Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Widescreen Special Edition)
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox Brand: TCFHE
Newman and Redford are two offbeat outlaws who run (and jump) from the law, then flee to Bolivia where they meet a bloody end. The action-filled, lightly comic Western features the Burt Bacharach song "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.]Wyoming outlaws hit Bolivia, take on army.]0]]George Roy Hill]]]Paul Newman]Robert Redford]Katharine Ross]Strother Martin]Henry Jones]Jeff Corey]George Furth]Cloris Leachman]Ted Cassidy]
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox Brand: TCFHE
Paul Newman and Robert Redford set the standard for the "buddy film" with this box office smash set in the Old West. The Sundance Kid (Redford) is the frontier's fastest gun. His sidekick, Butch Cassidy (Newman), is always dreaming up new ways to get rich fast. If only they could blow open a baggage car without also blowing up the money-filled safe inside... Or remember that Sundance can't swim before they escape a posse by leaping off a cliff into rushing rapids... Times are changing in the west and life is getting tougher. So Butch and Sundance pack their guns, don new duds, and, with Sundance's girlfriend (Katharine Ross), head down to Bolivia. Never mind that they don't speak Spanish - they'll manage somehow. A winner of four Academy Awards (including best screenplay and best song), here is a thoroughly enjoyable blend of fact and fancy done with true affection for a bygone era and featuring the two flashiest, friendliest funniest outlaws who ever called out "hands up!"
Hatari (1962) (BD) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Paramount Catalog Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Hatari (1962) (BD)Hatari! is Swahili for "danger"-and also the word for action, adventure and broad comedy in this two-fisted Howard Hawks effort. Joh n Wayne sta rs as the head of a daring Tanganyka-based group which captures wild ani mals on behalf of the world's zoos. Hardy Kruger, Gérard Blain and Red Buttons are members of Wayne's men-only contingent, all of whom are redu ced to jello when the curvaceous Elsa Martinelli enters the scene. In tr ied and true Howard Hawks fashion, Martinelli quickly becomes "one of th e guys," though Wayne appa rently can't say two words to her without spa rking an argument. The second half of this amazingly long (159 minute) f ilm concerns th e care and maintenance of a baby elephant; the barely cr edible finale is devoted to a comic pachyderm stampede down an urban Afr ican street, ending literally at the foot of Martinelli's bed. The othe r scene worth mentioning involves comedy-relief Red Buttons' effo rts to create a fireworks-powered animal trap. Not to be taken seriously for a minute, Hatari is attractively packaged and neatly ti ed up with a danc eable-pranceable theme song by Henry Mancini.]]>
The Horse Whisperer
Manufacturer: Touchstone Home Entertainment Brand: Buena Vista Home Video Model: 2250817
Academy Award(R)-winner Robert Redford (Best Director, 1980, ORDINARY PEOPLE) stars with Adademy Award(R)-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (Best Actress, 1996, THE ENGLISH PATIENT) in this landmark epic adapated from one of the most acclaimed novels of our time! After a devastating riding accident, a young girl and her beloved horse are both left with serious physical and emotional scars. Determined to help, the girl's desperate mother (Thomas) puts her busy, big-city life on hold and travels west to seek out the "Horse Whisperer." When she meets this rugged, down-to-earth rancher (Redford), she discovers his extraordinary gift with animals also touches the lives of the people around him! Featuring Hollywood favorites Sam Neill (JURASSIC PARK) and Oscar(R)-winner Dianne Wiest (Best Supporting Actress, 1994, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY) in a superb cast -- critics and moviegoers alike were captivated by this powerful motion picture event! Although it's best viewed on a big theatrical screen to take full advantage of Robert Richardson's breathtaking widescreen cinematography, it seems likely that most people will see this classy romance in the comfort of their own homes. Adapted from the bestseller by Nicholas Evans and directed by Robert Redford, the film did respectable business at the box-office, but it was too sprawling and too soapy to be a bona fide hit. Redford stars as the title character, a Montana rancher named Tom Booker, who possesses the specialized talent of healing traumatized horses through careful and affectionate rehabilitation. He gets his most challenging case when he's sought out by a fast-lane New York magazine editor (Kristin Scott Thomas, in a role modeled after former New Yorker editor Tina Brown) whose daughter (Scarlett Johansson) was injured and traumatized by an accident that nearly killed her favorite horse. When mother, daughter, and horse arrive at Booker's ranch, the big-city editor falls in love with the serene rancher and faces the painful decision of whether to stay in Montana or return to her husband (Sam Neill) in New York. Some may find this to be much ado about nothing, and comparisons to The Bridges of Madison County are inevitable, but Redford's directorial approach offers the kind of graceful stature, tenderness, and intelligence required to elevate the simple story. The film takes all the time it needs to let its characters heal and make their important decisions, and that alone makes it a refreshing alternative to the frantic pace of most big-studio productions. --Jeff Shannon
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