appear to be the bad guys little knowing that he is the target. The assistance of the bad guy that thinks he's a good guy knows better so this makes him a bad guy and an unwitting pawn in the scheme. To convolute matters but spice up the story it looks like we also have Cupid Yep Cupid. As we see a lot of people shot with love and arrows fly some arrows get the bad guy which doesn't know is bad guy but would be bad guy if he thought he was. Another overlying theme is video voyeurism which gives an excuse to make this film a soft porn film whether that was the reason you got it or not.

This is a nice multi-layered and multipurpose weekend. It is just possible that everyone gets what they want or need in the end. Not only all the characters but the viewers as well.
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it's daft, tired and hollow... But i find this Peckinpah movie quite entertaining, but i've just taken an oppurtunity to say the following:
I hope this is the beginning of a 'Peckinpah collection' from anchor bay, a double disc edition of his most neglected masterpiece 'Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia' would be greatly appreciated. I find 'Convoy', 'The Getaway', 'Junior Bonner', 'The Killer Elite' and 'Cross of Iron' all either tedious, revolting or both. They are all available, but not Peckinpah's last real achievement, strangely a film derided by even some of those that write books about him. It's time this ugly but wonderful, totally unorthodox love story was given a new life on DVD, restored. It's both the most typical and atypical film Peckinpah made.
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A great swansong to a dying man plagued by his personal demons.
This is not classic Peckinpah admitedly, however this is great viewing. The action scenes for 1983 are up there with any (good) John Woo movies of later years. Rutger Hauer, John Hurt and Craig T Nelson are very watchable. This is defientely worth a second look.
The very rough cut on the 2nd DVD gives this film a more ambigious feel.
Like the train wreck of A man Apart, it shows that test screening clearly does not work!
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By A Customer on April 3 2004
Format: DVD
If you are mainly going to purchase this movie to see Sam Pekinpah's original cut you will most likely be disappointed. The film quality of the original cut is about equal with a bootleg VHS tape (it's also full-screen). Extremely disappointing and painful to sit through.
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